NEW YORK/DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 16 April 2017 – “After six years of war and human carnage in Syria ... six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families... there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one. More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss.
By Monica Awad
When water was shut off to the Syrian city of Damascus this winter, Kawthar’s family was forced to ration and re-use as much of the precious resource as they could. Their living conditions only worsened when the sewage system overflowed inside their home. Learn how UNICEF is helping to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in the besieged city.
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 13 April 2017 – For 37-year-old Kawthar and her eight-year-old son Mohammed, life has become unbearable.
By Monica Awad and Basma Ourfali
In the Syrian Arab Republic, children with disabilities face daily discrimination on top of the stress and violence that comes with the ongoing conflict. A new UNICEF cash transfer progamme is targeting these children and their families to provide much needed support.
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 6 April 2017 – At least 27 children were confirmed killed in the attack in Idlib, north-west of Syria, UNICEF said today. A further 546 people, among them many children, have been injured. Casualty figures are expected to rise.
“The killing of children in Syria cannot be allowed to continue," said UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere. "All parties to the conflict and those with influence on them must immediately put an end to this horror."
PREPAREDNESS ACTION TAKEN
Provision of nutrition services in three communities in Daraa (Hrak, Tafs, and Moraba) and four communities in Quanitera (Breiqa, Ein Eltineh, Ghadir Elbostan and Qarqas).
Koya: Complete cessation of activities as of 09/01/2017 due to insecurity
Tassil: Suspended as of 20/02/2017 due to insecurity
Sector highlights—July to Dec 2016
A total of 2,455,870 Women and children under 5 were reached by preventative and therapeutic nutrition interventions between July and December 2016, from them 834,469 women and children are living in the besieged and HTR areas .
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director
BRUSSELS, 5 April 2017 - “As a conference on Syria started in Brussels today, alarming reports were received of multiple attacks on homes and a hospital killing at least 11 children in Idlib and Hama. As world leaders gather to discuss the future of Syria and the region, this attack should serve a stark reminder that warring parties in Syria continue to blatantly disregard the rights and protection of every child.
NEW YORK, 4 April 2017 - “The images of children choking and dying in the streets of Idlib, Syria, following alleged chemical weapons attacks, are as horrific as they are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
“If confirmed, these attacks must do more than provoke our outrage; they must compel action by those with the power and the ability to bring an end to this devastating violence.
Introduction and Background
Now entering its seventh year, the conflict in Syria continues to take a huge toll on the lives of children: almost 3 million children have never known anything but war in their short lives, 5.8 million boys and girls in Syria need humanitarian assistance and protection, with nearly 7 million living in poverty. Overall, around 2.8 million children are living in hard to reach areas, with over 280,000 children living under siege. In total, 2.7 million children are internally displaced.5
This document seeks to provide clarification on the 2017 4Ws child protection activities with an aim to consolidate, strengthen and ensure Whole of Syria coherence. This guidance is consistent with the 2017 HRP child protection results framework and the broad child protection results outlined in the No Lost Generation initiative.
AMMAN, 23 March 2017 – "As another round of peace talks starts in Geneva today, we are appalled that children throughout Syria continue to come under attack.
"Reports yesterday of an attack on a school in Ar-Raqqa in the north east of Syria remind us once again that we are failing the children of Syria. We have been failing them for more than 2,200 days already.
The child protection sector in Syria is comprised of approximately 58 partners including, UN, INGO, Syrian NGO and government agencies operating in 13 governorates. The sector works to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children through strengthening community-based child protection programming, including psychosocial support, provision of specialized child protection services, mine/explosive remnants of war risk education and strengthening the capacity of frontline workers and volunteers to respond to child protection issues.
A message from children affected by the six-year conflict
BIERUT/AMMAN, 15 March 2017 – UNICEF and Zade Dirani, Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, unveiled today “Heartbeat” a song for Syria that carries a message of hope from Syria’s children to the world. Children in the song, produced to mark the six-year-long war in Syria, send a simple request to the world to get their childhood back.
By UNICEF Syrian Arab Republic
For Syrian children living in areas under siege, going to school can put their lives at risk. A growing number of basement schools are now providing children with a safe space to learn.
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years.
Verified instances of killing, maiming and recruitment of children increased sharply last year in a drastic escalation of violence across the country.
At least 652 children were killed – a 20 per cent increase from 2015 – making 2016 the worst year for Syria’s children since the formal verification of child casualties began in 2014.
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 23 February 2017 – “The heart-wrenching image of a young boy screaming for his father just minutes after losing both his legs in an apparent assault in Idlib last week is another brutal reminder that children continue to come under attack in Syria’s conflict.
“This week, as efforts continue in Geneva to bring together all parties to Syria’s six year long war in an attempt to bring peace, we appeal to all of them to show bold leadership for the rights of children.