Syrian Children Under Siege

Girl in Syria/Homs
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More than 8 million Syrian children are in immediate need of aid  — and the battle for Aleppo has only aggravated the suffering

“Let’s be clear, as long as the violence continues, children in Syria will suffer,” said UNICEF Syria Representative Hanaa Singer from Aleppo, “But we are determined to do what we can to reach out to children. It’s why we have more than 200 staff who risk their lives every day across the country to support Syria’s children.”

8.4 million Syrian children, inside and outside the country, are in need of humanitarian aid, and millions have borne witness to unrelenting violence from the brutal conflict that began more than five years ago. The unrelenting bombardment in Aleppo has famlies fleeing for their lives. At least 50 percent of the displaced are estimated to be children.

Across the country, 2.6 million children are no longer in school and more than 2.5 million are living as refugees in neighboring countries or on the run in search of safety, helping to fuel a global migrant crisis. Syria is now the world's biggest producer of both internally displaced people and refugeesMany children have spend several bitter winters living in makeshift shelters without adequate protection from the cold.

For these children, what's at stake isn't politics. It's their future. Having already lost their homes, schools and communities, their chances of building a future may also soon be lost. 

UNICEF has been on the ground since the conflict began, helping to mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history and working closely with partners to provide education, water, health care and immunizations, physical protection, psychological support and clothing to children in Syria and Syrian refugee children in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and other countries.

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