UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 day of captivity

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Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE IN Syria 

GENEVA/ DAMASCUS, 3 October 2014- “UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 day of captivity. These children were kidnapped on 29 May 2014 while traveling from their home-town of Ai’n Al Arab in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo to take their final school examinations.

“The physical and psychological well-being of these children is currently being assessed. We remain deeply concerned about the safety of children and teachers who are still in captivity.

“The abduction, recruitment and use of children in hostilities are grave child rights violations.

“In this time of conflict, it is the obligation of all Parties to ensure that Syrian children be kept out of harm’s way and granted unhindered and safe access to education.”

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For more information:

Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF Geneva, +41-799-639-244, cboulierac@unicef.org
Kumar Tiku, UNICEF Syria, +963 934202330, ktiku@unicef.org
Razan Rashidi, UNICEF Syria, +963 93 354 9020, rrashidi@unicef.org
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, +962-79-867-4628, jtouma@unicef.org

STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO HANAA SINGER, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA (Homs Bombings)

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Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE IN Syria 

 Damascus, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.

“39 people were killed, including 30 children who were leaving the school after classes.

“Children in Syria continue to bear the brunt of a brutal conflict that has inflicted terrible suffering upon them and their families for more than three and a half years. Renewed efforts are needed to end the senseless cycle of violence.

“All parties to the conflict have an obligation to protect civilians and respect the sanctity of schools as safe havens where children’s right to education can be fulfilled.”

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For more information:

Kumar Tiku, UNICEF Syria,  +963 934202330, ktiku@unicef.org

Razan Rashidi, UNICEF Syria,  +963 93 354 9020, rrashidi@unicef.org

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, +962-79-867-4628, jtouma@unicef.org

Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis

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NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.

The new commitments by DfID, USAID, the European Union and other partners will help reduce a $585 million gap in funding for education and protection to safeguard the future of millions of children affected by the conflict in Syria, now in its fourth year.

The No Lost Generation Initiative was launched by a broad coalition of partners to address the long-term impact of the conflict, with the conviction that investment in educating the minds and healing the hearts of the children of Syria is fundamentally an investment in the future of Syria.

The new commitments include:

  • $145 million from the EU for education and protection programmes in Syria and especially in the neighbouring countries.
  • From USAID, a $45 million investment in education over the next four years in Lebanon and up to $45 million by 2019 to improve teaching and learning processes nationwide in public schools in Jordan.
  • Up to $82 million from the UK to bolster education and protection programmes in Syria and across the region.
  • In addition, Norway and Germany pledged $10 million each to the No Lost Generation initiative, while the Netherlands and the Republic of Korea respectively promised $9 million and $1 million.

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About No Lost Generation

No Lost Generation is an initiative by the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, and governments, to alleviate the impact of the Syrian crisis on a generation of children and young people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Launched in October 2013, it aims to expand access to education, increase psychosocial support, strengthen child protection, bolster social cohesion and promote peace building so that the children of Syria can build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org/

For further information, please contact:

  • Elissa Jobson, UNICEF New York, ejobson@unicef.org; +1 917 930-4521
  • Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org +1 917 209-1804

 

 

No Lost Generation Initiative – One Year On

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Increased investment in education and protection helps
safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by Syria crisis

Millions more children at risk as the crisis deepens 

NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – Over the last year, an additional 770,000 children affected by the Syria crisis benefitted from some form of education and almost 660,000 children received psychological support.

“Helping the children of Syria is investing in the future of Syria, as today’s children are tomorrow’s doctors, teachers, lawyers and leaders. Investing in this generation is helping them acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to rebuild their communities when peace returns,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We need to heal their hearts and minds. And there is so much more to be done.”

The deepening crisis in Syria continues to put an entire generation of children at risk, says a progress report released today by the No Lost Generation initiative at a meeting of key government, NGO and UN partners on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting at UNICEF headquarters marks one year since a coalition of partners used the occasion of the UN General Assembly to call for concerted action to prevent the loss of an entire generation of Syrian children. Governments, host communities and other partners have since made significant progress in reaching more children with education and protection support and services, despite continued conflict, increased displacement and worsening living conditions for many families.

