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Survival in Gaza: how one UNICEF staff member survived 50 days of violence
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza. September 2014 - The entire front of Bassam Nasser’s house has disappeared; a tank shell has left a large hole in the roof and his flatscreen tv has been put out of action – apparently by a piece of shrapnel......

Refugee children from Iraq find a space to feel safe in Syria
Malkieh, Syria 1 October 2014 – Hundreds of Iraqi children who fled fighting in northern Iraq have discovered they can be kids again, at UNICEF supported child friendly places in the Newroz refugee camp in Syria.

Mixed feelings for Gaza’s children as they return to a new school year
Gaza, SoP, September 16 2014: The sight of schoolchildren filing into classrooms across Gaza this week was a welcome sign that in one respect at least, life in the territory is returning to some kind of normality after a traumatic summer of conflict and bloodshed. The new academic year started on Sunday September 14, less than three weeks after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas took hold. Preparations were a multi-agency effort involving UNICEF and a range of partners including the Ministry of Education and Higher Education………….

UNICEF delivers clothes for 1,000 children in Nawrouz camp
Nawrouz camp, northern Syria, 14 August 2014, “Yazidis like to dress in colours. We hate black,” says 16-year-old Araz, a recent arrival to the Nawrouz refugee camp in northern Syria, which is now home to an estimated 12,000 refugees who have fled fighting in Sinjar and other districts of Iraq.

Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Every Child
5th June 2014, Sa’ada. As 7-month old Sami gets his first round of vaccinations, children waiting for their turn peer in through the windows and records are checked to see if anyone else is missing. This is day seven of an integrated health campaign to reach all children under the age of 5 in the community. All 3,000 of them. And almost all of them have now received their vaccination cards…….

A long walk towards health
DJIBOUTI, Ali-Sabieh, 17 June 2014- When her husband was hit by a lost bullet in the head, Chouckri decided to pick the seven children and leave her homeland, Somalia, and its ongoing civil war. It was a long journey met by foot from Mogadishu until the Holl-Holl refugee camp in Ali-Sabieh. But now that they are in Djibouti, they dream about a brighter future – which means a healthier future as well. This is why, today, she brought her two youngest children, Mouna and Abdoulrahman, to the regional medical centre.....

The Recruit (A male adolescent, 19)
When I was seven years old, my family was involved in a dispute with another family in the village. My big brother was imprisoned and my father was shot 14 times by the other family……..

Dafurian Mothers want a better future for their children
In has been a decade since the conflict started in Darfur and Dafurian mother’s tears are endless.....

Tasera a Darfurian child “I want peace and education”
Recently, Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative in Sudan urged all parties who are involved in armed conflict in Darfur to “listen to the voice of the children” and work to provide a safe environment for them. UNICEF responded to the emergency crisis by airlifting 89 tons of life-saving supplies for populations affected by the conflict throughout Sudan including Darfur….

Morocco: UNICEF supports the government to develop a national integrated policy for child protection
"From this rostrum we commit ourselves to be fully engaged with you in the implementation and monitoring of the integrated policy for child protection. So you also should commit not to disappoint our hopes. “The comments are neither those of UNICEF representative nor those of the Minister of Social Development in Morocco but rather Sanaa’s, the girl of 16, who was elected by her peers to pronounce the children’s word during the opening session of the first conference of child protection in Morocco. Sanaa's words had had strong impact on more than 500 participants who attended the conference. Participants gave her a standing ovation. The Chief of Government who chaired the launch of this meeting welcomed the participation of children in this process and recalled the responsibility of the whole society Vis-à- Vis children and the role that each stakeholder must play to give effect to this protection……

In Sudan, a massive nutrition survey provides much needed data
Nyala, South Darfur, Sudan – January 2014: A new survey method has been used for the first time in Sudan to collect data on child malnutrition. The Simple Spatial Survey Method (S3M) can be used to cover larger areas than other methods, and shows the difference in performance of health and nutrition services right down to locality level in each of Sudan’s 18 states….

Pioneer midwife in South Darfur still passionate about maternal health at 78
Nyala, South Darfur, January 2014: In her 48 years as a midwife, Fatima Ali has delivered thousands of girls and boys. More than that, she opened South Darfur’s first and only midwifery school which has trained 1,500 midwives.....

