Eight long years of conflict have taken their toll on Syria and its citizens. 2018 was the deadliest yet for children caught up in the endless civil war. Schools, hospitals, homes and water treatment facilities have been destroyed. An estimated 11.7 million people — including 5 million children — in Syria have have been affected by the violence. Some 2.5 million children are living as refugees in neighboring host countries.
How will UNICEF help Syrian children in 2019?
UNICEF has been on the ground in Syria and across the region since the violence began, working with partners to protect children, to help them cope and to give them a sense of normalcy so they can resume their childhoods. In 2019, UNICEF is working with partners to improve the lives of Syria's children in many ways, including:
Vaccinate 3.4 million children under age 5 against polio
Provide 2.1 million people with mine risk education
Protect 682,000 children from extreme weather by distributing warm clothing kits and blankets
Reach more than 1.7 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 with education services
UNICEF and partners provide water, nutrition, education, health care, protection, counseling and more to vulnerable Syrian children and their families. To maintain ongoing assistance and services, UNICEF needs your support.
Top photo: On May 5, families fleeing violence in Idlib, Syria, take shelter in an olive grove near the Turkish border. © UNICEF/UN0309707/Watad