Five years of brutal civil war in Syria, coupled with atrocities committed by ISIS across the Middle East, have created the greatest human tragedy in living memory.
- Almost 500,000 Syrian people have died
- Some 11 million – nearly half the population – have fled their homes
- Almost 5 million are in vast camps in neighbouring countries
Who are these people?
These broken people are not economic migrants chasing a better future. They are refugees fleeing from war and destruction, and would return to their homes if they could.
Their only choice was to risk their lives for safety and survival. Many left with only the clothes on their back and what they could carry. They face disease and malnutrition. Many Syrian children are deprived of education, a problem that could hinder them for life.
There are children too
Unaccompanied children without parents or relatives are most vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse and exploitation. They lack appropriate adult care and receive no education. There is a great need for these to be supervised during the demolition of the camp.
Most children are alone because desperate parents payed all they had to gangs to transport them to Europe – seeing this as their children’s only hope for a future. Others have been orphaned by the conflict. Or separated from parents in the chaos.
Many of these children now lack appropriate adult care, receive no education and are at great risk from physical and sexual exploitation. Learn more about refugee children.