Helping Children Survive Crises
Hygiene kits, clothes and toys ease the suffering of 2,000.
The Syrian conflict is about to enter its fifth year and there is still no end in sight to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region. UNHCR figures estimate that nearly 4 million people will have registered as refugees by the end of 2014.
That’s more people fleeing and in desperate need of assistance than during the Rwandan genocide. Most have fled to the five neighbouring countries - Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, placing further strain on already challenging conditions. Many more continue to flee each day.
The UN says that more than half of all Syrian refugees are children under the age of 18. The vast majority have had no access to school for months or years, making future recovery for the country even more uncertain.
UN figures put the number of people killed in Syria close to 200,000 since the crisis began in March 2011. Most of them are civilians. Over 12 million people within Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, with nearly 5 million of those in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. A staggering 7.6 million people are displaced inside Syria.
For many, basic humanitarian needs such as food and medical attention are not being met and human rights violations continue.
Valerie Amos, UN-Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency relief has said, “Syria is the biggest humanitarian crisis we face today. Every child, every woman, every man affected by this crisis deserves our continued support.”
Experts warn that if the immediate needs for education, psycho-social support and protection are not met for the millions of children currently living in desperate conditions in Syria and neighbouring countries, 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 as well as those who have sought refuge in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
You can help us support the children and families affected by the crisis in Syria by donating here.