Syria: More than 12 million children in need of international humanitarian assistance

The number of Syrian children in need of humanitarian aid has reached a record high in 11 years of war. There are more than 12.3 million Syrian children in this situation and funding has dropped by half, the UN warned this Sunday.

UNICEF announced that it had received “less than half of the funds needed this year” for Syrian children. This decline in international funding has had an impact on the situation of these war victims.

“Millions of children still live in fear, uncertainty and need in Syria and neighboring countries,” UNICEF’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Adele Khodr, said in a statement.

She estimated that currently, “more than 6.5 million children in Syria need assistance” and “nearly 5.8 million Syrian children in neighboring countries depend on it”. She says many families are “struggling to make ends meet”

And these more than 12 million children in need is the highest figure recorded since the start of the conflict more than 11 years ago, explained the UN official.

“The crisis in Syria is far from over,” said UNICEF, recalling that 213 children were injured or killed in the first three months “of 2022, totaling 13,000 children since 2011.

The UN organization says it has “an urgent need of $20 million for its cross-border operations, the only means of survival for nearly a million children in northwestern Syria,” a region held by the rebels.

About half a million people have been killed in the war in Syria that broke out in 2011. This vast crisis has caused the largest displacement of people since the Second World War.

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