Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children, delivering programs and improving children’s lives in more than 120 countries worldwide. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. We believe that all children have the right to survive, learn, and be protected, and we will do whatever it takes to reach every last child.
Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Response
Children and families are on the move in unprecedented numbers, creating the highest level of displacement since World War II. The world is witnessing a rapid escalation in the number of people forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – moving toward countries of transit, such as Greece, Italy, Serbia, Lebanon and Egypt – seeking safety in European nations.
Approximately half of the 19.5 million refugees registered globally are children - from Syria alone children make up 53% of the refugees. Children and families who flee Syria and other conflict-affected countries, flee out of fear for their lives. They often embark on perilous journeys and while on the move are extremely vulnerable. With thousands of refugees arriving in countries like Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, the local capacity of government authorities is being pushed to the breaking point Basic services are stretched to inadequacy as millions of people arrive only to find little in the way of comfort or support – sleeping in the open or in public spaces, suffering from exhaustion and malnutrition, all the while left highly vulnerable to exploitation and harm.
Children in these circumstances are especially vulnerable to abuse and trafficking, as families often have no adequate shelter and food is scarce in many places. The health needs are constant, since access to primary health care is severely limited, and conditions make children susceptible to disease. A considerable portion of refugee and displaced children are out of school, and are growing up lacking even basic numeracy and literacy skills.
We believe that every last child has a right to be healthy, to learn, to be protected and to be free from poverty. This is why Save the Children has been responding to crises around the world for almost 100 years. We’ve been working in Syria and the surrounding region for decades. Providing safety, comfort and support for refugee boys and girls and their families is transformative. We believe all children should have an equal chance, no matter who or where they are, and we will do whatever it takes to reach every last child.