Distribution of UNICEF school bags with stationery to children in Syria

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.

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Back to school at Baherka camp, Iraq

By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 16 September 2013 —Nergiz Ibrahim, 29, has a composed demeanor and speaks English precisely—the result of an English degree from the University of Damascus. This morning in Baherka Refugee Camp she’s wearing a teeshirt which marks her out as one of the volunteers who’s working with the camp’s children. 

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Local Kurdish students help prepare Syrian refugees’ return to school

By Chris Niles SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq 14 September 2013—It’s over 40 degrees centigrade in the new Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq. But that hasn’t stopped dozens of young Syrian refugee children from lining up for something they’ve been eagerly looking forward to—the first day of school.

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Displaced from her home in Homs, Amanda enjoys art & sport activities

By David Youngmeyer TARTUS, Syria, 9 September 2013 – Amanda, 7, eats popcorn from a paper cone as she takes a break from an activities programme for displaced children in eastern Tartous governorate. 

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UNICEF helps children displaced by Syria conflict return to sense of normality

Field Diary By Alma Hassoun Tartous, Syria, 6 September 2013 — In a peaceful mountain area of rural Tartous, western Syria, the fighting and destruction affecting other parts of the country seems very far away. 

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UNICEF officer says Syrian children need us today

By Chris Niles A UNICEF staff member talks about the toll the Syrian crisis is taking on the children of Al Qusayr – and about those who are working tirelessly to respond to their growing needs. 

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Syrian refugees flock to Iraq in record numbers

By Mary Mendes  ERBIL, Iraq, 26 August 2013 – Rahav picks up my blue UNICEF cap and gently fans me as the discomfort of the scorching heat becomes evident. The gesture is touching considering the long and tiring journey the 15-year-old had to take with her extended family of 26 to seek refuge from her […]

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Aya – one child, one of one million Syrian refugee children

By Priyanka Pruthi Devastating conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has forced one million children to flee their homeland. Eight-year-old Aya is one of them. BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, 22 August 2013 – Her smile is contagious. Her energy is infectious. She’s playful, she’s sporty, she’s talented. 

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One family’s struggle, echoing across a region

By Melanie Sharpe (@mel_sharpe) Families fleeing the violence of the Syrian crisis are now scattered across the region, and the challenge of supporting them is ever greater as the conflict carries on. IRBID, Jordan, 21 August 2013 – Every day is a struggle to survive for Noura and Muhammed and their six children, refugees of […]

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UNICEF & SARC distribute education supplies & shoes in Talbiseh

UNICEF & SARC distribute education supplies & shoes for thousands of conflict-affected #childrenofsyria in hard-to-reach #Talbiseh Photo credit (all photos): ©SARC/2013 UNICEF is working with its partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), to reach conflict-affected children in Talbiseh, in northern Homs Governorate. Talbiseh is a cross-lines area, meaning that it is particularly hard-to-reach with […]

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In rural Homs, reaching families displaced by conflict

By David Youngmeyer Families displaced by the Syrian conflict are taking shelter anywhere they can, and UNICEF is working to reach them with clean water, medicine and other essential assistance. HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 12 August 2013 – Summer is usually the time of year when schools sit empty, but hundreds of them in the […]

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It’s not home but for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Ramadan traditions live on

Za’atari camp, northern Jordan, August 7 2013: Outside Ibrahim’s caravan his children are playing inside a small metal boat.

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