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Syrian Response

Six years of brutal civil war inside Syria have seen nearly five million people forced to flee - with millions more inside the country forced to live with the threat of violence


Syria has been beset by violence and instability for over six years. The country’s brutal civil war has seen indiscriminate aerial bombing and the use of chemical weapons in civilian areas. Millions have been forced to leave their homes.

Some five million Syrians are now living as refugees in foreign countries - nearly half of whom are children. These children have no safe place to learn, play or live in peace with their families. Forced to move repeatedly in search of safety, they live in poor conditions and carry the memories of the war with them wherever they go.

Children inside Syria grow up under the constant threat of violence. The deteriorating security situation threatens their safety and stops them from accessing education or health facilities. Regular reports are issued of grave violations of human rights being inflicted against children.

What we do

War Child has been actively responding to the Syrian crisis since early 2012. War Child is currently the leading agency providing emergency psychosocial support and education services to Syrian children in Lebanon. We are also present in Jordan and Iraq to support the urgent needs of displaced Syrian children through our education and child protection programmes.

The ultimate aim of War Child’s Syrian Response Project is to ensure the improved psychosocial well-being and resilience of the many thousands of children taking part in our programmes. These programmes - together with our network of ‘Safe Spaces’ - allow children to process their traumatic experiences and begin to plan for a better future.