Lives of children at risk amid heavy fighting and floods in north-west Syria

Nearly 10,000 children fleeing floods in the area

03 January 2019
A child walks through a flooded camp in north-west Syria
UNICEF Syria
A child walks through a flooded camp in north-west Syria

AMMAN, 3 January 2019 – Children continue to pay the heaviest price due to the escalation in violence in northwest Syria. UNICEF received alarming reports of 80 people killed, including one child.

Many families are fleeing their homes as conflict intensifies, with no place to go but to already overcrowded camps hosting displaced families.

Floods swept through the area on 26 December, affecting nearly 10,000 children in Atmeh, Qah, Deir Ballut, Albab, Jisr Ashughur among other areas. Exposed to harsh winter weather and freezing temperature conditions, children’s lives are hanging by a thread.

The number of impacted children will increase if fighting continues and as more heavy rain is expected. Many of those children have been displaced, some multiple times.

“The suffering of children in northwest Syria has tripled due to this recent escalation of violence, harsh weather conditions and lack of safe refuge. UNICEF calls on all parties fighting in the area and elsewhere in Syria to protect children at all times and allow humanitarian workers to reach children and families in need with lifesaving supplies,” said Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director of UNICEF in the Middle East and North Africa.
 
UNICEF, with partners on the ground, continue to respond to the increasing needs of children and their families. Just today, UNICEF was able to send 13 trucks with lifesaving supplies to the area. The trucks were loaded with winter clothes, plastic sheets, fuel for heating, micronutrient supplies, high energy biscuits, Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) and tents for temporary classrooms. UNICEF’s partners on the ground are also monitoring health, nutrition and sanitation needs to prevent an outbreak of diseases.

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UNICEF Amman

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UNICEF New York

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On 10 December 2018 in the Syrian Arab Republic, a child in Douma, East Ghouta. The siege on East Ghouta, including Douma city, was lifted in April 2018 after almost seven years of besiegement and conflict. Douma is home to the largest population in East Ghouta with more than 250,000 people living amidst large scale urban destruction, wide contamination with explosive remnants of war and limited access to essential services.
On 10 December 2018 in the Syrian Arab Republic, a child in Douma, East Ghouta. The siege on East Ghouta, including Douma city, was lifted in April 2018 after almost seven years of besiegement and conflict. Douma is home to the largest population in East Ghouta with more than 250,000 people living amidst large scale urban destruction, wide contamination with explosive remnants of war and limited access to essential services.

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