What: The high-level pledging event for the Syria crisis in Brussels will bring together world leaders from around the globe to help millions of people whose lives have been torn apart by the seven-year conflict. The war has had a devastating impact on each and every Syrian child with the effects of the crisis reverberating throughout the country, the region and the globe.
Who: Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Juliette Touma, Regional Chief of Communications, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa
When: 24 & 25 April, 2018
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Why: Destruction, violence and death continue to tear apart every aspect of children’s lives: their schools, their homes, their playgrounds and their neighbourhoods. In Syria and neighboring countries nearly 8.5 million children need humanitarian assistance. Entire families have had to flee violence leaving behind all their belongings – some multiple times. Nearly 5.5 million children have been displaced inside Syria or into bordering countries.
As part of the UN appeal, UNICEF requires US$ 1.3 billion for its emergency operations in 2018 inside Syria and in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. To date, UNICEF has received less than half of its funding requirements.
Links: Disabled lives – Enabled Futures – UNICEF report on the impact of seven years of war on children in Syria.
For further information and interview requests:
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office, Amman, +962-79-867-4628, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamara Kummer, UNICEF Regional Office, Amman +962 797 588 550, email@example.com
Lina Elkurd, UNICEF Regional Office, Amman, +962-79-109-6644, firstname.lastname@example.org