ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 8 October 2013 — This week UNICEF Jordan together with partner Save the Children Jordan are finishing the distribution of school bags and supplies to students at Za’atari School 2. Throughout the summer, School 2 was running catch up classes for children who had missed school, so first semester started at the beginning of […]
TARTOUS, Syria, 7 October 2013 — Many children in Syria face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. The on-going conflict has left almost 4,000 schools – or around one in five – damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families. Some 2 million children in Syria have been displaced.
By Toby Fricker ZARQA, Jordan, 30 September 2013 — The sound of children singing can just be heard above the steady rumble of traffic. “I wonder if it’s your face that is glowing or the moon above the trees,” they sing. It’s a traditional Arab folk song. This is Zarqa, a busy and bustling city, just […]
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 30 September 2013 —Visiting a refugee camp is a very personal experience for Maulid Warfa. “It’s like going back in time,” he says. UNICEF Iraq’s South Zone Chief is based in Basra, but he’s come north to help with the influx of more than 61,000 refugees who have arrived from […]
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq 30 September 2013 — Imagine what it’s like to sit idle all day; with trauma behind you, and uncertainty ahead. Too many children and young people are playing a waiting game in Baherka refugee camp in northern Iraq, wondering what the future holds.
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq 24 September 2013 — Feces is a favourite topic of conversation for Ximena Contla, and she’s the first to admit that this can sometimes make her a poor dining companion.
Among the more than 60,000 people who have crossed the border in that time is Adla Rasol, 15, who came with her mother and father and seven brothers and sisters, ranging in age from 19 to three.
Their flight was sudden. They walked to the border, bringing only the things that they could carry.
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 18 September 2013—Shereen’s youngest child is named Ayenda, which she says means ‘future’. The mother of two is worried about Ayenda, who is seven months old and has diarrhea. Two trips to a clinic in Kawergosk refugee camp have not cured her.
By Melanie Sharpe UNICEF and partners are working to identify and protect Syrian children who have taken the perilous journey to Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan – alone. ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, 20 September 2013 – At a protection centre for Syrian children who arrive at Za’atari refugee camp by themselves, 12-year-old Ahmad* smiles, rubs his […]
By Mohamad Kanawati DARA’A, Syria, 17 September 2013 — I was part of a UNICEF team that joined with five other UN agencies on a recent humanitarian assessment mission to Syria’s south. The aim was to assess the situation in Dara’a, deliver emergency supplies, and meet with partner agencies.
By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 16 September 2013 —The story of Erbil is a long one. Urban life began here in 6,000 BCE, which puts it among the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth. It’s been ruled by the Medes, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans, and that’s not even a complete list.
By David Youngmeyer UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and other partners around Syria, is supporting a Back to Learning campaign which aims to reach 1 million conflict-affected primary school-aged children.