Three months to act: Gordon Brown marks countdown to new school year by issuing plea for Syrian refugees and calling for emergency education fund from Beirut

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown has marked the countdown to the new school year in Beirut by urging the international community to take action so that refugee children can return to school.  He also reissued his call for a humanitarian fund for education in emergencies. Mr Brown is in the Lebanese […]

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European Union’s humanitarian office grants €1.1 million to UNICEF for emergency cash assistance to the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan, 22 April 2015 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided a grant of € 1.1 million to UNICEF to support the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families and their children with emergency cash assistance. As the Syrian crisis enters a fifth year, many Syrian refugees in Jordan are […]

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Training Syrian parents to provide moral support for their children

By Ayberk Yurtsever ADANA, Turkey, December 2014 – “Children, especially girls have psychological problems. They don’t get to talk about these problems with their families. As they have no one to guide them, these problems grow bigger and bigger,” says Danya Hamışlı. Born in Aleppo, Danya graduated from the Theology Department of Damascus University. She […]

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Syria’s child brides

By BBC World Service Syrian refugees are increasingly turning to marriage to protect their daughters from rape and assault. Photojournalist Lynsey Addario talks to Dan Damon about those as young as thirteen forced to wed at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

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Empowering Syrian refugee girls in Jordan to break the cycle of violence

By Kusali Kubwalo Za’atari camp, Jordan – 28 October 2014 – From a distance, Aisha* looks like a quiet and reserved girl. When she speaks however, the conviction with which she does so, shocks you at first, and then warms you up to what will definitely be an interesting conversation. “My mother almost married me off. I […]

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An extraordinary school in Suruç houses 1,700 Syrians fleeing violence in Kobani

by Ayberk Yurtsever SURUÇ, Turkey, 24 September 2014 – Think of a school where children wait in line for biscuits with their eyes full of fear rather than joy… Think of a school where children and sleep on sacks or instead of sitting in class ready to learn. Think of a sports hall where babies […]

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A family breakdown adds to the trauma of war

القصة بالعربية By Kumar M Tiku Tartous, 8 September 2014 – “My dad and my mama used to argue a lot,” says Mariam*. “One day mama left the house and never came back. I later heard she had married someone else.” For the 12-year old the breakdown of her parents’ marriage has only left her […]

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At just 15, Syrian girl experiences marriage and motherhood after fleeing conflict

By Toby Fricker Reem* sits with her two month old baby on a mattress in the corner of an empty room. Above her the plaster slowly flakes off the wall. She comforts her boy as he starts to cry. Reem is 15-years old but looks even younger. She fled to Jordan 2-years ago with her […]

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Concern over child marriage among vulnerable girls in Jordan

Download PDF report Amman, 16 July 2014 Yasmine* is 16-years old and has been married for 9-months. “When I was younger I was dreaming about being a fashion designer but for now I can’t achieve that because of my situation,” she says. Her husband is 24-years old and they are expecting their first child. “I’m […]

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Government of Germany contributes Euro 10 million to UNICEF for children affected by the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 08 July 2014 – At a Ramadan breaking of the fast, or ‘Iftar’, the German Ambassador to Jordan and senior officials met and interacted with Syrian youth facing some of the most challenging conditions in Za’atari refugee camp on Tuesday. The ‘Youth for Change’ programming reaches and provides psychosocial support to the most […]

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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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Making a new life

By Chris Niles SULIMANIYAH, Iraq, 9 January 2014 —Dilda was never one of those young women who’d picked out the white dress even before she’d met the man she was going to marry. “I never imagined my wedding day; I was completely devoted to study,” she says. And she certainly never imagined she’d be married at […]

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Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children

Press Release الخبر باللغة العربية تحميل التقرير باللغة العربية NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 — UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy, which aims to provide […]

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Marriage, not a girl’s only option

By Melanie Sharpe ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 29 October 2013 – Like many Syrian girls displaced from their homes and now living as refugees, Manal* was engaged to be married at the age of 16. “In Syria, it was common for girls to get married early and here my father said I have to marry. I […]

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International Day of the Girl Child: Games and art activities for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon

Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon celebrating the second International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October in Jibshit, South Lebanon. The event sought to raise awareness of the dangers of child marriage and the importance of education. More than 20 adolescent girls, aged 13 to 18, participated in the event and took part in […]

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