Fourteen-year-old Ali (name changed) was an avid student in his native Syria. Now as a refugee in Lebanon, he is forced to work to help support his family.
The nearly 4-year-old war in Syria has caused more than 3.3 million people — including about 1.7 million children — to flee the country as refugees. Within Syria, violence has displaced 7.6 million people, and two-thirds of the population of nearly 18 million need humanitarian assistance. Education, family, and community life are disrupted.
Refugee children are particularly vulnerable while living in insecure conditions such as a refugee camp or host neighborhood with little infrastructure.
There appears to be no end to the conflict in sight.
The U.N. and governments in the region have asked donor countries for $5 billion — the largest humanitarian appeal for a single response in history — to meet the needs of displaced families and their hosts.
Photo © 2014 Patricia Mouamar/World Vision