How young people bridged the aid gap in Darfur’s Kalma camp
Kalma camp, South Darfur, January 2014 - For ten long days Khadija, 30, grieved at the thought of never seeing her five children again. The family had been separated in a fierce, armed attack. “The bullets were like water around us,” said one of her relatives……

For Eastern Sudanese nomads, education for girls is a priority
Kassala, Eastern Sudan- It used to be a rare exception that children from Sudan’s nomad communities got a chance to go to school. Faiza is proof of how much things have changed. Next year, the 18-year-old aims to attend medical school......

The benefit of bednets: malaria cases drop in Darfur IDP camp
Nyala, South Darfur – January 2014: It’s a simple tool with great health benefits: ‘Since we started using bednets, none of us have been sick with malaria’, says Khadija, 37, who lives with her husband and five children in the Draij camp outside Nyala, South Darfur......

In Yemen, one girl fights back against the practice of early marriage
SANA’A, Yemen, 26 March 2014 – One afternoon, Laila returned home from school, excited to tell her mother about what she had learned and the games she had played with her friends. The 13-year-old found her mother lying in bed. As she drew close, she realized her mother was crying. Something must be terribly wrong, Laila thought.

Household survey begins to determine needs of women and children in Palestine
Jerusalem, March 23, 2014 – Ninety Palestinian field workers are conducting house-to house surveys as part of a two month data-collecting exercise which will bring long term benefits to women and children in Gaza and the West Bank……

Running out of water in Yemen
Yemen is one of the most water-stressed countries in the Middle East. Prior to the unrest that swept across Yemen in 2011, surveys showed that approximately 4.5 million children lived in households that had no access to a proper water source, and, that over 5.5 million children had no access to adequate sanitation.....

In the Sudan, a transformed school transforms children – and their community
KASSALA, Sudan, 17 March 2014 – Malaz, 13, has been a student at Jamam basic school, outside Kassala town, the capital of Eastern Sudan’s Kassala State, since she was in the first grade.
”There was no water, no fence around the yard,” she says, recalling what her school was like in her early years here. ”The school was not clean. There were no latrines, and we had no recreation activities.”.......

A Community in Yemen Transforms its school and its environs
YEMEN, 18 March, 2014- Stray bullets turned the schoolyard into a battleground. Children and teachers were terrified, fearing where they would land, fearing what might happen to them. The school is right in the middle of a number of villages in Sana’a Governorate, in Central Yemen. Being so central means that it’s locally famous, everyone knows it and it's easily accessible by the whole community, including the various tribal groups living in the area……..

No Identity…no right…A worthwhile Struggle
YEMEN, 17 March, 2014- Without any proof of age, name or identity, sisters Amera and Halima faced a difficult future. Their older sisters had managed to study at school until Grades 7 and 9, but the two younger siblings, aged just 6 and 7, were not allowed to even enrol......

Children in post conflict Libya have access to safer places to play
TRIPOLI, 27 February 2014 – The first of 13 new playgrounds designed to offer safe places where children can play, has opened in Tripoli.
The project, developed by the Ministry of Local Governance and UNICEF, is designed to provide youngsters aged 3 to 11, in the post conflict period, with access to child friendly spaces. An additional 12 playgrounds, which are being provided by UNICEF, will be installed in main towns and cities across the country......

A fresh solution to Gaza's water crisis
GAZA, State of Palestine, 14 January 2014 – Every other day, Ramadan, a resident of Nuseirat refugee camp, used to carry empty bottles and jerry cans through the tiny alleyways of the camp until he reached a private water vendor. Only able to carry so many bottles, the father of five would bring along four of his young children to help carry more bottles. He would spend the equivalent of US$10 a month on water, a large sum for cash-strapped families living in the coastal enclave.......

UNICEF and the Government of Japan make water possible for rural children
Rujeeb, State of Palestine – 28 October 2013. What seems like a natural thing to do for many children in the world, turns out to be a challenge for some Palestinian children.
“For many years, washing my teeth and my face before going to school was complicated,’ says 17-year old Hamoudeh, a Palestinian student living in Rujeeb village, north of the West Bank.......

