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AMMAN, 18 December 2017- The State of Kuwait has been one of UNICEF’s largest donors to help children affected by the Syria crisis. With its recent contribution of US$5 million, the support received from Kuwait to UNICEF’s response to the Syria crisis since 2013 has now reached US$144 million.

“Generous contributions from the State of Kuwait have helped UNICEF expand its assistance to children affected by the crisis in Syria. Thanks to this funding, UNICEF will continue providing children inside Syria and refugee host countries* with essential support for water, sanitation, hygiene, education, health and nutrition,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

The ongoing conflict in Syria – now in its seventh year –  continues to hit children the hardest inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, where millions are living as refugees.

With Kuwait’s support, UNICEF and partners have reached 15.5 million people with essential humanitarian assistance this year in Syria. Nearly 2 million children were enrolled in formal education and nearly 1 million nursing and pregnant mothers were counselled on appropriate nutrition for their young children and babies. Between 2014 and 2017, UNICEF was able to rehabilitate water supply systems, provide water treatment disinfectants and water purification tablets.

“UNICEF commends the State and people of Kuwait for leveraging global support for children impacted by the crisis in Syria,” added Cappelaere.

UNICEF continues to count on the State and people of Kuwait as a major donor for humanitarian and development assistance for the world’s most vulnerable children.

*Response for children in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.

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For more information:

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office, + 962-79-867-4628 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting, jtouma@unicef.org

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