Syria and region
Years of violence and rights violations have devastated millions of Syrian children. More than two-thirds of Syrians in the region do not have regular access to water and nearly 6 million children are in need of urgent life-saving assistance. Communities hosting refugees across the region are under extraordinary pressure.
UNICEF is responding to the urgent needs of children living in Syria and across the Middle East in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt.
Here journalists can access the latest news and resources on the situation for children and UNICEF’s regional response.
Contact our media teams in the Middle East and New York to speak to UNICEF experts.
Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, Syria
GENEVA, 20 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Briefing note on the situation of children in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, Syria
GENEVA, 16 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: children with disabilities at risk of exclusion
BEIRUT/AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 12 March 2018 – With no end in sight to the war in Syria, children with disabilities risk being excluded and forgotten.
UNHCR and UNICEF chiefs, on joint visit to Lebanon, call for more action to protect and empower Syrian refugee women and girls as world marks International Women’s Day
BEIRUT, 8 March 2018 – With women and girls making up more than half of the registered Syrian refugee population in Lebanon, and with nearly 40 per cent of refugee households in the country headed by women, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, called for stronger action to protect and empower women refugees.
Geneva Palais briefing note: Children in Syria
GENEVA, 2 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa– to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus
AMMAN, 20 February 2018- “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones”.
East Ghouta, another reminder that there is no respite from nightmare for children in Syria - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 February 2018 – “This week, dozens of children have reportedly been killed and many more injured by extreme and intensifying violence in several parts of Syria.
Geneva Palais briefing note: Nearly seven years since beginning of war in Syria, children continue to be killed, injured, displaced
GENEVA, 6 February 2018 – In the first month of this year, nearly 60 children were reportedly killed across Syria in relentless violence in East Ghouta, Damascus, Idlib and Afrin. Many more have been injured in the ongoing fighting.
Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa take a brutal toll on children - UNICEF
AMMAN, 5 February 2018 - “In this dark month of January, conflicts and violence in the Middle East and North Africa have once again taken a devastating toll on children. They were killed in ongoing conflicts, suicide attacks, or frozen to death as they fled active warzones.
'Is the world becoming numb to the killing of children in Syria?'
DAMASCUS, 26 January 2018 – “The grim tally of children killed in Syria in the past two weeks has increased daily as violence escalates in several areas across the country.
Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on Syrian children freezing to death while crossing from Syria to Lebanon
AMMAN, 20 January 2018 - “It is tragic that at least 12 Syrians including two children died in Eastern Lebanon near the Masna’ border crossing with Syria."
A bloody start to a new year in Syria
14 January 2018 – “At
a time when most parents are filled with the new year’s hope for their
children’s future, mothers and fathers in Syria are left grieving for the
children they have lost.
Intense violence in Syria’s East Ghouta shuts schools, deprives children of medical care - UNICEF
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 10 December 2017 – Continuing violence across East Ghouta, some 10km outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, has reportedly led to the closure of most schools in the area over the past month and stranded scores of children in need of medical evacuation.
Child malnutrition levels increase sharply in besieged Syrian town of East Ghouta
AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 29 November, 2017 – Violence, lack of humanitarian access and sky-rocketing food prices have worsened malnutrition among young children in besieged East Ghouta. Nearly 400,000 people – half of them are estimated to be children – remain trapped in the area which has been under siege since mid-2013.
UNICEF delivers lifesaving supplies to Syria’s East Ghouta as part of United Nations humanitarian convoy
AMMAN, 31 October 2017 – UNICEF participated yesterday in a United Nations humanitarian assistance convoy to two towns in the besieged area of East Ghouta, rural Damascus. These towns are Kafr Batna and Saqba.
1.5 million vulnerable children in the Middle East threatened as winter approaches
AMMAN, 26 October 2017 – The coming winter is the latest threat to children affected by crises in the Middle East. As UNICEF races to provide warm clothing, winter supplies and blankets before the cold sets in, the organisation is facing a $60 million gap that could leave up to 1.5 million children exposed to the cold.
Violence in al-Mayadin district, Deir ez-Zor, reportedly destroys cold room and vaccines
AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 12 October, 2017 – “UNICEF has received reports that ongoing violence in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria has destroyed a UNICEF-supported vaccine cold room in al-Mayadin district, with at least 140,000 doses of vaccines lost, including some planned for use in tackling vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in the area. UNICEF is currently verifying this alarming report.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra meets with Syrian children and youth in Jordan
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 September 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week where she met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict.
More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest - UNICEF
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way.
Displaced, disoriented and shocked, children from Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor need urgent assistance and protection
QAMISHLI, Syria, 25 August 2017 - “The impact of war on children across Syria continues to be staggering. Ongoing and heavy fighting has displaced thousands of families from Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zor.
More than 355,000 children under five years-old vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria
DAMASCUS, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria.
Abused, exploited and abandoned - Children caught up in violence in Mosul and conflicts in the region need immediate care and protection
AMMAN, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo meets Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 18 July 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.
UNICEF statement on Qatari contribution to the Syria crisis response
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 08 July 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes the announcement of a contribution from Qatar to provide assistance to children impacted by the conflict in Syria.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan available for interviews at G20 Summit
NEW YORK/HAMBURG, 3 July 2017 - Muzoon Almellehan will officially represent UNICEF at the G20 Summit. Muzoon, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, was appointed as UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador this past June. After fleeing Syria in 2013, Muzoon lived in refugee camps for three years during which time she began campaigning with UNICEF for the rights of children to education. She is a young, credible voice on education in emergencies.