UNICEF unveils the Urban Child Development Index in world premiere in Rabat
RABAT, Morocco, 3 November 2013—How can we measure the well-being of children in cities and ensure that urban development policies integrate the different dimensions of development of tomorrow's citizens: children and adolescents? In response to this question UNICEF, in collaboration with the Global City Indicators Facility, has developed UKID Index, the " Urban Child Development Index". Jeffrey O'Malley, UNICEF Director of Policy and Strategy, introduced the index on Friday October 4th in world premiere on the occasion of the 4th World Summit of the United Cities and Local Governments hosted by the city of Rabat, Morocco, from 1 to 4 October. "This index will allow stakeholders including policy makers at the city level to access strategic data necessary to develop, monitor and evaluate development policies incorporating the well-being of children " said Jeffrey O'Malley......

Hope for children—even if they are behind bars
BASRA, Iraq, 23 October 2013—Mohamed is the eldest of six children. At primary school he was among the best students in his class......

Celebrating a special week for children in Iran
Tehran, October 28, 2013: Children across Iran have taken part in a series of special events and festivities marking Children’s Week, with the broad aim of reinforcing understanding and support for children’s rights........

Mark Levengood, UNICEF Sweden Goodwill Ambassador, meets with Palestinian children
In September, Mark Levengood, UNICEF Sweden Goodwill Ambassador, met with Palestinian children. After crossing checkpoints with teenagers in the Old City of Hebron, he held a 20-day old baby boy, born in the cave home of a Bedouin family in the desert.

UNICEF appreciates use of art to protect children in contact with the law
Tehran, 21 July 2013- On a hot summer evening in July, a team from UNICEF Iran Office including the Representative, the Child Protection Officer and the Communications Officer accompanied by UNICEF Iran Goodwill Ambassador and Cinema actress, Ms. Mahtab Keramati watched a play in Arasbaran Cultural Centre about children in contact with the law which left them all dazzled and deeply impressed.......

Overlooked and Forgotten: The Story of an Iraqi Family in Refuge
Amman, Jordan, 28 July 2013 – Nahed, 37, is an Iraqi mother of four. Her family moved from Baghdad to Najaf in 2005, looking for safety. Her children were going to school in Baghdad, but after losing their official documents and the children’s certificates during the war, Nahed could not send her children to school........

Combatting risk of disease in Domiz refugee camp as summer approaches
DOMIZ, IRAQ, 10 June 2013 – When Domiz resident Taha heard volunteers were needed to help improve health and hygiene education at the camp, he signed up immediately.

Syrian children in Turkey get education despite language challenges
URFA, Turkey, June 2013 – It is 10 o’clock in the morning and the children waiting in the front yard of the Information and Education Center for Syrian Guests school in Urfa are getting restless. They’re hot, thirsty and impatient to see what their new classrooms are like.......

For Yemeni children, stopping the cycle of malnutrition
SANA’A, Yemen, 21 May 2013 - Born just over a year apart, sisters Onood and Ohood Nassar Al Hajria may face very different futures. Ohood’s eyes shine and sparkle as she plays with her younger sibling. Slightly unsure, 3-year-old Onood looks up at her older sister for approval........

Children Playing with Death by Mohamed Elmunir Safieldin, UNICEF Representative in Iran
A couple of weeks ago, we were all deeply disturbed by the shocking news of three young children killed when an unexploded device left from the 8-year war with which they were playing went off near Soosangerd town, Khoozestan Province......

Crossing the border from Syria to Iraq
I recently met a 19-year-old mother as she arrived at the border in northern Iraq, after fleeing Syria. Nawroz came by foot, in the rain, with her four-month old daughter in her arms. She told me about the bombing in Damascus, and how afraid she had been.......

Children with disabilities among Syria’s most vulnerable
AMMAN, Jordan May, 2013 – When Abdulatif’s neighbor was killed, his own house destroyed and farm animals lost, the decision was made simple.  He had to flee the conflict in Syria to save his family.  But the journey and challenges that lied ahead was anything but easy, especially with two children with disabilities.......

Sabrin's speech on the ocassion of the SOWC 2013 launch
On May 30, UNICEF's office in the State of Palestine launched our flagship report The State of the World's Children, focusing this year on Children with Disabilities. Among the key speakers was Sabreen Jaber, a 13-year-old teenager who lives with physical disability. Here is what she told participants in this high-level event (Arabic only)......

