How to Help Syria and Its Children

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Syria's children desperately need help —send them nutrition, water and health care now

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the children of Syria have been living under the constant threat of violence, deprivation and extreme emotional duress. Homes, schools, hospitals and water treatment facilities have been destroyed. The prices of basic items has increased 20 times in the past nine years. 

In 2019, there were 145 attacks on schools and more than 80 on hospitals and medical staff. More than 90 percent of these assaults took place in the northwest, where fighting over control of Idlib province continues to terrorize the region's children. Since December 2019, over 875,000 people have been displaced by violence in the northwest — over half a million of them children. 

Nearly 8 million children require critical humanitarian assistance

Displacement has become a way of life for Syria's war-weary people. An estimated 11 million people — more than half the population — require humanitarian assistance, including 2.6 million children displaced inside Syria and 2.5 million Syrian children living as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. 

Here's what UNICEF is doing to help: 

Now, COVID-19 has created a crisis on top of a crisis. UNICEF is on the ground, leading the way to provide water, nutrition, education and protection to families and children while collaborating closely with partners to meet all the needs of the most vulnerable children. In 2019, UNICEF and partners provided immediate lifesaving support to children affected by the crisis by:

Vaccinating more than 3.3 million children against polio in Syria 
Ensuring nearly 750,000 children received routine immunization or vaccination against measles in Syria and neighboring countries
Reaching over 5.3 million people in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq with improved water supply
Providing more than 1 million children with psychosocial support in Syria and surrounding countries
Protecting nearly 680,000 children from extreme weather by distributing clothing kits and blankets
Providing nearly 3 million children in Syria and neighboring countries with access to formal and informal education — and their fair chance at a brighter future
Involving 200,000 adolescents and youth in civic engagement initiatives 

Saja was 12 when she lost her leg in a bomb attack in Eastern Aleppo. Her brother was killed in another attack. Above, she reads from an essay she wrote about her dream of peace for Syria: "I hope that all children who have lost their right to learn will go back to school, especially those who have lost their parents."

For Syria's children, what's at stake isn't politics. It's their future. Without nutrition, health care, clean water, protection and education, they can't possibly survive. Help UNICEF continue to support each and every child.

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