EU Trust Fund contribution to UNICEF’s Syria crisis response reaches nearly €200 million
AMMAN/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 20 June 2017 - On World Refugee Day, the European Union has renewed its commitment to a generation of children affected by the war in Syria. Through a donation of an additional €90 million, UNICEF will be able to provide critical services and support to vulnerable children and young people in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
Severe funding gaps threaten assistance to 9 million children in Syria and neighbouring countries
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 16 June 2017- UNICEF-supported programmes for over 9 million children inside Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical US$220 million funding gap.
More than 40,000 children in the line of fire in Ar-Raqqa, Syria, as fighting intensifies
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 June 2017- “Heavy violence in the Syrian city of Ar-Raqqa is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children who remain trapped in extremely dangerous conditions. UNICEF has received alarming reports that at least 25 children have been killed and scores injured in the latest violence in Ar-Raqqa city.
From cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals in Syria, conflict threatens lives of over 24 million children in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.
Leo Messi Foundation helps UNICEF get Syrian children back into the classroom
Damascus/Buenos Aires, 2 May 2017 – UNICEF has installed 20 new prefabricated classrooms in Tartus, Syria, and rural areas of Damascus, thanks to a generous donation from the Leo Messi Foundation.
More than 150 children estimated to have died taking Central Mediterranean migration route this year - UNICEF
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 21 April 2017 – According to UNICEF estimates, more than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year. Yet the true number of child casualties is almost certainly higher given that many children on the move are unaccompanied, so their deaths often go unreported.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on reported child killings in Syria
NEW YORK/DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 16 April 2017 – “After six years of war and human carnage in Syria ... six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families... there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one. More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss.
At least 27 children killed in Idlib attack - UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 6 April 2017 – At least 27 children were confirmed killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria, UNICEF said today. A further 546 people, among them many children, have been injured. Casualty figures are expected to rise.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on reports of chemical weapons attacks on children and families in Syria
NEW YORK, 4 April 2017 - “The images of children choking and dying in the streets of Idlib, Syria, following alleged chemical weapons attacks, are as horrific as they are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, deploring continued attacks on children in Syria
AMMAN, 23 March 2017 –”As another round of peace talks starts in Geneva today, we are appalled that children throughout Syria continue to come under attack.
Hitting rock bottom: Children's suffering in Syria at its worst - UNICEF
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, urging all parties at Geneva talks to put Syria’s children first
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 23 February 2017 – "The heart-wrenching image of a young boy screaming for his father just minutes after losing both his legs in an apparent assault in Idlib last week is another brutal reminder that children continue to come under attack in Syria’s conflict."
Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere on reports of children killed and injured in Syria
AMMAN, 10 February 2017 – ”Violence in Syria this week has reportedly killed at least 20 children and injured others in several areas across the war-torn country.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of ICRC workers in Afghanistan and SARC workers in Syria
NEW YORK, 8 February 2017 – “We are saddened and outraged by the cruel killings today of six workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, and two workers for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Aleppo, Syria.
Two refugees, generations apart, tell their story in new UNICEF film
NEW YORK, 3 February 2017 – A powerful new UNICEF film presenting the parallel stories of a young Syrian refugee and a World War II child refugee was released today as a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face.
Schools in Syria rise from the rubble
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 31 January 2017 - In the past weeks, UNICEF has supported the re-opening of 23 primary schools in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, allowing nearly 6,500 children to return to school.
UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict and other crises
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 January 2017 – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the children of Deir Ez Zor
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 23 January 2017 – “Children living in the besieged city of Deir Ez Zor have come under intense attack in the past week.
Joint Statement on Syria- WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, WHO, UNHCR
DAVOS, Switzerland, January 16 2017– While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.
Update on water cuts in Syria
GENEVA, 6 January 2017 – Millions of people in Damascus and surrounding areas have been cut off from running water for two weeks. Fighting in and around Wadi Barada, on the outskirts of Damascus where the two primary water sources are located, has resulted in damages to the water network.
Winter is the latest threat to children living on the brink across the Middle East
AMMAN, 20 December 2016 – Unseasonably cold temperatures and winter weather are sweeping across the Middle East, threatening millions of children affected by crisis in the region. UNICEF is facing a $38 million funding gap as it races to provide life-saving assistance – including warm clothing, blankets and winter supplies - to children and families as the cold settles in.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the evacuation of children from an orphanage in East Aleppo
AMMAN, 19 December 2016 – "This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration."
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children trapped in Aleppo
NEW YORK, 16 December 2016 – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the children of Aleppo
AMMAN, 13 December 2016 - “As violence continues to escalate in Aleppo today, thousands of children are suffering in silence, and coming under brutal attack as the world watches.
Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Hanaa Singer, on the deteriorating situation for children in Aleppo and across the country
ALEPPO/DAMASCUS, 7 December 2016 – "I have just travelled back from Aleppo where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.
Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere to the Security Council on the Situation of Children in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 30 November 2016 – “Thank you, Mr. President, distinguished members, ladies and Gentlemen.
Half a million children live under siege in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 27 November 2016 – As violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year. Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services.