  • Enrolment in formal and non-formal education increased from 169,500 in 2013 to 489,000 in 2014, in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees.
  • 128,000 pupils have been helped to attend school clubs in volatile cross-line areas in war-torn Syria.
  • In 2014, 72,000 children inside Syria and 587,000 refugee children living in host countries have been provided with essential psychosocial support.
  • 200,000 caregivers in Lebanon have been reached with support programmes designed to promote a nurturing environment and prevent child maltreatment.

The report notes that adolescents are particularly vulnerable and underserved, with anger and frustration at their situations making them more susceptible to the lure of armed groups. Creating opportunities to prevent them from being drawn into violence and conflict is critical.

The No Lost Generation initiative appealed for $885 million to fund education and child protection services in Syria and host countries in 2014. To date $301 million (34%) has been received, leaving a gap of $584 million.

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About No Lost Generation

No Lost Generation is an initiative by the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, and governments, to alleviate the impact of the Syrian crisis on children’s learning and psychological wellbeing and address the potential long-term consequences for a generation of children and young people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Launched in October 2013, it aims to expand access to education, increase psychosocial support, strengthen child protection, bolster social cohesion and promote peace building so that the children of Syria can build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, Northern Syria

Amman/Cairo, 17 September 2014: UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children – all of whom were less than two years of age – occurred in districts where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.

Establishing the precise cause of the children’s deaths is vital. To this end, WHO has assigned a team of experts to provide assistance in investigating this event. WHO is also providing advice and protocols for the investigation of adverse events following immunization.

For as long as the facts remain unclear, the suspension of the immunization campaign in both Idlib and Deir Ezzour provinces is a wise step.

However, it is vital that immunization efforts against measles – a disease which is a leading killer of children worldwide – resume in Syria as soon as possible.

Measles is a particular threat to children who have been displaced from their homes and communities, and who are living in camps or other insanitary conditions.

For more information, please call:

  • Rana Sidani, WHO Regional Senior Communication Officer, +201099756506, sidanir@who.int
  • Christian Lindmeier, WHO communication officer, HQ in Geneva,: +41795006552
  • Simon Ingram, Unicef Regional Chief of Communication, +962 79 590 4740, singram@unicef.org
  • Juliette Touma, Unicef Communication &Media Specialist, +962798674628, jtounm@unicef.org

UNICEF to provide school supplies for up to one million conflict-affected Syrian children

Girls attend a remedial French class at a school club in Homs, Syria. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1342/Noorani

Girls attend a remedial French class at a school club in Homs, Syria.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1342/Noorani

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Damascus, 14 September 2014 – With the ongoing conflict in Syria taking an increasing toll on children’s education, UNICEF is stepping in with key supplies and support for public information to ensure that some of the most conflict-affected children continue to learn. Continue reading

UNICEF strongly condemns the targeting of a school in Al Waer, calls for immediate stop to attacks on educational facilities

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Statement attributable to Agostino Paganini, UNICEF Representative a.i for Syria

Damascus, 21 August 2014 – UNICEF is gravely concerned by the latest attack on a school in Syria – this time in Al Waer on the western outskirts of the city of Homs.

One prefab classroom was destroyed and two others were damaged in a mortar attack on Al Kindi primary school on the 15th of August. These classrooms were delivered to Al Waer by UNICEF in April 2014.

The internally displaced children who were attending this education facility had already lost their original schools as a result of the conflict.

We have seen all around this region that the sanctity of schools as a safe haven where children right to education is fulfilled has not been respected.

UNICEF calls upon all parties to the conflict to uphold their responsibility to protect children and to protect schools at all times from the effects of the conflict.

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For more information:

  • Kumar Tiku, UNICEF Syria, ktiku@unicef.org +963 934 202 330
  • Razan Rashidi, UNICEF Syria, rrashidi@unicef.org, +963 933549020

 

Mass global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region

PRESS RELEASE

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38 confirmed polio cases with 765,000 Syrian children in hard-to-reach areas

Amman/ Cairo, 22 July 2014 – In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds.

