Children of Ar-Raqqa dream of an education

By Masoud Hasen and Yasmine Saker   Syria, Ar-Raqqa, 30 October 2017 – For years, the fighting, attacks and restrictions imposed on education in Ar-Raqqa forced children to attend school only sporadically. Many, like Reem, have never seen the inside of a classroom. Together with her family, Reem, 10, was forced to flee the violence […]

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War can take everything, but not her hope: Batoul’s story

By Basma Ourfali and Yasmine Saker   Aleppo, Syria, 14 October 2017- When Batoul and her family fled their home in east Aleppo five years ago amid an escalation in violence, they thought that they had finally reached safety. For one year, Batoul, her three brothers and parents lived with their grandparents in the western […]

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Children in Homs vaccinated against measles thanks to UNICEF

With World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health, UNICEF launched a two-week vaccination campaign against measles. The campaign aims to reach over 260,000 children, aged 5-12 years old, in Homs with the necessary vaccines, focusing on children in hard to reach areas and shelters for internally displaced families. “The suffering caused by measles can […]

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Children are back to school in eastern Aleppo

As the school year kicks off in Syria, children are returning to school in eastern Aleppo with support from UNICEF. To help children continue their learning and ease the financial burden of sending children to school, UNICEF aims to reach 800,000 children across the country with school bags, stationery and textbooks. In Aleppo, 1 in […]

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No challenge too great to continue learning: Omar’s story

By Lina Qassab and Yasmine Saker   Syria, Lattakia, 12 September, 2017– Shortly before his first birthday, Omar, now a determined 11 year-old boy, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a brain condition that affects his body’s movement and coordination. “There was no progress in his motor skills, when compared to other children his age,” says […]

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Education keeps the children of Raqqa determined for a better future

By Masoud Hasen and Yasmine Saker   Qamishly, Syrian Arab Republic, 10 September, 2017- For the two siblings Mohammad, 10, and Sami, 8, life was good. Like most children in the world, they went to school, played with their friends, watched cartoons, and gave their parents a hard time to do their daily chores. That […]

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UNICEF Representative in Syria, Fran Equiza, visits Areesha camp for displaced families.

UNICEF Representative in Syria, Fran Equiza, visits Areesha makeshift camp for families displaced from Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor, in Hassakeh, north-eastern Syria. Areesha camp is one of the transit camps, where 11,000-13,000 internally displaced people from Deir-ez-Zor and Raqqa are seeking shelter. UNICEF has been trucking 300,000 litres of safe water on a daily basis, raising awareness […]

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No dream too big: Ranim’s hope for a better future

By Yasmine Saker and Leen Tarabichi   Homs, Syrian Arab Republic, 15 August 2017 – As fighting and attacks escalated in the city of Homs in early 2012, Ranim, 15 at the time, and her family, had to flee her home in the conflict-ridden neighbourhood of Baba Amr, seeking safety in the nearby neighbourhood of […]

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“A smile of hope”: life skills training open new doors for the youth of Aleppo

  ©UNICEF/ Syria 2017/ Khudr Al- Issa Angham facilitates a life-skills course for adolescents at a UNICEF-supported centre in Aleppo, after receiving the necessary training.   By Basma Ourfali and Yasmine Saker Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, 16 August, 2017– For 21 year-old Angham who has spent all of her life in an orphanage for girls […]

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One Syrian doctor’s determination in the face of violence and displacement

By Lina Alqassab and Yasmine Saker   Lattakia, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 August, 2017– When violence started to force families out of their homes in northern rural Idleb back in late 2014, Dr. Khaled, a UNICEF health and nutrition facilitator in Idleb was among the first to respond. Dr. Khaled was instrumental in launching much-needed […]

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A Syrian refugee girl in Jordan defies all odds to achieve top scores in the Tawjihi exams

  Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan – August 2017: Despite the challenges of living as a refugee in Za’atari camp,  a teenage girl has defied all odds through sheer persistence and hard work, and achieved top scores in the Jordanian Tawjihi- General Secondary Education Certificate Examination that qualifies her to register for university. With 86.7 per […]

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A child-friendly space offers respite for Raqqa’s internally displaced children

By Monica Awad and Delil Soulieman Raqqa, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 August 2017 – Intense fighting forced 14-year-old Muhannad and his family to flee from their home in Raqqa to Ain Issa camp. Since 1 April 2017, the fighting in Raqqa has uprooted more than 200,000 people from their homes. Half of the displaced are […]

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