Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa

 PRESS RELEASE الخبر باللغة العربية Click to download the PDF report AMMAN, 3 September 2015– Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today. The report, “Education Under Fire,” focuses on the impact of […]

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Back to school: In Za’atari camp, all children can access education in 2015-2016 school year

Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan– As the new school year opens on 1st September, all children in Za’atari camp in Northern Jordan are assured of accessing education. The biggest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, Za’atari, hosts about 81,000 residents, 50 per cent of whom are children. This year there are 3,175 six year old school starters, […]

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اليونيسف: الشح الشديد في المياه يزيد من بؤس الملايين في سوريا التي مزقتها الحرب

عمّان،25 آب/ اغسطس 2015 – وسط تواصل الحرب الضروس في سوريا والحَر القائظ هذا الصيف، تتزايد الأدلة المتوفرة عن استخدام أطراف النزاع المياه كوسيلة لتحقيق مكاسب سياسية وعسكرية. خلال الأشهر الماضية عانى حوالي 5 مليون شخص، يعيشون في مدن ومناطق مختلفة في سوريا من آثار قطع المياه عنهم بشكل متعمد ولفترات طويلة. في حلب شمالي […]

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Severe water shortages compound the misery of millions in war-torn Syria- UNICEF says

AMMAN, 25 August 2015- Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria, and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains. In recent months, up to five million people living in cities and communities across the country have suffered […]

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New remedial education centre and water borehole opened in Azraq Refugee Camp

Press Release     Azraq, Jordan, 19 August 2015: The US Ambassador to Jordan, Alice G. Wells, accompanied by UNICEF Representative Robert Jenkins, inaugurated today a remedial education centre and a water borehole in Azraq refugee camp at an event attended by the Ministry of Education, Water Authority of Jordan, Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate, Relief International […]

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Marking International Youth Day, Lebanese and Syrian youth launch joint community initiatives

الخبر باللغة العربية 12 August 2015 – Baalbek, Lebanon: Celebrating International Youth Day, Lebanese and Syrian youth presented 15 community initiatives at an event held under the auspices of the Governor of Baalbek, Mr. Bashir Khodr. The youth-led initiatives were developed during a series of summer camps at which youth from both communities worked together […]

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Water Cuts in Aleppo Threaten Children amid Intense Heat Wave

DAMASCUS, 22 July 2015 – The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts. The disruption to piped water supplies – which in some cases was deliberately implemented by […]

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Malala to support girls’ education in Jordan

Azraq, Jordan, 14 July 2015 – World renowned education advocate and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, yesterday announced new support to UNICEF to help Syrian refugee children in Jordan succeed in school. Following a visit to the Ministry of Education school in Azraq refugee camp, which is supported by UNICEF, Malala […]

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Millions of Children in Syria at high risk of disease amid water scarcity and summer heat

الخبر باللغة العربية DAMASCUS, 10 July 2015 – Dwindling supplies of safe drinking water during Syria’s scorching summer months are exposing children to the threat of water-borne diseases, UNICEF warns. Since the beginning of the year, Syria has reported 105,886 cases of acute diarrhoea. There has also been a sharp increase of Hepatitis A cases […]

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Urgent Action Needed to Tackle Child Labour Caused by Syrian Crisis: Save the Children and Unicef

PRESS RELEASE الخبر باللغة العربية Click here to download report AMMAN, 2 July 2015- The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an ever increasing number of children into exploitation in the labour market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the […]

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Strengthened humanitarian partnership between UNICEF and the European Commission for the children of Syria

NEWS NOTE Damascus, Syria 24/06/15 – The European Commission has contributed an additional 3 million Euro (approximately 3.4 million USD) in humanitarian funding to support UNICEF’s response to address the needs of the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Syria. Since 2012, the European Commission has been one of UNICEF’s most valued partners having now committed 26.7 […]

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UN agencies and partners say funding shortage leaves Syrian refugees and host nations without vital support

الخبر باللغة العربية PRESS RELEASE Click here to download report Amman, 25 June 2015: A shortage of funds is hampering humanitarian and development assistance efforts to meet the needs of 3.9 million refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria, as well as more than 20 million people in affected local communities hosting them in […]

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UNICEF welcomes latest Kuwait donation for children of Syria

NEW YORK, 12 June 2015 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from the generous US$45 million donation made by the Government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today. This brings Kuwait’s total donations to UNICEF in just three years to US$134.5 million to support the humanitarian response for Syrian children. “After more than four years of […]

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Child labourers becoming invisible in Za’atari

PRESS RELEASE Click to download report  ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan 11th June 2015 – The sight of Syrian children working in Za’atari refugee camp is so common that there is a danger of tolerance and acceptance to child labour, warns a new report released today by UNICEF Jordan and Save the Children International. The ‘Assessment of […]

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Three months to act: Gordon Brown marks countdown to new school year by issuing plea for Syrian refugees and calling for emergency education fund from Beirut

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown has marked the countdown to the new school year in Beirut by urging the international community to take action so that refugee children can return to school.  He also reissued his call for a humanitarian fund for education in emergencies. Mr Brown is in the Lebanese […]

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