“Despite immense challenges and the desperate conditions around the region, children were vaccinated from three to six times. This gives a glimpse of hope and is largely thanks to thousands of unsung heroes: committed health workers and volunteers who undertook such a formidable task all over the region and inside Syria braving dangers to provide the polio vaccination to children” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Continue reading

Syria: Inter-Agency Mission to Mouadamiyah, Rural Damascus

BRIEFING NOTE

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SYRIA: Inter-Agency Mission to Mouadamiyah, Rural Damascus

  • UNICEF this week participated in a cross-line mission to Mouadamiyah al-Sham in Rural Damascus as part of a four-day UN interagency mission to the area which began on 14 July.
  • This is a significant and a welcome break-through in improving access. This was the first time UNICEF was able to reach Mouadamiyah – just 8 KMs from Damascus – since 2012. Continue reading

Joint Statement on Security Council Resolution 2165 on Humanitarian Access in Syria

NEW YORK/ROME, 16 July 2014- We welcome Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria, which should enable us to reach up to 2.9 million more people with vital aid. This resolution represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need
As part of our ongoing response to the Syria crisis, we and other heads of agencies and partner NGOs  are working on how best to implement the resolution, as a matter of urgency.

WFP teams on the ground are proceeding immediately to put in place the monitoring mechanism mandated in the resolution. UNICEF has already positioned supplies ready for the first cross-border convoys supported by the new resolution, including blankets, water purification materials, hygiene kits and syringes.

Hungry, homeless children don’t know or care whether they are in a government-controlled area or an opposition-controlled area. They just want food and a safe place to live. Inside Syria, nearly 11 million people need immediate humanitarian aid. We must do everything we can to help them, bringing aid by the most direct routes, whether they are across borders or across conflict lines, and this resolution will help us to achieve that.

While this resolution addresses one challenge, many others remain. Large parts of Syria are a warzone so the conditions are very difficult for aid delivery. There are onerous administrative procedures before convoys are allowed to travel from one place to another. It costs an enormous amount of money to get aid to so many people, and raising funds is difficult.

We reiterate the calls of the Secretary-General and the UN community for all parties to the conflict and those with influence over them to enable unconditional humanitarian access to all people in need without discrimination, using all available routes.

Valerie Amos
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Ertharin Cousin
Executive Director, World Food Programme
Anthony Lake
Executive Director, UNICEF

بيان مشترك حول قرار مجلس الأمن رقم 2165 الخاص بوصول المساعدات الإنسانية الى سوريا

(نيويورك / روما، 16 يوليو/تموز 2014) نرحب بقرار مجلس الأمن رقم 2165 بشأن وصول المساعدات الإنسانية الي سورية ونأمل أن يمكننا من تسليم المساعدات الحيوية الى عدد أكبر من المعوزين يقترب من 2.9 مليون شخص. ويمثل هذا القرار انفراجة في الجهود التي نبذلها لتوصيل المساعدات الى السوريين المحتاجين.

وفي سياق استجابتنا المستمرة للأزمة السورية، نقوم وغيرنا من رؤساء ومدراء الوكالات والمنظمات غير الحكومية الشريكة بالعمل على ايجاد أفضل السبل لتنفيذ القرار على وجه السرعة.

وبدأت الفرق التابعة لبرنامج الأغذية العالمي الموجودة على الأرض اتخاذ الاجراءات اللازمة على الفور لوضع آلية الرصد المنوطة  بالقرار. وقامت اليونيسف بالفعل بتجهيز إمدادات ستحملها القوافل الأولى التي ستعبر الحدود مدعومة بهذا القرار. وستحمل القوافل بطانيات ومواد لتنقية المياه ومستلزمات النظافة ومحاقن طبية.

ان الأطفال الذين يعانون الجوع والتشريد ليسوا على دراية ولا هم مهتمون بكونهم يعيشون في منطقة خاضعة لسيطرة الحكومة أو أخرى تسيطر عليها المعارضة. انهم لا يريدون سوى الطعام ومكانا آمنا للعيش فيه. وداخل سورية، هناك ما يقرب من 11 مليون شخص بحاجة للمساعدات الإنسانية العاجلة. يجب علينا أن نفعل كل ما بوسعنا لتوفير المساعدات لهم من خلال أقصر الطرق، سواء كانت عبر الحدود أو خطوط النزاع. وسيمكننا هذا القرار من تحقيق ذلك.

