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UNICEF appeals for funds to provide assistance for Syrian children

BANGKOK, 2 September 2013 – With the war in Syria now in its third year and taking an ever more terrible toll on the lives of millions of children, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appealing to the Thai public for urgent funding to support emergency operations for affected Syrian children and their families.

The number of children forced to flee the violence in Syria for refugee camps across the border has now reached one million.

“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.”

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, some 7,000 children have been killed in the Syrian conflict. In addition to some one million child refugees, UNICEF and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimate that more than two million children in Syria have been internally displaced due to conflict.

Bijaya Rajbhandari, the UNICEF Representative in Thailand, said: “UNICEF is committed to helping children affected by this conflict. Many of them are still living in battle zones, have been displaced inside Syria or have fled across borders and are now living in refugee camps. The world cannot ignore the plight of these children.”

Children make up half of all refugees from the Syrian conflict, and some 740,000 of the refugees are under the age of 11, according to UNICEF and UNHCR. Most of the refugees are now sheltering in camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. 
 
UNICEF and its partners have been mobilizing massive support to help millions of affected children and their families. This year, more than 1.3 million children in refugee camps and in host communities in countries bordering Syria have been vaccinated against measles. Nearly 167,000 refugee children have received psychosocial assistance; more than 118,000 children have been assisted to continue receiving an education; and more than 222,000 people have been provided with safe water supplies.

UNICEF needs additional funding to address the emergency needs of Syrian children. UNICEF has appealed for US$ 110 million to help children inside Syria, and for US$ 360 million to assist Syrian refugees living in border camps. All funds donated will be used to provide affected Syrian children and their families with safe water and sanitation, access to education, basic health and nutrition, and child protection services.

To make a donation on line, please visit www.unicef.or.th/supportus/en/newsPhoto.php?id=11.  You can also download a donation form from www.unicef.or.th/supportus/pdf/Donation%20Form_for%20Syria2013_Eng.pdf, or request a donation form from UNICEF at 02 356 9299. Donations can also be made via 7 Eleven outlets. Please mark “Donation for Syria” on the payment slip and once you have made your donation at the counter, please send the slip together with you name and address to UNICEF at
by post: 19 Phra Atit Road, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200
by Fax: 02 356 9229
by Email: psfrbangkok@unicef.org

For information on donation, please contact UNICEF at 02 356 9299, or email psfrbangkok@unicef.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Mark Thomas, UNICEF Thailand, Tel: 02 356 9481, 081 172 9902, mthomas@unicef.org

Heamakarn Sricharatchanya, UNICEF Thailand, Tel: 02 356 9230, 081 431 3323, hsricharatchanya@unicef.org

 

 
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