Children are particularly at risk, reports Unicef, with 4 million desperately in need of assistance. The UN also estimates that a total of 10 million people may need help by the end of 2013, while the number of those forced from their homes by the violence could reach 3.5 million. Currently, 7,000 people arrive in refugee camps every day. A total of 10 million may need help by the close of the year, with 7 million reliant on aid for their survival.
Though the UN’s appeal for $5 billion is its largest in its 67-year history, this figure will cover only basic needs of those in need of help in Syria. Aid workers report that even if the war ended now, many years would pass before Syria could recover from the war.
This news comes in the wake of government forces’ capture of the former rebel stronghold of Qusair near Homs on Wednesday.
To raise funds for our own important work in Syria, SOS Children is running an emergency charity appeal. Find out how you can help...
SOS on the ground
SOS Children is present in Syria today helping children and families cope with the effects of war. Since August 2012, we have provided sustenance and shelter to those forced from their homes by the war.
So far, we have provided support to close to 6,000 people, and over the coming months, we hope to reach out to a total of 10,000. Our priority is to offer care to mothers with small children, who are most at risk from the upheaval resulting from war. We are providing food and nourishment to prevent hunger and malnutrition, along with nappies and other sanitary items, ensuring mothers have all they need to keep their babies healthy.
We continue to care for the children of our two Villages in Syria. Because of the violence, SOS Children has been forced to temporarily halt provision at Children’s Village Aleppo. The children who live there been moved to safety and are currently being cared for at our second Syrian Village in Qodsaya near Damascus.
Learn more about how you can help children in Syria who desperately need your help...