Current Emergencies

Child Refugee Crisis

According to UNHCR, 5,052,283 people have now fled Syria. Children now make up 47.5% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,399,834 refugee children in the region.

As of May, 2017, Save the Children has reached 4,450,013 people in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Syria – approximately 2,865,464 children.

Children on the move, especially unaccompanied children, are at high risk of abuse, exploitation, violence and trafficking as they journey from points of origin to Western European countries. Children find themselves affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, malnutrition, dehydration and the lack of access to child-friend asylum procedures and information. Children are in desperate need for psycho-social support, protection, safe spaces, shelter, food, clothes and water.

Save the Children runs programs across five regions, protecting children as they flee alone or with their family, and those children who are trafficked or exploited. We work along the whole route that refugees take: we work in the countries they are fleeing – like Syria, where brutal war has ripped apart the lives of millions. We work in countries that are known as ‘transit countries’, like Turkey, Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Greece and Italy – ensuring that children are protected whenever possible. We also work in countries like Germany, to ensure that these children understand their rights and have access to care and support.

Our work ranges from carrying out vaccination campaigns and large-scale infant and young child feeding programs, to supporting healthcare facilities that treat approximately 3,500 patients weekly. We run youth-friendly spaces and alternative learning programs, providing informal education opportunities for children and youth living in refugee camps. We distribute winter clothes and blankets, and deliver essential aid items, and offer vocational training and agriculture projects. In Syria we operate 16 Child-Friendly Spaces, including mobile CFSs, to provide activities in camps and in the aftermath of mass population movements. A CFS provides recreational activities as well as basic education, alongside being a space for children to socialize, play, and safely express their emotions.

There is still much work to be done. To support Save the Children’s work on the child refugee crisis, please click here.


Child Hunger Crisis

Today, millions of children are at risk of starvation across Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. In Nigeria alone, 450,000 children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition in 2017, and 75,000 risk death. In Yemen 7.3 million people are severely food insecure. The situation is dire and children and suffering.

In 2011, the world watched as 260,000 people died from famine in Somalia. Together, we promised we would never let this happen again. Today, we’re facing a tragedy significantly larger than 2011.

Save the Children’s teams are working across the six affected countries to tackle the worst effects of the droughts and food shortages, distributing cash transfers and food vouchers, transporting water to drought-hit communities, running mobile health clinics and providing nutrition support, providing child protection and helping children stay in school, and supporting families who have had to leave their homes. But there is much work to be done, and every day more people need our help.

To support Save the Children’s work to assist children and families impacted by the child hunger crisis, please click here.