“I am so happy to have these pens and bags – I love to learn”

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Cross-line mission monitors polio campaign and humanitarian conditions

By David Youngmeyer Qudsiya/Damascus, 6 July 2014 – Despite the difficulty of travelling through Syria’s ongoing civil war, four UNICEF and WHO staff were recently able get across the battle lines and reach the town of Qudsiya, located in a rural area northwest of Damascus. From here, they could assess the progress of our campaign […]

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Touched by war. When learning becomes ray of hope

By Tomoya Sonoda Aleppo, 11 May 2014 – Aleppo has been wrecked by intense conflict. Shells and bombs continue to land and explode at random while gunshots crack day and night. This has become the sad everyday reality for Salma* and her family along with residents of Aleppo. A year ago, a shell landed in […]

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Field diary: Displaced families shelter in ancient Tartous basement

By David Youngmeyer Tartous, 13 April 2014 – Millions of Syrian children and their families have been displaced from their homes by the on-going conflict. Many are living in shelters set up in public buildings such as schools, or in unfinished apartment blocks. In the west of Syria, almost 1.3 million people are displaced in […]

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Thora, 18, and Rana

UNICEF-supported programme boosts resilience and participation of conflict-affected young people in Syria

By David Youngmeyer Tartous, Syria, 3 April 2014 – A UNICEF-supported programme in Tartous governorate, run by local charity partner Al Batoul, aims to reach more than 2,700 conflict-affected young people with health awareness, psychosocial and social skills. As well as two youth centres in locations with high numbers of displaced families, the programme includes […]

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Big strides in Syria’s polio campaign, but some vulnerable children still remain out of reach

Damascus, 26 March 2014 – Close to three million children under five were reached with polio vaccines during the latest phase of a Ministry of Health led campaign in Syria between 2-6 March. UNICEF, WHO, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are all supporting the polio campaign, which has been running monthly since December 2013. […]

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