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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Children displaced from eastern Aleppo: traumatised, injured and alone

By Yasmine Saker and Basma Ourfali Aleppo, 22 December, 2016 Since renewed fighting in the eastern part of Aleppo on 24 November, at least 40,000 people have been displaced within and from the area. Half of them are children.  Displaced families have been transported to the industrial district of Jibreen where they are temporarily housed […]

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Back to school for young Aleppo shoemaker

By Yasmine Saker TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 7 December 2016 – When a UNICEF team first met 14 year-old Wahid in the summer, he was fetching water for his family in “1070”, a complex of unfinished apartment buildings in the Al- Hamdaniyah neighbourhood of western Aleppo. A month later, the area turned into a conflict […]

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Winter is the latest threat to children in war-ravaged Aleppo

  By Shushan Mebrahtu and Basma Ourfali Aleppo/Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – 8 December 2016 Five days ago, 10-year old Ahmed arrived in Jibreen, an industrial district on the outskirts of Aleppo. Ahmed’s parents were killed in the vicious conflict engulfing the city. He and his four siblings have nobody to take care of them […]

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Manar’s family prepares for the winter in Za’atari Camp

  Manar Mohammad Aziz is 34 years old, and has 8 children. Ahmed, 16, Aya, 15, Doa’a, 13, Mahmoud, 10, Khalid, 9, Sidra, 7, Adnan, 4, and Lina 1. Married to Basil, a security supervisor at the local school, the family live in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.   Originally from Dara’a in Syria, the […]

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Water cuts add to the daily challenge of survival for Aleppo’s children

By Monica Awad and Basma Ourfali   Aleppo/Damascus, 7 November 2016 – Being born in Aleppo was always considered a rich blessing in 8-year old Huda’s family until violent conflict reduced the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city to rubble. To protect her five children from indiscriminate daily attacks, Huda’s mother Manal fled with them to […]

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Hoping to return home – Iraqi families flee Mosul seeking refuge in Syria

  By Monica Awad Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 November 2016 Children in and around the city of Mosul in Iraq have endured extreme suffering for more than two years.  Many of them were forcibly displaced, trapped between fighting lines, or even caught in the cross-fire. “We escaped the violence to protect our ten children.” […]

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No child too far: Bringing Sabah back to school

A field diary by Asalah Sawas, a community outreach volunteer working with a UNICEF-supported partner in Aleppo on educational campaigns. It was 2014 when I first met Sabah, a shy 11 year-old who had been uprooted several times already in her short life. Sabah and her family were forced to flee their home when violence […]

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