As the number of Syrians forced to flee the country’s civil war continues to grow rapidly, one number stays the same — over half of them are children.
There are now one million Syrian refugee children. And every day, thousands more kids are ripped from their homes and schools, left with painful memories of violence and confusion over what they’ve lost.
Mercy Corps has been focused on protecting these youngest refugees since the start of the crisis. We created safe spaces and developed constructive activities where they can heal from trauma, build friendships and develop critical life skills. We are helping meet their families’ basic needs, while continually finding new ways to ensure their emotional health and development are not forgotten.
The reality is that we don’t know when this crisis will end. But when it does, these children will be the ones left to rebuild their lives and their country. We cannot let them lose hope.
For more on this story, visit: Protecting Syria’s children | Mercy Corps.