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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‘No Place Like Home,’ says UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah on World Refugee Day

‘Your life doesn’t stop when you become a refugee’ By Malene Jensen and Salim Oweis AMMAN, Jordan, 20 June, 2017 – “No one wants to flee their home,” says Ishmael Beah, author and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War, following a recent visit to Jordan, where he met with children and young people uprooted […]

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Interview with Ershad Karim, UNICEF Chief of Field Office in Qamishli Syria

  8 June 2017 – The number of displaced children in northern Syria is staggering, says Ershad Karim, Chief of the UNICEF Field office in Qamishli, who is responsible for the UN relief efforts in Raqqa, where severe fighting is taking place. “A few weeks ago, I was in one of the camps hosting internally […]

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Families fight for survival in war-ravaged Syrian town

  By Nafisa Binte Shafique, Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Homs On 15 June 2017, I was part of a joint humanitarian convoy led by the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. We delivered food, health and hygiene supplies to around 100,000 people in Talbiseh, Homs […]

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The quest for safety: Displaced children from Syria’s Ar-Raqqa city adjust to a new life in camp

  Field diary by a UNICEF facilitator in Ar-Raqqa, north-eastern Syria[1] Ar-Raqqa, Syrian Arab Republic, 11 June, 2017- Children pay the highest price for war. They suffer from the fear of death and injury. Those who survive are grieving for lost loved ones, leaving them with lifelong psychological scars. Working as a health and nutrition […]

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Families fleeing violence in north eastern Syria face dire living conditions in a makeshift camp at Ain Issa

Since November 2016, unrelenting violence in the north eastern governorate of Raqqa has displaced 107,000 people. Intensified attacks and shelling have destroyed infrastructure and shattered civilian lives. Families are seeking safety in poorly-equipped temporary shelters and camps in the area. They are living in dire conditions with little access to basic services. UNICEF is responding […]

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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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