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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Children and families in Syria face dropping temperatures with little protection from the cold

  For children and their families across Syria, winter used to bring joy. But after six years of conflict, childhood memories of getting cosy around the heater, playing in the snow and warm winter clothes, are all but forgotten.  7 February 2017, Damascus, Syria- Six years of war have changed how winter feels for children […]

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From Syrian mothers to Syrian children: UNICEF partnership keeps children warm while creating job opportunities

For the third year, an innovative partnership in Syria is providing much needed warm clothing for the most vulnerable children in the northeastern Hasaka governorate. The winter kits produced by a UNICEF partner and a local association group, Al-Birr, include a winter jacket, woolen sweater, winter trousers, woolen hat, scarf and gloves, woolen socks, and […]

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Siba and Ruba: two sisters’ journey back to school

By Masoud Hasen   23 January 2017- Hasakah –For many children in Syria, school is little more than a distant memory. Others have never seen the inside of a classroom. But in small pockets all over the country, children and their families are doing whatever they can to reclaim an education that is rightfully theirs. […]

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Tiny stories from the children of Syria

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Determination in the face of conflict: Manar’s story

  By Leen Tarabichi 3 January, 2016, Homs, Syria- When Manar and her family left their house in the old city of Homs back in 2011, she left behind so much more than her belongings. As violence escalated in her neighbourhood, Manar, 12 at the time, had to leave her friends, her school and her […]

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Children suffer as taps run dry in Syria’s capital

By Yasmine Saker 11 January 2017, Damascus, Syria– An estimated 5.5 million people, including 2 million children, have been cut off from running water for over three weeks in Damascus and its surroundings, the longest cut  Syria’s capital  has seen. Intense fighting damaged the water infrastructure for the two main drinking water sources for Damascus-Ain […]

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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH PAUL MOLINARO – REGIONAL CHIEF OF SUPPLY

We spoke to one of the most prominent faces of UNICEF in the field of supply and logistics: the regional chief of supply at UNICEF Middle East and North Africa, Paul Molinaro. It took five questions to scratch beneath the surface and know more about the UNICEF mandate, one of the most critical areas of […]

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