Turkey: Safety for Syrian Refugee Children

October 03, 2013

As the conflict in Syria continues to amass, a concern for the well-being of Syrian refugee children also grows. The conflict, which has caused more than five million Syrians to be displaced within their own country, and two million people to flee their homes entirely, has also caused two million children to drop out of school, according to UN reports.
 
But the loss of education is only one of the many concerns. Children are experiencing frequent nightmares, behaving aggressively, and they are drawing images of violence and destruction.
 
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with international partner agencies in Camp Kilis, Turkey, to address the psychological, health, and education needs of 400 Syrian refugee children.
 
To support the influx of children needing services, a new Child-Friendly Space will be created for children ages 5 to 12 to receive psychosocial care and education to help them deal with the anxieties of war. Here, they are encouraged to make new friends, develop their artistic talents in music and theatre, and boost their self-confidence through motivational competitions.
 
More than 3,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed since the conflict in Syria began in March 2011. Child-Friendly Spaces offer war-affected children a safe place to learn and grow. Give to International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Click here to donate.