Pau Gasol visits Domiz refugee camp in Iraq

Two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol has returned from a visit to Domiz refugee camp, Iraq, where he met with Syrian refugee children. DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 30 July 2013 – Two-time NBA champion Lakers player and UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003 Pau Gasol has returned today from visiting Domiz, a refugee camp […]

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Za’atari tent number one, a year on

Za’atari, JORDAN, 29 July 2013 – When Omar* arrived with his wife and 8 children at Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp they thought it would be for a few months. They are still there 12-months later. “I never imagined we would still be here. Right behind my house was the border of the camp, past that […]

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Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo

AMMAN/DAMASCUS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 July 2013 – UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in north-western Syria. The mission, which also included the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations agencies, was part of a 15-truck convoy that travelled from Damascus to Aleppo. UNICEF’s supplies included […]

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Hanadi’s story: Being young, female and a refugee

By Toby Fricker  Za’atari, Jordan, 18 July 2013 – When the war came to their doorstep, 17-year old Hanadi and her family fled their home in Damascus. For one year they moved across Syria to escape the violence. Three months ago they finally crossed the border to safety in Jordan. With it came an overwhelming […]

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One Ramadan night in Za’atari

By Najwa Mekki  Za’atari, JORDAN, 18 July 2013 – It was a long night, my first at the camp. With a few colleagues we wanted to know more about how Syrian families, and children in particular, are spending Ramadan, a time of family gatherings and reunions. Hard to believe that a year ago, this bustling […]

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Newsletter 18 July

 

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Syrian field diary: Child witnesses to death and bloodshed

By Juliette Touma  A humanitarian worker returns to Damascus after a year to find a situation of desperate suffering. DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 July 2013 – I first went to the Syrian Arab Republic in the summer of 2012 with the United Nations Supervision Mission (UNSMIS). Even as fighting between Government forces and the […]

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Syria Crisis Situation Report – 11 July 2013

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In Turkey, teachers learn how to work better with their Syrian refugee pupils

  By Tulay Guler Syrian volunteer teachers – men and women, old and young – participate in a teacher training session to learn how to work best with their pupils in Turkey’s camps for Syrian refugees. ISKENDERUN, Turkey, 11 July 2013 – In a large training room, an instructor asks a group of 200 people […]

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In Domiz refugee camp, Iraq, a Syrian family makes the best of a terrible situation

By David Morley President and CEO of UNICEF Canada David Morley visits with a Syrian refugee family at Domiz camp, Iraq. DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 5 July 2013 – “In Syria,” Mahmoud said, his eyes watering with the memory, “we lived like kings and queens.” And then he fell silent. 

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Embracing the everyday, dreaming of the future

By Toby Fricker For Syrian refugees in Jordan, the routines of everyday life help heal the past and build hope for the future. ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 3 July 2013 – As the sun rises upon the vast desert surrounding Za’atari camp, people wake to another intensely hot summer day. It is the second-largest refugee camp […]

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