وفي حين يعالج هذا القرار تحديا واحد، فهناك تحديات أخرى كثيرة لا تزال قائمة. تعتبر أجزاء كثيرة من سوريا مناطق حرب وبالتالي فإن ظروف تسليم المساعدات باتت صعبة للغاية. وهناك اجراءات ادارية مرهقة قبل أن يسمح للقوافل بالسفر من مكان إلى آخر.  ويتطلب توصيل المساعدات لعدد كبير من المحتاجين مبالغ طائلة من الأموال يصعب جمعها.

واذ نشدد على دعوة الأمين العام ومجتمع الأمم المتحدة لجميع أطراف النزاع ومن يتمتعون بالنفوذ لديها لتمكين وصول المساعدات الإنسانية دون قيد أو شرط لجميع المحتاجين دون تمييز، وذلك باستخدام كافة الطرق المتاحة.

فاليري آموس

وكيلة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للشؤون الإنسانية ومنسقة الإغاثة في حالات الطوارئ

ايرثارين كازن

المديرة التنفيذية لبرنامج الأغذية العالمي

أنتوني ليك

المدير التنفيذي لليونيسيف

Concern over child marriage among vulnerable girls in Jordan

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Amman, 16 July 2014

Yasmine* is 16-years old and has been married for 9-months. “When I was younger I was dreaming about being a fashion designer but for now I can’t achieve that because of my situation,” she says. Her husband is 24-years old and they are expecting their first child.

“I’m five months pregnant now. Sometimes I feel angry, I think it’s because of the physical changes in my body that also affect my feelings,” she says.

Yasmine is a Syrian refugee living in Jordan. She has been in the country for two years. School is a distant memory and motherhood an imminent reality. While her story relates specifically to the conflict in Syria, a new study on early marriage in Jordan, launched today, shows that the practice of early marriage in Jordan shows no sign of abating.

Of all registered marriages in Jordan for 2013, 13% involved a girl less than 18 years of age – a figure that has remained relatively consistent for the past decade. This means more than 9,600 young girls married early and there has been little or no progress in reducing the number of cases.

Among Syrian refugees living in the country, the rate of child marriages has risen from 18% of total marriages in 2012 to 25% in 2013. Newly released figures now show that this rate has further increased to 32% in the first quarter of 2014. The pre-war figure inside Syria included an average of 13% of marriages as involving an under 18-year old.

According to Yasmine’s mother, marrying young is not uncommon for Syrian girls but the increase is a result of many children dropping out of school earlier due to the crisis and once a teenage girl is at home they will receive marriage proposals.

UNICEF Jordan Representative, Robert Jenkins, highlights how child marriage can have immediate and life-long implications, “Girls that marry before 18 years of age are at increased risk of complications during pregnancy and of being victims of abuse. They also have more limited economic opportunities due to loss of schooling and can get trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.”

The report highlights the common factors for child marriage in Jordan as; alleviating poverty or the burden of a large family with many daughters; providing protection for young girls; continuing traditions (cultural or family); and serving as an escape for girls living in an abusive home environment.

Jordanian law puts the legal minimum age of marriage for girls and boys at 18. However, those under 18 may get married under special conditions. UNICEF advocates to uphold, in line with international standards, the minimum legal age of marriage at 18 for both boys and girls.

UNICEF works with sister UN agencies, international NGOs, local partners, schools staff, parents and religious leaders to identify and prevent cases of child marriage, as well as to support those who have married early. Promoting education, providing safe and protective spaces where girls can discuss their issues and talking with parents, community and religious leaders all play a role in addressing child marriage.

For those at risk of child marriage, UNICEF and its partners empower girls through providing vocational training, psychosocial support and life skills that can highlight options other than marrying early.

Child marriage is defined as a formal marriage or informal union before the age of 18. Girls are disproportionately the most affected. Evidence suggests that girls who have little or no education are up to six times more likely to marry as children compared with girls with secondary schooling. Completing just one more year of school can increase the ability to earn a better salary by 15 to 20%.

