Support for Syrian children who arrive at Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan – alone

By Melanie Sharpe UNICEF and partners are working to identify and protect Syrian children who have taken the perilous journey to Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan – alone. ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, 20 September 2013 – At a protection centre for Syrian children who arrive at Za’atari refugee camp by themselves, 12-year-old Ahmad* smiles, rubs his […]

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UN assessment mission assesses humanitarian needs in Syria’s Dara’a city

By Mohamad Kanawati DARA’A, Syria, 17 September 2013 — I was part of a UNICEF team that joined with five other UN agencies on a recent humanitarian assessment mission to Syria’s south. The aim was to assess the situation in Dara’a, deliver emergency supplies, and meet with partner agencies. 

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An aid worker’s first impressions of Erbil

By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 16 September 2013 —The story of Erbil is a long one. Urban life began here in 6,000 BCE, which puts it among the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth. It’s been ruled by the Medes, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans, and that’s not even a complete list. 

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Distribution of UNICEF school bags with stationery to children in Syria

By David Youngmeyer UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and other partners around Syria, is supporting a Back to Learning campaign which aims to reach 1 million conflict-affected primary school-aged children.

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Back to school at Baherka camp, Iraq

By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 16 September 2013 —Nergiz Ibrahim, 29, has a composed demeanor and speaks English precisely—the result of an English degree from the University of Damascus. This morning in Baherka Refugee Camp she’s wearing a teeshirt which marks her out as one of the volunteers who’s working with the camp’s children. 

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اليونيسف تعزز جهودها وسط النزاع من أجل إعادة الأطفال السوريين إلى التعليم

رسالة إخبارية دمشق، 15 أيلول/سبتمبر 2013 – مع بدء العام الدراسي الجديد في سوريا اليوم، يواجه الكثير من الطلاب تحديات استثنائية لمواصلة تعليمهم. أدى النزاع الذي يدخل الآن  عامه الثالث إلى الإضرار بقرابة 4,000 مدرسة، أي نحو خٌمس عدد المدارس، أو تدميرها أو تحويلها إلى مراكز لإيواء النازحين. ومنذ العام الدراسي الفائت ترك ما يقرب  […]

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Amidst conflict, UNICEF boosts efforts to get Syrian children back to learning

الخبر باللغة العربية Press Release Damascus, 15 September 2013 – As the new school year starts in Syria today, many children face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. Now in its third year, the conflict has left almost 4,000 schools – or around one in five – damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families.

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Back to Learning campaign, UNICEF Syria

Loading emergency school kits for distribution in Syria At UNICEF’s warehouse in Rural Damascus, on 14 September 2013, workers load school kits on to trucks for distribution. Each kit contains school bags with stationary supplies such as pens and notebooks. UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the support of the European Union […]

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Local Kurdish students help prepare Syrian refugees’ return to school

By Chris Niles SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq 14 September 2013—It’s over 40 degrees centigrade in the new Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq. But that hasn’t stopped dozens of young Syrian refugee children from lining up for something they’ve been eagerly looking forward to—the first day of school.

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Newsletter 12 September

 

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النزاع في سوريا يترك جراحاً غير مرئية عند الأطفال

بيان صحفي عمان/ جنيف، 10 أيلول/ سبتمبر 2013 – أفادت اليونيسف بأن العنف والتشريد وفقدان الأصدقاء وأفراد الأسرة وتدهور الأحوال المعيشية والإجهاد المتراكم كلها أدت إلى إصابة أطفال سوريا بجراح غير مرئية. تقول ماريا كاليفيس، المديرة الإقليمية لليونيسف في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا: “يشكو الأهالي من أن أطفالهم يعانون من كوابيس متكررة وسلوكيات متهورة […]

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Syria conflict leaves invisible scars on children

الخبر باللغة العربية NEWS NOTE AMMAN/GENEVA, 10 September 2013 – Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars, UNICEF said today.

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Displaced from her home in Homs, Amanda enjoys art & sport activities

By David Youngmeyer TARTUS, Syria, 9 September 2013 – Amanda, 7, eats popcorn from a paper cone as she takes a break from an activities programme for displaced children in eastern Tartous governorate. 

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Syria Crisis Situation Report 5 September 2013

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UN inter-agency mission to Dara’a delivers emergency supplies

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