Syrian Children Under Siege

Girl in Syria/Homs
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More than 8 million Syrian children are in immediate need of aid  — let's stop the suffering now

**** Update September 24 **** Renewed attacks in Aleppo leave nearly 2 million people without access to clean, safe water.

**** Update September 23 **** U.N. inter-agency convoy delivered critical UNICEF supplies to Moadamiyeh, a town home to 20,000 children just outside Damascus — the first humanitarian convoy to reach the community since July.

**** Update September 20 **** Inter-agency aid convoy carrying desperately-needed UNICEF supplies is attacked in Aleppo. UNICEF remains committed to delivering supplies to families and children in critical need of aid.

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.

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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