SYRIAN CRISIS: 10 YEARS ON
About this appeal
4.8 Million Syrian Children Need Humanitarian Assistance.
2021 marks the tenth year of the Syrian Crisis, and children remain at the centre of the tragedy. Across the entire region, every child has been impacted by the violence, displacement, severed family ties and lack of access to basic vital services caused by massive devastation.
There’s no overnight solution to the ongoing 10 year Syrian crisis. Most children know no other life – but with your donations we can give them the essentials they need for hope. Hope for a better future.
UNICEF & Partners Are On The Ground
In Syria and the surrounding countries, we’re providing children with the critical essentials to help them cope with the impact of conflict and hopefully look towards a better 10 years ahead.
UNICEF is continuing to deliver and facilitate vital humanitarian assistance such as vaccines and other health and nutrition treatments – whilst providing or repairing safe water and sanitation facilities. In order to help Syrian children begin to recover from trauma and restore a sense of hope amongst the chaos; UNICEF is expanding access to education, safe spaces and psychosocial support services.
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How will you help
UNICEF donors like you are helping Syrian children and families with urgent life-saving supplies and essential aid. You’ll be supporting the ongoing response for over three million Syrian children, especially in health, nutrition, child protection, and social protection among others. With your vital donations, we can reach an estimated two million children and mothers with nutrition interventions, one million children will receive critical primary health care and about 300,000 will be not be deprived of psychosocial support and case management.
Your gift will also enable us to rush vital supplies to tackle the spread of COVID-19 within Syrian refugee and displacement camps, such as urgently needed medical and hygiene supplies.
Please donate now and help give Syrian children the essentials of hope.
Supporting malnourished Syrian children during the COVID-19 pandemic
Published on Thu Apr 16 2020
Despite movement restrictions across the Syrian Arab Republic, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention measures, UNICEF’s health and nutrition partners continue to reach children and women with life-saving aid.
Mahmoudli camp in rural Ar-Raqqa is just one of the Syrian camps UNICEF supporters are providing aid for. Mahmoudli hosts more than 8,000 internally displaced people – many of which are children, who fled their homes due to escalating violence.
UNICEF's team visits the camp three times a week to provide nutrition services and to monitor and follow up on malnourished children. This support is critical when it comes to ensuring Syrian children survive the harsh conditions of the camp – with malnutrition still contributing to the death of millions of children around the world each year.
When malnourished, children are vulnerable to diseases, stunting and even death. This risk is now even more profound, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to grow. If the virus reaches the already crowded Syrian camps, it will spread at a lethal rate.
Children are the hidden victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is critical at these times that children’s access to learning, health, nutrition and protection services are not affected.
Please donate now and help UNICEF provide life-saving support to Syrian children and families.
The threat of COVID-19 for Syrian Refugees
Published on Thu Apr 02 2020
COVID-19 poses a huge risk to those living in refugee or displacement camps - where families live in cramped conditions, with little to no access to medicine, soap or clean water. With handwashing and social distancing being the best defence against COVID-19, it will be near impossible for Syrian families to avoid infection.
UNICEF is on the ground, supporting Syrian children with life-saving supplies - but the need is great. Not only do refugee children need the regular humanitarian assistance they lean on to survive - food, clean water, vaccines, medicine and safe-spaces, but now entire communities urgently need medical and hygiene supplies to curb the spread of infection.
The need for your support has never been greater. Please donate now and help rush supplies to the Syrian children that need it most.
The impact of the Syrian War on children and families
Published on Thu Mar 05 2020
The war is Syria is about to enter its 10th year, leaving one-third of the Syrian people food insecure, 1 in 3 children out of school, and over half of all health facilities non-functional.
“Children across Syria are enduring the impact of a merciless war and will continue to suffer long after the guns have gone silent,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
“Over the past 9 years, schools and hospitals have been bombed, families have been torn apart, and young lives have been lost. Even in areas far away from the frontlines, families are struggling to feed their children and rebuild their lives. For those responsible for this collective failure on Syria: History will judge you harshly.”
