The current turmoil in Syria began in March 2011. Since then over 1.6 million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
The United Nations estimates that 6.8 million people in Syria need urgent humanitarian assistance, 4.25 million of them are internally displaced from their homes and nearly half of them are children.
Considering this emergency situation and the great number of refugees in need of assistance, UNHATE Foundation is supporting UNHCR and in particular the most vulnerable: children and women.
The crisis is affecting women and children in far greater numbers than usual. 3 out of every 4 refugees who have run from Syria are women and children, making this a highly vulnerable population. More than half of the total refugees fleeing Syria are children.
Children, particularly those below the age of 5 years, can become very sick when food becomes scarse, when they are without access to safe water and sanitation and when they are weak from hazardous journey.
In Syria hunger and malnutrition is unusual, but a recent study in Jordan found that 4% of Syrian refugee children under 5 need treatment for moderate to acute malnutrition.
In Jordan, UNHCR is helping Syrian refugees in the Za’atri Camp. UNHATE Foundation will support UNHCR staff working in Za’atri Camp to respond to the new arrivals and the growing needs.
For further information click here Syria Refugee Crisis – June 2013