Syrian Crisis

For many Syrian children, all they have known is war and hardship. Eight years on, their lives continue to be torn apart as the conflict reaches a whole new frightening level in the north-west region of Idlib.
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Syria’s children are growing up in the midst of the most significant humanitarian crisis in living memory. We urgently need your help to protect their lives, their childhoods and their futures.


ESCALATING CONFLICT IN IDLIB, NORTH-WEST SYRIA

Increasing violence in Idlib, North-West Syria has left millions of children, women and families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
The region is on the verge of the worst humanitarian crisis in the eight years of conflict.


North-West Syria is home to over 3 million people, with as many as 1.5 million that have been forced from their homes to seek safety in other parts of Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of people are living without access to basic necessities in temporary settlements; while more than a quarter of a million people are on the move due to the recent fighting.

World Vision is working with partners in Syria to save lives and alleviate the suffering of those affected by the escalation in violence. Our focus is on the most vulnerable - particularly children and women.

Important, life-giving work that must continue

Important, life-giving work that must continue
We work in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and northern Syria to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Syrians and communities hosting Syrian refugees.

We are working alongside families, providing life-saving essentials like clean water, food, healthcare and shelter.

Children have lost their homes, loved ones and everything familiar to them. For their parents, fleeing their home has been the toughest decision they’ve ever had to make. But bombs, snipers and torture made it too dangerous to stay. They escaped the war to protect their families, but life is now a daily struggle for survival.

This is important, life-giving work that must continue, but today it’s under threat. After years of war in Syria, the world’s attention is drifting, and donations for our work here are reducing dramatically. Your support is more important than ever.​

We’re doing whatever it takes to save lives and protect children. But we need your help to reach more. You can be there for children whose lives have been shattered by conflict.

refugees have crossed international borders and remain in neighbouring countries, another 6.2M are displaced within Syria.
Syrian refugees make up about one-sixth of Lebanon’s population. Many living in primitive conditions in informal tent settlements.
of children in Syria are out of school, and 80% of the population lives in poverty.

For many Syrian refugee children, all they have known is war and hardship

For many Syrian refugee children, all they have known is war and hardship
At just two years of age Muhammad’s life has been one of loss and upheaval.  When Muhammad was born there was no time for joy and celebration for his parents, just fear and anxiety as they fled for their lives. Muhammad was just a few hours old when bombs hit his village.

In the past two years, the war has forced them to flee time and time again, losing everything they own. Each day now is a struggle to find food, clean water and safety.

As his family struggles to stay together and survive, Muhammad has retreated into his own world; unable to express emotion. Concerned for his wellbeing, Muhammad's family brought him to the World Vision relief and development centre. Huda (pictured left) began helping him with his emotional and physical needs and worked with his parents to support them in the journey to recovery. 

FAQs

World Vision is not allowed to work directly in Syria. But we are supporting partner organisations in Idlib who are providing emergency relief and running programmes in focused on healthcare, water, sanitation and child protection/psychosocial support. They are distributing things displaced people need the most including; water purification tablets, hygiene and cooking kits, fuel, blankets and bedding. They’re also helping deploy mobile medical units, bringing vaccinations, medicine and specialist help to the many pregnant women and new mothers.
Idlib is facing a major humanitarian crisis, after the conflict intensified around the end of April 2019. The bombing has forced hundreds of thousands of people living in the Idlib region to leave their homes in search of safety. Most are now living in tents in informal camps, where conditions are terrible. 
No. In Jordan, the overwhelming majority of refugees live in host communities, staying with other families or rental accommodation. There are approximately 670,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, 120,000 live in refugee camps, including Za’atari and Azraq, where aid groups have converted desert wastes into cities.

In Lebanon, there are no official refugee camps. The 950,000 Syrian refugees make up about one-sixth of Lebanon’s population. Many live in primitive conditions in informal tent settlements, which are not official refugee camps. With few legal income opportunities, they struggle to afford residency fees, rent, utilities, and food.

There are 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. Approximately 90% of Syrian refugees in Turkey live outside of camps and have limited access to basic services.

The 250,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq are concentrated in the Kurdistan region in the north where more than a million Iraqis fled to escape ISIL. Most refugees are integrated into communities but the large number of newcomers puts a strain on services.
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. 

Diseases and malnutrition: Children are susceptible to ailments brought on by poor sanitation, including diarrheal diseases like cholera. They may miss vaccinations and regular health checkups, especially in cut-off areas. In poor housing, cold weather increases the risk of pneumonia and other respiratory infections.

Child labor and child soldiers: Many refugee children have to work to support their families. Often they work in dangerous or demeaning circumstances for little pay. Warring parties forcibly recruit children who serve as fighters, human shields, and in support roles, according to the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report.

Child marriage and abuse: Children are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation in the unfamiliar and overcrowded conditions found in camps and informal tent settlements. Without adequate income to support their families and fearful of their daughters being molested, parents may opt to arrange a marriage for girls, some as young as 13.

Lack of education opportunities: Forty percent of Syrian refugee children are out of school. In Syria, the war reversed two decades of educational progress. One-third of schools are not having classes because they have been damaged, destroyed, or occupied by military groups or displaced people.
In 2018, our Syria Crisis Response team contributed to the well-being of over 2.2 million people, in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. Just over 1.3 million of these were children.

Lebanon: World Vision’s response has helped 202,600 people, through running informal education to help children re-enter school, providing water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, creating child friendly spaces, and providing cash and food assistance to refugees.

Jordan: Some 188,316 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.  We have also been providing water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in camps, and alternative learning and psychosocial support for children of all backgrounds. 

Syria: Over 852,000 people have been supported through sustainable water and sanitation solutions, psychosocial support for children, household and winter items, a new school and filling gaps in fractured health-care. 

Turkey: World Vision helped 47,000 with protection across the border and non-formal education.

Iraq: Over 937,000 people in Iraq were supported with access health, water, hygiene, learning opportunities, with an emphasis on safe and food-secure living conditions.
The children of Syria desperately need your support, our important, life-giving work must continue