02 March 2023

Syria and Türkiye earthquakes: Impact on children and families

While the scale of the catastrophe is still emerging, the impact of the devastating earthquakes that struck Syria and Türkiye on 6 February is clear. Tens of thousands of people died following the initial earthquakes and aftershocks, with hundreds of thousands more left facing unimaginable hardship. The earthquakes have turned the lives of…, Aya and family displaced after the earthquakes, A girl sits on a mattress 6-year-old Aya, sits on a mattress in the sports centre in Lattakia, Syrian Arab Republic, where her family and hundreds of others have sought shelter after being displaced as a result of the earthquakes. 6-year-old Aya and her family have sought shelter in a sports centre in Lattakia after being displaced because of the…, Musa keeps dreaming of the earthquakes, Two boys sits inside a tent 6-year-old Musa and his 9-year-old brother Ammar pose for a photograph inside their family's makeshift tent in Jandairis, Syria. 6-year-old Musa was injured when a wall collapsed on him during the earthquake, forcing the family to flee and seek refuge in this temporary shelter. “I keep dreaming that I was sleeping in…, Raafat Abd al-Latif and family sheltering in the school where he worked as a teacher, A father and four children stand outside makeshift tents Accompanied by his four children, Raafat Abd al-Latif, 38, stands outside his tent in a temporary shelter on the grounds of the Industry School in Atarib, where he worked as a teacher in the west of Aleppo, Syria. Raafat Abd al-Latif, 38 years old, has four children. He and his family are…, The earthquakes destroyed Sabah’s home,   9-year-old Sabah from Syria fled her home with just the clothes on her back when the deadly earthquakes hit.   "We were sleeping, and we did not feel anything but then my brother woke my mom up. They started screaming so I got up. It was very scary, rainy and cold. I would have taken a jacket for me, a hat, and socks and shoes,” said Sabah. “I…, Bissan shares her experience and dreams for the future,   After the earthquakes, 10-year-old Bissan and her family spent the next days moving from one place to another. “Our house collapsed on that day. My siblings and I were horrified and we got behind my mother, who also feared for us. I hope somebody rebuilds our house because my father is dead, and there is no one to do so,” said Bissan. “I was…, Ghazi Faisal Mohammad and family survived the earthquakes,   Ghazi Faisal Mohammad, 42 years old, recounts their family’s ordeal during the earthquake. He has been displaced for 5 years to Jandairis, north of Aleppo. “It was about 4 am, we were sleeping when we felt that the earth was shaking, and we heard a great roar. It was a horrible sound. I had never heard such a sound in my entire life. We ran out…, About UNICEF, UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about…
22 February 2023

Delivering emergency supplies after Syria and Türkiye earthquakes

Two weeks after devastating earthquakes hit south-east Türkiye and Syria on 6 February 2023, children and families in affected areas experienced two additional large earthquakes of 6.4 and 5.8 magnitude. This resulted in further buildings collapsing and reports of more people killed and injured. As of 20 February, at least 41,100 deaths and more…, UNICEF in action,   UNICEF has shipped over 73 tons of emergency supplies to Syria and Türkiye from its global hubs in Copenhagen and Dubai, in addition to mobilizing supplies already pre-positioned in-country. Over the past two weeks, UNICEF has reached hundreds of thousands of people in earthquake-affected areas with life-saving supplies. These include high…, Loading supplies, Stack of boxes sits inside UNICEF warehouse Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 21, At the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen, Denmark, supplies are loaded onto trucks ready for dispatch., UNICEF/UN0780756/Mansour Stacks of boxes containing aid supplies Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 22, Aid supplies are readied for distribution to families impacted by the earthquakes in Afrin, northwest Syria., UNICEF/UN0786471/OCHA Stack of boxes sits inside UNICEF warehouse Stacks of boxes containing aid supplies, Supplies arriving in Syria, A group of people unloading a supply truck Staff members of UNICEF's implementing partner, Physicians across Continents (PAC), unload a truck carrying humanitarian supplies at their warehouse in northwest Syria., Hygiene kits, In Türkiye, critical supplies including hygiene kits have reached nearly 218,000 people including over 132,000 children.  A box containing hygiene kits More than 10,000 hygiene kits including soap, towel, toothbrush, toilet papers are dispatched by UNICEF from a warehouse in Istanbul, Türkiye to Adıyaman and Kahramanmaraş, two cities the…, Heaters and winter supplies, UNICEF is helping to dispatch more than 1,000 electrical heaters, as well items such as blankets and winter clothing to keep children and families warm. A smiling girl carrying a box Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 25, A girl is happy to have her blanket in the box at the temporary shelter set up for the survivors of the earthquake in Kahramanmaraş, Türkiye., UNICEF/UN0781425/Ölçe A worker stacking boxes in a warehouse Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 26, More than one thousand electrical heaters are being dispatched in a warehouse in Kazan, Ankara, coordinated by UNICEF., UNICEF/UN0781569/Ergen A smiling girl carrying a box A worker stacking boxes in a warehouse, Water supplies, In Syria, UNICEF has provided more than 800,000 litres of safe water through water trucking. Pre-positioned water and sanitation supplies were dispatched to almost 100,000 affected people in 74 reception centres within 48 hours of the earthquake. A boy stands in front of a water truck Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 26, 9-year-old Youssef stands in front of a water truck at a distribution point in the Almyassar neighbourhood of Aleppo city, Syria. “I came here to fetch water for my family,” says Youssef., UNICEF/UN0781305/Al-Asadi Children and families fill jerrycans with clean water Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 27, Children and families fill jerrycans with clean water at a distribution point in Almyassar neighbourhood, Aleppo city, Syria., UNICEF/UN0781306/Al-Asadi A boy stands in front of a water truck Children and families fill jerrycans with clean water, Health and nutrition support, UNICEF has deployed mobile Health and Nutrition teams to provide health and nutrition services. Through mobile clinics, UNICEF provides primary healthcare services, nutrition screenings, and nutrition supplements. A smiling girl holds small yellow boxes of nutrition supplements Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 27, 5-year-old Huda holds up boxes of nutrition supplements that were provided by a UNICEF-supported mobile clinic at Ahmad Shoman school in Lattakia, Syria., UNICEF/UN0786644/Haddad Staff members in a mobile clinic attending to families Syria-Turkiye Appeal 2023 - 28, A UNICEF-supported mobile clinic provides crucial health and nutrition services to families and children staying at the Ahmad Shoman school, which has been converted into a collective shelter in Lattakia, Syria., UNICEF/UN0786633/Haddad A smiling girl holds small yellow boxes of nutrition supplements Staff members in a mobile clinic attending to families, About UNICEF, UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about…