Syrian children with disabilities tell their stories of courage and resilience in Domiz Camp, Iraq
Sarbast lost the use of his legs after an illness when he was three, so when he and his family fled to Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq in October last year, his father had to carry him over three kilometres to cross the border.......

Syrian children with disabilities resilient amid conflict
ZA’ATARI Refugee camp, Jordan - Rania (10) was born with a problem in her back that has kept her from walking.  But neither that nor her status as a Syrian refugee in Jordan’s biggest refugee camp Za’atari can stand in the way of her dream of becoming a teacher......

With a rising refugee population, a camp at risk of disease
DOMIZ, Iraq, 22 May 2013 – The Domiz refugee camp, which sits about 60 kilometres from the Syrian border amidst an imposing mountain landscape, was originally built to accommodate 22,000 people. Today it is home to around 40,000 Syrian refugees......

Syrian children in East Amman inch their way back to a normal life
AMMAN, 2 May 2013 - In the vibrant heart of East Amman, 80 kilometers away from the Syrian border and the fighting and violence beyond it, everyday life seems to continue as normal. Yet in an old building at the end of a small alley, hundreds of children from Syria are trying to cope with their painful memories, which despite the distance in time and space seem still fresh in their minds......

At a camp on the Syrian–Turkish border, talk of the past and present - and the future
BAB AL SALAMA, Syrian Arab Republic, 23 April 2013 – Last November, Bassam Guan, a 35-year-old father of four, left for work at a freezer plant in his hometown of Marea in the northern part of the Syrian Arab Republic. His family never saw him again.

For young Syrian refugees in Jordan, photography is a record - and an outlet
ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 18 April 2013 – At a water tank on the outskirts of Za’atari refugee camp, a couple of boys fill jerrycans with water. Crouching at their side with camera in hand is Amjad Belini. The 17-year-old is one of a group of boys and girls taking part in a three-month photography project managed by Save the Children in partnership with UNICEF......

A place of sanctuary for children of Homs, Syrian Arab Republic
HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 3 April 2013 – I did not quite know what to expect when I accompanied a UNICEF team driving through the streets of Homs......

Children's lives on hold, in the Syrian Arab Republic
TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 April 2013 – “My 4-year-old sister couldn’t talk for a while after she witnessed our neighbourhood under attack,” says Siham.....

Children's health suffering, medical care insufficient, at camp sheltering Syrians
BAB AL SALAMA, Syrian Arab Republic, 28 March 2013 – In Bab al Salama camp, Khola Bakkor sits quietly in the tent her family have sheltered in for seven long months......

Children find a safe space to learn in conflict-torn Homs, Syrian Arab Republic
HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 26 March 2013 – Homs has suffered some of the heaviest and most relentless fighting in the Syrian conflict. Many neighbourhoods have been damaged or destroyed, leaving at least 600,000 of the city’s 2.1 million residents in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).....

In makeshift settlements in Lebanon, UNICEF delivers essential supplies to Syrian refugee children
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 25 March 2013 – Children run barefoot across the sharp rocks, broken glass and dirt, as we offload boxes of donated new shoes in the bitter wind......

Sudan Students Apply Innovation to Solve UNICEF’s Challenges in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 18 March, 2013 – There was an unusual buzz in one of the lecture halls at the Sudan University for Science and Technology today. Students were following closely the findings of a small group of colleagues who’ve been hard at work to help UNICEF break through some of the challenges of delivering humanitarian interventions in one of Africa’s largest countries......

In Jordan, a thirteen-year-old Syrian refugee talks about how his thoughts have never left home
ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 15 March 2013 – Bashir and his family fled their home in Deraa, southern Syrian Arab Republic, seven months ago. But, ever since that day, when the shelling became too intense to stay, the 13-year-old’s thoughts have never left his hometown......

Burned in an attack and now in exile in Lebanon, Adnan is one of the children at the heart of the Syrian crisis
AKKAR region, Lebanon, 13 March 2013 – When their home in Hama, western Syrian Arab Republic, was hit by a rocket, Adnan’s parents could not manage to take their son out in time. “He did not stay that long in the fire. Not more than two minutes. But the fire was very harsh on him,” his father recalls......

