Winter is the latest threat to children in war-ravaged Aleppo

  By Shushan Mebrahtu and Basma Ourfali Aleppo/Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – 8 December 2016 Five days ago, 10-year old Ahmed arrived in Jibreen, an industrial district on the outskirts of Aleppo. Ahmed’s parents were killed in the vicious conflict engulfing the city. He and his four siblings have nobody to take care of them […]

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Manar’s family prepares for the winter in Za’atari Camp

  Manar Mohammad Aziz is 34 years old, and has 8 children. Ahmed, 16, Aya, 15, Doa’a, 13, Mahmoud, 10, Khalid, 9, Sidra, 7, Adnan, 4, and Lina 1. Married to Basil, a security supervisor at the local school, the family live in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.   Originally from Dara’a in Syria, the […]

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Water cuts add to the daily challenge of survival for Aleppo’s children

By Monica Awad and Basma Ourfali   Aleppo/Damascus, 7 November 2016 – Being born in Aleppo was always considered a rich blessing in 8-year old Huda’s family until violent conflict reduced the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city to rubble. To protect her five children from indiscriminate daily attacks, Huda’s mother Manal fled with them to […]

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Hoping to return home – Iraqi families flee Mosul seeking refuge in Syria

  By Monica Awad Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 November 2016 Children in and around the city of Mosul in Iraq have endured extreme suffering for more than two years.  Many of them were forcibly displaced, trapped between fighting lines, or even caught in the cross-fire. “We escaped the violence to protect our ten children.” […]

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No child too far: Bringing Sabah back to school

A field diary by Asalah Sawas, a community outreach volunteer working with a UNICEF-supported partner in Aleppo on educational campaigns. It was 2014 when I first met Sabah, a shy 11 year-old who had been uprooted several times already in her short life. Sabah and her family were forced to flee their home when violence […]

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A passionate voice for Syrian children

  By Basma Ourafli Aleppo, Syria, 23 October 2016 Aleppo is my home. I grew up and live in one of its neighborhoods – just 500 metres away from the frontlines. And despite the ongoing war that rages around us, I had been spared the worst. As a former English teacher, I always enjoyed listening […]

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In Syria children brave deadly dangers to get an education

  24 October 2016, Damascus, Syria In Syria, going to school for many children is fraught with danger. Every day, children and teachers risk their lives to reach a classroom, as schools continue to come under attack. Yet despite these risks they persist in doing everything they can to get an education that is rightfully […]

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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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