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Children Crisis in Syria: How You Can Help

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Syria, Citizen Media, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, Refugees, War & Conflict

This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011/13 [1]

Consequences of war on Syrian children:

An estimated 4,355 Syrian children have been killed (up to 15/1/2013) in the on-going conflict in Syria, according to latest report released by Martyrs of the Syrian Revolution Database [2]. Thousands more have been wounded, detained, or left without family, or access to medical aid and humanitarian assistance.

According to the UN Refugee Agency [3] (UNHCR), 650,764 Syrian refugees are registered or awaiting registration inside and outside Syria. More than half of them (52%) are under 18. However, countless Syrian children have been confronted with the anguish of losing their home, their belongings, and parents. The Children's Rights Portal reports [4]:


Syrian Children in Crisis, bitter winter adds to suffering. Source: Save the Children [5]

In such conditions, practically all the necessary constants for child development are seriously disrupted, and the psychological damages of armed conflicts are incalculable…. These children, unable to grow up in an atmosphere of trust and having had to face atrocities from a very young age, often develop the conviction that violence is a way like any other to solve disputes, and so it is difficult for them to send a message of peace and international security to future generations.



How to Help Syrian Children?

Earlier this week, we reported [6] on the steep price Syrian children are paying in this war tearing their country apart. Today, we look at ways in which individuals could help alleviate some of their suffering.

With your responsible actions, you can show your compassion and you can raise your voice so that the United Nations fulfills its roles towards protecting the rights of children abused in Syria. Show your solidarity with the children of Syria by:

A movement dedicated to raising public awareness of crimes against humanity all over the world and
helping to stop them, starting with the atrocities occurring against the Children of Syria.


The next video [Warning: Graphic, features dead children] represents the Syrian children case by Rise 4 Humanity.

Save the Children launched a campaign to Stop the Crimes Against Syria’s Children. The response was phenomenal – resulting in worldwide attention to the atrocities that children are living through in Syria. This was our fastest growing campaign, with thousands of people signing up every day.


UNICEF’s Children of Syria Winter Crisis Appeal ad in a London Subway Dec 2012. Source: Global Research [13]

Sign Petitions:

Help by sending these sites and petitions to your friends and your official representatives. They can do a lot. You can do a lot.


The crisis in Syria affects 2 million children. We need your support to reach everyone. Source: UNICEF España [25] on Twitter.

Local Communities which help Syrian children:

The next video, Out in the Cold: Syrian refugee families brave the winter, is posted by savethechildrenuk [29] to illustrate the needs of children and fundraising aid to Syrian children refugees:

Syria's children are the innocent victims of this war and drawing attention to their plight and trying to help ease their suffering in the least anyone can do.

This post is part of our special coverage Syria Protests 2011/13 [1]