GENEVA/NEW YORK- 29 APRIL, 2016, We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.
We are outraged at the alarming frequency of attacks on health personnel and facilities in Syria. These incidents come amid an escalation of violence in particular in the northern parts of the country.
The pace of population displacement has slowed in Syria since the Cessation of Hostilities, since the beginning of February approximately 106,000 people were newly displaced around Aleppo, Idleb and Hassakeh Governorates. Ongoing displacement towards Jordan is reported in Dara’a Governorate as a consequence of the fighting in South Syria with at least 8,500 people have been displaced.
As the crisis in Syria enters its sixth year, children continue to bear the brunt of the conflict. Two decades of investment in education have been wiped out and many Syrian school-age children have never seen the inside of a classroom, while those in school continue to be at risk of dropping out. The new Syria crisis education fact sheet finds that five years of conflict have tripled the proportion of Syrian children out of school, from 0.9 million in the 2011/2012 school year to 2.8 million in the 2014/2015 school year.
The water lifeline
Access to clean water is a lifeline for every Syrian child, woman and man. Yet as the conflict enters its sixth year safe drinking water availabilty has been reduced to just half pre-crisis levels, with many people receiving as little as 15 per cent of former levels.
In Syria, despite continuation of the widespread conflict and the generalized insecurity, so far in 2016, UNICEF has reached 1.4 million people in Hard to Reach areas with integrated interventions and supplies.
by Anthony Lake
I visited Syria on the eve of the 3rd anniversary of the conflict, two years of suffering ago. At the time, it hardly seemed possible that the situation facing millions of children there could get worse.
But it could. And, tragically, it did.
Three weeks ago, I visited Syria again. And while the situation facing children still threatens the future of an entire generation, the cessation of violence and resumption of talks in Geneva offer the first real hope of peace the Syrian people have had in five years of war.
More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria.
As the parties to the conflict in Syria resume talks to end a war that now enters its sixth horrific year, there is renewed hope for peace. For an end to the suffering of millions of the innocent.
1 in 3 Syrian children have grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point – UNICEF
AMMAN/NEW YORK, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - has been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 151,000 children born as refugees since 2011.
After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.
DAMASCUS, 6 March 2016 – The resumption of operations on 4 March of the al-Khafseh water treatment facility is critical for the lives and well-being of more than two million people.
The al-Khafseh facility is one of the most important in Syria, producing an average of 400 million litres of drinking water daily. Drawing raw water from the Euphrates River, it is the sole source of drinking water for over two million people for the entire city of Aleppo and eastern areas of the governorate. On 16 January this year the al-Khafseh facility was deliberately shutdown.
HOMS, SYRIA – 1 March 2016: I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war. My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two years of suffering ago. Now, the cessation of hostilities offers the Syrian people the possibility of peace.