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Syrian Refugee Crisis
After six years of war, more than half of Syria’s population has been forced to flee their homes. Children affected by the crisis are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school and are at risk of becoming a lost generation.
people need humanitarian assistance
of Syrian refugees are children
years of lost schooling
This is a children’s crisis
Meet Sara from Syria
Before the war nothing worried Sara. Everything was ok. But then her home was bombed, her father killed and her world fell apart.
Meet Hani from Syria
Like many children his age, Hani went to preschool, learnt the alphabet and played with his friends.
Meet Ali from Syria in 360
Ali is a Syrian refugee who sells tissues to earn money for his family. Experience his story in 360 video.
Syria's children still dream of a brighter future
World Vision has been working with children since the war began and recently we asked children to share their fears and dreams with us. Here is what they said:
World Vision continues to work in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and northern Syria to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Syrians and communities hosting Syrian refugees.
World Vision is on the ground
providing healthcare and nutrition
to those in need by building a hospital and providing medical equipment and supplies so that Syrian’s can have receive medical care when they need it.
supplying clean, safe water and sanitation services
to thousands of displaced people. We are also supporting Syrian’s with baby kits and health kits to keep families healthy.
putting children first
by providing education to children forced out of school and offering psychosocial support to young people affected by the crisis.
See the impact your donation has
Giving young Syrians the chance to grow their skills
17-year-old Saihan fled Syria three years ago. Now living in a remote camp in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, she’s learning to grow sustainable food.
Ahmad finds a passion for drawing at World Vision Child-Friendly Space
Ahmad never had a hobby before, now he uses drawing as a way to escape his fearful thoughts after escaping Syria.
Are Syrian refugees all living in camps?
No. In Jordan, the overwhelming majority of refugees live in host communities, staying with other families or rental accommodation.
There are approximately 637,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. Despite how much media coverage it gets, only around 80,000 of those live in Za’atari refugee camp. Azraq refugee camp opened in Jordan in 2014 and currently houses approximately 31,000 Syrian refugees.
In Lebanon, there are no official refugee camps for Syrians. Syrian refugees are living in host communities or scattered informal camp-like settlements. In Turkey approximately 90% of Syrian refugees live outside formal camps.
What is life like for Syrian refugee children living in camps or tents?
In Lebanon, there are no official refugee camps, though there are scattered camp-like informal settlements.
This makes emergency response difficult and many refugees are falling through the cracks. These settlements generally lack proper hygiene and other measures needed to protect the health of the most vulnerable, including children. Children cannot rely on the usual protection mechanisms and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Winter conditions present extra challenges for already vulnerable children and families.
The most populace refugee camp in Jordan is Za’atari, close to the northern border with Syria. It is home to around 80,000 people. The camp is hot and dusty in summer and cold in winter, it is no place for children, despite the best efforts of authorities, the UN and humanitarian agencies. Some children are not in school and wander around refugee camps during the day and night, which leaves them very vulnerable.
What is World Vision doing about the Syrian Refugee Crisis?
In 2016, our Syria Crisis Response team contributed to the well-being of almost 2.3 million people, in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. Just over one million were children.
World Vision’s response has helped 240,886 people, through education, community-based water, sanitation and hygiene, child protection, and cash support to households.
Some 75,270 people in Jordan have been able to settle into their changed lives, with a strong emphasis on child protection, schools, household financial support, and education opportunities. World Vision also provides water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in camps, and alternative learning and psychosocial support for children of all backgrounds.
Sustainable water and sanitation solutions, psychosocial support for children, household and winter items, hygiene kits and baby kits, and filling gaps in fractured health-care.
World Vision helped 14,965 recently arrived refugees with access to legal services, protection, translation and non-formal education to enhance coping mechanism.
World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response in Iraq helped 1,722,371 people, including 885,515 children, living in camps and communities to access health, water, hygiene, dignity and learning opportunities, with an emphasis on safe and food-secure living conditions.
Why are people leaving Syria?
Since the Syrian civil war began, as many as 470,000 people have been killed, says the Syrian Centre for Policy research.
Within Syria, healthcare, education systems, and other infrastructure have been destroyed; the economy is shattered.
Syrian children — the nation’s hope for a better future — have lost loved ones, suffered injuries, missed years of schooling, and witnessed unspeakable violence and brutality.
Why are Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe?
Six years into the crisis, the increased strain on services in the region of hosting the extraordinary high number of refugees has led to worsening living conditions for Syrian refugees and hosting communities alike. Access to health and education services, or basic needs such as food and water, has continued to decline as refugees run out of savings to support themselves and funding requirements run short.
This deterioration of conditions inside Syria and in neighbouring countries resulted in 2015 seeing the highest numbers of Syrian refugees undertaking risky journeys towards Europe in the hope of a better future. Just over 10 per cent of those who have fled the conflict since its beginning have sought safety in Europe, with 813,599 asylum applications made between April 2011 and April 2015.
Your donation today will provide Syrian families with life-saving aid