Match Lebanon’s commitment to Syrian refugee children with global investment in nation’s public services: UNICEF Executive Director

الخبر باللغة العربية  PRESS RELEASE Beirut, 1 November 2013 – Lebanon’s generosity in supporting more than 400,000 refugee children from Syria should be matched by further international investment in public services such as education, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake as he ended a visit to the country. 

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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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Continuing studies amid continuing unrest

By Razan Rashidi At a vocational training centre in suburban Damascus, Widad, Douaa, Georgina and Dalia have been able to continue their studies, amid continuing unrest. DAMASCUS, Syria, 28 October 2013 – It’s morning, and Widad, 19, waits impatiently for Douaa, 18, in the alley outside her house. Douaa finally arrives, smiling and apologizing for […]

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Millions of children in Syria and region to be vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps and rubella

الخبر باللغة العربية NEWS NOTE Major immunisation campaign under way now in Syria AMMAN / GENEVA, 25 October 2013 – As Syria awaits confirmation of suspected polio cases in the east of the country, UNICEF has joined the World Health Organisation and other partners in mounting a large-scale immunisation effort aimed at protecting as many […]

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“I’m crying every day.”

By Chris Niles ERBIL, Iraq, 20 October 2013 —Dima, 12, dreams of becoming a doctor. There are days, in Kawergosk refugee camp, when that ambition seems very far away. “The situation is not very nice here. I would like to leave this place as soon as possible,” Dima says. The family, which is part of […]

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Japan Donates Additional $1 Million to UNICEF in Jordan

الخبر باللغة العربية MEDIA RELEASE AMMAN, 22 October 2013 – The government of Japan announced a new donation of $1 million to UNICEF Jordan’s emergency response to the Syrian crisis that will bring its contribution this year to $8 million. 

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Emergency school supplies help conflict-affected children in Syria back to learning

By Tomoya Sonoda & David Youngmeyer* DAMASCUS, 19 October 2013 – A Back to Learning campaign in Syria has reached more than 400,000 conflict-affected children with school bags and education supplies, although security and funding challenges continue to hamper humanitarian efforts. 

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A city surrounded by conflict struggles to cope under weight of displacement

Field Diary By Mougabe Koslengar, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Specialist, UNICEF IDLEB, 18 October 2013 – As we drive through the countryside of Syria’s north-west Idleb governorate, we pass many villages devoid of life. I see buildings riddled with bullet holes and holed by shells. Part of an apartment block has collapsed.

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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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Children and families trapped in Al Waer, Homs, face dramatic worsening of humanitarian conditions

Field Diary By Abdulkadir Musse, Senior Emergency Specialist, UNICEF HOMS, 9 October 2013 – An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, a suburb on the north-western outskirts of the city of Homs, as we enter this area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of […]

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Journey of a schoolbag in Za’atari

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 […]

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UNICEF emergency education support in Tartous, western Syria

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. 

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Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

الخبر باللغة العربية AMMAN,1 October 2013 – “UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 12 children in an air attack on a secondary school in Raqqa, north east Syria, on 29 September. Reports from the scene say a total of 14 people – most of them students — were killed in the attack […]

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With gaps in their education, girl refugees worry about their future

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. 

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WATCH: UNICEF director warns of ‘losing’ a generation of #childrenofsyria

VIDEO INTERVIEW Link to the interview on Al-Arabiya 

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