By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 29 October 2013 —Handwashing is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease, and in a crowded refugee camp where families are sharing sanitation facilities it’s especially important. There are about 100,000 refugees living in camps in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and UNICEF is working to […]
By Melanie Sharpe ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 29 October 2013 – Like many Syrian girls displaced from their homes and now living as refugees, Manal* was engaged to be married at the age of 16. “In Syria, it was common for girls to get married early and here my father said I have to marry. I […]
By Razan Rashidi At a vocational training centre in suburban Damascus, Widad, Douaa, Georgina and Dalia have been able to continue their studies, amid continuing unrest. DAMASCUS, Syria, 28 October 2013 – It’s morning, and Widad, 19, waits impatiently for Douaa, 18, in the alley outside her house. Douaa finally arrives, smiling and apologizing for […]
By Razan Rashidi Damascus, 27 October 2013 — “Nurses will visit the school and give you vaccines that will protect you from disease and sickness,” announces Rihab to her sixth-grade students at the end of the school day. It is a scene repeated in thousands of classrooms in Syria ahead of a vaccination campaign that started […]
By: Chris Niles SULIMANIYAH, Iraq, 27 October 2013 —It’s a sight you see all over the world on a Saturday afternoon; boys lined up in their football uniforms, getting ready to go onto the pitch. Football is one of the world’s most popular sports, but for these boys, on this day, it has extra meaning.
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 20 October 2013 —Dima, 12, dreams of becoming a doctor. There are days, in Kawergosk refugee camp, when that ambition seems very far away. “The situation is not very nice here. I would like to leave this place as soon as possible,” Dima says. The family, which is part of […]
By Tomoya Sonoda & David Youngmeyer* DAMASCUS, 19 October 2013 – A Back to Learning campaign in Syria has reached more than 400,000 conflict-affected children with school bags and education supplies, although security and funding challenges continue to hamper humanitarian efforts.
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 13 October 2013 — On a hot Sunday afternoon in Darashakran refugee camp in Kurdistan, four girls are on their way to collect water. They range in age from 10 to 12 and are carrying plastic water containers and saucepans.
Field Diary By Mougabe Koslengar, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Specialist, UNICEF IDLEB, 18 October 2013 – As we drive through the countryside of Syria’s north-west Idleb governorate, we pass many villages devoid of life. I see buildings riddled with bullet holes and holed by shells. Part of an apartment block has collapsed.
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 20 October 2013 —The Muslim holiday of Eid is traditionally a time for family gatherings, feasting and celebration, one that has extra significance for children. On Tuesday morning, the first day of the four-day holiday last week, Kawergosk refugee camp is quiet. At home, before the conflict, extended families would […]
Field Diary By Abdulkadir Musse, Senior Emergency Specialist, UNICEF HOMS, 9 October 2013 – An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, a suburb on the north-western outskirts of the city of Homs, as we enter this area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of […]
ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 8 October 2013 — This week UNICEF Jordan together with partner Save the Children Jordan are finishing the distribution of school bags and supplies to students at Za’atari School 2. Throughout the summer, School 2 was running catch up classes for children who had missed school, so first semester started at the beginning of […]
TARTOUS, Syria, 7 October 2013 — Many children in Syria face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. The on-going conflict has left almost 4,000 schools – or around one in five – damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families. Some 2 million children in Syria have been displaced.
By Toby Fricker ZARQA, Jordan, 30 September 2013 — The sound of children singing can just be heard above the steady rumble of traffic. “I wonder if it’s your face that is glowing or the moon above the trees,” they sing. It’s a traditional Arab folk song. This is Zarqa, a busy and bustling city, just […]
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 30 September 2013 —Visiting a refugee camp is a very personal experience for Maulid Warfa. “It’s like going back in time,” he says. UNICEF Iraq’s South Zone Chief is based in Basra, but he’s come north to help with the influx of more than 61,000 refugees who have arrived from […]