Syria. Jacqui Southey UNICEF NZ. Syria. “As the eyes of the world focus on the mounting violence in Syria, we must not overlook the fact that while children are not responsible for this tragedy, they’re paying a terrible price,”
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Jacqui Southey UNICEF NZ
“As the eyes of the world focus on the mounting violence in Syria, we must not overlook the fact that while children are not responsible for this tragedy, they’re paying a terrible price,”
Children are losing their lives, losing their homes, losing their parents and losing their schooling. UNICEF supports people of conscience everywhere calling on all parties to do everything in their power to protect the innocents.”
Anthony Lake, Executive Director UNICEF
In early 2011 peaceful demonstrations took place with political activists demanding greater freedom for the people of Syria.
The Syrian Government reacted with violent crackdowns on Syrian civilians.
Since then retaliations have been going on between both sides – the Government and the Opposition (Free Syrian Army); leading to full blown civil war.
Thousands of innocent people including women and children are being affected.
Their lives are completely disrupted as they are forced to leave their homes in order to escape the fighting and search for safety.
More than 8 million people are currently affected by the violence, and rising.
IDP stands for Internally Displaced Person.
IDPs have fled their homes, businesses, jobs, towns, villages or cities, but still remain within the borders of their country.
Refugees are people who have fled their country.
Often it is in response to dangerous conditions, and many have to leave illegally and in secrecy.
Many refugees have little or no opportunity to take any belongings, they flee with just the clothes on their back and what they can carry.
Syrian refugees are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, especially the children. Many are wounded, exhausted, terrified and have health and nutrition problems.
We are working with partners to support the Syrian people affected by the conflict.
Children are our priority.
We are focusing on:
- WASH; Water Sanitation and Hygiene- Immunisation and Health - Education and Psychosocial Support - Nutrition - Child Protection
Providing safe drinking water.
Installing permanent latrines, bathing facilities, wash basins.
Installing mobile wash units, containing these facilities.
We are working to provide safe spaces and equipment to help Syrian children return to school.
Psychosocial support helps children to overcome the extreme trauma they have experienced, or continue to experience.
Play, art, education and counselling sessions in a safe environment are designed to help children return to a sense of normality.
Children are being screened for malnutrition in IDP and refugee camps.
Children found to be underweight are being treated with therapeutic food:
We are immunising children to protect them from two highly contagious and dangerous diseases; polio and measles.
Living in a refugee camp makes children more vulnerable to catching diseases.
For more information contact Jacqui Southey – UNICEF NZ