UNICEF supplied aid through Turkish border distributed in northern Syria

In March 2014, a UN inter-agency convoy delivered emergency supplies to Qamishli in northern Syria via the Nusaybin border crossing with Turkey. It was the first time that humanitarian assistance has been able to enter Syria via Turkey since the conflict began. Due to the on-going fighting, access to Hassakeh governorate is severely restricted, with […]

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My Voice, My Story – Bringing Syrian and Jordanian youth together

 Amman, Jordan – 28 May 2014 – For six days, young girls from ‪Syria and ‪Jordan are attending a training workshop that allows them to describe the realities of Syrian and Jordanian youth while encouraging young people from the two communities to work together.

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The voices of Azraq echo across the region

By Toby Fricker AZRAQ, Jordan, May 2014 – In the distance neat lines of white shelters appear on the landscape of Jordan’s barren eastern desert. This vast site is Azraq refugee camp that opened at the end of April. Built to house Syrians still fleeing the more than 3-year old conflict in their country, the […]

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Severe destruction and starvation overwhelm formerly besieged Syrian city

Field Diary By Kumar Tiku Homs Old City, 26 May 2014 — I recently visited the Old City of Homs just days after the lifting of the siege and after nearly two years of intense military standoff. The conflict saw hundreds of thousands of civilians uprooted from their homes in the Old City, while several […]

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Syria: Education assistance under SHARP (1 Jan – 31 March 2014)

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Listening to the drums of war but determined to hear the sounds of peace’

القصة بالعربية By Ayberk Yurtsever ISLAHİYE, Gaziantep, May 2014 – Zahra, and her brother Abdülhamid and their sister Emane cannot see. They live in a tent with their widowed mother and three siblings Ahmed, Kemal and Hale in Islahiye refugee camp in Gaziantep, a city in southeast Turkey. The three blind children, aged 19, 17 […]

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UNICEF school bags, a symbol of hope in war-torn Aleppo

Field Diary By Hamida R. Lasseko There were 29 of us, part of one large UN mission to Aleppo. This was the first UN-wide mission to a part of the country that has seen more than 1.25 million people affected as a result of intense conflict that refuses to end. The fighting takes place less […]

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اليابان تمنح 4.3 مليون دولار لمساعدة الأطفال الأكثر حاجة والأسر المتضررة من الأزمة السورية في لبنان

بيروت – 14 أيار 2014 – قدمت حكومة اليابان منحة بمقدار 4.3 مليون دولار أمريكي لدعم برامج اليونيسف في توفير المياه الصالحة للشرب ومرافق الصرف الصحي وخدمات الصحة والحماية الأساسية للأطفال اللاجئين السوريين وعائلاتهم بالإضافة الى المجتمعات اللبنانية المضيفة التي ستستفيد من هذه الخدمات.  وخلال زيارة مشتركة لليونيسف وسعادة السفير الياباني في لبنان الى أحد […]

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Japan provides US$4.3 million to assist the most vulnerable children and families affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon

Beirut, 14 May 2014 – The Government of Japan has contributed US$4.3 million to UNICEF’s emergency response in providing safe water, adequate sanitation, health and child protection services to the most vulnerable Syrian children and families in Lebanon and Lebanese host communities. “With up to 13,000 new Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon, half of which […]

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Fear all over hearts and minds

By Kumar M. Tiku Damascus, 14 May 2014 — Early in 2013, 1,200 students attended a primary school in central Damascus.  Then one day, a shell exploded near the school.  The children had a narrow escape, but almost overnight school attendance dropped to just 400.

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Children remain motivated to learn in Aleppo amidst crisis

By Tomoya Sonoda Aleppo, Syria – 12 May 2014 – Prior to the crisis in Syria, now in its fourth year, Aleppo had as many as 1.2 million children registered in primary and secondary education levels. The intensified conflict and violence have severely disrupted education access, reducing the number of children enrolled in schools to 455,000 […]

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نور… طفلة لها من اسمها نصيب

بقلم: آيبرك يورتسيفير تركيا، إصلاحي، غازي عنتاب، 8 أيار 2014 – اسم هذه الفتاة السورية التي لا تفارق الابتسامة شفتيها هو “نور”. الجميع في مخيم إصلاحي يعرفها، فهي أكثر أطفال المخيم سعادة، فهي تنشر السعادة حولها وتهوى اللعب بالدمى ومع الطيور. بعد فترة وجيزة من اندلاع أعمال العنف في بلدها انتقلت نور البالغة من العمر […]

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Touched by war. When learning becomes ray of hope

By Tomoya Sonoda Aleppo, 11 May 2014 – Aleppo has been wrecked by intense conflict. Shells and bombs continue to land and explode at random while gunshots crack day and night. This has become the sad everyday reality for Salma* and her family along with residents of Aleppo. A year ago, a shell landed in […]

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القتال العنيف يعيق جهود تقديم لقاح شلل الأطفال في سوريا

بقلم: رزان رشيدي دير الزور ودمشق، 7 أيار 2014: تتحدى فرق التلقيح القتال العنيف الدائر في محافظة دير الزور الواقعة شمال شرق سوريا، وتقوم الفرق بجهود متواصلة لحماية الأطفال ضد فيروس شلل الأطفال بعد تفشي هذا المرض في المنطقة العام الماضي. وبحسب تقارير مستقلة فقد نجحت جولة نيسان في تقديم اللقاح لحوالي 294,000 طفل دون […]

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Nour: The girl named after the light in her eyes

By Ayberk Yurtsever ISLAHİYE, Gaziantep, 8 May 2014 – The name of this ever cheerful Syrian girl is Nour. It’s hard to find anyone in Islahiye Camp who doesn’t know her. She is probably the happiest child in the camp, always smiling and playing with her birds and dolls. 

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