What is the Syria Crisis?
Almost five years of conflict has left four million Syrian refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring countries, and countless more struggling to reach safety in Europe. An increasing number of them are unaccompanied children.
World Vision's Regional Director for the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Conny Lenneberg, said there were thousands of children making the journey from Syria on their own, with 8,000 in Serbia alone.
"We know from experience they are vulnerable to trafficking, forced labour, prostitution and other forms of violence. Further, with Serbia’s harsh winter fast approaching, they lack adequate food, clothing and shelter,” Ms Lenneberg said.
Syrians are fleeing a protracted conflict in their country that has so far claimed 220,000 lives - according to the United Nations - left one million people injured and rendered 12.2 million people inside Syria in need of humanitarian assistance. Of those, more than 5.6 million are children.
More than 7.6 million people have been displaced by this conflict and an estimated 4.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in hard to reach and besieged locations.
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.