A boy on a mission to return to school after escaping war in Syria

UNICEF and the EU Trust Fund help Syrian refugees and vulnerable children return to school   By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN, Jordan, 30 March — Nizar has good reason to feel confident about his future. After years of not being able to join his peers and learn how to read and write because of the war […]

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A child‘s dream amid chaos

By Monica Awad   Damascus, Syria, 27 March 2017 – For 37-year old Kawthar and her 8-year old son Mohammed, life has become unbearable. Kawthar got divorced few years back and moved to live at her parent’s house in one of the poorest neighbourhood in Damascus.   She lives with her mother, two brothers, and sister. […]

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UNICEF’s response to Syria Crisis 2017/18

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Syria Crisis Humanitarian Results February 2017

Highlights  UNICEF and partners continue the implementation of the 2016-2017 winter assistance programme in Syria and in the five neighbouring Syrian refugee host countries, helping thousands of vulnerable Syrian families protect their children from the cold. So far, a total of 1.6 million children (target 2.5 million) were reached with at least one of […]

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Cash support programme offers lifeline to Syrian children with disabilities

By Monica Awad and Basma Ourfali   Aleppo, 6 March 2017 – For 10-year old Nasrallah, being part of the UNICEF cash support programme for children with disabilities is making life more bearable. Nasrallah has down-syndrome and is among the most marginalized groups of children in war-torn Syria.  Like all children with disabilities, he is […]

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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, deploring continued attacks on children in Syria

AMMAN, 23 March 2017 –”As another round of peace talks starts in Geneva today, we are appalled that children throughout Syria continue to come under attack. “Reports yesterday of an attack on a school in Ar-Raqqa in the north east of Syria remind us once again that we are failing the children of Syria. We […]

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بيان منسوب إلى خيرت كابالاري، المدير الإقليمي لليونيسف، يستنكر فيه الهجوم المتواصل على الأطفال في سوريا

عمان، 23 آذار/ مارس 2017 – “بينما تجرى مباحثات سلامِ أخرى في جنيف اليوم، فأنه من المرعب أن نرى الأطفال وهم لا يزالون يتعرضون للهجمات في أنحاء سوريا” “وصلت تقارير يوم أمس عن هجوم على مدرسة في مدينة الرقة شمال شرق سوريا، مما يذكّرنا مرة أخرى بأننا لا نزال نخذل أطفال سوريا. نستمر بخذلان الأطفال […]

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Ansam, a talent that knows no boundaries

By Yasmine Saker 16 January 2017- Damascus, Syria – “I didn’t need to see them to know that the audience enjoyed my singing. I could hear their cheers and feel their love,” recalls 10 year-old Ansam as she remembers the day when she and 100 other children from across Syria took to the stage of […]

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A place called home – a glimpse into the lives of Aleppo’s separated and unaccompanied children

By Basma Ourfali and Yasmine Saker Aleppo, Syria, 20 March, 2017- Like in a fairytale, our story is set in a two-floor house with a welcoming green door, surrounded by a tiny garden of Jasmines and olive trees. But for the unique family inhabiting it, “un-fairy tales” is a more proper description of the journey […]

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The sun rises from the rubble: Syrian children’s journey of hope

By Yasmine Saker 15 March 2017 “Mother, this area has a nice echo…” said 10 year-old Ansam when she reached a destroyed town in rural Damascus that serves as the shocking backdrop of our music video marking six years of a horrifying conflict in Syria. I first met Ansam when she walked onto the stage […]

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UNICEF AND REGIONAL AMBASSADOR ZADE DIRANI LAUNCH ‘HEARTBEAT’, A SONG FOR SYRIA

A message from children affected by the six-year conflict BEIRUT/AMMAN, 15 March 2017 – UNICEF and Zade Dirani, Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, unveiled today “Heartbeat” a song for Syria that carries a message of hope from Syria’s children to the world. Children in the song, produced to mark the six-year-long […]

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اليونيسف وزيد ديراني سفير اليونيسف الإقليمي لمنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا يطلقان أغنية “دقة قلب”، أغنية لسوريا

 رسالة من أطفال تأثروا بحرب الستة أعوام بيروت/عمان، 15 آذار/مارس 2017 – ستطلق اليوم منظمة اليونيسف وزيد ديراني سفير اليونيسف الإقليمي لمنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا أغنية “دقة قلب”، وهي أغنية تحمل رسالة أمل من أطفال سوريا إلى العالم، وتم إطلاقها تذكيراً بمرور ستة أعوام على الحرب في سوريا. يطلب الأطفال المشاركون في هذه الأغنية […]

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معاناة أطفال سوريا في الحضيض بعد ستّ سنوات من النّزاع

  دمشق/عمّان، 13 آذار/مارس 2017 – بلغت الإنتهاكات الجسيمة ضد الأطفال في سوريا أعلى مستوى لها على الإطلاق في العام 2016 بحسب تقييم اليونيسف حول تأثير النّزاع على الأطفال، فيما تكمل الحرب عامها السّادس. لقد ارتفع وبشكل حادّ خلال العام الماضي عدد حالات القتل والتشويه وتجنيد الأطفال، الّتي تمّ التّحقّق من صحّتها، خلال تصعيد مهول […]

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HITTING ROCK BOTTOM: CHILDREN’S SUFFERING IN SYRIA AT ITS WORST – UNICEF

  DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years. Verified instances of killing, maiming and recruitment of children increased sharply last year in a drastic escalation of […]

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Unexploded remnants of war threaten children in Aleppo

  10 year-old Amin was playing with his cousin when he found an unexploded bomb. “I was thrilled and wanted to show it to my friends,” he said. “I grabbed the bomb. It exploded immediately.” “Shrapnel entered my chest, it burned like a fire. I was rushed to a hospital in Aleppo where I stayed […]

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