Syria Water Crisis
Today more than 6.5 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. This is the highest number recorded in Syria since 2011 when the war began.
The recent earthquakes which hit Syria have destroyed vast swathes of the country’s sanitation infrastructure, leaving millions of children without access to safe drinking water.
Children, left homeless, injured and traumatised from the recent earthquakes are struggling to survive. Without access to clean drinking water they’re at risk of death from water-borne diseases like cholera or dysentery. Even a treatable illness like diarrhoea can prove fatal if a child can’t re-hydrate with safe drinking water.
Right now, tens of thousands of people are crowded into temporary shelters and displacement camps with no running water or power. The germs which cause cholera, dysentery, typhoid and diarrhoea thrive in these conditions and with every passing day, more and more children are at risk.
Syria has long been one of the most dangerous places for children to live but without safe water, it could very soon be the deadliest.