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AMMAN, 10 November 2013 – A new, US$4 million-donation from the Government of Japan will help UNICEF provide much needed humanitarian assistance to over 200,000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced people inside Syria and surrounding countries. 

“Every day that goes by, more children inside Syria and out need our help,” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “This generous contribution from the people and Government of Japan is very timely, especially as temperatures drop and the need for warm clothing increases.”

The new contribution brings the total contribution by the Government of Japan to the Syria crisis since the beginning of the year up to US$ 16 million. It will help provide winter clothes for over 80,000 refugee children in Lebanon and Turkey.

UNICEF continues to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable children affected by the Syria crisis including those in communities hosting refugees. UNICEF provides life-saving interventions in child health and nutrition, water and sanitation, in addition to ensuring access to basic education for boys and girls and the protection of children from violence and exploitation.

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About UNICEF

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

For further information, please contact:

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, nmekki@unicef.org, +962-79-573-2745

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