The United Nations said Sunday that more Syrian children are in need than at any point since a terrible civil war erupted over a decade ago, yet assistance for them is “dwindling.”
“The children of Syria have suffered far too long and should no longer suffer,” the United Nations children’s organization stated in a statement.
According to UNICEF spokesman Juliette Touma, 9.3 million Syrian children require assistance both inside the nation and in the wider region to which they have fled.
“More than 6.5 million children in Syria are in need of assistance, the highest number recorded since the beginning of the crisis, more than 11 years ago,” the agency statement added.
2.8 million Syrian refugee children live in neighboring countries, according to Touma.
Since the savage assault on anti-government protesters in 2011, Syria’s war is estimated to have killed nearly half a million people and displaced millions.
It grew into a violent and complicated struggle involving a wide range of participants, including terrorist groups and regional and international forces.
“Children’s needs, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, are growing,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF’s Middle East chief.
“Many families struggle to make ends meet. Prices of basic supplies including food are skyrocketing, partially as a result of the crisis in Ukraine.”
Children are among the most susceptible, and the United Nations has warned that they will face the brunt of the consequences.
UNICEF has stated that it is facing a significant funding shortage in order to deliver assistance.
“In the meantime, funding for humanitarian activities is rapidly diminishing,” Khodr warned. “This year, UNICEF has received less than half of its budget requirements.”
UNICEF has requested $20 million to support “cross-border activities” in northwest Syria, the country’s last significant rebel enclave, to help “almost one million children.”