Child Refugee Crisis

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Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to ensure refugee children are growing up healthy, educated and safe – so they can have the future every child deserves.

Save the Children is working nonstop supporting refugee girls and boys, helping them survive, and thrive. Whether in camps, on the move, or in host-communities, our caring workers are helping refugee children from Syria, South Sudan, Burundi and other countries marred by violence and persecution.

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Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to ensure refugee children are growing up healthy, educated and safe – so they can have the future every child deserves.


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$140 can provide a refugee child with nutritious food for a month, including milk and bread

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$300 can help provide educational materials and art supplies to help children express difficult emotions

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$500 can reunite families torn apart by war by providing a tracing and reunification kit



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Children make up more than half of the world’s 21.3 million refugees. Many have known nothing but war, deprivation and fear. They aren’t in school and often struggle to find the basic essentials – their lives and futures at risk.

You can help. By sponsoring a refugee child in Egypt, like Malak*, you can be a hero in her life and in the lives of other children in her community. With your steady support, they’ll finally have the chance to grow up healthy, learning and safe.

Because every child, everywhere, deserves a future.

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  • Worldwide, 21.3 million refugees, half of them children, have left everything behind to escape conflict, violence and persecution
  • Many have experienced profound physical and emotional traumas
  • Some are missing years of school, severely compromising their futures
  • Children travelling alone are especially vulnerable – if they make it at all
  • Others are starved out of their homelands due to drought and conflict


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Save the Children has been responding to crises around the world for almost 100 years. Since the refugee crisis erupted, we’ve been doing whatever it takes to help them survive and thrive in:


Chased by bombs and guns, nearly 5 million Syrian refugees have fled across the globe. Sadly, 2 in 3 children have suffered a war-related loss – lost a loved one, had their house bombed or endured injuries. Half of children no longer in school – missing out on critical learning, stability and friendship. Get more facts

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Save the Children staff member holds Syrian refugee boy


Refugee child from Burundi

More than 300,000 people to flee into neighboring countries since the outbreak of post-election crisis in April 2015. We are working in refugee camps, giving children the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Get further details


Refugee mother and child from Tanzania

Nearly 150,000 refugees have fled to Tanzania from Burundi, more than half of them are children. Our relief workers are protecting children, building schools, providing educational materials and teaching life skills to teens. Learn more


Egypt hosts more than 200,000 refugees, mostly from Syria and others from Iraq and several troubled African nations. Save the Children is not only helping refugees, but host-communities straining to accommodate so many people in need. Find out more

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Child refugee naps at local Egypt center
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Hungry Children in Ethiopia

Nearly 750,000 refugees from countries facing conflict in East Africa now live in Ethiopia. Our relief workers are protecting, educating and feeding children in refugee camps as well as helping surrounding communities withstand a deadly drought that has devastated the food supply. Learn more


Starving Children in Kenya

Kenya is home to more than half a million refugees, mostly from Somalia and South Sudan. We're working in Dadaab refugee camp to improve access to schooling and ensure that children are protected from harm. Learn more


One in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee. We have reached over 530,000 Syrian refugees here, including 313,000 children, with critical protection, education, food and shelter assistance. Find out more

Child refugee in Lebanon holds her hands for warmth
Save the Children staff member talks with recently arrived refugee woman

South Sudan

Children in the world’s youngest nation are enduring a deepening crisis. Since the outbreak of fighting in 2013, humanitarian needs in South Sudan have escalated to alarming levels and 2.1 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Get more facts


Uganda — a country already hosting more than 1 million refugees - has been straining to help an ever-growing number of South Sudanese refugees. Our Emergency Health Unit has been deployed to save lives in the wake of a cholera outbreak in the camps. Learn more

Refugee boy from South Sudan with his father
Refugee families arriving at Uganda refugee center
Refugee boy waiting with his family at Uganda border

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