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Five years of the Syrian Crisis

The cost of conflict for children

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  • The cost of conflict to Syria is an estimated $275 billion (USD) in lost growth opportunities.
  • This lost money will never be recovered; never be spent on children’s futures.
  • If the conflict continues to 2020, the cost of conflict to Syria will be $1.3 trillion (USD).

These figures revealed in a new report released yesterday by aid agency World Vision, highlight how far the persistent and horrifying costs for Syria, its neighbours and its children have risen and will likely rise in the future.

The report, The Cost of Conflict for Children, a collaboration between Start Network member World Vision and Frontier Economics, evaluates the economic losses to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to date and into the future. It estimates that if the conflict continues to 2020, the cost to Syria will be a staggering $1.3 trillion (USD). 

"The numbers showing the impact on the economies of Syria and neighbouring countries are a window into the human suffering caused by this conflict. Behind every dollar figure, every statistic, every percentage, there is a child.” – Wynn Flaten, World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response Director

Five long years of the Syrian conflict has left millions of Syrian children out of school, unable to access essential health services and suffering from malnutrition. As numbers of those fleeing violence in Syria rise, needs are outstripping available resources more than ever and families are left facing increasingly desperate choices, including entering their children into early marriage and child labour, just to help the family survive.

“This new research is another way of demonstrating the urgency with which the international community must mobilise its collective diplomatic influence to end this conflict once and for all,” said Fran Charles, World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response Advocacy Director, “It will take decades for Syria to recover. We need peace now so we can start planning for the enormous task of the reconstruction and long-term investment Syria will need to get back on its feet.”

World Vision is on the ground in Syria and surrounding countries providing food, health assistance, education, cash assistance, protection for children, clean water, sanitation and items to help families through the harsh winter. World Vision has assisted approximately 2.37 million refugees, internally displaced people and vulnerable host community members affected by the Syrian crisis since 2011.

Download the full report.

Learn about World Vision's response to the Syria Crisis.

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