A shelter from the storm in Syria

By David Youngmeyer Homs, Syria – “I feel very cold here,” says 15-year old Hamza, as he describes life at a shelter for conflict-displaced families in Homs city. The shelter is a former hospital that was made available to house families displaced from their homes. The shelter accommodates 27 families, with 63 children between the […]

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In Jordan, Samer turns his pain into poetry

By Melanie Sharpe Irbid, Jordan, February 2014 – Samer has been living at the King Abdullah Park camp in northern Jordan for a year and a half, and in a poem he describes what his life is like as a refugee: “I wake up in the morning and nothing happens, nothing has changed and there […]

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9-year-old Safi

“I wasn’t afraid, I didn’t feel anything” – Safi’s story, Turkey

By Ayberk Yurtsever Antakya, Turkey, March 2014 – “Some of my friends are frightened of me because of the scar on my face and they don’t want to play with me,” says 9-year-old Safi. “But I do have one friend and I love him so much.” Before Safi and his family fled to Turkey, the […]

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Huda finds hope in Lebanon

By Salam Abdulmunem  Bekaa Valley, Lebanon – Huda sits in a tent, surrounded by her family, and talks about leaving her village in Idlib, Syria, just over a year ago. She was 17 years old and had just started taking exams for her high school degree. “I knew before we left, from watching television, that […]

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Raneem, too frightened to go to school

By Jess Wright Amman, Jordan, February 2014 – Each time I visit Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan, I’m struck by the many stories I hear from refugees about the events leading up to their arrival. And the more I realise that behind the smiling faces in the hustle and bustle of families carving out new […]

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No place like home in Homs

By David Youngmeyer Homs City, Syria, February 2014 – Ten-year-old Aya lives with her parents and four siblings at a shelter for displaced families in Homs city. They are one of 29 families who live in the shelter, which is actually an unfinished apartment block, modified to make it more liveable. More than a year […]

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تضاعف عدد الأطفال الذين يعانون من النزاع السوري خلال عامه الثالث

بيان صحفي  من بين أكثر المتضررين مليون طفل تحت الحصار وفي مناطق يصعب الوصول اليها عماّن، الأردن، 11 اذار/ مارس 2014- بينما يقترب النزاع في سوريا من نقطة تعيسة اخرى، أصبح عدد الأطفال المتأثرين نتيجة الأزمة ضعف ما كان عليه قبل عام وذلك بحسب تقرير جديد لليونيسف نشر اليوم. الأطفال الذين يتعرضون للأذى الأكبر هم  مليون […]

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Number of children suffering more than doubles in third year of Syria conflict

Among hardest hit are 1 million children under siege and in hard to reach areas PRESS RELEASE الخبر بالعربية AMMAN, JORDAN, 11 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published […]

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Under Siege: The devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria

As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago. Particularly hard hit are up to a million children who are trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued […]

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13-year-old Hassan

Living one day at a time in Lebanon: Hassan’s story

By Lynn Hamasni BAALBEK, Lebanon, January 2013 – Hassan is 13 years old. He has never been to school. He is lost between two countries; his father is Syrian, and his mother is Lebanese, but he doesn’t officially exist in either country. When Hassan was born his parents didn’t register his birth in Syria and when his parents divorced his […]

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Safaa’s story, Erbil, Iraq

“It’s sad but it’s not going to stop me.” Safaa, 12, lives with her family in Erbil, Iraq. Describing the confusion and terror of her escape from Syria is taxing for Safaa, and she breaks down and sobs when she tells how the family lost first her nephew and then her niece near the Sahela […]

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