Syria bombing doesn’t deter children from learning

By Razan Rashidi and Kumar Tiku Homs, Syria – 29 October 2014 – Judging by the high attendance and an air of calm, it is hard to believe that two schools, in the northern governorate of Homs, were the scene of a gruesome double bombing earlier this month. A majority of the children, still deeply […]

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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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UNICEF reaches Syria’s “silent governorate” with much-needed humanitarian assistance

By Razan Rashidi Al-Hasakeh/Damascus, 23 October 2014 – While many of Syria’s war-torn cities and governorates are grabbing the headlines, the humanitarian situation in the north-eastern governorate of Al-Hasakeh governorate is largely in the shadows. With a population of 1.5 million people – almost half of them children – much of the governorate has been […]

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report /16 September – 13 October 2014

Highlights Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs […]

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Canada Ambassador Childs-Adams and UNICEF Representative Laurini visit Canadian-funded projects in Bourj Hammoud

الخبر باللغة العربية Beirut, 21 October 2014 – Canadian Ambassador Hilary Childs-Adams and UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, Annamaria Laurini, visited this past Friday the “Mouvement Social” center in Bourj Hammoud as part of the projects supported by the Canadian Government to Lebanon in response to the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon. The high-level […]

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The Ministry of Public Health launches National Polio Immunization Campaign to prevent Polio resurgence in Lebanon

الخبر باللغة العربية October 14th, 2014 – The Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO launched the National Polio Immunization Campaign at a press conference held today at the Lebanese Order of Physicians. The event was headed by the Minister of Public Health Wael Abou Faour and was attended by the Ministers […]

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Fleeing Ayn al-Arab : Syrian children play to escape their trauma

By Isabel Hunter SURUÇ, Turkey, 9 October 2014 – Crammed into old classrooms, with mattresses strewn on the floor, Syrine and her two sisters are in high spirits. Last month, the triplets and their mother fled the conflict in the Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobane, to the safety of Turkey. Today […]

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EU Ambassador Eichhorst and UNICEF Representative Laurini visit EU-funded activities in southern Lebanon

الخبر باللغة العربية Beirut, 9 October 2014 – Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, and UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, Annamaria Laurini, visited two EU-funded activities in Sarafand and Marj Al-Khokh in southern Lebanon that form part of the support provided by the European Union to Lebanon in response […]

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“I am so happy to have these pens and bags – I love to learn”

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UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 day of captivity

بالعربية Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE IN Syria  GENEVA/ DAMASCUS, 3 October 2014- “UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 day of captivity. These children were kidnapped on 29 May 2014 while traveling from their home-town of Ai’n Al Arab in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo to take their […]

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STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO HANAA SINGER, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE FOR SYRIA (Homs Bombings)

التصريح باالغة العربية Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE IN Syria   Damascus, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children. “39 people were killed, including 30 children who were leaving the school after classes. “Children in […]

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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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Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis

News note NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today. The new commitments by DfID, USAID, the European Union and other partners will help reduce a $585 million gap in funding for education and […]

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In Egypt, preschool brings a sense of normalcy to Syrian refugee children

By Ruth Ansah Ayisi No Lost Generation is an initiative by the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, and governments, to alleviate the impact of the Syrian crisis on children’s learning and psychological well-being and address the potential long-term consequences for a generation of children and young people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Launched in […]

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New supplies bring hope to Syrian schools

By Razan Rashidi DAMASCUS, Syria, 26 September 2014 – “I love my new school bag,” says Dania*, a fourth grade student at Abdurrahmaan Khazen elementary school in Damascus. As part of a UNICEF back-to-learning campaign, Dania and 1,500 other students in her school received their school materials for this year. As Dania leaves school, her […]

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