“I want tell you politicians, stop this game so we can go back to our country”

Safa and her family fled the violence in Syria two years ago and now live in Kawergosk refugee camp in northern Iraq. When UNICEF spoke to her in 2012, Safa seemed hopeful about the future. She even sent a message to the children of the world about peace. Two years later and as the bloody […]

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Financial support from the German KfW Development Bank enables UNICEF and partners to provide protective learning environments for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

ZAHLE,Lebanon: The class of about 15 boys fiddle nervously with their Arabic textbooks as they answer questions about their daily life in Lebanon as a refugee. When they hear the question: “Who travels the furthest to get here?” everyone raises their hand, eager to tell their story. The questions were being asked by a delegation […]

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Firas in Za’atari: From school drop out to role model

Four years ago Firas led a normal 12-year old boy’s life. He went to school in his hometown of Bosra as Sham, southern Syria, and spent time with friends and family. “I was in Grade 5 at school and then the crisis started and I haven’t been back since,” says Firas, now a mild mannered […]

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Meet Alaa, 17, volunteer and peer educator in Syria

In 2013, the conflict in Syria forced Alaa and his family to flee the neighborhood of Jouret Shiyah for Al-Dablan, a safer area in Homs. Once his family had resettled, something happened that put the life of the 16 year old Alaa on a new course. Alaa heard about vocational and life skills workshops at […]

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When she fled Syria , Hanan thought she would never see the inside of a classroom again

Za’atari Camp, Jordan – Hanan’s face moves only between the textbook on her desk and the teacher at the front of her class. The 18-year old from Dera’a, southern Syria, is focussed. It’s Hanan’s final school year and she’s studying at one of three UNICEF supported schools in Za’atari refugee camp, northern Jordan. “Education will […]

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Narmin, the adolescent who wants to create hope and peace in her refugee camp

Nearly seven months ago when fighting broke out in Qamishlo, a city in north eastern Syria, Narmin, 17, and her family fled for their lives. They embarked on a difficult and long journey over several days through dusty lands and scorching sun until they crossed into northern Iraq. They ended up in Kawargosk refugee camp, in […]

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Invisible scars and broken dreams. What future for the children of Syria?

As the Syria crisis enters into the fifth year, almost 2 million children are living as refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and other countries, many alongside another 3.6 million children from the already vulnerable communities hosting them, and who themselves are suffering due to the strain on social services, especially education and health. This crisis is all that these […]

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From Syria to Iraq, knitting their lives

Dohuk, Iraq – A day in the life of a teenage girl in Domiz refugee camp typically includes a half day at school followed by housework and chores for the remaining of the day. The routine offers a few diversions and rarely any excitement. But every afternoon from 2-3 pm, is a moment of pure […]

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UNICEF Syria Humanitarian Highlights and Results SitRep Jan 2015

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Innovation helps meet needs of Syria’s war affected children

In a tiny house in the south Lebanon, 11 year old Zeinab Al Jusuf lives with her family who are refugees from Syria.  Life is difficult but Zeinab — who her parents say was always top of her class — is happy that she is able to learn. Zeinab is one of the children benefiting […]

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The young volunteers of Turkey’s refugee camps

As the Syria crisis enter its fifth year, millions of Syrians are either displaced within the country or live as refugees around the region. Children and young people are among the most affected with the conflict. Turkey is a host to some of the Syrian refugees. Although most of them are living among the host community, hundreds of […]

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Anthony Lake: What future for the children of Syria?

By Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director This month, the conflict in Syria enters its fifth brutal year. It is an appalling milestone — marking four years of escalating violence and suffering with no resolution in sight. Tens of thousands of civilians have lost their lives. Millions have fled. Homes, hospitals, schools, all have come under […]

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SYRIA CRISIS 4 YEARS ON REPORT

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Voices of the Children of Syria

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Shielding children from the consequences of conflict

It’s a chilling image by any standards: a group of children, assembled in a public square for a screening, not of cartoons or action movies, but of videos showing – in full, excruciating detail — the execution of human beings. This event, documented late last year in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, is just one […]

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