By Leen Tarabichi and Yasmine Saker Homs, 19 July, 2016 – At a shelter for displaced families on the outskirts of Homs city in central Syria, a group of 20 women come together to raise awareness among children and families about hygiene and health. Four large concrete apartment towers stand half-built in the village of […]
More than two million children in Syria are out of school. One in four schools has been destroyed, damaged or used to shelter displaced families. That’s 6,000 schools out of use. Many classrooms have emptied, as teachers have been killed and 52,000 have left their posts. But against all odds, the #childrenofsyria are not giving […]
Yesterday at a Damascus primary school, children of Syria sang, danced and played during an interactive edutainment show, jointly organised by UNICEF and UNRWA. As part of the show, children watched a play on oral hygiene starring grandmother “Farah”. Just as her name means “joy”, grandmother “Farah” brings joy to education on healthy behavioural change. Grandmother […]
KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey – “It was like a festival,” says Raid Ramadan, a Syrian teacher now teaching Syrian refugees in Turkey. He is referring to the day when he and his colleagues went to the local post office to draw out their first payments under a new incentive scheme. “Everybody took their money and went back […]
MAFRAQ, Jordan, April 2015 – “You stole my first eye and the second eye. Don’t put your hands on my children,” screams Hamed. The passion in this drama rehearsal reflects the reality on the ground, explains the 17-year old from Homs, Syria. He is acting as the wife in a play about domestic violence. “It […]
AMMAN, Jordan, 22 April 2015 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided a grant of € 1.1 million to UNICEF to support the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families and their children with emergency cash assistance. As the Syrian crisis enters a fifth year, many Syrian refugees in Jordan are […]
AMMAN, 7 January 2015 – As Jordan braces for a winter storm in the next few days, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a winter cash assistance programme to provide 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children under the age of 14 in Za’atari and Azraq […]
By Toby Fricker JORDAN, Amman, December 2014 – Hasna’s eyes lock in to the iris scanner attached to an ATM bank machine. A green tick appears on the screen and initiates the electronic sound of counting money. The 34-year old from Dera’a, southern Syria, is at a cash point in east Amman. She’s collecting 90 Jordanian […]
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 […]
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 […]
NEWS NOTE Damascus, 14 September 2014 – With the ongoing conflict in Syria taking an increasing toll on children’s education, UNICEF is stepping in with key supplies and support for public information to ensure that some of the most conflict-affected children continue to learn.
By David Morley President and CEO of UNICEF Canada David Morley visits with a Syrian refugee family at Domiz camp, Iraq. DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 5 July 2013 – “In Syria,” Mahmoud said, his eyes watering with the memory, “we lived like kings and queens.” And then he fell silent.