“They gave me back the chance to dream!”

With UNICEF-supported remedial classes, children in Tartous prepare for their national exams.   Almost seven years ago, Naya and her family, were forced to flee their home in Deir-ez-Zor, north-eastern Syria and sought safety in rural Tartous. After years of war, displacement and inflation, the family’s financial resources were depleted, forcing Naya to work in […]

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“Don’t give up on education. We are nothing without education!”

With UNICEF-supported remedial classes, children in Tartous prepare for their national exams.   For two years, Jamila, 15, and her family lived under siege in their hometown of Foah in Idleb. With violent fighting and severe lack of basic commodities, some days Jamila only have one meal a day. “There were days where I gave […]

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“I couldn’t imagine myself in a classroom!”

For every child, a chance to learn.   Like hundreds of thousands of children across Syria, Joumana, now 15, was forced to flee her home due to escalating violence. Back in 2012, together with her family, Joumana was uprooted from her village in the countryside of Deir-ez-Zor in northeastern Syria; the beginning of several displacements. […]

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Syrian youth start their entrepreneurship journey with support from UNICEF

By Yasmine Saker To help Syrian youth cope with the impact of seven years of conflict and reach their full potential, UNICEF launched a livelihoods, seed-funding and entrepreneurship programme. Last year, with thanks to generous funding from Japan, over 400 children and young people aged 10 to 24, benefited from extensive trainings on entrepreneurship, civic […]

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Recovering after years of loss; Alaa’s story

By Masoud Hasan and Yasmine Saker   Little Alaa was only 9 years old when she experienced loss for the first time in her life. Her mother was killed when a shell hit their home on the outskirts of Deir-ez-Zor two years ago. A couple of months later, another shell hit near Alaa’s school, causing […]

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EXPLOSIVE HAZARDS POSE FATAL RISKS TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN SYRIA

DAMASCUS, 4 April 2018 – Marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are calling for concerted international action in response to the devastating health consequences of explosive hazards in Syria. More than 8 million people are exposed to explosive hazards in Syria, including over […]

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After four years of siege, families fleeing east Ghouta need our help now more than ever

By Yasmine Saker As the car pulled up into Adra industrial zone on the north-eastern outskirts of Damascus, nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see. In four collective shelters, over 5,400 people were crowded together in three abandoned schools, while an estimated 13,000 people sought shelter nearby in a former […]

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Every step counts: Rama’s story

  By Basma Ourfali Little Rama, now eight, has grown up knowing nothing but war. When she was only a toddler, her family was forced to flee their home in east Aleppo as violence escalated, moving from one area to another. The injury Rama was only five years-old when a shell hit the mosque where […]

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Overcoming loss: life in Deir-ez-Zor for Syrian youth

  By Masoud Hasen and Yasmine Saker Two years ago, as Ahmad and his family, headed to the local market in the north-eastern city of Deir-ez-Zor, he did not know that his life was about to change forever. A shell hit the local market and Ahmed, 14 at the time, lost consciousness. He woke up […]

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“Never give up, no matter what”: Shuaib’s story

  By Lina Alqassab Syria, Tartous, 25 February 2018 –  Shuaib had just finished his national Grade 9 French exam, and was heading back to his home in Al-Qadmus in rural Tartous, coastal Syria. Waiting at the crowded bus station with other students in Tartous city, Shuaib heard a loud explosion and felt piercing pain […]

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This year for International Women’s Day, we are celebrating an inspiring young woman

  Mouna, 20, who was born with a visual impairment. Seven years of war and displacement have added to Mouna’s challenges, but she is determined to continue her education and study political science. Mouna wants the world to hear her – she takes part in a weekly radio show where she discusses issues that are […]

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With help for UNICEF, little Issa beats severe malnutrition

By Lina Alqassab Syria, Tartous, 11 February 2018 – When Ghazala first met me at the door of her room in a farm in rural Tartous, her one-year old son, Issa, was crawling in every direction, filling the room with his laughter and energy. It was hard to believe that only 6 months ago, Issa […]

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تشارك اليونيسف بنشر ألبوم رسومات من دوما

في شهر كانون الثاني/يناير، أسفر الاقتتال المكثف في سوريا وفق التقارير عن مقتل 59 طفلاً في الأسابيع الأربعة الماضية وحدها، وذلك مع دخول النزاع عامه الثامن. لدى كل هؤلاء الأطفال أحلام ومواهب لن يدركوها حق الإدراك، مثل الفنانة الطموحة “بيبو”، ابنة الـ14 ربيعاً والتي قُتلت في شهر كانون الثاني/يناير في الغوطة الشرقية. العائلة الثكلى الحزينة […]

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UNICEF shares drawings from Duma

In January, intensifying fighting in Syria has reportedly killed 59 children in the past four weeks alone, as the conflict enters its eighth year. All of these children have dreams and talents they will never fully realize, like aspiring artist “Bebo,” a 14-year-old girl killed in January in East Ghouta. Her grieving family shared her […]

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Standing Strong: Human Faces of the Syrian Crisis in Jordan

  UNICEF and the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, also called the Madad Fund, are reaching hundreds of thousands of children and young people affected by the war in Syria. The collaboration – with the support of partners and host communities – is providing children and young people with access […]

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