The Syrian crisis remains first and foremost a protection crisis: last year was the deadliest single year for children since the start of the war. But the escalation of fighting in the northeast of the country since early October 2019 is a stark reminder of just how severe and far-reaching the impact has been on an estimated 5 million children across the country.
The physical and psychological toll on children of years of violence has been enormous and devastating. But as the violence escalated in recent weeks, UNICEF teams have been working to assist the estimated 80,000 children displaced since early October. From providing water, ready-to-eat food, and hygiene kits, to vaccinations against polio and measles, UNICEF and partners are working to protect children, to help them cope with the impact of the conflict, and ultimately to make it possible for them to resume their childhoods.