For adolescents, safe spaces to build skills and keep aspirations alive

By Monica Awad and Masoud Hasen   Qamishli, Syrian Arab Republic, 6 April 2017 – Five years since the conflict forced her family to flee their home, Rawan is building much-needed skills – and finding a glimmer of hope for the future. The 15-year-old is participating in a UNICEF-supported multi-service centre that serves as a […]

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For displaced Syrian mothers, times of hardship and determination

  Continued violence and insecurity in Syria have driven 6.8 million people from their homes.  Amid the severe deprivation and uncertainty that come with displacement, mothers like Nada, 28, draw on whatever support they can get to meet their children’s basic needs while aspiring for a better future. By Monica Awad Dara’a, Syrian Arab Republic, […]

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A two-sided reality for children trapped in Madaya

Syrian Arab Republic, 2 April 2017 – By Hiba Muhammad It has been over 100 days since people in the four besieged Syrian towns of Madaya, Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Kefraya and Al-Foah in northern rural Idleb, received any humanitarian assistance. Provision of aid to the 60,000 people who have been trapped under a […]

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Investing in Youth Affected by Syria’s War Provides Big Returns

Part of a series on support from UNICEF and the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis to prevent children and youth affected by war from becoming a Lost Generation By Malene Kamp Jensen   AMMAN 3 April 2017– Life in Damascus was on track for Majd, a boy with a sharp […]

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A boy on a mission to return to school after escaping war in Syria

UNICEF and the EU Trust Fund help Syrian refugees and vulnerable children return to school   By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN, Jordan, 30 March — Nizar has good reason to feel confident about his future. After years of not being able to join his peers and learn how to read and write because of the war […]

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A child‘s dream amid chaos

By Monica Awad   Damascus, Syria, 27 March 2017 – For 37-year old Kawthar and her 8-year old son Mohammed, life has become unbearable. Kawthar got divorced few years back and moved to live at her parent’s house in one of the poorest neighbourhood in Damascus.   She lives with her mother, two brothers, and sister. […]

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Cash support programme offers lifeline to Syrian children with disabilities

By Monica Awad and Basma Ourfali   Aleppo, 6 March 2017 – For 10-year old Nasrallah, being part of the UNICEF cash support programme for children with disabilities is making life more bearable. Nasrallah has down-syndrome and is among the most marginalized groups of children in war-torn Syria.  Like all children with disabilities, he is […]

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Ansam, a talent that knows no boundaries

By Yasmine Saker 16 January 2017- Damascus, Syria – “I didn’t need to see them to know that the audience enjoyed my singing. I could hear their cheers and feel their love,” recalls 10 year-old Ansam as she remembers the day when she and 100 other children from across Syria took to the stage of […]

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A place called home – a glimpse into the lives of Aleppo’s separated and unaccompanied children

By Basma Ourfali and Yasmine Saker Aleppo, Syria, 20 March, 2017- Like in a fairytale, our story is set in a two-floor house with a welcoming green door, surrounded by a tiny garden of Jasmines and olive trees. But for the unique family inhabiting it, “un-fairy tales” is a more proper description of the journey […]

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The sun rises from the rubble: Syrian children’s journey of hope

By Yasmine Saker 15 March 2017 “Mother, this area has a nice echo…” said 10 year-old Ansam when she reached a destroyed town in rural Damascus that serves as the shocking backdrop of our music video marking six years of a horrifying conflict in Syria. I first met Ansam when she walked onto the stage […]

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UNICEF AND REGIONAL AMBASSADOR ZADE DIRANI LAUNCH ‘HEARTBEAT’, A SONG FOR SYRIA

A message from children affected by the six-year conflict BEIRUT/AMMAN, 15 March 2017 – UNICEF and Zade Dirani, Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, unveiled today “Heartbeat” a song for Syria that carries a message of hope from Syria’s children to the world. Children in the song, produced to mark the six-year-long […]

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Unexploded remnants of war threaten children in Aleppo

  10 year-old Amin was playing with his cousin when he found an unexploded bomb. “I was thrilled and wanted to show it to my friends,” he said. “I grabbed the bomb. It exploded immediately.” “Shrapnel entered my chest, it burned like a fire. I was rushed to a hospital in Aleppo where I stayed […]

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Baby Louai Turns the Corner on Malnutrition and Suffering

By Leen Tarabichi Two years ago, baby Louai was only four months-old when his family fled their home in Palmyra, after violence erupted in the area. The family then sought refuge in Hassia, in Homs governorate. At around 40 kilometers south of Homs city, the industrial city of Hassia consists of factories, warehouses and unfinished […]

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The Lionel Messi Foundation and UNICEF join hands for quality education in Syria

  9 year-old Mohammad fled his home in the town of Sbeneh in rural Damascus four years ago when violence escalated and sought refuge with his family in Lebanon. Even though Mohammad was attending school in Lebanon, the different education systems meant that he had to re-do Grade 1 upon his return to Syria last […]

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When snow brings sorrow

After six years of war in Syria, winter is the latest threat to children. In rural Quneitra in southern Syria, 400 families displaced by fighting live in makeshift shelters made with blocks, plastic sheets and tin. With extremely limited resources and amid heavy snowfall, these families continuously fight for their lives.   The camp was […]

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