Syrian crisis

After more than eight years of conflict in Syria, children are paying the heaviest price.

Syria. A boy stands in the street.
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Tens of thousands displaced in northeast Syria

On 11 October 2019 in the Syrian Arab Republic, a woman holds a child as families displaced from Ras Al-ain arrive in Tal Tamer, 75km southeast Ras of Al-ain, having fled escalating violence.
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An estimated 80,000 children have been displaced since hostilities in northeast Syria escalated in early October.?The majority of refugees are in immediate need of food, water, basic services and supplies, including clothes and blankets, as most have arrived with no personal items. Many refugees, especially children, are in need of psychological and psychosocial support as many have witnessed shelling, fighting and explosions in their home communities back in Syria.

UNICEF teams are working with partners to provide water, ready to eat food, and hygiene kits.?UNICEF and partners have also provided polio and measles vaccines for approximately 230,000 children under the age of five in Al-Hasakeh governorate, in northeast Syria.

At Badarash camp, UNICEF is vaccinating children, providing psychosocial support, and working to identify and refer children and women who require specialized assistance.


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Syrian crisis background: What you need to know

What is happening in the Syrian Arab Republic?

After more than eight years of conflict, the Syria crisis continues to have a huge impact on children inside Syria, across the region and beyond. Every Syrian child has been impacted by the violence, displacement, severed family ties and lack of access to vital services. This has had a huge psychological impact on children.

The physical devastation in Syria is massive, with schools, hospitals and water treatment facilities destroyed. Meanwhile, an estimated 2.6 million children remain displaced inside Syria, while some 2.5?million children are living as refugees, in neighbouring countries.

How have children been affected?

The Syrian crisis remains first and foremost a protection crisis:?2018 was the deadliest single year for children since the start of the war. Grave violations of children’s rights – recruitment, abductions, killing and maiming continue unabated. Unexploded ordnance is a deadly threat for millions of Syrian children, while around 5 million children still require some form of humanitarian assistance, including nearly half a million in hard-to-reach areas.

What is UNICEF doing to help children in the?Syrian?crisis?

UNICEF and partners are on the ground in Syria and across the region working to protect children, to help them cope with the impact of conflict and to resume their childhoods. This includes improving access to education and psychosocial support services to help children and caregivers to recover from trauma and to restore a sense of normalcy, as well as delivering?critical humanitarian assistance in?hard-to-reach areas. Read more about UNICEF’s work and results in the country.


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Syrian crisis snapshot

What UNICEF is doing in Syria

UNICEF and partners are on the ground in Syria and across the region working to protect children, to help them cope with the impact of conflict and to resume their childhoods. This includes improving access to education and psychosocial support services to help children and caregivers to recover from trauma and to restore a sense of normalcy.

UNICEF delivers critical humanitarian assistance, such as vaccines and other health and nutrition items across the country, including accessing hard-to-reach areas. Meanwhile, UNICEF and partners are improving school facilities, training teachers and repairing water and sanitation facilities.

Read UNICEF’s 2019 Humanitarian Action for Children Syrian appeal

Results for children in Syria

From January to December 2018, UNICEF and partners:

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