There are almost 36,000 Syrian children who are born as refugees outside of their own country!
One Syrian baby is born a refugee roughly every hour, joining the nearly six million Syrian children already in desperate need of aid as harsh winter weather batters the region.In crowded and unhygienic conditions in refugee camps and settlements, where temperatures can drop as low as minus six degrees, babies are at high risk of diseases such as pneumonia.
"Too many Syrian newborns are spending their crucial first months living in terrible conditions that no child should ever have to experience," said UNICEF UK's Jon Sparkes.
"Countless babies are at increased risk of infections, disease and even death and we need to act urgently to reach and protect more children in desperate need."
Hundreds of thousands of children have missed out on routine immunisations for more than two years and are now vulnerable to diseases like measles and polio. Syria has been hit with its first outbreak of polio in 14 years.
Rescue4Children and UNICEF is also increasingly concerned about the long-term consequences of Syrian newborns not being officially registered at birth. In the chaos inside Syria and in refugee camps and settlements, babies are often not getting birth certificates - leaving them without an official existence and more vulnerable to abuses like trafficking and child marriage. Out of the 781 Syrian babies born in Lebanon in October 2013, only 23% have birth certificates.
Right now, our resources are at breaking point. We desperately need more funding to ensure that we can reach every child in the region that needs us.