Nine years of war have left Syria’s economy in near collapse, pushing millions of people into hunger and food insecurity. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of food insecure people increased from 6.5 million to 7.9 million, and food prices spiked by 60 per cent.
In Idlib, the situation of children and families has become even more critical: More than half a million children have been displaced in the past three months, an average of 6,000 a day. Some 180 schools are out of operation because they were either destroyed, damaged or used as shelter for displaced families. Food prices have increased by 120 per cent since last year.
Meanwhile, in the northeast, tens of thousands of children continue to languish in displacement camps, deprived of the most basic services, despite the significant efforts of humanitarian partners. Some 28,000 children from more than 60 countries, including 20,000 from Iraq, remain stranded in Al Hol camp, rejected by their governments and shunned by their communities.
UNICEF is on the ground, supporting children and families with urgently needed food, water, medicine, shelter and protection. We're also providing kids with educational, psychological and emotional support, so that children can overcome their trauma and work towards a brighter future.
Please donate now and help Syrian children survive.
Over half a million children in northwest Syria forced to flee amid continued violence and harsh weather
Published on Tue Feb 18 2020
More than 500,000 children have been displaced by horrific violence in northwest Syria since 1st December 2019, with tens of thousands of children and their families now living in tents and in the open air amid dangerously cold weather and rains.
“We walked for three days and now live in tents. All of our belongings were soaked with rain and mud,” says Nadia, a recently displaced mother originally from Saraqeb in Idlib, now living in the Aleppo area. “I have a very sick child who needs urgent surgery, but I cannot afford it. If my child dies, all I could do is to bury him.”
Since the beginning of the year, 77 children have been killed or injured due to the escalation of violence in northwest Syria.
“Children and families are caught between the violence, the biting cold, the lack of food and the desperate living conditions. Such abject disregard for the safety and wellbeing of children and families is beyond the pale and must not go on," says Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
Just yesterday, UNICEF received reports that the last two operational hospitals in the western part of Aleppo governorate were hit, one of them a maternity and children’s hospital.
UNICEF continues to deliver urgent life-saving aid to children and families in need, including those who have been recently displaced. This support includes hygiene kits, safe drinking water, warm clothes for winter, and screening and treatment of malnutrition, as well as education and psychosocial support.
In addition, UNICEF is working with partners to provide vaccines, particularly for children who have previously missed out on immunisation. UNICEF is also providing the required equipment to carry out vaccination campaigns, including the cold-chain to protect the safety of the vaccines.
Donate now to UNICEF New Zealand and help Syrian children survive.
Children and teachers killed as schools and kindergartens attacked in Idlib
Published on Wed Feb 26 2020
“Once again we are shocked at a wave of unrelenting violence that saw at least nine children and three teachers killed as 10 schools and kindergartens came under attack yesterday in Idlib, in the northwest of Syria.
“At least four of the schools were supported by UNICEF’s partners. There are reports that as many as 40 women and children were injured in these attacks.
“These attacks come at a time when increased violence in the north of Syria has forced more than half a million children to flee. Nearly 280,000 children have had their education interrupted as a result. At least 180 schools in the area are non-operational, because they were damaged, destroyed or are sheltering displaced families.
“We strongly condemn the killing and maiming of children. Schools and other education facilities are a sanctuary for children. Attacking them is a grave violation of children’s rights.
“All parties to the conflict in Syria must protect children and stop attacks on civilian facilities that provide for them, including schools."
Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The fighting came to our village," - Nour, 11,
Published on Thu Feb 20 2020
On 11th February 2020, Nour, 11, sits in a van waiting as her family is preparing to leave her village in Atarib, due to escalating violence in northwest Syrian Arab Republic.
“The fighting came to our village. We have to run away so that my little brothers and mother aren’t constantly afraid,” says Noor, barely holding back her own tears. “Shells fell on the street next to ours, and our street too. Some of our neighbours have died.”
Donate not to help support children like Nour.
