In March 2015, the Syrian conflict entered its fifth year with no end in sight to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region.
Since the hostilities started in 2011 it’s thought more than 200,000 people have lost their lives, including more than 11,000 children, and the needs of those left behind continue to grow.
Right now, there are more than 4 million people registered as refugees across Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries in the region. Within Iraq, around 3 million people are displaced and within Syria, 7.6 million are displaced.
As with every crisis, it is children who are affected the most, and it’s estimated more than 6.5 million have been impacted in some way since the conflict began.
Of the people in need within Syria, five million are children, many living under direct threat of violence or in hard to reach or besieged areas.
Children have lost homes, friends, family members and seen or experienced violence that no child should have to witness.
For many, basic needs such as food and medical attention are not being met and human rights violations continue.
Alongside this, 2.6 million Syrian children are no longer in school, with experts warning that if the immediate needs for education, psycho-social support and protection are not met, a whole generation could be lost and the effects of this conflict will continue to ripple within Syria and the region for decades to come.
World Vision has been responding to the needs of children and families affected by the crisis since 2011. We are currently working to serve those displaced within Syria and Iraq, as well as those who have sought refuge in neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.
You can help us support the children and families affected by the crisis in Syria.