AMMAN, 4 September 2013- Amidst heightened tensions across the region and as the number of Syria’s refugees rises beyond 2 million – half of them children – UNICEF continues to provide urgent life-saving supplies to children inside Syria and in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
“This is one of the largest humanitarian operations that UNICEF has ever undertaken,” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF’s Regional Director of the Middle East and North Africa. “We are working on the ground, round the clock with a wide network of dedicated partners to reach Syrian children across the region.”
Full text of the press release is available here.
Photo caption: As the new school year begins across the region, UNICEF is supporting children’s return to learning, providing school bags, materials and furniture.
Credit: UNICEF/Jordan-2013/Tulay Guler
It’s back to school month for many children across the region - and beyond.
In Syria, we’re helping primary school-aged children who have been displaced get ready for school by providing them with up to 1 million school bags containing stationary supplies to be distributed in all 14 governorates.
We hope your school year and theirs is off to a great, safe and successful start!
On Sunday, UNICEF and UPS teamed up to airlift 100 tonnes of critical supplies for about 20,000 Syrian child refugees and their families in Erbil, northern Iraq.
Over the past two weeks, almost 50,000 Syrians fled to Erbil, almost half of them are children. The supplies delivered last night will help meet their need for water, education and protection services.
Rahav spent two nights in a tent by a river before she could enter Iraq. Bashir misses his school and his teachers. Abeer really misses her grandma.
Meet some of the children of Syria who have been through so much and are now learning to be children again. Hear from the people working day and night to help them. Don’t miss our latest Children of Syria newsletter.
By Mary Mendes
ERBIL, Iraq, 26 August 2013 – Rahav picks up my blue UNICEF cap and gently fans me as the discomfort of the scorching heat becomes evident. The gesture is touching considering the long and tiring journey the 15-year-old had to take with her extended family of 26 to seek refuge from her war-torn country. They had just been allocated a tent in the temporary Kawergosk camp near Erbil, in northern Iraq.
Photo caption: Rahav and her family arrived in Erbil after two nights camping by the Tigris river waiting for the borders with northern Iraq to open. Around 42,000 Syrians crossed into Iraq in one week
Credit: ©UNICEF/Iraq 2013/Mary Mendes
There are now 1 million child refugees who have fled Syria to neighbouring countries in search of safety. What a shameful milestone!
“Such horrific acts should be a reminder to all the parties and all who have influence on them that this terrible conflict has gone on far too long and children have suffered more than enough.
“Children must be protected, and those who fail to protect them will be held accountable.”