Adnan: Work and school. That’s my entertainment.

Adnan, 16, knows that education can secure his future. But he has to work 3 days a week to pay his family’s rent. My Voice, My Story. Since the start of the conflict in Syria, children have felt its impact in different ways. In this series of audio photo portraits, five Syrian children, now living […]

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In Homs, Sausanne returns to her ransacked house

By Kumar Tiku Syria, Homs, 21 June 2014 – When fighting broke out in the Old City of Homs, in February 2012, Sausanne fled along with Rana her daughter-in-law and her elderly mother. Her son Rabee, the only male member in the household, was away in Damascus at the time. Rabee’s father passed away five years […]

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In Syria’s Homs, collecting trash to make ends meet

By Kumar Tiku Syria, Homs, 20 June 2014 – Although aged only 13, Ibaa’ is a responsible bread-earner for his family. Ibaa lives in Abassiya neighbourhood on the fringes of the old city of Homs, with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. For the last year or so, he has been braving the on-going conflict […]

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Girl lost and found in Homs’ battered Old City

By Kumar Tiku Syria, Homs, 19 June, 2014 – Hala, 11, stands by the edge of a street in the ruined Homs Old City. Just a few weeks ago this would have been unthinkable. The Old City was besieged for more than 550 days. The area was an active conflict zone. But today the conflict […]

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In war-torn Aleppo, IDP children are the main focus for vaccination against measles

Aleppo 19 June 2014: “It was last week that my little Raya*, started to show symptoms of measles,” said Oum Hani, a mother of three who arrived in the western part of Aleppo six months ago. “She was really in pain and couldn’t breathe,” Oum Hani recalled. “I brought her to this clinic and they […]

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Protecting her baby against polio: one Syrian mother’s story

By Razan Rashidi Aleppo, 18 June 2014: Rihab and her husband left Al Nierab town, north of Aleppo, four months ago. Now they live in an unfinished building in the government-controlled western part of Aleppo city. Their seven months old daughter, Dana, was born during a particularly intense period of fighting in Syria’s ongoing conflict. […]

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Aleppo close to epidemic, warn local doctors as city reels under the impact of water contamination

By Kumar Tiku Aleppo, 17 June 2014 – Two-year-old Mohammad has been down with diarrhoea and stomach pains for the past two days. Iman*, a young first-time mother, has brought her son to a UNICEF-supported health clinic in Aleppo’s Al Masharqa neighbourhood for treatment: “My child has not slept for two days, he keeps tossing […]

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Mohammad: Sometimes I feel I want to cry, but I can’t

Mohammed, 12, was hoping to go to school. Instead, he finds himself working a 12-hour shift in a sweet shop. My Voice, My Story. Since the start of the conflict in Syria, children have felt its impact in different ways. In this series of audio photo portraits, five Syrian children, now living as refugees in […]

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Eyad: Children of my own age should be playing.

Eyad, 14, was injured in Syria. He had 21 operations before doctors decided to amputate his leg. But then a miracle happened. My Voice, My Story. Since the start of the conflict in Syria, children have felt its impact in different ways. In this series of audio photo portraits, five Syrian children, now living as […]

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Polio vaccination campaign reaches Istanbul

By Ayberk Yurtsever Istanbul – June 2014 – Turkey’s campaign to vaccinate children at risk of polio has reached Istanbul. Led by the Ministry of Health and assisted by UNICEF, 290,000 children under-5 in the city’s districts of Ümraniye, Sancaktepe, Esenyurt, Sultangazi, Fatih and Küçükçekmece have been immunized. Thousands of children — regardless of nationality […]

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No child too far – Jordan immunizes thousands of ‘hard to reach’ and vulnerable children against polio

AMMAN, Jordan, 12 June 2014 – “Ta’alou! Ta a’lou! Abu Mohammed, Abu Abdel, bring your children! The polio vaccination team is here,” Fahed, a vaccination supervisor in Ajloun governorate, north western Jordan, shouts through his megaphone. Jordan’s 4-day sub national polio vaccination campaign concluded yesterday. Beginning from 8th June, hundreds of vaccination teams from the […]

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Ahmad: If I didn’t work, no one in my family would eat.

Ahmad, 15, lives with his parents, 4 younger brothers and one sister. He is the family breadwinner after his father was shot in Syria. My Voice,My Story Since the start of the conflict in Syria, children have felt its impact in different ways. In this series of audio photo portraits, five Syrian children, now living […]

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Turkey expands the scope of polio vaccination campaign

By Ayberk Yurtsever Turkey, 11 June 2014 – A father of seven daughters, Ibrahim, escaped Aleppo seven months ago to the Turkish city of Van, where he is getting his children the healthcare they need. He has brought his three-year old Fatma to be inoculated against polio, as the country’s Ministry of Health continues its […]

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Jordan – Azraq Refugee Camp – General Infrastructure (as of 1 June 2014)

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Alia: I don’t show that I’m depressed.

Alia, 13, is one of her school’s best students. Keeping busy to avoid feelings of depression so far from her home in Syria. My Voice,My Story Since the start of the conflict in Syria, children have felt its impact in different ways. In this series of audio photo portraits, five Syrian children, now living as […]

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