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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Syrian families struggle to survive in besieged east Ghouta

  By Andreas Knapp The scale of destruction and depth of suffering is mind-blowing. It is hard to imagine life in these conditions. These are the thoughts that hit me as we arrived in the so-called ‘buffer zone’ just outside of besieged Al-Nashabiyeh in east Ghouta, rural Damascus. Burnt trees, rubble, and damaged buildings lined the […]

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In east Aleppo, clinics on wheels keep children healthy

  By Basma Ourfali ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 August 2017 – In many cities, the sight of children and parents crowded around a big white truck on a hot summer day is not unfamiliar. Only in conflict-affected eastern Aleppo, it is not an ice cream truck gathering these children, but a UNICEF-supported mobile health […]

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Landmines pose the latest threat to children in Raqqa

  By Massoud Hassan and Yasmine Saker QAMISHLY, Syrian Arab Republic, 11 July 2017 – When 10-year-old Khaled and his family fled their home in Raqqa in the middle of the night two weeks ago, they were seeking safety after living through months of heavy fighting and in constant fear. They had already been displaced […]

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How far would you go to sit for exams? A journey of determination and ambition

  Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, 6 June 2017- My pursuit for education has been a hard and long route. I was in Grade 8 when I was forced to leave school, after fighting started in my village in eastern rural Aleppo. I was depressed but I tried not to lose hope. I continued studying alone […]

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