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AMMAN, March 2014 – UNICEF has announced a US $19.2 million contribution from the government of Japan to support the agency’s on-going humanitarian assistance inside Syria and surrounding countries.

The new funds bring Japan’s total contribution to UNICEF’s Syria crisis response to US $35 million. 

“With every passing day, more Syrian children fall victim to this senseless conflict and need our help,” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.  “This generous contribution will go a long way toward providing innovative ways for children in Syria – particularly those in hard-to-reach areas – to receive continued access to learning. This is vital to the future of the country.”

The funds will provide support across all UNICEF sectors with the highest proportion going to education. In January 2014, UNICEF and other partners launched the “No Lost Generation” campaign which aims to raise $US 1 billion to provide education and psychological protection to millions of Syrian children across the region.

The remaining funds will ensure access to primary health care and child protection to 855,000 children and their families inside Syria, and assistance to an estimated 2.5 Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt across all UNICEF supported sectors.

For more information, please contact:

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, jtouma@unicef.org, +962-79-867-4628

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