Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report, February 2015: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights In Syria, the 10th national polio vaccination campaign was carried out from 15-19 February, 2015. 2,989,659 children under five were vaccinated against polio including over 60,000 children in hard to reach areas, and 1,790 children reached for the first time in Homs, Dara’a, Damascus, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor and Qunietra. In Iraq, since […]

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Syria Crisis Dashboard (March 2015)

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UNICEF Thanks Kuwait for its Generous Support to help Syria’s Children

Kuwait, 30 March 2015- As the Syria crisis enters its fifth year, UNICEF has been on the ground to meet the most urgent needs of children, with invaluable support from donors. The State of Kuwait, one of UNICEF’s largest donors to the Syria crisis, has contributed nearly 90 million US$ to provide life-saving assistance to […]

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اليونيسف تشكر دولة الكويت على مساهمتها السخية لمساعدة أطفال سوريا

الكويت، 30 آذار/مارس 2015 – مع دخول الأزمة السورية عامها الخامس، لا تزال اليونيسف، وبفضل الدعم القيم من الجهات المانحة، تبذل ما بوسعها لتلبية احتياجات الأطفال الأكثر إلحاحاً. وفي هذا الصدد ساهمت دولة الكويت وهي أحد أكبر الجهات المانحة لاستجابة اليونيسف للأزمة السورية بتقديم حوالي 90 مليون دولار لتوفير المساعدات اللازمة لإنقاذ حياة الأطفال المتأثرين […]

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Health workers stake all to vaccinate children in Syrian Ar-Raqqa

Vaccinating children against polio in Ar-Raqqa is a story of innovation in accessing children in some of the most no-go areas. Since the outbreak of polio in Syria in late 2013 that resulted in 36 recorded cases in the country, massive vaccination campaigns supported by UNICEF under the banner of ‘Together Ending Polio’ have been […]

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My job: deliver 35 litres of water per refugee per day

Amman, Jordan – When we meet him, Turki is in a heated discussion with his supervisor and does not immediately attend to us. He walks away, goes round the truck and checks each and every one of his eight tyres. He shouts to the man on top of the truck who is filling up his […]

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Malnourished triplets in Aleppo receive life-saving nutrition treatment thanks to the generous support of the UAE

Aleppo/Damascus – Life started promisingly for triplets Maher*, Rawan* and Ahmad* who were born in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in early 2010. Maher, Rawan and Ahmad were born through Caesarean section. They weighed between 2.1kg to 2.3kg, which is considered a relatively low weight for new born children. Yet their parents, Rana* and […]

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New education centre for Syrian children in Nizip, Turkey

NİZİP/GAZİANTEP, March 18, 2015 – A new education centre for Syrian children officially opened in Gaziantep, Nizip today. The UNICEF-supported education centre was built in partnership with AFAD, and the Ministry of National Education, and with the financial support of the Government of Luxembourg. With a capacity of 1,080 students, the centre has 12 classrooms: […]

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Syria Crisis – 4 Years On: We need investment in the future of children

UNICEF reports on the impact of the long-running conflict on Syria’s infrastructure and calls for more resources for teenagers, whose formative years have known only conflict, and who need alternatives and opportunities. “Four years into this crisis, what we really need is investment in the future of children. And more than anything, we need a […]

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In Homs, Qusay is not giving up on his dream: become an artist

Until 2012, Qusay was living in Khalidiya district of Homs. As the conflict in Syria expanded, he and his family left for Al-Waer in early 2015 followed by another move to Al-Hamra, also in the Homs province. “Since my childhood, I loved art. I have dreamt of being an actor, singing, and even being on […]

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“I want tell you politicians, stop this game so we can go back to our country”

Safa and her family fled the violence in Syria two years ago and now live in Kawergosk refugee camp in northern Iraq. When UNICEF spoke to her in 2012, Safa seemed hopeful about the future. She even sent a message to the children of the world about peace. Two years later and as the bloody […]

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Financial support from the German KfW Development Bank enables UNICEF and partners to provide protective learning environments for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

ZAHLE,Lebanon: The class of about 15 boys fiddle nervously with their Arabic textbooks as they answer questions about their daily life in Lebanon as a refugee. When they hear the question: “Who travels the furthest to get here?” everyone raises their hand, eager to tell their story. The questions were being asked by a delegation […]

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Firas in Za’atari: From school drop out to role model

Four years ago Firas led a normal 12-year old boy’s life. He went to school in his hometown of Bosra as Sham, southern Syria, and spent time with friends and family. “I was in Grade 5 at school and then the crisis started and I haven’t been back since,” says Firas, now a mild mannered […]

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Meet Alaa, 17, volunteer and peer educator in Syria

In 2013, the conflict in Syria forced Alaa and his family to flee the neighborhood of Jouret Shiyah for Al-Dablan, a safer area in Homs. Once his family had resettled, something happened that put the life of the 16 year old Alaa on a new course. Alaa heard about vocational and life skills workshops at […]

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When she fled Syria , Hanan thought she would never see the inside of a classroom again

Za’atari Camp, Jordan – Hanan’s face moves only between the textbook on her desk and the teacher at the front of her class. The 18-year old from Dera’a, southern Syria, is focussed. It’s Hanan’s final school year and she’s studying at one of three UNICEF supported schools in Za’atari refugee camp, northern Jordan. “Education will […]

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