Child Refugee Crisis

by Save the Children Federation
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Childhood Under Siege
Childhood Under Siege

Now reaching the five-year mark, the conflict in Syria is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. Indiscriminate and brutal violence against civilians, as well as the denial of aid, has forced half of the population to flee their homes, with 6.6 million people displaced inside Syria and another 4.7 million refugees seeking safety and assistance in neighboring countries and increasingly in Europe. It is estimated that between 250,000 and 470,000 have been killed.

The crisis has deteriorated even further over the past year, with the active involvement of the Russian military the latest in a seemingly never-ending spiral of military escalations. At least 14 nations, including four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, are now militarily engaged in Syria. The siege of civilian areas has been a tactic since the very beginning of the war. In early 2011, protests began in Dara’a and the government closed off the town, shutting down electricity and cutting supplies of water and food for 11 days. Since then sieges have become increasingly systematic and commonplace. Some areas, such as Darayya and parts of Eastern Ghouta, have been under constant siege since 2012, with children and their families struggling to survive in a chronic crisis. Other areas have seen sieges tighten for months at a time, plunging them into a state of heightened emergency and starvation.

Save the Children and partners have conducted 22 focus groups with 126 mothers, fathers and children living in besieged areas of Syria, as well as 25 extensive interviews with local aid groups, doctors, teachers and individuals. These discussions painted a picture of enormous suffering and injustice, of sick children dying while the medicine they need is on the other side of a checkpoint, and of children forced to eat animal feed or leaves just a few kilometres from warehouses of food. 

To learn more, read Save the Children’s report: “Childhood Under Siege – Living and dying in besieged areas of Syria”


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Thank You from Save the Children
Thank You from Save the Children

Your generous support of Save the Children is an investment in childhood. With you as our partner, we develop and expand proven, evidence-based programs that give girls and boys a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We’re there for children in emergencies, providing child-focused readiness, relief and recovery. And we advocate to ensure issues critical to our children are given top priority. Together, we give children in the United States and around the world the best chance for success, every day and in times of crisis, transforming their lives and the future we all share. Thank you for your support in 2015!

Here are some of the top highlights from 2015

Nepal Earthquake

Together, we’re helping survivors of Nepal’s deadly earthquakes recover and rebuild. Nepal’s powerful earthquakes in April and May toppled hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and health centers and affected 3.2 million children. Thanks to our supporters’ compassionate giving, we’ve reached over 500,000 children and adults with aid, comfort and support. But our work is far from over. We’re focusing on a three-year plan to aid in the recovery. Among many things, we will help rebuild permanent, sturdy schools. We’re going to help train carpenters and masons to make homes and buildings stronger and train more health workers to identify and treat malnourished children. We will be working with local Nepalese organizations to help children and families recover and rebuild their lives.

Journey of Hope

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this year was especially significant for Save the Children. That monster  hurricane’s impact on children led us to create the Journey of Hope program, which helps children and teens regain a sense of security and self-esteem after experiencing a crisis. In 2015, Journey of Hope reached children in Texas who endured a flight from brutal violence in Central America. We also began testing Journey of Hope’s ability to help children who experience stress from challenges their families may face, such as deep poverty, growing up in single-parent households, domestic violence and substance abuse. And we began a Journey of Hope pilot to help conflict-affected children in the Ukraine.

Child Refugee Crisis

As exhausted refugee children were on the move this fall across Europe, our staff have been there to help, thanks to our donors. We’ve provided food, water, blankets, baby food and other supplies to children and mothers as they seek safety and asylum in Europe. Our teams have also provided overwhelmed children in train and bus stations with spaces to rest, play and escape from the enormous stress of their journeys. In addition, we are ensuring that once children have arrived at their final destination, their rights are respected and that they have access to essential services.

And as we’ve done for years, we reach children and mothers inside and outside countries in turmoil with lifesaving aid and access to food, health care and education.

Ending Ebola

West Africa tamed the horrifying Ebola outbreak with the help of agencies like Save the Children. In 2015, we helped children, families and communities recover. We prepared schools in Liberia to re-open and upgraded facilities. We are supporting local health systems so that they can resume basic care services and are better prepared for any future disease outbreak.

Because so many children lost everything to Ebola, including their families, our teams in Liberia and Guinea continue to identify orphans and other vulnerable girls and boys and arrange for their care. In Sierra Leone, we’ve created scholarships for children who lost family members and cannot afford school fees.

Thank you again for your support in 2015. If you are planning to make a year-end gift for your taxes, please give by midnight tonight to receive your full 100% deduction for 2015. Donate now


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In 2015 the number of refugees taking the dangerous boat journey across the Mediterranean to find safety shot up. As of mid-November more than 647,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece using the dangerous sea route from Turkey. More than one-fifth of these have been children. The children that make it across have often had harrowing experiences before leaving home or have suffered violence and exploitation in transit. In addition to the distress caused by the fear of the boat journey, children are also now having to deal with cold winter weather, which is making the sea crossing even more risky and putting them at risk of getting hypothermia. Save the Children is providing essential child protection services in Greece to child refugees and migrants along their travel route, from their points of arrival on the islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos and then later on in the route in transit camps along the way.


Save the Children is supporting children and families in Greece upon arrival on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Chios and Samos and at the border of Greece and FYR of Macedonia in Idomeni. We are doing various Child Protection activities to support children and give them a sense of normality on their journey.


Through our local partner organization we carry out individual identification and follow-up of children at risk. We support cases of reunification of children with their families who are accidentally separated, provide legal support and information for children who have arrived alone, in addition to psychosocial support. We also ensure that families with children who are at risk are received at a reception center for vulnerable people. We are currently working to set up temporary housing for the most vulnerable children who have arrived without their families in Lesvos to provide a safe and comfortable place for them to stay until they are transferred to the mainland.


Save the Children would like to thank all of our supporters, donors and partners that helped us reach the most in need children around the world.


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