Girl student in school in Za'atari.

Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”

JOINT PRESS RELEASE:  الخبر باللغة العربية GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 December 2013 – The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today. “Education Interrupted” highlights that since 2011 nearly 3 million children from Syria have been forced to […]

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In Jordan, Za’atari’s youngest wrap up for winter

By Toby Fricker ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 08 December 2013 – Hussam and his three children arrived in Jordan at the tail end of last winter. They never expected to experience another one in the desert refugee camp where temperatures can drop below zero. “We came from Syria with only the clothes on our backs,” says Hussam. “This […]

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“We hope to create a healthy environment for mothers and children.”

By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 9 December 2013 —Japanese Ambassador to Iraq Mr Masato Takaoka has visited Darashakran camp in northern Iraq to view the programmes funded by the people of Japan that UNICEF and its partners are implementing. “We hope to create a healthy environment for mothers and children, especially newborn babies,” Mr Takaoka […]

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Taibe holds her little boy while he is vaccinated

Syrian refugees in Turkey welcome polio vaccination campaign

By Ayberk Yurtsever “As a family, we’re very happy our children are being vaccinated against polio.” says Taibe Abdülmecid Ismail. Taibe, who fled the Syrian city of Edlib to take refuge in Turkey, is one of many parents bringing their children to be vaccinated.

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UNICEF provides winter clothes to Syrian children in Turkey

By Ayberk Yurtsever OSMANIYE,Turkey, 4 December 2013 — With temperatures starting to fall across Turkey, efforts are accelerating to protect Syrian refugees from the impact of the cold weather this coming winter. UNICEF has contributed to these efforts by procuring and distributing winter clothing for the very youngest Syrians currently sheltered in 20 camps spread […]

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“She’s a beautiful baby”

By Chris Niles SULIMANIYAH, Iraq, 3 December 2013 —Baby Jian came into the world just one day after her mother arrived in Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq. “She’s a beautiful baby,” said UNICEF WASH Consultant Atheer Al Yasin. “She has blue eyes.” Mr Yasin first met the young mother-to-be when she was sheltering in […]

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Preparing for winter

By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 2 December 2013 —UNICEF has received its first shipment of winter clothing and shoes for Syrian refugee babies and children in Iraq. Two truckloads of supplies came from Turkey. UNICEF will assemble them into complete kits which will be distributed in the camps in northern Iraq. 

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Helping refugees with special needs

By Chris Niles SULIMANIYAH, Iraq, 25 November 2013 – There are about 2,000 Syrians living in Arbat refugee camp just outside of Sulimaniyah and a few of them, like Suliman Gorgis’s family, live with disabilities. Suliman oldest son Yousef was paralyzed at birth and his other son, Mohammed, has Down’s Syndrome. A third son, Yasser, […]

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The new, pre-fabricated school

New school offers safer learning environment for children of Syria in Turkey’s Islahiye camp

By Najwa Mekki GAZIANTEP, Turkey, 28 November 2013 – Inside a rugged tent lit by ceiling lamps, children sit three to a desk. It’s music time, and they are singing and clapping their hands, many with their UNICEF cyan blue schoolbags still strapped on their backs. This is the tent-school of Islahiye camp, in the […]

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Two schoolgirls in Za'atari refugee camp

First day at Za’atari

By Jess Wright AMMAN, Jordan — “You’ve never seen UNICEF’s work before?” my colleague asked me the day before I was due to go to Za’atari refugee camp. After six years of working for UNICEF – in the UK – I was finally going to see our programme work in action; and only days after beginning […]

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UNICEF works with adolescent Syrian girls to raise awareness about gender-based violence in their community

LEBANON, 11 November 2013 – UNICEF Lebanon and its partner ABAAD recently launched a short animated video to raise awareness amongst Syrian refugee girls and their female caregivers about gender-based violence, reproductive health, puberty and the changes that take place during this important phase of a girl’s development.

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UNICEF Jordan team discuss options.

A visit to Jordan’s borderlands with Syria

By Toby Fricker IRBID, Jordan, 22 November 2013 — It’s olive season in Jordan. Between rows of trees, on the outskirts of the north-western town of Irbid, children help their parents collect this year’s crop. The land is green and fertile here, two hours north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, as we approach the Yarmouk Valley. Across […]

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