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UNICEF statement on school attack in Damascus, Syria

Statement

DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.

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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 healthy.”

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Keeping children safe from weapons of war in Syria

By Kumar M Tiku

Damascus, Syria, April 2014 - “Always keep an eye out for signs and clues that suggest the presence of explosive remnants in your neighbourhood,” says Nahid, the sports teacher at Al Adawi Al Mohadatha School in central Damascus. A class of twenty high-school girls listen attentively as Nahid describes the various forms of explosives and unexploded ammunition that children must be aware of, in order to stay safe.

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UNICEF-supported programme boosts resilience and participation of conflict-affected young people in Syria

By David Youngmeyer

Tartous, Syria, 3 April 2014 - A UNICEF-supported programme in Tartous governorate, run by local charity partner Al Batoul, aims to reach more than 2,700 conflict-affected young people with health awareness, psychosocial and social skills.

As well as two youth centres in locations with high numbers of displaced families, the programme includes outreach activities at shelters in the area and helps to build young people’s resilience, as well as encouraging community participation.

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UNICEF welcomes new Kuwait donation for children of Syria

With new funds, Kuwait support to war-affected children nears US$ 90 million

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NEW YORK, 7 April 2014 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from a generous US$ 34.5 million donation by the government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today.

This brings Kuwait’s total donations to UNICEF in just two years to close to $90 million.

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Syrian children with disabilities are back to learning, at Homs school club

By Kumar Tiku and Razan Rashidi

HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 7 April 2014 – Ramez, 10, walks up to the whiteboard and writes his name.

Next comes Hiba, who is asked to identify objects that start with the letter G in Arabic that are pictured on the whiteboard. She identifies gazr (carrot), earning praise from the teacher. The other children in the class clap, in unison.

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 17 February - 22 March 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

• This reporting period marks the end of the third year of crisis. UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visited Syria advocating for access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas to allow UNICEF and partners to deliver critical life-saving services to the children, women, and families. He also met with families evacuated from the Old City of Homs.

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Children of Syria Newsletter - 20 March 2014

Number of children suffering in Syria doubles in one year

Amman, Jordan – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new UNICEF report. Particularly hard hit are up to a million children who are trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence.

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Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children

Leading aid agencies draw attention to the harrowing impact of over three years of conflict on 5.5 million Syrian children living in Syria and as refugees in neighbouring countries.

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Children cannot afford to face another year of Syrian conflict, says Executive Director on visit with displaced families in Homs

By Kumar Tiku

HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 March 2014 – The cacophony of children’s shouts and laughter echoes around the shelter for displaced children and families in the Syrian city of Homs, where they are participating in two hours of recreational activities.

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Podcast #90 – Education is key to building resilience in the Syrian Arab Republic

‘Beyond School Books’ – a podcast series on education in emergencies

By Taleen Vartan

NEW YORK, United States of America, 13 March 2014 – On 15 March, the Syrian conflict will be 3 years old. As the crisis continues to devastate the country, region and beyond, violence and a pervasive lack of opportunity are affecting an entire generation of children. Today, more than 5.5 million Syrian children are denied their basic needs, the chance to learn and grow and the security of a stable childhood.

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Under Siege: The devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria [EN/AR]

Syria’s children are living today through the most damaging conflict for children in the region’s recent history. More than 5.5 million Syrian children now see their future besieged by war. It is estimated there are up to one million children who live under siege and in hard-to-reach areas that UNICEF and other humanitarian partners cannot access on a regular basis. This report takes stock of the impact that three years of violence and rights violations have had on children, and it assesses the longer-term crisis facing the region.

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Syrian Arab Republic Polio Situation Report No. 13

Highlights

 Since last sitrep no any polio case confirmed.

 Total 25 confirmed polio cases till to date for the year 2013.

 The distribution of the polio cases for the year 2013 is as 18 cases from Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, 2 from Hasakeh, 3 from Aleppo and 2 from Idleb Governorate.

 Expert Review committee meeting held on dated 9th March 2014 at PHC Directorate MoH Syria, Damascus.

o One more compatible case from Deir-z- Zour Governorate, Total # of compatible cases for 2013 is 12. Deir-ez-Zor 8, Aleppo 3 and Hasakeh 1.

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Children of Syria Newsletter - 6 March 2014

Malnutrition assessment in Lebanon

Beirut –A UNICEF-led, joint nutrition assessment on the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has revealed that malnutrition is a silent, emerging threat.

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Polio outbreak response under way to protect children in five highest-risk countries

Amman/ Cairo, 2 March 2014– Children in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria will be the first of nearly 10 million children across the Middle East to receive a dose of polio vaccine this month.

Mass vaccination campaigns were launched in the four countries today, to be followed by a similar campaign in Lebanon from 9 March.

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After fleeing 600 days of siege, a Syrian family has nowhere to go

By Razan Rashidi

With the United Nations Security Council’s approval last week of a resolution demanding humanitarian access in the Syrian Arab Republic, there is renewed hope – after three long years – for the possibility of reaching civilian populations with desperately needed relief.

Earlier in February, a UN-mediated ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs enabled the evacuation of hundreds of people who had been trapped in the Old City for more than a year and half with little food or medicine and surrounded by heavy fighting.

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Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria

Children cannot afford another year of bloodshed, suffering and missed education, warn aid agencies

NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.

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Syrian Arab Republic Polio Situation Report No. 12

Highlights

 Since last sitrep two more polio cases are declared as confirm 1 case from Hasakeh and One case of Deir-ez-Zor.

 Total 25 confirmed polio cases till to date for the year 2013.

 The distribution of the polio cases for the year 2013 is as 18 cases from Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, 2 from Hasakeh, 3 from Aleppo and 2 from Idleb Governorate.

o One more compatible case from Deir-z- Zour Government, Total # of compatible cases for 2013 is 11. Deir-ez-Zor 7, Aleppo 3, Hasakeh 1.

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 10 January – 16 February 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

 The UNICEF team in Homs, together with sister UN agencies and SARC, is providing assistance to over 500 children evacuated from Old City– including warm winter clothes, psychosocial support and primary healthcare, as well as sanitation facilities within the shelter. Over 400 children have been vaccinated, including against polio – a service not available in the Old City.

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Field diary: Convoy of emergency supplies reaches Syrian families in conflict-ravaged district

By Michele Al Kaae

Michele Al Kaae was part of a United Nations inter-agency convoy that brought emergency supplies to an area in the Syrian Arab Republic that humanitarian assistance hadn’t been able to reach in months.

AREHA, Idleb Governorate/Tartous, 10 February 2014 – Calm has returned to Areha, a town about 14 km south of Idleb city, but the tell-tale signs of heavy fighting are all too visible.