Yasmine hasn’t given up on her dream of being a fashion designer. “I would like to enrol in a course in the future but we will see,” she says. But her childhood has been cut short – soon she will be a mother.

*Name changed to protect identity

 

For more information and interviews please contact:

Fatima Azzeh, UNICEF Jordan, Tel: +962 (0) 790 056 306 – fazzeh@unicef.org

Miraj Pradhan, UNICEF Jordan, Tel: +962 (0) 790 214 191 – mpradhan@unicef.org

Toby Fricker, UNICEF Jordan, Tel: +962 (0) 796 536 340 – tfricker@unicef.org

Government of Germany contributes Euro 10 million to UNICEF for children affected by the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

Mr Ralph Tarraf, German Ambassador to Jordan, and Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Representative in Jordan, talk to Syrian children in Za'atari Camp.

Mr Ralph Tarraf, German Ambassador to Jordan, and Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Representative in Jordan, talk to Syrian children in Za’atari Camp.

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 08 July 2014 – At a Ramadan breaking of the fast, or ‘Iftar’, the German Ambassador to Jordan and senior officials met and interacted with Syrian youth facing some of the most challenging conditions in Za’atari refugee camp on Tuesday.

The ‘Youth for Change’ programming reaches and provides psychosocial support to the most vulnerable adolescents in the camp. Managed by the international NGO Mercy Corps, with the support of UNICEF and funding from the Government of Germany, the centre is one example of services that will be scaled up through the new Euro 10 million funding to ‘avert a lost generation’.

Speaking at the event, the German Ambassador to Jordan, Ralph Tarraf, said, “Children are dramatically affected by the crisis in Syria. Children are particularly vulnerable. They need our protection and our support. We must help children to live a normal life to the largest extent possible under current circumstances. These children are the future of Syria. We all hope and work for peace to return to Syria and the region as quickly as possible. Every day lost is a tragic day.”

Germany’s contribution of Euro 10 million focuses on education, child protection and youth activities in 2014 and 2015, under the ‘No Lost Generation (NLG)’ initiative.

With the Syrian conflict approaching its fourth terrible year, an entire generation of children is being shaped by violence, displacement, and a persistent lack of opportunity – and could be lost forever, with profound long-term consequences for Syria, the region, and beyond.

The ‘No Lost Generation’ strategy proposes practical ways to expand access to learning and psychosocial support, as well as strengthen social cohesion and peacebuilding efforts to restore hope for the future for millions of children.

Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Representative in Jordan, highlighted the need to act before it’s too late. “Children will not be children forever. Providing education and psychosocial support now is critical and urgent to ensure that all vulnerable children living in Jordan are given the opportunity to develop as best they can into their adult lives. Engaging children in extracurricular activities, including sports, will help them to build their resilience and reach their full potential.”

The new German funding will ensure that children and youth can access psychosocial support and educational opportunities. The aim is to reduce children’s vulnerability to child labour, early marriage, social isolation and other dangers exacerbated by displacement from their home country. The programmes target Syrian refugee children, as well as vulnerable Jordanian children, aged 3 to 24 years old.

The Government of Germany is the single largest donor to UNICEF Jordan’s emergency response programme, providing a total of 45 million Euros (approx. $58.7M) since 2012. Their contribution has supported services including water and sanitation, education, child protection, and health and nutrition programmes for children and families in refugee camps and communities across Jordan.

For more information, please contact:

Miraj Pradhan, UNICEF Jordan, +962-79-021-4191, mpradhan@unicef.org

Fatima Azzeh, UNICEF Jordan, +962-79-705-6306, fazzeh@unicef.org

 

حكومة ألمانيا تساهم ب 10 ملايين يورو لليونيسف من أجل الأطفال المتضررين من أزمة اللاجئين السوريين في الأردن

Mr Ralph Tarraf, German Ambassador to Jordan, and Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Representative in Jordan, talk to children.

السفير الألماني رالف طرّاف و روبرت جينكنز، ممثل اليونيسف في الأردن، يتحدثان الى أطفال سوريين في مخيم الزعتري.

