March 15 marks six years of conflict in Syria. The armed conflict, which began as pro-democracy protests before escalating into a full-scale civil war. Here are some key stats from UNICEF about how the violence is affecting millions of Syrians:
- 8.4 million Syrian children, inside and outside the country, are in need of humanitarian aid
- 1.75 million Syrian children are no longer in school
- 2.5 million Syrian children are living as refugees or are in search of safety
- 4.9 million Syrians are refugees; half are children
As part of Happy Hippie’s commitment to supporting vulnerable populations around the world, we are funding programs with UNICEF to help address the needs of children, youth and families affected by the conflict in Syria. UNICEF has been on the ground in Syria since the conflict began, helping respond to the crisis. Happy Hippie’s support will help provide medical equipment and school supplies for children and families in need of immediate aid.