Syrian Children in Crisis
4 Million Syrian Children at Risk
The escalating violence in Syria is having catastrophic consequences on the country's children and families. More than 4 million children are now affected by the brutal conflict, which is entering its third year.
With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, many Syrian children will soon be in a desperate situation. Temperatures in the region can plummet below freezing, and snowfall is not uncommon. UNICEF is distributing blankets, installing heaters and water boilers in refugee camps. Children still need warm winter clothes, and UNICEF is preparing kits with winter jackets, boots, gloves and hats to keep them warm.
Within Syria, 3.1 million children are at risk. The situation within the country is rapidly deteriorating as the war crushes Syria's infrastructure. Power cuts and supply shortages are creating a critical situation for 600,000 people in Damascus and its outlying districts. Essential services, like clean water, are disappearing. Refugee camps in the countries bordering Syria are overflowing. There are now more than one million child refugees from Syria. That's more than the combined under-18 populations of Los Angeles and Boston.
Help Secure the Future for Syria’s Children
UNICEF has been working to help Syria's children for the past two years. More than 2.3 million children across the region have been vaccinated against measles. Over 450,000 children have received counseling. UNICEF and its partners are launching a home-based learning program for 400,000 children who cannot attend school because of the conflict.
For the children of Syria, what's at stake isn't politics; it's their future. Join UNICEF in its work to deliver the health care, education and other services these children urgently need.
Latest Blog Posts
November 28, 2013
At the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, this holiday is always a time to thank our supporters, donors and volunteers. Your work with us throughout the year helps make a better world for children. This Thanksgiving, we are especially appreciative. Two crises — one a conflict, the other a natural disaster — have affected more than […]
November 25, 2013
11,420 children have been killed in Syria’s conflict over the last 30 months according to a report released yesterday by the London-based Oxford Research Group. The report, Stolen Futures: The Hidden Toll of Child Casualties in Syria, details the extent to which children are this war’s true victims, often deliberately targeted for killing. Seven out […]
October 29, 2013
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed 10 cases of polio yesterday among children in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zouwar. It is the country’s first outbreak in 14 years, and UNICEF is mobilizing a huge supply operation to make sure that vaccines are in place to immunize 2.4 million children across the country. A further 12 suspected cases […]
Latest Press Releases
December 3, 2013
Nearly 5.5 million vulnerable Syrian children will soon face another season of harsh winter weather. This past January brought the coldest temperatures in more than a decade and UNICEF is very concerned that exposure to similarly cold and wet conditions will place further strain on the health and wellbeing of displaced Syrian children.
September 23, 2013
The plight of civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria is becoming increasingly desperate. More efforts are needed now to enable humanitarian access, which will protect thousands of children’s lives, said UNICEF.
September 23, 2013
Western Union Unveils Plan to Benefit Children via New Western Union Education for Better Fund, Urges Consumers to Support UNICEF
The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), a leader in global payment services, today urged consumers globally to join together in supporting education through its long-standing partner, UNICEF. The company also unveiled plans for a new Western Union Education for Better Fund to support UNICEF programs that provide education for children in and around Syria whose schooling has been disrupted.