Safety for the Stateless
Child Refugee Crisis
In March of 2017, the ongoing crisis in Syria experienced its 6th anniversary. This means that there are children who have spent their lives knowing nothing but conflict and violence. Children are living in an almost constant state of fear, terrified by shelling, airstrikes and ongoing violence, with devastating psychological consequences.
For those who have fled the country, the situation is not much better. Children who have been forced from their homes and are on the move are extremely vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and disease. They are too easily separated from their parents and too easily lose access to essentials like healthcare and education.
Save the Children is on the ground in Syria and surrounding countries, working to help children and their families impacted by the ongoing conflict, and the large numbers of people on the move. In addition to survival necessities, we work to ensure children have access to education and informal learning opportunities. We provide Child Friendly Spaces that give kids a chance to laugh, play, and begin their recovery journeys.
Even in the midst of violence, the resilience of children is inspiring. When we asked one little Syrian girl what she wanted to be when she grew up, she told us “a queen and a doctor”. We will do whatever it takes to support those goals, as we will for every last child.