NLG evidence brief: hear the voices of Syria's adolescents and youth
No Lost Generation
Before the start of the conflict, Syria was home to one of the youngest populations in the world. Around one third of the Syrian population is between 10 and 24 years old. The seven years of war in Syria has had a devastating impact on adolescents and youth. Instead of entering an age of transition filled with learning, exploration, dreams and ambitions – they have been continuously exposed to a brutal war, experiencing indescribable suffering through displacement and continued conflict, which impacts not only their present but also their future.
This evidence brief presents data on adolescents and youth from Syria, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries from the following sources: a systematic desk review; evidence generated in partnership with Syrian adolescents and youth through Participatory Action Research; a survey targeted at vulnerable adolescents; and blogs by adolescents and youth on the Voices of Youth Arabic site.
The aim of this brief is to ensure that the international community convened at the second Brussels conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region – donors, government representatives, and NGOs alike – hears the voices and views of young people affected by the Syria crisis and takes these into consideration when making decisions about their lives and their futures.