Syria conflict explained
Almost five years of conflict in Syria has left more than four million refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring countries, and countless more struggling to reach safety in Europe. An increasing number of those fleeing the Syrian conflict are unaccompanied children.
Fran Charles, Advocacy Director for World Vision’s Syria Response, said World Vision staff were working in an increasingly restricted humanitarian space, meaning greater difficulty in reaching children and families with the assistance they so desperately need.
“The international community must step up and use all diplomatic influence at its disposal to ensure these attacks stop and children and families can access lifesaving assistance,” she said. “International borders must also remain open for those fleeing conflict.”
Syrians are fleeing a protracted conflict in their country that has so far claimed more than 270,000 lives, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which relies on a large network of doctors and activist sources. The Syrian Centre for Policy Research, however, estimates that 470,000 have died. 13.5 million people inside Syria need humanitarian assistance. Of those, more than 5.6 million are children.
Read the latest World Vision Syria Crisis Response Annual Report here.