Nationwide school assessment shows great need for investment in Libyan education sector
TRIPOLI, 28 February 2013 – Some 40 percent of the schools in Libya were damaged in the 2011 revolution according to a report released by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNICEF today. These findings are based on a recent nationwide school assessment conducted by the MoE and UNICEF, which for the first time has given the Ministry a complete overview of the exact state of all schools in the country......

Back-breaking and life-threatening labour in the tunnels the only option, say teenagers in the State of Palestine
GAZA, State of Palestine, 9 January 2013 - In the small patch of land that runs along Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, the sound of generators roars amid hundreds of white tents planted in the landscape of sand and bullet-riddled ruins......

Children affected by the 2011 crisis in Yemen slowly return to normalcy through the classroom
SANA’A, Yemen, 21 December 2012 – “It was because of the money,” says Hussein*. “I just shot when ordered, and defended myself,” he adds.

In Jordan, Syrian refugee children learn how to recover from a violent past
MAFRAQ, Jordan, 7 November 2012 - When Syrian refugee children show UNICEF child protection worker Jane MacPhail pictures they have drawn of revenge and violence, she knows what to say......

At Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, UNICEF supports Syrian refugee families
AMMAN, Jordan, 7 November 2012 - As the canvas roof of her family’s tent flaps in the wind, Fatma* holds her son close, gently brushing dust from his face...... 

In Lebanon, UNICEF and partners race to provide clean drinking water and prevent disease
BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, 23 October 2012 – The large chalkboard is a reminder that the crowded shelter housing Zaineb, her family and more than a hundred other Syrian refugees is actually a school...... 

In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees fleeing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic face new challenges
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 16 October 2012 - Ten-year-old Ahmed* and his family have come to Lebanon from a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian Arab Republic. They fled their camp near Damascus when fighting intensified. One day, Ahmed’s 12-year-old sister Mona had stumbled across a bloody corpse close to their home...... 

In occupied Palestinian territory, UNICEF and partners tackle the risks of open cesspools
Gaza, occupied Palestinian territory, 2 November 2012 - White birds fly low over the mirror-smooth pond before landing in the grass, where, much to the delight of 16-year-old Ahmed, some start singing...... 

Amidst talk of relocation, internally displaced children express themselves through recreational activities
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 5 September 2012 - “Where we will be taken?” “Where are they going to put us?” “What will happen to us?”.....

 

 

Survival in Gaza: how one UNICEF staff member survived 50 days of violence

Refugee children from Iraq find a space to feel safe in Syria

Mixed feelings for Gaza’s children as they return to a new school year

UNICEF delivers clothes for 1,000 children in Nawrouz camp

Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Every Child

A long walk towards health

The Recruit (A male adolescent, 19)

Dafurian Mothers want a better future for their children

Tasera a Darfurian child “I want peace and education”

Morocco: UNICEF supports the government to develop a national integrated policy for child protection

In Sudan, a massive nutrition survey provides much needed data

Pioneer midwife in South Darfur still passionate about maternal health at 78

How young people bridged the aid gap in Darfur’s Kalma camp

For Eastern Sudanese nomads, education for girls is a priority

The benefit of bednets: malaria cases drop in Darfur IDP camp

In Yemen, one girl fights back against the practice of early marriage

Household survey begins to determine needs of women and children in Palestine

Running out of water in Yemen

In the Sudan, a transformed school transforms children – and their community

A Community in Yemen Transforms its school and its environs

No Identity…no right…A worthwhile Struggle

Children in post conflict Libya have access to safer places to play

A fresh solution to Gaza's water crisis

Desalination plants help respond to Gaza’s water crisis

UNICEF and the Government of Japan make water possible for rural children

UNICEF unveils the Urban Child Development Index in world premiere in Rabat

Hope for children — even if they are behind bars

Celebrating a special week for children in Iran

Mark Levengood, UNICEF Sweden Goodwill Ambassador, meets with Palestinian children

UNICEF appreciates use of art to protect children in contact with the law

Overlooked and Forgotten: The Story of an Iraqi Family in Refuge

Combatting risk of disease in Domiz refugee camp as summer approaches

Syrian children in Turkey get education despite language challenges

Crossing the border from Syria to Iraq

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