Recent emergency responses

SOS co-workers distributing supplies at a refugee reception centre in Serbia Photographer: Joris Lugtigheid
  • Syrian conflict

    Since early 2011 the Syrian civil war has taken a terrible toll on children and families, causing the largest human displacement crisis today. Millions of people have fled the country, millions more are internally displaced. More 
  • Refugee and migrant crisis

    Europe has seen a sharp increase in refugees since early 2015. The number of unaccompanied and separated children and refugee families arriving by dangerous routes in Europe has increased dramatically. Many of them need special care and protection. More 
  • Lake Chad displacement crisis

    Lake Chad displacement crisis

    Violence and unrest have caused a severe displacement crisis in the Lake Chad region. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes and are living in dire conditions as refugees or internally displaced in Niger and Nigeria. Half of them are children. More 
  • South Sudan conflict

    Years of rebel fighting and ethnic violence have created a humanitarian disaster with terrible consequences for children, including malnutrition, lost education, separation from family, and trauma. More 
  • Ecuador earthquake

    On 16 April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing over 650 people and leaving more than 16,000 injured. Thousands of children and their families were affected. More 
  • Nepal earthquake

    A powerful earthquake struck Kathmandu on 25 April 2015, destroying much of the city and many surrounding villages. SOS Children's Villages was one of the first international aid organisations to respond. More