Below is an overview of the Syria refugee crisis, its impact on children, and how you can help.
November 3, 2015 | By World Vision staff
Winter is coming: Refugees in settlements have fewer resources than ever before. They need adequate food, warm clothes, shoes, blankets, heaters, and fuel.
Despite rain and cold, the human tide of refugees is still coming; every day, thousands more attempt sea crossings to reach Europe.
More than 3,200 have perished this year, including Aylan, a little Syrian boy whose photo touched hearts around the world.
Syrians fleeing conflict need all the basics to sustain their lives: food, clothing, health assistance, shelter, and household and hygiene items.
They need reliable supplies of clean water, as well as sanitation facilities.
Children need a safe environment and a chance to play and go to school. Adults need employment options in case of long-term displacement.
As winter comes, refugees need warm clothing, shoes, bedding, heaters, and heating fuel.
Turkey is hosting more than 1.9 million Syrian refugees. Iraq, facing its own armed conflict, is hosting about 250,000 Syrians.
More than 1.1 million refugees are in Lebanon. Many have taken up residence there in communities’ abandoned buildings, sheds, spare rooms, garages, and in tent settlements on vacant land. Conditions are often crowded and unsanitary. Even so, families struggle to pay rent for these spaces.
About 630,000 refugees have settled in Jordan, mostly with host families or in rented accommodations. About 80,000 live in Za’atari, a camp near the northern border with Syria, and about 23,700 live in another camp, Azraq, where World Vision set up much of the water and sanitation system.
For more, read our special report, “Syria Crisis and the Scars of War,”
at World Vision magazine.
Between 2.1 and 2.4 million school-age children are not attending school. In Syria, 5,000 to 14,000 schools have been damaged, destroyed, or occupied since 2011. The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to UNICEF.
For refugee families that don’t live in camps, paying rent and other expenses can make it difficult for parents to afford books, uniforms, and tuition fees for their children. In some cases, children must give up school and start work to help provide for their families.
In Lebanon, the government has opened public schools to Syrian children, but language barriers, overcrowding, and the cost of transportation keep many refugee children out of school.
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, World Vision has helped more than 2 million people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. We also provide aid in Serbia to refugees fleeing to Europe.
Become a World Vision Refugee Responder to help provide life-saving essentials for refugees.Created with reporting from Brian Jonson and Patricia Mouamar, World Vision communications staff in Lebanon and Jordan, and Chris Huber, Kathryn Reid, and Denise C. Koenig in the United States.