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 Officials available for interviews on the Syria Regional Crisis from Za’atari Camp

MEDIA ADVISORY Amman, Jordan- 20 August 2013 – UNICEF high level officials will be in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp and are available to give interviews to the media on the regional Syria crisis and UNICEF’s humanitarian response supporting children across the region.

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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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UNICEF & SARC distribute education supplies & shoes for thousands of conflict-affected #childrenofsyria in hard-to-reach #Talbiseh

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Pau Gasol reaches Syrian children in Domiz refugee camp

 by Wendy Bruere (@wjbruere) Tolin, 12, might not have known who NBA player Pau Gasol was before last week, but she has been playing basketball nearly everyday this summer at Domiz refugee camp, where she now lives in northern Iraq.

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Hanadi’s story: Being young, female and a refugee

By Toby Fricker  Za’atari, Jordan, 18 July 2013 – When the war came to their doorstep, 17-year old Hanadi and her family fled their home in Damascus. For one year they moved across Syria to escape the violence. Three months ago they finally crossed the border to safety in Jordan. With it came an overwhelming […]

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Syrian field diary: Child witnesses to death and bloodshed

By Juliette Touma  A humanitarian worker returns to Damascus after a year to find a situation of desperate suffering. DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 July 2013 – I first went to the Syrian Arab Republic in the summer of 2012 with the United Nations Supervision Mission (UNSMIS). Even as fighting between Government forces and the […]

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Embracing the everyday, dreaming of the future

By Toby Fricker For Syrian refugees in Jordan, the routines of everyday life help heal the past and build hope for the future. ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 3 July 2013 – As the sun rises upon the vast desert surrounding Za’atari camp, people wake to another intensely hot summer day. It is the second-largest refugee camp […]

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In Jordan, a thirteen-year-old Syrian refugee talks about how his thoughts have never left home

By Toby Fricker Meet Bashir, a 13-year-old Syrian boy whose home, for the past seven months, has been Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 15 March 2013 – Bashir and his family fled their home in Deraa, southern Syrian Arab Republic, seven months ago. But, ever since that day, when the shelling became too intense […]

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UNICEF begins delivery of water treatment supplies for 10 million people in Syria

Press release AMMAN, 4 February 2013 – A large-scale operation is under way in Syria to secure safe water supplies for more than 10 million people – close to half the population, UNICEF said today.

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Syria: Some 210,000 children in Homs need urgent humanitarian assistance, UNICEF says following UN mission

Press release GENEVA/AMMAN, 1 February 2013 – A United Nations joint mission to the western Syrian governorate of Homs has found that 420,000 people, half of whom are children, need immediate humanitarian assistance.

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UN Emergency Directors shocked by appalling plight of people in Syria

News note BEIRUT, 22 January 2013 – OCHA Operations Director John Ging and Emergency Directors from six other UN humanitarian agencies spoke today of what they saw during a five-day trip to Syria, where they visited Damascus, the surrounding area, Homs, Talbiseh and Dera’a.

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