الزعتري في 8 تموز/يوليو لعام 2014، على وجبة إفطار رمضاني، التقى وتفاعل السفير الألماني وكبار المسؤولين مع بعض الشباب السوري الذين يواجه الظروف الأكثر صعوبة في مخيم الزعتري للاجئين يوم الثلاثاء.

تصل برامج “شباب للتغيير” إلى أكثر المراهقين المستضعفين في المخيم وتقدم لهم الدعم النفسي والإجتماعي، بحيث تديرها منظمة ميرسي كور الغير حكومية، بدعم من اليونيسف وبتمويل من الحكومة الألمانية. المركز هو أحد الأمثلة على الخدمات التي سيتم توسيع نطاقها من خلال تمويل جديد يبلغ 10 ملايين يورو ل “تجنب جيل ضائع”.

وقال السفير الألماني رالف طرّاف، متحدثا في هذا الحدث: “يتأثر الأطفال بشكل كبير من جراء الأزمة في سوريا وهم عرضة للخطر بشكل خاص، لذلك هم بحاجة لحمايتنا ودعمنا. يجب علينا مساعدة الأطفال على العيش حياة طبيعية إلى أكبر حد ممكن في ظل الظروف الراهنة، فهؤلاء الأطفال هم مستقبل سوريا. كلنا نأمل ونعمل من أجل عودة السلام إلى سوريا والمنطقة في أسرع وقت ممكن، وكل يوم نخسره هو يوم مأساوي”.

تركّز مساهمة ألمانيا البالغة 10 ملايين يورو على التعليم وحماية الطفل وأنشطة الشباب لعامي 2014 و 2015، في إطار مبادرة “لا لجيل ضائع”.

ومع اقتراب الصراع السوري من عامه الرابع الفظيع، يتأثر جيل كامل من الأطفال بالعنف والتشريد وانعدام متواصل للفرص. ويمكن أن يضيع هذا الجيل إلى الأبد مع عواقب وخيمة بالنسبة لسوريا والمنطقة وخارجها على المدى الطويل. وتعرض استراتيجية “لا لجيل ضائع” سبلا عملية لتوسيع نطاق الحصول على الدعم النفسي والإجتماعي، فضلا على تعزيز التماسك الإجتماعي والجهود في بناء السلام الرامية إلى استعادة الأمل في المستقبل بالنسبة لملايين من الأطفال.

أبرز روبرت جينكنز، ممثل اليونيسف في الأردن، الحاجة إلى التحرك قبل فوات الأوان، قائلا: “الأطفال لن يكونوا أطفالا إلى الأبد. إن توفير التعليم والدعم النفسي الان هو أمر عاجل وحاسم لضمان إعطاء جميع الأطفال المستضعفين الذين يعيشون في الأردن الفرصة للنمو بأفضل ما في وسعهم إلى سن الرشد. فإشراك الأطفال في الأنشطة اللامنهجية، بما في ذلك الرياضة، يساعدهم على بناء قدرتهم على التكيف وتحقيق إمكاناتهم الكاملة”.

 يضمن التمويل الألماني الجديد إمكانية وصول الأطفال والشباب إلى الدعم النفسي والإجتماعي والفرص التعليمية، والهدف من ذلك هو الحد من تعرض الأطفال لعمالة الأطفال والزواج المبكر والعزلة الإجتماعية، بالإضافة إلى المخاطر الأخرى التي تفاقمت بسبب نزوحهم من وطنهم. وتستهدف هذه البرامج الأطفال اللاجئين السوريين، فضلا عن الأطفال الأردنيين المستضعفين، والذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين ال 3 وال 24 سنة.

تمثل الحكومة الألمانية أكبر جهة مانحة لبرامج الإستجابة الطارئة لليونيسف في الأردن، بحيث قامت بتوفير 45 مليون يورو (ما يقارب 58،7 مليون دولار أمريكي) منذ عام 2012.  وقد دعمت مساهماتها عدة  خدمات، بما في ذلك المياه والصرف الصحي والتعليم وحماية الطفل وبرامج الصحة والتغذية للأسر والأطفال في مخيمات اللاجئين والمجتمعات المحلية في جميع أنحاء الأردن.

