Lebanon Street-based Children Report, 2015

الخبر باللغة العربية Ministry of Labour, ILO, UNICEF, Save the Children launch study on plight of working children on streets in Lebanon Download report in English PDF Download report in Arabic PDF BEIRUT, 16th February 2015 – A study launched today sheds light on the plight of working street-based children in Lebanon. The report, “Children […]

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Top EU Humanitarian official visits public school in Lebanon funded by EU and supported by UNICEF

الخبر باللغة العربية BEIRUT, 30 January 2015 – A top European humanitarian official visited a public school in Lebanon, supported by European Union funding through UNICEF. The European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Mr. Christos Stylianides, accompanied by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst […]

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Germany contributes €34.2M to support children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon

الخبر باللغة العربية Germany contributes €34.2M to support children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon Beirut, 19 January 2015 – The government of Germany, through KfW Development Bank, is contributing €34.2 million to UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to support vulnerable children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon. The grant will assist UNICEF in providing […]

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UNICEF battles winter conditions to keep alive hopes of Syrian refugee children in Turkey

By Ayberk Yurtsever ANKARA, Turkey, January 2015 – A harsh winter sweeping across the Middle East is decimating the dreams of many Syrian children, displaced by war and staying in makeshift structures that can’t withstand sub-zero temperatures. At a camp in the neighbourhoods of Turkey’s Capital, Ankara, Yusuf, 11, says his immediate dream is to have […]

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New Year in Syria offers little chance of children’s education as schools remain targets of conflict

MEDIA RELEASE الخبر باللغة العربية Geneva/Damascus, 6 January 2015 – Continuing conflict and the recent closure of some schools in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zour governorates and parts of rural Aleppo in Syria is believed to have disrupted education for 670,000 children of primary and lower high school age, said UNICEF today.

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2015 Greetings from Syria

Dear Friends, Warm Season’s Greetings to you and your loved ones. Let me take this opportunity to personally thank you on behalf of the children of Syria. Despite the enormous challenges, your support allowed millions of children to access safe water, education, health care, protection and other vital services. You made it all possible. I […]

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Azize finds a new life and a new goal in Turkey

By Ayberk Yurtsever Mersin, Turkey, December 2014 – Hers was a happy, peaceful life. Azize used to lead a “normal” life with her mother, her father and her 7 siblings. They had a house in both Latakia and in their village, just one hour from the city. They would pass the summer in their village […]

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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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UNICEF Joins UN Launch of 2015 Syria Crisis Response Plans

Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16 Statement in Arabic Statement in French Statement in Spanish Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat […]

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In November, UNICEF provides more than 75,000 children with supplies in conflict-affected towns in Syria

 Damascus, 10 December 2014 – In November, UNICEF, with the assistance of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, took a big step forward in reaching children in hard to reach areas by providing lifesaving supplies and education kits to an estimated 75,400 children. Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits and life-saving supplies such as winter clothes, blankets, hygiene […]

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Pre-schoolers in Syria find joy through toys donated by IKEA

القصة بالعربية By David Youngmeyer Tartous, Syria, 3 December 2014 – Tens of thousands of pre-school children affected by the crisis in Syria are finding a renewed sense of happiness through new play kits that have been donated by IKEA. UNICEF is working in partnership with IKEA to provide 1,050 Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits […]

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Children’s rights and roles in emergency are discussed at Children’s Forum in Turkey

By Ayberk Yurtsever ANKARA, Turkey, November 2014 – In the outskirts of Turkey’s capital, Turkish and Syrian children came together in meeting rooms usually reserved for politicians, academics, businessmen and NGOs. Their discussion was no less important. Issues included the Syrian humanitarian crisis, the response to this year’s Soma mining disaster and the 2011 earthquake […]

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In Lebanon, non-formal education programmes bring Syrian refugee children back to learning

By Venetia Rainey Al- Borghleieh, LEBANON – With a gentle prod of encouragement from his father, 6-year-old Ahmad nervously steps forward and recites the numbers one to 10 in English. He says them quickly, and although his eyes are fixed on the ceiling and his hands are knotted together, his voice does not waver; he […]

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Syrian and Turkish children develop projects for their own rights

ANKARA, Turkey, November 2014 – It is clear the group of Syrian and Turkish children gathered at this training session in Ankara already know a lot about their subject. Hands rise swiftly in response to the first question about child rights. One of the Syrian students sitting in the front row and raising her hand […]

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Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative for Syria

الخبر باللغة العربية DAMASCUS, Syria, 7 November 2014 – The attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in the district of Qaboun in eastern Damascus on Wednesday killed 11 children and injured many more – yet another horrific reminder of the terrible price Syria’s children are paying in a brutal conflict now well into its […]

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