Stop bombing schools and hospitals, says UNICEF
AMMAN, 21 November 2016 – “It has been a horrific week for Syria’s children – living and dying under the relentless bombardment of schools, homes and hospitals.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson meets with Syrian children and youth in Jordan
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 10 November 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week, along with his eldest son Micheal, where he met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict - now close to its sixth year.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria on the killings of children at a kindergarten in Harasta, Rural Damascus
DAMASCUS, 6 November 2016 - “A kindergarten was reportedly hit in an attack today in the town of Harasta, in Rural Damascus, a few kilometres from the capital, killing at least four children and injuring many more.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on multiple attacks on schools in Syria
NEW YORK, 27 October 2016 – “Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 26 October 2016 – “Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria.
Children in war-torn Syria risk their lives to go to school
DAMASCUS/ GENEVA, 21 October 2016- With the start of the school year in Syria, over 1.7 million children remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on children killed in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 14 October 2016 - “Yesterday’s attack near the Hatem Al Taai primary school in Aleppo city killed four children and injured three others. The children were on their way to school in the morning hours when mortars hit the area.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attack on a school in Daraa
DAMASCUS, 12 October 2016 - “UNICEF deplores yesterday’s attack on the “That al-Netaqeen” primary school in the city of Daraa which killed five school children, aged between four and 16, and left 15 other children injured. The conflict in Syria has plummeted to such lows that children are now risking their lives just to attend school.
"The murder of the innocents in Aleppo must stop" - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – “In Aleppo, 96 children killed and 223 children injured in merciless attacks this week alone. Each one, a daughter or a son.
Children in Aleppo trapped in “living nightmare” - UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth
NEW YORK, 28 September 2016 – At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attacks and deliberate water cuts in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 23 September 2016 – “Nearly 2 million people in Aleppo are once again with no running water through the public network.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on attack on humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – “All those with a conscience must condemn the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo that killed and injured humanitarian workers.
EU-UNICEF partnership helps address learning and protection needs of children and youth affected by the Syria crisis
AMMAN, Jordan/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 19 September 2016 – As a new school year gets under way across the Middle East, a major injection of funds from the European Union is boosting efforts to provide learning opportunities and protection to hundreds of thousands of children and youth who have fled the Syria conflict.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the humanitarian pause in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 26 August 2016 - “Today is another sad and dangerous day for the children in Syria, in particular those living in Aleppo.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the situation of children in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 19 August 2016 –“What human being can see the stunned suffering of Omran Dagneesh, the small boy rescued from a destroyed building in Aleppo, Syria, and not feel an overwhelming sense of empathy?
Taps run dry for 2 million people as fighting intensifies in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria, 9 August 2016 – Two million people in Aleppo are left with no access to running water through the public network, as escalation of attacks and fighting damaged electricity networks essential to pump water supplies throughout the city.
UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Saad Houry, calls for the protection of all children in Aleppo
AMMAN, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF is extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of all children caught up in the escalating violence in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Syria Representative, on attacks in Qamishli and Idlib
DAMASCUS, 28 July 2016 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s shocking attack which reportedly killed more than 50 people, including many children, in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli. Local hospitals are overwhelmed treating more than 150 injured people. UNICEF is informed that 32 children are being treated at the main hospital in Qamishli city, many with serious injuries.
UNICEF Statement on attacks on hospitals in Aleppo city
AMMAN, 26 July 2016 – “Four hospitals in eastern Aleppo city – al-Dakkak, al-Bayan, al-Hakim and al-Zahraa – and a blood blank were reportedly hit several times on 23 and 24 July disrupting key life-saving health services for up to 300,000 civilians.
UNICEF on Syria: "Absolutely nothing justifies attacks on children”
DAMASCUS, Syria, 20 July 2016 – “This week in Syria, more than 20 children were reportedly killed in air strikes in Manbij and a 12-year-old boy was brutally murdered on-camera in Aleppo.
UNICEF-UNRWA condemn bombing of child friendly space in Khan Eishieh Camp in Syria
Amman/Damascus, 5 July 2016- The latest attack on Khan Eishieh Refugee Camp, home to Palestinian refugees and internally displaced Syrians, is the latest example in the Syria conflict of the inhumane disregard for life, particularly that of children and infrastructure on which they depend.
UNICEF Statement on the Killings of Children in Deir-ez-Zor, eastern Syria
AMMAN, 26 June 2016 - According to UNICEF’s local partners in Syria, 25 children were reportedly killed yesterday in air-strikes on al-Quriyah town, in the eastern countryside of Deir-ez-Zor.
UNICEF official: Attacks on medical facilities in Syria "should shake the moral compass of the world."
AMMAN, 8 June, 2016 – “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be taken out of incubators because of attacks on hospitals.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin traveled to Lebanon to meet refugee children who have fled Syria conflict
BEIRUT, 3 June 2016 - World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.
Vaccination campaign at risk as fighting intensifies in Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 2 June 2016 - “As fighting and violence escalate across Syria, we risk losing the opportunity to vaccinate and save the lives of more than one million children.
Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day – according to UNICEF analysis released ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.
Statement by Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 29 April 2016 - We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.
UNICEF launches “Unfairy Tales” of refugee and migrant children
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016 -- UNICEF today launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.
More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 March 2016 – Today, 102 humanitarian agencies urged sustained and unconditional humanitarian access to all Syrians.
1 in 3 Syrian children has grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point – UNICEF
AMMAN/NEW YORK, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 306,000 children born as refugees since 2011.