UNICEF is on the ground, providing children and families with life-saving food, water, shelter and medicine. We're also helping to vaccinate children and provide with emotional and educational support, so kids have the chance of a brighter future.
Keeping Syrian children safe and warm through Winter
Published on Tue Feb 18 2020
As temperatures drop, Syrian children and families seeking shelter in the industrial zone of Hassia in rural Homs are especially vulnerable.
Years of relentless conflict have forced hundreds of families to take shelter in unfinished buildings in industrial districts.
Syrian Children and families live in the most basic conditions, with most units not even having glass window panes to protect them from the cold.
Pushed to the brink, many families struggle to purchase food, fuel and adequate clothing for the harsh winter months.
However, thanks to donations to UNICEF's Syrian Children's Appeal - we have been able to distribute life-saving winter clothing kits to the most vulnerable children.
Over 10,000 of the most vulnerable children in the governorate of Homs have received new winter clothes to help them keep warm this winter season. Each life-saving clothing kit contains a thermal outfit, a winter jacket, woolen hat, scarf and gloves, as well as winter shoes.
Please donate now and help us protect even more Syrian children.
More than 6,500 children forced to flee in northwest Syria every day for past week.
Published on Mon Feb 03 2020
The crisis in northwest Syria is turning into a child protection crisis of unprecedented scale. Violence over the past week has forced 6,500 children to flee every day, bringing the total number of displaced children in the area to more than 300,000 since early December.
UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are in desperate need. Food, water and medicine are in short supply. Children and families are taking refuge in public facilities, schools, mosques, unfinished buildings and shops.
Many are simply living in the open air including in parks, amidst heavy rains and in the freezing cold. Access to the most basic services like health, water or sanitation is either very limited or non-existent.
In Idlib, where more than three quarters of the population in need are women and children, many families have suffered multiple displacements and are increasingly desperate – with no way to safely escape the violence.
The crisis is taking a deadly toll on children: Of the 900 children killed in Syria in the past year alone as a result of the conflict, more than 75 per cent were in the northwest. Idlib recorded the highest number of child casualties.
Through our partners on the ground, UNICEF continues to deliver assistance to families in need including those recently displaced. This assistance includes hygiene kits, safe water, vaccination for children against diseases and screening and treatment of malnutrition.
The delivery of life-saving supplies is critical and should continue. It will not, however, bring an end to children’s suffering.
Violence must stop, for the sake of children.
Donate now to UNICEF New Zealand and help Syrian children survive.
Nour, 10 dreams of becoming a journalist.
Published on Mon Dec 09 2019
Nour, 10, fled escalating violence in Ras al-Ain in northeast Syria with her family of ten, seeking safety at a school shelter in Al-Hasakeh city.
Now displaced twice, Nour, dreams of becoming a journalist in the future.
“If I had the power, I would end this conflict right now, so that people can go back to their homes and children to their schools,” says Nour.
UNICEF are reaching children in shelters in Al-Hasakeh city with psychosocial support, including activities and sports games to alleviate some of their trauma and help them cope with the situation.
To protect children and raise their awareness about explosive hazards, UNICEF-supported volunteers are also providing kids with mine-risk education.
Donate now to help displaced Syrian kids like Nour.
Eight children reportedly killed in attacks on Tal Rifaat in rural Aleppo north of Syria
Published on Mon Dec 02 2019
UNICEF are shocked and saddened by reports that eight children were killed and another eight were injured in attacks on Tal Rifaat town, northern Aleppo. All of them were under the age of 15.
This brings the number of children killed in the north of Syria to at least 34 in the past four weeks alone. The number of children killed is increasing as relentless violence continues in several parts of Syria.
In almost nine years of conflict, the fundamental principle of protection of children has been completely disregarded.
UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict in Syria that children must always be protected, they are not a target and those who kill children deliberately will be held accountable.
We remain on the ground in Syria and surrounding countries, helping children and families survive. We’re providing life-saving food, water, medical supplies and shelter – while getting kids back into education and helping them recover from trauma they’re going through.
Donate now and help protect and care for Syrian children.
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