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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]