Water restored to Aleppo after a 48-days deliberate shutdown of water facility
DAMASCUS, 6 March 2016 – The resumption of operations on 4 March of the al-Khafseh water treatment facility is critical for the lives and well-being of more than two million people.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Syria
HOMS, SYRIA – 1 March 2016 – “I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war. My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two years of suffering ago. Now, the cessation of hostilities offers the Syrian people the possibility of peace.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Syria
NEW YORK, 22 February, 2016 - For Syria’s children, today’s agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities is welcome news after five years of brutal conflict. UNICEF welcomes this diplomatic progress. Now it must be matched by action.
Strikes against children in a hospital in Syria - Statement by the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 15 February, 2016 – We at UNICEF are appalled by reports of attacks against four medical facilities in Syria – two of which were supported by UNICEF. One is a child and maternal hospital where children were reportedly killed and scores evacuated.
Humanitarian ceasefire and access to Syrian civilians urgently needed – aid agencies
NEW YORK, 10 February 2016 -160 humanitarian agencies are appealing for immediate ceasefire and unimpeded, sustained access to bring lifesaving relief to those affected by worsening violence in Syria.
US$1.4 billion needed to get every Syrian child back in school, say aid agencies
AMMAN, Jordan, 2 February 2016 – The future of a generation of Syrian children and youth is in jeopardy unless donors meeting in London this week prioritise the funding needed to get them back to school, say aid agencies leading the response to the brutal conflict ravaging the country.
UNICEF participates in Supporting Syria and the Region conference
AMMAN, 1 February, 2016 - UNICEF experts will be available to speak to media at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference.
UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
An appeal to end the suffering in Syria
NEW YORK, 21 January, 2016 - More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on the besieged area of Madaya
DAMASCUS, Syria, 15 January 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the access granted to trapped children this week and can confirm that cases of severe malnutrition were found among children in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya following our participation in the second joint UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent/ICRC humanitarian mission to the area on Thursday*.
UNICEF and WHO appeal for the lifting of siege on communities in Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 14 January 2016 – “This week’s delivery of urgently-needed humanitarian supplies* to the besieged communities of Madaya, Foua’a and Kafraya is a welcome step for a population in desperate need.
UNICEF plans to reach 2.6 million Syrian children with winter supplies and cash assistance
AMMAN, Jordan, 7 December 2015 – Another harsh winter is looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on airstrikes against the Al-Khafsa water treatment facility in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria, 1 December 2015 - “In Syria, the rules of war, including those meant to protect vital civilian infrastructure, continue to be broken on a daily basis.
Safer learning for more than 2 million children caught in Syrian conflict
NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 1 October 2015 – More than 2 million children whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in Syria will have better access to education in safe environments through an agreement signed today by the European Union (EU) and UNICE
Conflicts, instability uproot over 4.5 million children in 5 countries: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 – Conflicts and instability in five countries alone have uprooted at least 4.5 million children, UNICEF said on the eve of a United Nations high-level meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis.
Statement on killings of children in Syria, attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria, 28 September 2015 – “As violence increases in Syria, UNICEF once again reiterates its call on all parties to immediately stop indiscriminate attacks in civilian populated areas in accordance with International Humanitarian Law.
Mortar attacks which killed children in Aleppo “reprehensible” -- UNICEF
DAMASCUS, 16 September 2015 - “UNICEF condemns, in the strongest terms, yesterday’s mortar attacks on civilian areas of Aleppo which reportedly killed at least 19 children including six in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space.
Millions of children across conflict-hit Syria deprived of education
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, Syria, 15 September 2015 - As children around the world return to school, there are more than two million in Syria who will not be able to join them. According to UNICEF, another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as a result of conflict, violence and displacement.
UNICEF urges European leaders to quickly turn new commitments for refugees and migrants into action for children
NEW YORK, 11 September 2015 - UNICEF welcomes increasing commitments by European leaders to support refugees and migrants – commitments that should now trigger urgent action by all EU Member States to fully protect children.
Child refugee crisis in Europe will only grow if humanitarian needs in Syria and the region are not met, warns UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 September 2015 – The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence, says UNICEF today.
Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, Jordan, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.
Severe water shortages compound the misery of millions in war-torn Syria - says UNICEF
AMMAN, Jordan, 25 August 2015- Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains.
Water cuts in Aleppo threaten children amid intense heat wave
DAMASCUS, Syria, 22 July 2015 – The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts. The disruption to piped water supplies – which in some cases was deliberately implemented by parties to the conflict - increased the risk of water-borne disease especially among children.
Millions of children in Syria at high risk of disease amid water scarcity and summer heat
DAMASCUS, 10 July 2015 – Dwindling supplies of safe drinking water during Syria’s scorching summer months are exposing children to the threat of water-borne diseases, UNICEF warns.
Urgent action needed to tackle child labour caused by Syrian Crisis: Save the Children and UNICEF
AMMAN, 2 July 2015 - The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an ever increasing number of children into exploitation in the labour market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the Children and UNICEF.
UNICEF welcomes latest Kuwait donation for children of Syria
NEW YORK, 12 June 2015 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from the generous US$45 million donation made by the Government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today. This brings Kuwait’s total donations to UNICEF in just three years to US$134.5 million to support the humanitarian response for Syrian children.
