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MEDIA ADVISORY

Amman, Jordan- 20 August 2013 – UNICEF high level officials will be in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp and are available to give interviews to the media on the regional Syria crisis and UNICEF’s humanitarian response supporting children across the region.

WHO:

UNICEF Director of Emergency Programs, Mr. Ted Chaiban (English)

UNICEF Director of Communications, Ms. Paloma Escudero (English, Spanish)

WHERE: Za’atari refugee camp or via phone

WHEN: Wednesday 21 August from 11:30AM – 1:15PM  (Jordan time)

There are currently 1.9 million Syrian refugees across the region. UNICEF estimates that half of them are children whose lives have been torn apart.

These children suffer most severely from the conflict. They were forced to flee their homes and have been exposed to horrific levels of violence and death. Once living as refugees, children remain vulnerable to violence, exploitation and are at increased risk to fall sick.

Since the beginning of the crisis, UNICEF and partners have been doubling their efforts to respond to the critical needs of Syrian refugee children and their families by providing hundreds of thousands of families with shelter, clean water, life-saving immunizations, education, psycho social support and sanitation and health services.

The Za’atari refugee camp marked one year since opening last month. 60,000 children live in Za’atari camp, the second largest refugee camp in the world.

For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

  • Juliette Touma, +962-79-867-4628
  • Melanie Sharpe, +962-79-631-82-53
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