The conflict in Syria is now in its third year and has caused a large scale humanitarian crisis.
For over two years Syria’s children have endured appalling suffering. Many have been forced from their homes, struggling to find food or medicine if they become sick or injured. For some the only refuge is in parks, barns or even caves. Many children have been hit and shot at. Many have witnessed the violent deaths of relatives and friends.
More than one million people have fled Syria. It is estimated that half are children. Most of those who’ve escaped into neighbouring countries live in makeshift shelters or in overcrowded camps, amid growing shortages of food, medicine and water.
We urgently need more support to help the children of Syria.
PLEASE DONATE TO OUR CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY FUND
Save the Children is on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria
The difficulty of reporting from inside Syria means the world has heard very little about the suffering of the country’s children. But our teams on the ground and across the region are hearing of the appalling misery being inflicted on children.
If action isn’t taken soon the physical and mental harm will irreparably damage a generation of children. Such an impact would resonate throughout Syrian society for decades after the war ends. See our report Childhood Under Fire: The impact of two years of conflict in Syria
Save the Children and other aid agencies are working across Syria in different areas in dangerous circumstances to reach children with water, medicine and clothing. We have reached over 30,000 people inside Syria and we are actively trying to scale up our operation to meet the enormous needs of children affected by the conflict .
Our teams are also on the ground supporting Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, providing the basics they need, like food, blankets, warm clothing, shelter and education for children and families who are facing extremely difficult conditions. To date, our regional response has reached over 250, 000 people.
With support from our donors and volunteers Save the Children New Zealand has pledged aproximately $160,000 from our
Children's Emergency Fund
to assist with the response.
We need your help
Save the Children estimates that nearly 2 million children are in need of assistance in Syria. An estimated 8,000 people are fleeing to neighbouring countries each day. We know what we need to do to save lives, protect children and help them begin to recover from what they have been through. But our funds are limited and we urgently need more support. You can help us save lives. Please donate today to our Children's Emergency Fund .