Violence and displacement stalk children in Raqqa

  As violence escalates in the northeastern governorate of Raqqa, families have been fleeing their homes to poorly equipped temporary shelters and camps in the area. While UNICEF is responding to the immediate needs of uprooted families, access to the area has been highly restricted for the past four years. By Massoud Hassan and Yasmine […]

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Children pays heavy price as humanitarian situation deteriorates in East Ghouta

The already dire humanitarian situation inside the besieged east Ghouta is worsening.  According to reports basic commodities such as fuel are mostly unavailable, the few supplies are too expensive and families cannot afford to buy, making conditions difficult for survival. An estimated 180,000 children have been living under siege in East Gouta since 2013.   […]

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Reflections by UNICEF Ambassadors and Supporters

Hear from some of the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates who have met with children affected by the conflict in Syria and why they think that the children themselves are the best champions for peace. Muzoon Almellehan Goodwill Ambassador and Syrian Refugee Resettled in the United Kingdom  “I am an education activist. I fled the […]

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Diaries from Syria: a single mother’s journey of hope and fear

  A blog by Dima Khayyata Being a mother is miraculous. But for me, being forced live far away from my children just to put bread on the table, has turned this blessing into a curse. Being a Syrian mother in this time of war is my life challenge – a reason to fight, survive […]

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UNICEF supports Syrian youth to break into entrepreneurship with a social impact

By Yasmine Saker Six years of conflict and displacement have prevented young people from engaging meaningfully in their communities. To build the capacity of #youth affected by the conflict in #Syria and help them reach their full potential, @UNICEF joined hands with Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement on a livelihoods, seed funding and […]

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A Syrian physician brings personal experience to polio immunization campaign

By Leen Tarabichi    HAMA, Syrian Arab Republic, 11 May 2017 – Dr. Majed contracted polio at the age of 7 months. He grew up determined to protect as many children as possible from this life-threatening disease. Polio is highly contagious, and young children are the most vulnerable to infection. The disease attacks the nervous […]

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For adolescents, safe spaces to build skills and keep aspirations alive

By Monica Awad and Masoud Hasen   Qamishli, Syrian Arab Republic, 6 April 2017 – Five years since the conflict forced her family to flee their home, Rawan is building much-needed skills – and finding a glimmer of hope for the future. The 15-year-old is participating in a UNICEF-supported multi-service centre that serves as a […]

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For displaced Syrian mothers, times of hardship and determination

  Continued violence and insecurity in Syria have driven 6.8 million people from their homes.  Amid the severe deprivation and uncertainty that come with displacement, mothers like Nada, 28, draw on whatever support they can get to meet their children’s basic needs while aspiring for a better future. By Monica Awad Dara’a, Syrian Arab Republic, […]

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A two-sided reality for children trapped in Madaya

Syrian Arab Republic, 2 April 2017 – By Hiba Muhammad It has been over 100 days since people in the four besieged Syrian towns of Madaya, Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Kefraya and Al-Foah in northern rural Idleb, received any humanitarian assistance. Provision of aid to the 60,000 people who have been trapped under a […]

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Investing in Youth Affected by Syria’s War Provides Big Returns

Part of a series on support from UNICEF and the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis to prevent children and youth affected by war from becoming a Lost Generation By Malene Kamp Jensen   AMMAN 3 April 2017– Life in Damascus was on track for Majd, a boy with a sharp […]

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A boy on a mission to return to school after escaping war in Syria

UNICEF and the EU Trust Fund help Syrian refugees and vulnerable children return to school   By Khetam Malkawi AMMAN, Jordan, 30 March — Nizar has good reason to feel confident about his future. After years of not being able to join his peers and learn how to read and write because of the war […]

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A child‘s dream amid chaos

By Monica Awad   Damascus, Syria, 27 March 2017 – For 37-year old Kawthar and her 8-year old son Mohammed, life has become unbearable. Kawthar got divorced few years back and moved to live at her parent’s house in one of the poorest neighbourhood in Damascus.   She lives with her mother, two brothers, and sister. […]

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