How we've helped
After almost five devastating years of fighting, there is still no end in sight to the crisis. This short, moving video highlights the struggles child refugees face on a daily basis.
Since the conflict erupted in Syria in March 2011, a staggering four million people have fled across borders to escape the violence. Another 7.6 million people – more than a third of Australia’s population – have been forced from their homes, but remain in Syria.
Sadly, the crisis in Syria has turned millions of peoples lives upside down. These three girls tell us what they miss about home, and what their life is like now. From middle class beginnings, to living in makeshift tents today, with no promise of what tomorrow will bring.
More than half of those caught up in the conflict are children. Many have lost family members, their homes and witnessed or experienced violence. They are also missing out on many things that children need to grow- an education, interaction with other children and safe, solid homes to go back to. Instead they are scared and frustrated.
Those who have fled Syria are staying with host families in their country of refuge, in refugee camps or in makeshift accommodation such as garages, broken down buildings and in self-constructed tents. Living conditions in these accommodations are harsh, and families often struggle to access the essentials - food, clean water and shelter from weather conditions.
Lebanon is hosting about 1.2 million Syrian refugees, and more than 600,000 are in Jordan. In Lebanon, Syrian refugees now make up almost 20 percent of the population. Unsurprisingly this is putting immense strain on the host communities.
MIDDLE CENTRE: "It was the first day of Ramadan in the morning. The planes came and bombed out place and we were so frightened. My father came and took us and took us to the shelter." - Amel, 11.
- providing remedial classes and safe spaces for children to help them catch-up on lost classroom time and restore a sense of normality- installing water tanks and toilets in makeshift settlements to ensure access to clean water and sanitation- distributing food vouchers and essential supplies like nappies, cooking equipment and winter clothing
- providing basic supplies like food, nappies and winter clothing- constructing water and sanitation facilities to meet the urgent sanitation needs of more than 50,000 people in Azraq, the nee refugee camp built to support the overflow at Za’atari- rehabilitating roads and drainage at Za’atari refugee camp to keep families safe and dry- providing remedial classes and child-friendly spaces, helping children catch up on lost classroom time and restore a sense of normality
- establishing or improving access to clean water, sanitation and health care, to keep children healthy and hygienic- distributing food and winter essentials
A series of reports on the Syrian Crisis by Melissa Doyle. Melissa travelled to Jordan and Lebanon with World Vision Australia in November 2013 to produce these stories for the Seven Network in Australia.
Syrian children need our help. The impacts of war are devastating and this conflict has already consumed three long years. Let's speak up: Don't let the #childrenofsyria lose another year to bloodshed and suffering. #nolostgeneration
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