What can you do to help? Quite a lot, it turns out.
“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences to their health, well-being and future.”
1. Donate to Help UNICEF Protect Syria's Children
Syria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child. In East Ghouta alone, hundreds of children are in urgent need of medical evacuation. Already this year, dozens of children have been killed and many more injured by extreme violence. They are struggling just to stay alive.
Inside Syria, 1.4 million children live under military siege or in hard-to-reach areas. At least 5 million Syrian children have fled their homes due to violence and war. Some are sheltering in camps within Syria, while others live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. More than 1.75 million Syrian children across the region are out of school.
Already this year, dozens of children have been killed and many more injured by extreme violence. They are struggling just to stay alive.
In response, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history, supplying food, water, education, warm clothing and critical immunizations to millions of children and their families in Syria and neighboring countries.
But Syrian children urgently need more help. UNICEF is appealing for nearly $1 billion for Syrian children in 2018.
Support UNICEF's lifesaving work by making a donation to provide Syrian children with the help they need now.
Syrian refugee Hasan, 1, is held by his father during a winter storm in Lebanon.— UNICEF (@UNICEF) February 14, 2018
We’re providing warm clothes, blankets and emergency healthcare to children in affected areas. pic.twitter.com/xOAHBeOZJx
2. Start a Fundraiser to Aid Syrian Children
Make a difference by starting your own fundraiser in support of UNICEF's campaign to aid the more than 8.6 million children who have been hurt by the Syria conflict. You can help save a child's life or give them hope and a chance for a better future.
One recent example: The Play For Syria Facebook Fundraiser, started by more than a dozen basketball players to support UNICEF programs for children in Syria and Syrian child refugees. Some of the players are American, some Syrian, some are former NBA, some former NCAA — but all have played ball in Syria. And all are deeply concerned for the children suffering there.
We don't know when this war will end, but we can make sure Syrian children, in and outside the country, get clean water, medical care, nutrition and education — a chance at the future they deserve. Start your own Fundraiser by visiting our Facebook page. Go to "Fundraisers" and click "Create Fundraiser."
3. Share Your Concern
Or, click here to voice your concern about the children of Syria by tweeting to your congressperson.
You can be the spark others need to get involved. The friends and colleagues you reach can exponentially increase your impact by spreading our message to their own social networks.