The Wrestler of Za’atari

By Toby Fricker ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 9 July 2014 – Mohammed struggles to hold back his tears. The 32-year old champion wrestler from Dera’a, southern Syria, is recalling the day he arrived in Jordan. “There is nothing more difficult than the moment I decided to leave Syria and be a refugee in Jordan. But because of […]

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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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Young Syrians take on Turkish

By Ayberk Yurtsever Nizip, Turkey, 25 June 2014 – Gathered in a room in southern Turkey, a group of young Syrians are starting a new linguistic chapter in their lives. Forced from their homes by the conflict, they are firmly looking forward to the opportunities that come with learning Turkish. After six months of training, […]

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Number of Syrian children in need increased by 2 million while UNICEF’s funding crisis looms

Amman 5 July 2014 – Well into the fourth year of the Syrian crisis, its impact on children is becoming ever more devastating, newly-released United Nations data shows. The data, which accompany a revised UN funding appeal for its response to the crisis across the region, shows that 6.5 million Syrian children now need immediate […]

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Statement on killing of school girls in Rural Homs

Statement on killing of school girls in Rural Homs; attributable to Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Syria Representative  Damascus, 1 July 2014 – UNICEF is appalled at the senseless deaths of four young girls who were killed by a mortar explosion as they left their school in Homs governorate earlier this week (29 June). The four deceased […]

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مؤتمر عمان يتصدى للتحديات التي تمنع أطفال اللاجئين السوريين من الحصول على التعليم

Read in English عمان، 25 حزيران 2014 – كانت الطرق المبتكرة لتلبية الحاجات التعليمية المتزايدة لأطفال اللاجئين السوريين هي محور النقاشات التي دارت في مؤتمر عمان الأسبوع الماضي، والذي نُظم بالتعاون ما بين مركز الدراسات اللبنانية، واليونيسيف، والمفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين واليونيسكو. جمع المؤتمر ما بين الخبراء في مجال التعليم والمسؤولين الحكوميين من سوريا، […]

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Challenges preventing Syrian refugee children from receiving an education tackled at Amman Conference

الخبر بالعربية Amman, 25 June 2014 – Innovative ways of meeting the rising educational needs of Syrian refugee children were at the centre of a three day Conference in Amman last week, organized by the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS), UNICEF, UNHCR and UNESCO. The Conference brought together education specialists and government officials from Syria, […]

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Syrian children graduate at Za’atari refugee camp schools

ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 23 June 2014 – The end of the school term brought smiles to more than 10,000 Syrian children in Za’atari refugee camp as they were awarded certificates for successfully completing the year. At a graduation day ceremony in School 3, certificates were handed out by the Director of Education from North West Badia  […]

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Daraa mission assesses conditions for displaced children and families

By David Youngmeyer Daraa/ Damascus, 19 June 2014 – As the conflict in Syria rages on, the humanitarian situation for millions of children and families continues to worsen. UNICEF is working with partners to provide emergency assistance to the most vulnerable children and families across Syria, including hard-to-reach areas. Daraa city, near the border with […]

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72 hours to travel 32 kilometres – A humanitarian mission in Aleppo

Field Diary By Insaf Nizam, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection, Syria. Aleppo, 22 June 2014 – I was part of a recent humanitarian mission that delivered emergency assistance to children and families in six hard-to-reach villages in northwestern Aleppo governorate. For some families living in this remote area near the Turkish border, it had been almost […]

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Adnan: Work and school. That’s my entertainment.

Adnan, 16, knows that education can secure his future. But he has to work 3 days a week to pay his family’s rent. My Voice, My Story. Since the start of the conflict in Syria, children have felt its impact in different ways. In this series of audio photo portraits, five Syrian children, now living […]

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Drawing smiles on the faces of Syrian refugee children in Turkey

UNICEF’s Child Friendly Spaces project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with AFAD and the Turkish Red Crescent Society in all camps in Turkey. Thanks to these spaces, vulnerable Syrian children and youth have access to safe, participatory and inclusive education and recreation activities.

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New schools for children of Syria in Turkey

Kilis, Turkey – 4 June 2014 – Kilis has “one of the cleanest, most humane, most efficiently run refugee camps in history” It is also a busy city and no matter what time of day or night you walk its streets, you hear children speaking Arabic. The city of 90,000 Turks hosts more than 100,000 Syrian […]

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Developing young minds among the most vulnerable

By Toby Fricker JORDAN VALLEY, Jordan, May 2014 – It’s eleven in the morning and stifling hot inside the tent. Sultan*, a 10-year old from Hama, northern Syria, is writing the letter B in Arabic. His classmates clap enthusiastically when he completes his artistic work on the whiteboard. The children in the tent are between […]

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The voices of Azraq echo across the region

By Toby Fricker AZRAQ, Jordan, May 2014 – In the distance neat lines of white shelters appear on the landscape of Jordan’s barren eastern desert. This vast site is Azraq refugee camp that opened at the end of April. Built to house Syrians still fleeing the more than 3-year old conflict in their country, the […]

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