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ارتفاع عدد الأطفال السوريين الذين بحاجة الى مساعدة ب-2 مليون مقارنةً مع العام الماضي في ظل تدهور شح التمويل الذي تعاني منه اليونيسف

عمان 5 تموز، 2014مع دخول الازمة السورية عامها الرابع يبقى الأثر الذي تتركة على الأطفال مدمراً وذلك حسب بيانات جديدة من الأمم المتحدة.

وتشير البيانات التي ترافق هذه البيانات النداء المعدّل الذي أطلقته الأمم المتحدة، للحصول على التمويل اللازم للاستجابة للأزمة في المنطقة عن حاجة  6.5 مليون طفل سوري من الذين يعيشون داخل سوريا، أو اللاجئين للمساعدة الإنسانية الفورية. مما يعني ارتفاعاً يصل إلى مليوني طفل مقارنة بما كان عليه هذا العدد العام الماضي.

وتقول ماريا كالفيس، مديرة اليونيسف الإقليمية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا: “تأكد هذه الأرقام الأثر المدمر للأزمة على أطفال سوريا”.

“الأطفال يرون منازلهم ومدارسهم والمراكز الصحية والمجتمعات وهي تُستهدف وتُدّمر. تتحطم الملايين من الآحلام والآمال، ولا يمكن للعالم في هذا الوقت أن يشيح بوجهه عما يجري هناك”.

يعبر الأطفال بوضوح كبير عن مشاعر بالخوف والفقدان. ويقول علاء*، وهو طفل من حلب، يبلغ من العمر 13 سنة، يعيش اليوم كلاجىء في تركيا، لأحد العاملين في اليونيسف: “تركنا ضيعتنا لنهرب من القصف، ركبنا السيارة ثلاثة ساعات لنقترب من الحدود مع تركيا، وعندما حلً الظلام سرنا على الأقدام لمدة ثلاث ساعات اخرى وعبرنا الى تركيا. كان هناك العديد من نقاط التفتيش على الطريق ورأيت أشخاصاً يحملون أسلحة وكنت خائفا جدا”.

يدفع العنف المصحوب بالتهجير المتكرر والأدلة المتزايدة على انتشار الأمراض مثل عودة شلل الأطفال والحصبة وانهيار الخدمات الحيوية مثل المياه والصرف الصحي والتعليم -اليونيسف لمضاعفة جهودها والوصول إلى أكبر عدد ممكن من الأطفال داخل سوريا التي مزقتها الحرب وفي دول الجوار .

في داخل سوريا وبالرغم من العوائق الكبيرة بسبب العنف والقيود المفروضة على الوصول تمكنت اليونيسف هذا العام، من تقديم المساعدة في توفير المياه المأمونة لحوالي 17 مليون شخص، وتلقيح 2.9 مليون طفل ضد مرض شلل الأطفال – ضمن حملة تلقيح إقليمية غير مسبوقة في المنطقة وصلت إلى 25 مليون طفل. إضافةً إلى ذلك، وكجزء من جهودها لتلبية احتياجات الأطفال المتأثرين مباشرة بالأزمة، زوّدت اليونيسف 114,000 طفلا بالمواد التعليمية و34,000 طفلا بالدعم النفسي.

ولكن النقص في التمويل يهدد قدرة اليونيسف على الاستمرار في تقديم المساعدة للأطفال. تحتاج المنظمة بشكل ملح إلى 487 مليون دولار أمريكي لتغطي احتياجات برامج الاستجابة الطارئة  في سوريا والدول المجاورة حتى نهاية عام 2014.

وتقول كالفيس: “نحن ممتنون للجهات المانحة التي تدعمنا، والتي كانت في غاية الكرم والسخاء ولكن من دون موارد جديدة ستتعرض عملياتنا – بما فيها التدخلات التي تنقذ الأرواح – والتي تتعلق بتوفير المياه وخدمات الصرف الصحي للاجئين في العراق، ولبنان والأردن للعرقلة والبعض منها  للتوقف بشكل تام”.

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