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.
According to the findings of a SMART Nutrition Survey conducted by UNICEF and partners in 2016 in 11 of 14 governorates, the global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate among children under five was 3 per cent and the stunting prevalence rate 12.7%. However, among women of child-bearing age the GAM rate was significant higher at 7.8%. Thus the needs for community-based management of acute malnutrition remained very critical, especially in besieged areas, where many children have been suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
About a quarter of the Syrian population is in need of non-food items (NFIs) assistance across nearly all governorates. The ongoing conflict continues to result in new displacements requiring an emergency response. The needs of newly displaced, short-term, long-term and multiple displaced people, host communities and the non-displaced poor have further increased because of the harsh summer and winter weather conditions and the continued escalation of fuel prices.
During 2016, Syria’s children continued to suffer from escalating conflict and brutal violence, which directly impacted their survival, protection, development, and well-being. Throughout the year, children faced violence, abuse and exploitation, recruitment and use by all parties, killing, maiming, abduction and sexual and gender-based violence.
• UNICEF led the establishment of the UN Country Task Force (CTFMR) to facilitate the monitoring, reporting and response to grave child rights violations.
During 2016 many health facilities were out of service due to direct damage (101 hospitals were reportedly attacked resulting in damage and destruction) or lack of medical equipment and qualifed personnel, while many people faced difficulties in accessing critical health services, especially those living in hard to reach and besieged areas.
• Syria remained polio free in 2016, with over 3.5 million children immunized against polio.
AMMAN, 10 February 2017 – ”Violence in Syria this week has reportedly killed at least 20 children and injured others in several areas across the war-torn country.
“In Idlib earlier in the week, violence reportedly left 30 people dead, including 16 children. Some of those killed were displaced from fighting in Aleppo.
“In Homs’ Al-Zahraa and Al-Waer neighbourhoods, attacks reportedly left four children dead and at least five injured.
“According to reports, other attacks also took place in East Ghouta, Rural Damascus, with children among the killed.
BANGKOK, 3 February 2017 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today appeals to the Thai public for urgent donations to help save lives, and bring education, care and protection to millions of Syrian children who are suffering from the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
As the intensity of violence decreases, children head back to school with UNICEF support
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 31 January 2017 - In the past weeks, UNICEF has supported the re-opening of 23 primary schools in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, allowing nearly 6,500 children to return to school.
UNICEF has provided school supplies, developed an accelerated learning programme and trained teachers to help displaced children catch up on the months and years of education they have missed. Ten prefabricated classrooms were also set up.
Nutrition sector reached 3,368,000 children and pregnant and lactating women(PLWs) in need from January to December 2016 ,with curative and preventive nutrition services. This includes 1,171,832 girls and boys under-ve and PLW screened for acute under-nutrition, 32,260 Girls and Boys under 5 years and 3,425 PLWs were identied with acute under nutrition and treated.