- World Leaders
Tell World Leaders: The Future of Syria’s Children is in Their Hands
With the conflict in Syria now in its fifth year and no end in sight, Syrian children urgently need our support to defend their rights and ensure their protection.
Intensified fighting and a continual deterioration of the situation in Syria have left 7.6 million children in dire need of immediate support. Exposed to unimaginable violence, and with little or no access to healthcare, education or protection, these children are being denied their childhood. They have witnessed and experienced things that no child should ever endure. Many are suffering from the devastating impact this prolonged conflict has had on their physical and emotional well-being. And for each additional day that these children are denied their rights, their futures become even more uncertain.
Join SOS Children’s Villages in telling world leaders to prioritize and protect Syrian children.
- World Leaders
With the Syria crisis now in its fifth year and no end in in sight, the international community must do more to ensure that the children of Syria have access to the healthcare, education, and protection they desperately need to overcome this humanitarian crisis.
On account of this protracted conflict, 64.7 percent of the population in Syria now lives in extreme poverty, with limited or no access to basic necessities or services, and 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Roughly 7.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes, often losing almost everything in the process. These children and families are living in unimaginable conditions, struggling to survive amid significant danger to their health and safety. With food shortages, a lack of safe drinking water, and a health system constantly under attack, many children face malnutrition and lack access to even the most basic healthcare services.
This crisis has also had a negative impact on Syria’s education system. In a country that once had nearly universal school enrollment, more than two million children are now out of school due to the conflict. Most of these children have been out of school for multiple years, dropping Syria’s current school enrollment rate to the second lowest in the world. Across the country, 4.5 million children are in need of some form of educational support, and with 24 percent of the country’s education infrastructure damaged, destroyed or being used for shelter or military use, alternative educational arrangements are urgently needed to ensure that children throughout Syria can continue to learn.
At the same time, almost two million children now live as refugees in neighboring countries. While these children are safe from the immediate danger of the conflict, their families often have little or no income, and at times inadequate documentation, increasing their vulnerability to exploitation, trafficking, abuse, child labor, forced marriage, and recruitment into armed groups. Additionally, many of these children continue to suffer from the emotional and physical wounds caused by the extreme violence and displacement they endured.
Like those inside Syria, nearly half of Syrian refugee children in the region are out of school. And for youth who were nearing completion of their studies inside Syria, they now find themselves without opportunities to finalize their schooling or develop their vocational training and skills. With limited support services, educational opportunities, or paths for employment, the future for these children and youth is bleak without immediate response and investment.
Please come together and use your leadership to ensure that the rights of Syrian children are protected, that a comprehensive humanitarian response is fully funded, and that a permanent end to this conflict is a top global priority.
This crisis has denied millions of innocent children their most basic rights, exposed them to unimaginable violence, and caused them significant trauma. But with a comprehensive response, we can stop this conflict from also stealing their futures. Give Syrian children a chance at a childhood and the opportunity to lead Syria to a better tomorrow.
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