Salma Hayek visits Lebanon with UNICEF to raise funds for Syrian refugees through Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE Campaign
NEW YORK, 27 April 2015 - Hayek visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon on April 25 to draw attention to the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families whose lives have been upended by the brutal conflict in Syria over the last four years. Across the region, UNICEF estimates that 14 million children have been affected and are at risk of becoming a lost generation, including 2.6 million children who are no longer in school, and close to two million who are living as refugees in neighboring countries.
Measles vaccination campaign aims to immunize over 2.6 million Syrian children
DAMASCUS, Syria, 24 April 2015 - A 10-day measles immunization campaign is underway in Syria to protect children from this deadly disease. Launched on 19 April, the campaign is aimed at children between six months and five years of age. Vaccination will be provided in 1,209 health centres, and nearly 6,000 health staff and mobile teams are participating in the campaign.
As Syria conflict enters a fifth year, what does it take to end the crisis and end the suffering?
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ROME/AMMAN, 13 March 2015 - “The appalling crisis in Syria is entering a fifth year. A crisis that continues to exact an unconscionable human cost. A crisis that the international community has failed to stop.
14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 12 March 2015 – Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.
UNICEF Steps Up Assistance for Syrian Children Affected by the Bitter Winter Sweeping through the Middle East
GENEVA/AMMAN, 13 January 2015 – Amidst the harshest conditions of the winter so far, UNICEF has delivered warm clothing, blankets, heating supplies, cash and vouchers to more than 900,000 children in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
New Year in Syria offers little chance of children's education as schools remain targets of conflict
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, 6 January 2015 – Continuing conflict and the recent closure of some schools in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zour governorates and parts of rural Aleppo in Syria is believed to have disrupted education for 670,000 children of primary and lower high school age, said UNICEF today.
Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan - 2015-16
AMMAN, December 18, 2014 - “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.
Children’s winter needs are greater than ever in Middle East but limited access and funds hamper UNICEF response
AMMAN/GENEVA, 14 November 2014 – As seasonal cold winds, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures close in on conflict-torn parts of the Middle East, UNICEF and partners have begun the distribution of warm clothes and other winter items to ensure that one million of the most vulnerable children are kept warm and healthy.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative for Syria on attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in Eastern Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria, 7 November 2014 – The attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in the district of Qaboun in eastern Damascus on Wednesday killed 11 children and injured many more – yet another horrific reminder of the terrible price Syria’s children are paying in a brutal conflict now well into its fourth year.
UNICEF supplies reach children displaced by fighting in Ain Al Arab/Kobane
ALEPPO Syria, 21 October 2014 - Lifesaving UNICEF supplies including hygiene kits, blankets, water and high energy biscuits have been delivered to northern Aleppo where thousands of children from the besieged Syrian border city of Ain Al Arab/Kobane have taken refuge.
UNICEF welcomes release of 70 Kurdish children
GENEVA / DAMASCUS, 3 October 2014 - “UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 days of captivity. These children were kidnapped on 29 May 2014 while traveling from their home-town of Ai’n Al Arab in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo to take their final school examinations.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on double bombing in Homs
DAMASCUS, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.
Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.
Increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – Over the last year, an additional 770,000 children affected by the Syria crisis benefitted from some form of education and almost 660,000 children received psychological support.
No Lost Generation Initiative: One Year On
NEW YORK, 23 September, 2014 - Press briefing following a high-level meeting on the No Lost Generation Initiative. Progress and achievements of the initiative to date and the objectives for 2014/15, plus major new donor commitments will be announced.
Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, northern Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 17 September 2014 - “UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children occurred in areas where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.
Mass global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region
AMMAN/CAIRO, 22 July 2014 – In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds.
Agencies welcome UN Security Council Resolution on humanitarian access in Syria
NEW YORK/ROME, 16 July, 2014 -- We welcome Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria, which should enable us to reach up to 2.9 million more people with vital aid. This resolution represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need.
Number of Syrian children in need increased by 2 million while UNICEF’s funding crisis looms
AMMAN, 5 July 2014 – Well into the fourth year of the Syrian crisis, its impact on children is becoming ever more devastating, newly-released United Nations data shows.
UNICEF statement on killing of school girls in Rural Homs
DAMASCUS, 2 July 2014 – UNICEF is appalled at the senseless deaths of four young girls who were killed by a mortar explosion as they left their school in Homs governorate earlier this week (29 June).
One month on, UNICEF calls for immediate and safe return of abducted school boys in Syria
AMMAN, 1 July 2014 – “UNICEF is following with grave concern the situation of some 140 Kurdish schoolboys between 14 and 16 years old who were reportedly kidnapped in northern Syria last month by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Lowest rainfall in over 50 years is latest threat to children in Syria and region
AMMAN/GENEVA, 6 June 2014 – Parts of Syria are suffering their lowest levels of rainfall in more than half a century, placing more than 4 million children in the war-torn country at even greater risk, UNICEF warned today. The agency said its own work aimed at mitigating the region’s worsening water and sanitation crisis is only 20 per cent funded for 2014.
UNICEF Syria statement on killing of children in Hama and Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 4 May 2014 – UNICEF calls on all parties to the Syrian conflict to stop the continuous spiral of deadly violence, which is taking an unacceptable toll on civilians, particularly children.
UNICEF condemns latest attacks on children in Syria
AMMAN, 30 April 2014 – UNICEF is outraged by the latest wave of indiscriminate attacks perpetrated against schools and other civilian targets across Syria which left dozens of children killed and injured.
Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria
NEW YORK, GENEVA, ROME, 23 April 2014 - One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance: Enough, we said, enough!
UNICEF condemns attack on school in Damascus, Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.
UNICEF welcomes new Kuwait donation for children of Syria
NEW YORK, 7 April 2014 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from a generous US$ 34.5 million donation by the government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today.
Statement by UNICEF Syria on Reported Deaths of Children in Recent Violence
DAMASCUS, 4 April 2014 - The reported killing of 11 children in two separate attacks this week in Rural Damascus and in Al Qalamoun Mountains in Syria is a horrific and tragic reminder of the human cost of the conflict inflicted by all sides in the fighting.
Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children
BEIRUT, 15 March 2014 – As the crisis in Syria reaches the end of another year of brutal violence today, five of the world’s leading aid organizations say that the three-year old conflict has devastated the lives of millions of children and young people – and a generation is at risk of being lost forever.
European parliamentarians mark third year of Syrian conflict and mobilize for children of Syria
STRASBOURG, France, 12 March 2014 - Leading Members of the European Parliament today joined ‘No Lost Generation’, the global initiative launched by UNICEF and other organisations to mark the third year of the Syrian conflict, with a call on world leaders to support the children of Syria.
Number of children suffering more than doubles in third year of Syria conflict
AMMAN, Jordan/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 11 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published today. Particularly hard hit are up to a million children who are trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence.
Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.
UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs
HOMS, Syria, 11 February 2014 – At least 500 women and children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
UNICEF statement on Report of the UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic
NEW YORK, 5 February 2014 – The first report of the UN Secretary General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic provides a chilling account of the brutality and abuses that children have suffered for nearly three years, and a clear reminder of why this horrific conflict must end.
UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014
Media Advisory: UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014
Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, on car bombing in Al-Kafat, Syria
Damascus, 10 January 2014 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s car bombing near a school in Al-Kafat village, Hama governorate, in which as many as 20 people were reportedly killed and around 100 reportedly injured. Although details of the attack are still filtering out, many children from Al-Kafat school -- less than 100 metres away from the blast -- are believed to be among the dead and injured. A number of children had just finished exams and were leaving the school to return to their homes when the car bomb was detonated.
Secretary-General supports Children of Syria as No Lost Generation initiative launched
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon today added his support to a campaign led by UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF that calls for Champions for the Children of Syria as part of the new No Lost Generation strategy.
Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.
UNICEF to receive €18 million from EU for Syrian crisis
BRUSSELS, 19 December 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Wednesday signed a major contribution agreement with the European Union for €18 million to deliver vitally needed aid to children directly affected by the Syrian crisis.
Statement on the reported killing of children in Aleppo; attributable to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Amman, December 16, 2013 - UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo that may have killed as many as 28 children.
UNICEF ramps up aid to children as winter storm hits Lebanon
Beirut, 12 December 2013 – UNICEF ramps up aid to children as the first winter storm hits Lebanon. Over 110,000 of refugee children and their families face extreme weather conditions as increasingly dire conditions are reported at informal tented settlements and collective shelters. Families are running out of fuel to keep children warm and ramshackle tents are buckling under the weight of the falling snow.
Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”
GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 December 2013 - The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today.
Polio immunization campaign kicked off in the State of Palestine as part of massive regional efforts
GAZA, 9 December 2013 - Joining efforts to stop a polio outbreak in Syria from spreading across the region, UNICEF is supporting Palestinian Ministry of Health partners to immunize up to 630,000 children aged five years and younger against polio.
EU donates additional € 10 million to UNICEF for education of children in Syria
Brussels, 9 December 2013 - The European Union has given an additional € 10 million to UNICEF to support access to education for vulnerable and displaced children in Syria.
UN Humanitarian chiefs strongly condemn attacks on medical personnel and facilities by all parties to the Syria conflict
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 - We strongly condemn attacks on health and any other civilian facilities in Syria and are deeply concerned by the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical supplies.
UNICEF supplies reach conflict-affected areas of Syria as part of large UN convoy
Damascus, 15 November 2013 – A joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy successfully crossed the lines of conflict to deliver much needed emergency supplies to around 42,000 people in Syria’s besieged Homs governorate.
Over 20 million children to be vaccinated in Syria and neighbouring countries against polio, say WHO and UNICEF
GENEVA, NEW YORK, 8 November 2013 – The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East is under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly.
Match Lebanon's commitment to Syrian refugee children with global investment in nation's public services: UNICEF Executive Director
BEIRUT, 1 November 2013 - Lebanon's generosity in supporting more than 400,000 refugee children from Syria should be matched by further international investment in public services such as education, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake as he ended a visit to the country.
UNICEF and senior Syrian officials agree on urgency of reaching more war-affected children, as UNICEF Executive Director visits Syria
DAMASCUS, 29 October 2013 - Following 'businesslike and encouraging' discussions, senior Syrian officials and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake agreed on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of war-torn Syria with life-saving vaccines, including those against polio, as Mr Lake ended a two-day visit to Damascus.
Millions of children in Syria and region to be vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps and rubella
AMMAN, GENEVA, 25 October 2013 - As Syria awaits confirmation of suspected polio cases in the east of the country, UNICEF has joined the World Health Organisation and other partners in mounting a large-scale immunisation effort aimed at protecting as many children as possible both in the country and across the region against polio, as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases.
