UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies

الخبر بالعربية Largest emergency appeal on record, almost 40 per cent for Syria and region GENEVA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries. “I […]

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Children from the Old City of Homs Detained

UNICEF Briefing Note 18 February 2014 As of today, there are 56 children in the Al Andalus facility after being evacuated from Homs. They include 34 boys between 15 and 18 years old; 10 boys under 15 years old; and 12 girls below 18 years old. Most of the children under 15 and the girls […]

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Germany grants additional €10 million to UNICEF’s Syria crisis response in Jordan

MEDIA RELEASE |الخبر بالعربية| Amman, 17 February 2014 – UNICEF’s response to the Syria crisis in Jordan received a new financial boost Monday, with the announcement of a new €10 million donation from the Government of Germany. On a visit to Jordan, the German Minister for International Cooperation, His Excellency Gerd Müller, announced the new […]

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Briefing note on humanitarian operation, Homs, Syria

UNICEF Briefing Note [الخبر بالعربية] Humanitarian Operation, Old City Homs 14 February 2014 Eighteen children aged between 15 and 18 who were taken to the Al Andalus Shelter have now been released. Another 14 children remain there. UNICEF has access to the shelter and is following the cases of all these children. We have been […]

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UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs

PRESS RELEASE الخبر بالعربية HOMS, Syria 11 February 2014 – At least 500 children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The humanitarian pause was the first that the UN […]

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At least 500 children among civilians evacuated from Old City, Homs, Syria

Newsnote 11 February 2014 – At least 500 children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent. UNICEF colleagues on the ground reported that the children who came out looked terrified, frail […]

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UNICEF statement on Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic

الخبر باللغة العربية NEW YORK, 5 February 2014 – The first report of the UN Secretary General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic provides a chilling account of the brutality and abuses that children have suffered for nearly three years, and a clear reminder of why this horrific conflict must end. […]

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Reaching ‘stay at home’ children through critical learning opportunities

NEWS NOTE Amman, 04 February, 2014 – UNICEF and partners in Jordan are expanding education programmes to reach the alarming number of “stay at home” children who have fallen behind by three or more grades and are no longer eligible to enrol in formal schooling. UNICEF estimates there are nearly 60,000 Syrian children and other […]

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UNICEF on standby with supplies for 1,150 children trapped in besieged Old City of Homs

UNICEF is ready with vaccines and other medical supplies for children in the besieged Old City of Homs, Syria. Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Communications spokesperson, said UNICEF had provided a list of supplies to the Government for approval. The list of supplies includes emergency medical kits and cholera kits; soap and hygiene materials; water treatment supplies […]

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Top humanitarian leaders pen open letter to Geneva II peace talk participants calling for urgent action to protect Syrian children

Ahead of the Geneva II peace talks on Wednesday, UNICEF and our Executive Director, Anthony Lake, have joined other humanitarian organizations and leaders in issuing the following open letter urging the protection of Syria’s children: Sir: With the parties in Syria’s conflict meeting in Geneva tomorrow, we believe the time has come to urgently focus […]

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UNICEF hails Lebanese government’s support for education initiative to get Lebanese and Syrian children back to learning

الخبر باللغة العربية AMMAN/BEIRUT, 20 January 2014 – An initiative aimed at increasing learning opportunities for Syrian and Lebanese children in Lebanon was at the centre of discussions between Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, and a UNICEF delegation led by Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt, at last week’s international pledging conference for the Syria […]

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UNICEF and WHO in Syria condemn the interruption of a polio immunization campaign in Al-Raqa

Damascus,13 January 2014 – The representatives of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Syria strongly condemn the interruption of a polio immunization campaign in Al-Raqa Syrian governorate due to the intense fighting among groups. WHO and UNICEF are helping to ensure that every child in Syria is being […]

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UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014

الخبر باللغة العربية What: UNICEF delegation to the 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait City. Who: Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Director of Emergencies, New York Headquarters When: Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 9:00am to […]

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Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative Youssouf Abdel-Jelil on car bombing in Al-Kafat, Syria

Damascus, 10 January 2014 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s car bombing near a school in Al-Kafat village, Hama governorate, in which as many as 20 people were reportedly killed and around 100 reportedly injured. Although details of the attack are still filtering out, many children from Al-Kafat school — less than 100 metres away from the […]

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No Lost Generation: Strategic Overview

Secretary-General supports Children of Syria as No Lost Generation initiative launched

PRESS RELEASE #childrenofsyria #NOlostgeneration NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 — The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon today added his support to a campaign led by UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF that calls for Champions for the Children of Syria as part of the new No Lost Generation strategy. “Many, many children […]

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