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.
In 2016, there were verified reports of over 2,300 grave violations against children by armed forces and groups throughout Syria. Of these, killing and maiming of children and recruitment and use of children were the most prevalent violations. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 23 January 2017 – “Children living in the besieged city of Deir Ez Zor have come under intense attack in the past week.
“The escalation of violence threatens the lives of 93,000 civilians, including over 40,000 children who have been cut off from regular humanitarian aid for over two years.
Progress Since the last Sitrep
Since last WoS Nutrition SitRep, the Nutrition sector with its partners continued the provision of essential nutrition services from Damascus and Gaziantep.
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
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.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi