The Situation of Children in Syria

The Situation of Children in Syria

a boy holds a UNICEF assistance boxs
UNICEF / Syria 2017 / Delil Souleiman
13-year-old Moaz Afif receives winter clothes from UNICEF at the Mabrouka makeshift camp. Heavy attacks in Deir-ez-Zor forced Moaz and his family to flee their home three months ago, with few of their belonging or clothes. In the camp, he and many other children had to use blankets instead of coats to protect them from the winter cold. “I don’t care what the colour of the clothes I receive is, I'm just interested in getting warm” says Moaz who was forced to drop out of school when he was in grade 5 because of the conflict. “I don’t know how to write or read. I hope the war comes to an end so we can return to our homes and schools,” he adds. UNICEF is providing 151,000 internally displaced children under the age of 14 with sets of winter clothes in addition to 50,000 blankets to families displaced in the north-eastern governorates of Ar-Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Al-Hasakeh where winter conditions can be extremely challenging for families living in rudimentary Most families in these camps have little financial means to provide for their children’s winter needs. They lack heaters, heating fuel, blankets, mattresses and warm clothes. UNICEF works in coordination with other UN agencies to improve conditions for families and children in IDP camps.