“I want to be more than just a guy”

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 […]

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Government of Jordan and UNICEF launches cost-efficient water initiatives in Za’atari camp

Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, 23 April 2015 – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MoWI) and UNICEF today launched the construction of a water distribution network in Za’atari refugee camp. In addition to the mobile waste water treatment units launched last month, the operation of a water distribution network and a third borehole will drastically […]

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Financial support from the German KfW Development Bank enables UNICEF and partners to provide protective learning environments for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

ZAHLE,Lebanon: The class of about 15 boys fiddle nervously with their Arabic textbooks as they answer questions about their daily life in Lebanon as a refugee. When they hear the question: “Who travels the furthest to get here?” everyone raises their hand, eager to tell their story. The questions were being asked by a delegation […]

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Ministry of Water & Irrigation and UNICEF launches cost efficient waste water treatment units in Za’atari refugee camp

Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, 3 March 2015 – The Ministry of Water and Irrigation and UNICEF launched today a cost efficient mobile waste water treatment unit at the Za’atari refugee camp. “This project is a model of international cooperation. We were able to move quickly with the support from UNICEF and donors such as Germany, […]

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German Parliamentary Group seeks information about sustainable solutions in Za’atari Camp

الخبر باللغة العربية PRESS RELEASE AMMAN, 23 February 2015 – Six members of the German Parliamentary Group “Arabic Speaking Countries in the Middle East” visited Za’atari Camp on Thursday, 19 February. The delegation met refugees and humanitarian actors, and observed UNICEF’s water supply and sanitation activities. In December 2014, the Government of Germany, through KFW […]

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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 and WFP partner to help vulnerable Syrian families in Za’atari and Azraq camps protect their children against the winter cold

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 […]

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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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Cash helps meet vulnerable Syrian children’s winter needs

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 […]

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Healing through art in Azraq camp

By Toby Fricker Jordan, AZRAQ Camp, November 2014- In Jordan’s vast and desolate eastern desert, Azraq refugee camp houses some 12,000 Syrians who have fled the brutal conflict in their country. While living conditions are tough, the camp provides safety and an opportunity to move on from the horrors of war. For the children, who make […]

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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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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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Syrian children host the President of Germany at Kahramanmaraş Camp

By Ayberk Yurtsever Kahramanmaraş Camp, Turkey, 27 April, 2014 – The President of Germany Joachim Gauck and his partner Ms Daniela Schadt, Patroness of UNICEF Germany, visited a UNICEF supported Child Friendly Space at the Kahramanmaraş refugee camp on theTurkish border with Syria on 27 April, 2014. President Gauck and Ms Schadt had the chance to attend a number […]

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A mother with her baby girl outside the health centre

Focusing on hard-to-reach children for polio vaccination campaign in Syria

By Razan Rashidi Rural Damascus, 7 April 2014 – “One drop, two drops,” a mother counts along with a health worker at Dahiet Qudsaya health centre in Rural Damascus. Her three-year-old daughter cries at the unusual taste of the polio vaccine in her mouth, but the mother calms her down: “Now you will grow up […]

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