UNICEF airlifts humanitarian supplies for conflict-affected children in Syria
DAMASCUS, 24 October 2013 – A UNICEF charter plane carrying urgently-needed vaccines and complementary food for children in Syria has arrived in Beirut. Supplies will be moved by truck into Syria.
Additional US$45 million contribution to Syria’s children, as EU becomes largest donor to UNICEF appeal
NEW YORK, 24 September 2013 – UNICEF and the European Union (EU) signed a new cooperation agreement today that provides an additional US$45 million (€ 34. 2 million) to protect children affected by the Syria crisis and promote access to learning in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
Action needed now to reach and protect children trapped by Syria conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - The plight of civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria is becoming increasingly desperate, and more efforts are needed now to enable the humanitarian access that will safeguard thousands of children’s lives, said UNICEF.
Amidst conflict, UNICEF boosts efforts to get children in Syria back to learning
Damascus, 15 September 2013 – As the new school year starts in Syria today, many children face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. Now in its third year, the conflict has left almost 4,000 schools – or around one in five – damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families.
Syria conflict leaves invisible scars on children
AMMAN/GENEVA, 10 September 2013 – Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars, UNICEF said today.
Return to learning vital for children amid Syria crisis
AMMAN, 6 September 2013 - Since last school year, almost two million Syrian children have dropped out of school, nearly 40 per cent of all pupils registered in grades 1 to 9. One million Syrian children are now refugees and helping them back to school is proving challenging.
UNICEF Continues Massive Humanitarian Operation for Syria’s Children
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.
Critical supplies for Syrian refugee children airlifted to Erbil
ERBIL, Iraq, 1 September 2013 – A plane carrying 100 tonnes of UNICEF emergency supplies to assist Syrian refugee children and families arrived this evening in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
A million refugee children mark shameful milestone in Syria crisis
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 August 2013 – With Syria’s war well into its third year, the number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million.
Statement attributable to UNICEF on alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria
NEW YORK, 21 August 2013 – “The reports of attacks on civilians, presumably including children, on the outskirts of Damascus are deeply disturbing.
Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo
AMMAN/DAMASCUS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 July 2013 – UNICEF and partners have just completed the delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria.
UNICEF: Summer heat adds to perils facing children of Syria
AMMAN, 21 June 2013 – Soaring summer temperatures, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are the latest threats facing some 4 million children affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF concerned about reports of children trapped in Qusayr
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about the safety of civilians in the embattled city of Qusayr in Syria and fears that thousands of children and women could be trapped there by fighting.
UNICEF reaches some of the heaviest conflict areas in Syria
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 17 May 2013 – Despite heavy fighting, UNICEF and partners have provided life-saving supplies over the last week to some of the hardest to reach areas in Syria, including Aleppo and Al Houla, as well as children and women who fled recent violence in Al Bayda and Baniyas.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, May 5, 2013 – “UNICEF is appalled and outraged by the latest reported killings in Al Bayda and Baniyas.
Mass vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid measles outbreaks
AMMAN/GENEVA, 30 April 2013 – UNICEF and partners have stepped up vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid a number of measles outbreaks in a region already struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people affected by the Syrian crisis.
UNICEF: Emergency supplies for women and children reach Aleppo and Homs
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 19 April 2013 – UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to the difficult to reach embattled northern city of Aleppo, while a separate mission this week brought much needed emergency supplies for children and women in Talbiseh near Homs, one of the hardest hit conflict areas in Syria.
Mass measles and polio immunization campaign starts in Jordan
AMMAN, 17 April 2013 – Amid rising concern over the risk of disease outbreaks, a mass vaccination campaign has been launched at Za’atari refugee camp, where over 100,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded conditions.
UNICEF thanks Kuwait for US$53 million in urgent assistance to the children of Syria
NEW YORK, 16 April 2013 – UNICEF today welcomed the Government of Kuwait's contribution of US$53 million that will serve as an urgently needed lifeline for millions of Syrian children.
Appeal by heads of leading UN humanitarian agencies for the people of Syria
Joint Statement - We, leaders of UN agencies charged with dealing with the human costs of this tragedy, appeal to political leaders involved to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region.
Japan provides $1.5 million to assist Syrian refugee children in Iraq
Baghdad, 10 April 2013 – The Government of Japan has contributed $1.5 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) emergency response to Syrian refugee children and women in Iraq.
Painful choices - funding gap threatens refugee response in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 9 April 2013 - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and partner UN agencies and NGOs today warned that lack of funding is forcing to cut basic programmes and humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
British Royals see how UNICEF makes a difference to Syrian children’s lives in Jordan
AMMAN, 13 March 2013 – In the week marking two years since the crisis in Syria began, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a refugee camp in Jordan and met families who have fled the fighting.
A generation of Syrian children at risk as conflict enters third year - UNICEF
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The unrelenting violence, massive population displacement, and damage to infrastructure and essential services caused by the Syrian conflict risk leaving an entire generation of children scarred for life, according to a UNICEF report issued today.
Syria conflict depriving hundreds of thousands of children of their education
AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 5 March 2013 – Almost two years into the Syria crisis, the escalating level of violence is threatening the education of hundreds of thousands of children, a UNICEF assessment says.
UNICEF begins delivery of water treatment supplies for 10 million people in Syria
AMMAN, 4 February 2013 – A large-scale operation is under way in Syria to secure safe water supplies for more than 10 million people – close to half the population, UNICEF said today.
