In a statement issued on 8 May, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that more than 9.3 million Syrian children are in need of humanitarian help, recording the highest number since the beginning of the 2011 crisis.
UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Adele Khodr said that “millions of children are still living in fear and uncertaintyin Syria and neighbouring countries,” adding that “more than 6.5 million children in Syria are in need of assistance and 2.8 million Syrian refugee children in neighbouring countries are dependent on this assistance.
Deploring the decline in international funding, UNICEF also said it needed “$20 million for its cross-border operations, the only means of survival for nearly one million children in north-western Syria.”
In March 2021, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) revealed that more than 6.6 million Syrians were refugees worldwide. Of these, 5.6 million were hosted in Syria’s neighbouring countries.