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Source: Save The Children

Anywhere but Syria.

Anywhere but Syria is our latest research which shows the impact of the Syrian conflict on psychological and social safety of children. The study explores how children’s environment, experiences and access to opportunities and services that affect their sense of safety, inside and outside Syria.

Syrian children identified three topics that draw on their experiences of ‘psychosocial safety’ and affect their wellbeing. These are: access to meaningful future opportunities; a sense of connectedness; and agency in decision-making.

  • Only 3% of children in Turkey, 9% in Jordan and the Netherlands, and 29% in Lebanon want to return to Syria;
  • Across all countries, an end to violence in Syria (26%) was most frequently mentioned when asked about their biggest wish for the future, followed by education (18%);
  • 44% of all children had experienced discrimination in their neighborhood or in school. Inside Syria, 58% reported being discriminated against;
  • For refugee children, 42% of respondents were not attending school, with only 31% having access to learning in Lebanon, and less than half (49%) in Jordan.

Children want to feel safe where they are. They want to have a say on their future and meaningful access to opportunities to learn and grow.

Children’s top priority is for the violence in Syria to end. They also want an end to harassment on the streets, and for just and the rule of law to prevail.

We need stronger legislation to ensure people are treated equally and are not discriminated against. We need to stop the war on children.