Life Wellbeing These are the children of the Syrian refugee crisis
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These are the children of the Syrian refugee crisis

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The death of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi shocked the world.

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He was but one of thousands of child refugees fleeing war for a better life.

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An estimated two million children are on the move with their families, the UNHCR has estimated.

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These children make up more than half the total number of Syrian refugees.

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Their families escaped a bloody civil war, which has raged since 2011.

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As of last year, as many as 11,400 children were thought to have been killed in the conflict.

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And at least 400 children have been tortured by Syrian government forces, Human Rights Watch claimed.

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In Syria, food was scarce. Children went hungry.

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Because of the fighting, schools closed. The children’s education suffered.

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“Five years is a lot of school to miss,” UNHCR’s Greg Mills says.

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Most of their families are seeking sanctuary in Europe.

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This is the first time since World War II that the UNHCR, the international refugee agency, has been fully operational across Western Europe.

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The UNHCR is calling for donations to help feed and protect refugees while they seek permanent homes.

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If you would like to support the agency’s efforts in Europe, click here or call 1300 885 997.

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Australia has agreed to resettle 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq.

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The first wave of refugees is expected to arrive before Christmas.

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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison recommends that concerned Australians get in touch with their local MP or community group to find out how to help these families resettle.

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All photos: UNHCR, Getty

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