No dream too big: Ranim’s hope for a better future

By Yasmine Saker and Leen Tarabichi   Homs, Syrian Arab Republic, 15 August 2017 – As fighting and attacks escalated in the city of Homs in early 2012, Ranim, 15 at the time, and her family, had to flee her home in the conflict-ridden neighbourhood of Baba Amr, seeking safety in the nearby neighbourhood of […]

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“A smile of hope”: life skills training open new doors for the youth of Aleppo

  ©UNICEF/ Syria 2017/ Khudr Al- Issa Angham facilitates a life-skills course for adolescents at a UNICEF-supported centre in Aleppo, after receiving the necessary training.   By Basma Ourfali and Yasmine Saker Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, 16 August, 2017– For 21 year-old Angham who has spent all of her life in an orphanage for girls […]

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One Syrian doctor’s determination in the face of violence and displacement

By Lina Alqassab and Yasmine Saker   Lattakia, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 August, 2017– When violence started to force families out of their homes in northern rural Idleb back in late 2014, Dr. Khaled, a UNICEF health and nutrition facilitator in Idleb was among the first to respond. Dr. Khaled was instrumental in launching much-needed […]

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More than 355,000 children under five years-old vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria

DAMASCUS, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria. The campaign provided vital protection against the disease to more than 355,000 children under five years old in the Governorates of Deir Ez […]

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تلقى اكثر من 355,000 طفل تحت سن الخامسة اللقاح ضد مرض شلل الأطفال في مناطق صعبة الوصول في سورية

دمشق، 18 آب/أغسطس 2017 – أتمّت اليونيسف ومنظمة الصحة العالمية مع الشركاء الجولة الأولى من حملة اللقاح ضد مرض شلل الأطفال المستمد من اللقاح والذي تفشى مؤخراً في سورية. لقد وفرت هذه الحملة الحماية الضرورية من المرض لإنقاذ حياة 355,000 طفل تحت سن الخامسة في محافظتي ديرالزور والرقة، واللتين يصعب الوصول إليهما تحديداً بسبب العنف […]

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A Syrian refugee girl in Jordan defies all odds to achieve top scores in the Tawjihi exams

  Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan – August 2017: Despite the challenges of living as a refugee in Za’atari camp,  a teenage girl has defied all odds through sheer persistence and hard work, and achieved top scores in the Jordanian Tawjihi- General Secondary Education Certificate Examination that qualifies her to register for university. With 86.7 per […]

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KOICA grants US$6 million to UNICEF for improved access for vulnerable children in Jordan to health, protection and education services

  AMMAN, Jordan, 10 Aug 2017: The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has announced a new grant to UNICEF aimed at helping vulnerable children in Jordan realise their rights to quality health, education and protection. The recent contribution of US$6 million to UNICEF comes as part of KOICA’s ‘Better Life for Girls’ Global Initiative and […]

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Syria Crisis June 2017 Humanitarian Results

Highlights  In Syria, 1.33 million people in 432 hard-to-reach areas and nearly 93,000 others in eight besieged areas received critical UNICEF assistance since January 2017. However, humanitarian access remains extremely challenging in most areas of the country, particularly where conflict is active.  Turkey hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees in the MENA […]

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Syria Crisis May 2017 Humanitarian Results

Highlights:  In Syria, the delivery of humanitarian assistance to several locations continued to be hampered due to ongoing or renewed hostilities. During May 2017, only three inter-agency convoys to Duma, Wadi Barada and Jirud in Rural Damascus took place, with UNICEF delivering multi-sectoral assistance to 42,000 people in need.  As operations continue against […]

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A child-friendly space offers respite for Raqqa’s internally displaced children

By Monica Awad and Delil Soulieman Raqqa, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 August 2017 – Intense fighting forced 14-year-old Muhannad and his family to flee from their home in Raqqa to Ain Issa camp. Since 1 April 2017, the fighting in Raqqa has uprooted more than 200,000 people from their homes. Half of the displaced are […]

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Syrian families struggle to survive in besieged east Ghouta

  By Andreas Knapp The scale of destruction and depth of suffering is mind-blowing. It is hard to imagine life in these conditions. These are the thoughts that hit me as we arrived in the so-called ‘buffer zone’ just outside of besieged Al-Nashabiyeh in east Ghouta, rural Damascus. Burnt trees, rubble, and damaged buildings lined the […]

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In east Aleppo, clinics on wheels keep children healthy

  By Basma Ourfali ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 August 2017 – In many cities, the sight of children and parents crowded around a big white truck on a hot summer day is not unfamiliar. Only in conflict-affected eastern Aleppo, it is not an ice cream truck gathering these children, but a UNICEF-supported mobile health […]

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ساهم في التغييرمن أجل أطفال سوريا

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يتعرضون للاعتداء والاستغلال وتركوا وحدهم: حال الأطفال الّذين وقعوا في براثن العنف في الموصل والنزاعات التي تجتاح المنطقة، الأطفال في أمسّ الحاجة للرّعاية والحماية الفوريّة

بيان منسوب إلى خِيرْت كابالاري، المدير الإقليمي لليونيسف في الشّرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. عمّان، 22 يوليو 2017– “قد يكون العنف الأسوأ في الموصل قد انتهى لكن معاناة الأطفال تستمر وكذا للكثيرين منهم في المنطقة. “لا زلنا نجد أطفالاً يعانون من حالات الصدمة، وقد وردت التقارير عن وجود بعضهم بين الأنقاض أو مختبئين في الأنفاق في […]

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Abused, exploited and abandoned – Children caught up in violence in Mosul and conflicts in the region need immediate care and protection

 Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa AMMAN, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues. “Children in shock continue to be found, some reportedly among the […]

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