GENEVA, 20 April 2012 – UNICEF said today it was deeply concerned over the continued suffering of children caught up in the crisis in Syria, and is calling for additional funds to address the needs of Syrian children now sheltering in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
At a meeting in Geneva of the Syria Humanitarian Forum, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes Dermot Carty said children and young people account for 50% of all refugees crossing into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
“UNICEF is extremely concerned by reports from interviews with children and parents on the ground that the majority of children are traumatized and experiencing signs of grave distress,” said Mr. Carty. “We call on all parties involved to protect children from the physical and emotional consequences of violence and displacement.”
He stressed UNICEF’s support for the Regional Response Plan (RRP) led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), adding that, with the continued influx of refugees, more funding was urgently needed.
Since the launch of the RRP in March, UNICEF has received less than USD $1.5 million against its total requirement of USD $7.4 million.
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