Syria: Some 210,000 children in Homs need urgent humanitarian assistance, UNICEF says following UN mission
GENEVA/AMMAN, 1 February 2013 – A United Nations joint mission to the western Syrian governorate of Homs has found that 420,000 people, half of whom are children, need immediate humanitarian assistance.
UN agencies and NGOs call for appropriate feeding of infants and young children in the Syria emergency
AMMAN/NEW YORK, 28 January 2013 – Four UN agencies and two NGOs today strongly urged those involved in the response to the Syria crisis and people displaced in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey to avoid unnecessary illness and death in children...
UN Emergency Directors shocked by appalling plight of people in Syria
BEIRUT, 22 January 2013 - OCHA Operations Director John Ging and Emergency Directors from six other UN humanitarian agencies spoke today of what they...
Statement on Syria by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis
Statement - 18 January 2013
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to meet Syrian refugees in Lebanon
NEW YORK, 11 January 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will visit Lebanon next week to meet refugees from the conflict in Syria...
Severe weather worsens problems for Syrian children in northern Jordan refugee camp
ZA’ATARI CAMP, JORDAN, 10 January 2013 – Severe weather conditions across northern Jordan – including heavy rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures...
Humanitarian agencies appeal for US$1 billion as Syrian refugee exodus grows
GENEVA, 19 December 2012 – The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, and its partners today appealed to international donors for US$1 billion to support refugees...
Amid conflict and displacement, Syrian children receive lifesaving vaccinations
DAMASCUS, 7 December 2012 – An emergency vaccination campaign is under way in Syria to protect young children against measles and polio, diseases that...
UNICEF Statement on school shelling near Damascus
Statement - 5 December 2012
UNICEF readies winter supplies for Syria crisis
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 23 November 2012 – UNICEF is urgently mobilizing more than 100,000 children’s clothing kits and around 160,000...
Looming threat of winter key concern among Syrian refugees
MAFRAQ, Jordan, 15 October 2012 – UNICEF is accelerating plans to help children and families displaced by the Syria crisis deal with the coming winter...
UNICEF to reach more Syrian children and families
AMMAN, 9 October 2012 – UNICEF is expanding its operation within Syria and in the countries affected by the Syrian crisis to cope with the growing needs of...
UNICEF, partners in race to assist displaced & refugee Syrian children return to learning
AMMAN, 17 September 2012 – Children across Syria are returning to school this week for the start of the new academic year, but they do so in a state of
As refugee crisis escalates, Syrian children in Jordan need urgent support
AMMAN, 27 August 2012 – UNICEF is urgently appealing for additional funds to meet the emergency health, protection, and water and sanitation needs of...
Children bearing the brunt of the Syrian conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 3 August 2012 – As violence engulfs many parts of Syria, UNICEF is alarmed that children continue to bear the greatest brunt of the tragedy...
UNICEF scales up response amid spike in Syrian refugee children and families reaching Jordan
AMMAN, 29 July 2012 – With intensified conflict in Syria causing a dramatic increase in the number of Syrian children and families fleeing to Jordan, UNICEF...
UNICEF response amid the ongoing violence in Syria
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 21 July 2012 - Despite the upsurge in fighting in Damascus and elsewhere in Syria this week, UNICEF is continuing to deliver essential aid...
Syria refugee crisis requires urgent funding to scale up response for children -- UNICEF
AMMAN/GENEVA, 29 June 2012 – UNICEF urgently requires $14.4 million to meet the emergency needs of a growing number of Syrian refugee children...
UN and partners appeal for $193 million to help Syrian refugees
GENEVA, 28 June 2012 - UN humanitarian agencies and partner organizations appealed on Thursday for urgent new funds to help meet the needs of growing...
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on the latest killings of children in Syria
Statement - 9 June 2012
UNICEF outraged by child massacre in Syria
Statement - 26 May 2012
UNICEF calls for the protection of children affected by crisis in Syria
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.
UNICEF steps up its response to children affected by the crisis in Syria
GENEVA / AMMAN, 23 March 2012 — As the impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria ripples across the region, UNICEF has unveiled plans to address...
UNICEF denounces killings of children, women in Syrian city of Homs
AMMAN, 12 March 2012 – UNICEF today denounced the reported killing of children and women whose bodies were found in the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Syria following the report of the independent international commission of inquiry
Statement - 23 February 2012
UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in Bangkok on the Human Rights Council Resolution on the human rights situation in Syria
Statement - 2 December 2011
UNICEF alarmed about reported extreme violence against children in Syria
Statement - 31 May 2011
Statement by Shahida Azfar, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on unrest in the region
Statement - 24 March 2011
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits Syrian Arab Republic
DAMASCUS, 29 June 2009 – On the first visit ever of a UNICEF Executive Director to the Syrian Arab Republic, Ann M. Veneman met with Syrian President...
Syrian Arab Red Crescent and UNICEF agree on humanitarian support to Iraqi children refugees
SYRIA, 9 July 2007 – The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and UNICEF Syria signed a cooperation agreement providing humanitarian support to children and women refugees from Iraq.
WHO-UNICEF multi-country infant and young child feeding workshop in Damascus
DAMASCUS, 10 May 2007– A four-day regional workshop initiated by WHO and UNICEF ended today with agreement to significantly...