Syrian Civil War

The Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, has created a widespread and dire humanitarian crisis for 13.1 million people inside the country, including 5.3 million children

Situation Overview: 

The ongoing violence and destruction have led to an acute shortage of food, drinkable water, and medical supplies. Children are growing up without access to education, safe places to play, and health care, including mental health care.  

Millions of Syrian children and their families have had to leave their homes. More than 6.6 million Syrians are internally displaced, and more than 5.6 million have fled the country, seeking refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe.  

The Problem in Numbers

2.6 million

children have fled Syria and live as refugees


2.8 million

Syrian children do not go to school


5.3 million

children in Syria need humanitarian aid

Our Impact:  How Supporters Like You Are Making a Difference

Since early 2012, SOS has also provided emergency relief to children and families affected by the Syrian conflict. 

Our Emergency Response Work in Syria

Our emergency response work has involved setting up Child Friendly Spaces and interim care centers to protect unaccompanied children and children who have become separated from their families. SOS has also provided emergency food support, distributing 5,700 integrated food baskets to internally displaced people in and around Damascus and Daraa, and 8,090 food kits to families in Aleppo. 

SOS has led or contributed to a range of initiatives to help conflict-affected children, including the All Together Campaign, the Eidiyeh Initiative, My Right to Education and the Keep Me Warm campaign.

Getting Families back on their Feet

In Syria, vulnerable children and families find help through a variety of SOS Children’s Villages programs. Orphans and other children without family care are welcomed at SOS villages. Child Friendly Spaces provide traumatized children with psychosocial support and active learning through play and recreational activities, with a focus on enhancing children’s self-esteem and nurturing friendships and social connection.

To get families back on their feet, SOS’s family strengthening programs include parenting support sessions, food assistance to ensure adequate nutrition, and microfinancing to enable parents to set up small businesses to provide a stable income for their families. 

Take Action

Improve the life of a child whose life has been devastated by conflict today. 

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How you help support children and families
on the front-lines of the Syrian war.

How the War Impacts Children

The war has exacted a severe psychological and physical toll on millions of Syrian children. They have seen their childhoods vanish and their families killed. For orphaned children, life is even more difficult as they try to survive on their own or with their vulnerable, bereaved families.

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