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. 

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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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