UNICEF - Syrian crisis
After seven years of conflict, Syrians are facing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with grave protection and human rights violations occurring daily.
Children have paid the heaviest price in the conflict, and their suffering has hit rock bottom in a drastic escalation of violence. More than 5 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance, with almost half forced to flee their homes. Many families have lost everything – including, for those who have fled the country, the protections that come with citizenship.
Neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, have taken in millions of Syrian refugees. Many more Syrian families have risked everything to find safety outside the region.
UNICEF and its partners are committed to delivering essential services for Syrian families and keeping Syrian children from becoming a ‘lost generation’. Critical efforts are being made to minimize the impact of the crisis on children – including in the life-saving areas of health, nutrition, immunization, water and sanitation, as well as education and child protection.
UNICEF is also working in neighbouring countries to support Syrian refugee families and the host communities in which they have settled.
These efforts are critical not only for defending the rights of children, but also for safeguarding their future.