Yearning for a better future

By Monica Awad   For 14 year-old Jaffar, going back to school will never be the same. Jaffar lost his older sister and mentor Aya during last week’s attack on That al-Netaqeen primary school in Daraa’. The attack on the school was one of two incidents within a week that ended the lives of nine […]

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Going to school turns nightmare for the children of Aleppo

    By Radoslaw Rzehak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Aleppo Aleppo, Syria, 13 October 2016 – At 08:30 a.m. as I was starting my day in the office, logging into my computer when the sad news came in – a mortar struck children on their way to the Hatem Al Ta’i primary school. I […]

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What is it like to be back to school in Aleppo?

Children in #Syria go back to learning, while many remain stranded between conflict lines Heavy violence, lack of safe learning environments, and displacement have meant that over 2 million children across Syria are not able to go back to learning. One in four schools in Syria cannot be used because they were damaged, destroyed, shelter […]

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For nine year old Judy in the eastern part of Aleppo, going to school is a challenge

Last week, the new school year started in several parts across Syria. For 9-year-old Judy, who lives in the Old City, on the eastern parts of Aleppo, going to school is a challenge. Schools were closed since violence escalated in east Aleppo in the past weeks. Judy’s school was affected by the violence and bombing […]

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Happy and ready to go back to school in Jordan: The story of 3 Syrian brothers

By Kusali Kubwalo   Irbid, Jordan 31st August 2016 – The excitement is obvious. Not only for Bakr, the eldest but also his sibblings Hamzah and Abdul Malek. At 7, Abdul Malek will attend school for the first time, whilst his two elder brothers attended briefly in Syria before they left and in Jordan when […]

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Saving Lives: Delivering Humanitarian Assistance to Rural Homs

By Leen Tarabichi Homs, 31st of August 2016 – When Dima woke up early to prepare for her first participation in an inter-agency convoy on the morning of July 28, she had no idea what to expect. The convoy was headed to al-Rastan, 25 kilometres north of the central Syrian city of Homs to deliver […]

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Zade Dirani Brings Music and Message of Hope to Children Affected by the Syria Conflict

By Malene Kamp Jensen       AMMAN, Jordan, 26 August 2016 – Zade Dirani has played for Royalty and packed audiences in concert halls in America, Europe and the Middle East. But last week’s performance was truly unique. “I think this was one of the most powerful experiences I have had in all the years […]

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UNICEF and partners secure safe drinking water for children and families in Hama, central Syria

By Leen Tarabichi and Yasmine Saker More than 150,000 people living in the city of Al-Salamiya, in the central governorate of Hama, have limited access to safe drinking water. Al-Salamiya used to source water from the mains supply, piped over 75 km from Homs. These water pipes run through territory controlled by different parties to […]

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Education under Fire: Schools in Aleppo Damaged in Renewed Fighting

By Basma Ourfali and Yasmine Saker   Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, 18 August 2016 – The life of a child in Aleppo has become even more dangerous in recent weeks, as intense attacks and fighting escalate across the city. At a time when children are at even greater risk of bombardments and fighting in Syria, […]

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UNICEF- Supported Centers: Helping Syria’s Most Vulnerable Children Cope and Develop Life Skills

By Masoud Hasen Al- Hasakah, 1 August, 2016– “I love to learn but I don’t want to go to school,” said 13 year-old Roj who has been diagnosed with autism, fearful of the difficulty he will face trying to fit in with his peers. While Roj completed his education up until Grade 6, he has […]

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Children in Aleppo threatened by new intense fighting and denial of life-saving aid

  By Basma Ourfali, Yasmine Saker with Kieran Dwyer A new wave of attacks in the Syrian city of Aleppo has forced thousands of children and their families to flee their homes, while the eastern part of the city has been cut off from humanitarian aid for nearly a month. UNICEF is calling for immediate […]

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Students from Raqqa face harsh conditions to sit for exams in Al-Hasakeh

“For four years I had waited for the moment when I could sit for the national Grade 12 exams. But the conflict in my city prevented me,” said 21-year-old Fatima*, who lives in the eastern governorate of Raqqa. “In each one of those four years I studied hard and prepared well for the exams. But, […]

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