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Nearly Nine Years of Conflict in Syria Have Robbed Boys and Girls of Their Childhood And Subjected Them to “Unabated Violations of Their Rights”

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Nearly nine years of conflict in Syria have robbed boys and girls of their childhood and subjected them to “unabated violations of their rights”, including being killed, maimed, displaced, forced to fight or subjected to torture, rape and sexual slavery. The findings come in the latest report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, released on Thursday [16 January 2020]. (*).

©UNICEF/Bakr Alkasem |Children stand in the courtyard of a school-turned shelter in Ar-Raqqa, in Syria.

“I am appalled by the flagrant disregard for the laws of war and the Convention on the Rights of the Child by all parties involved in the conflict”, said Commission chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro.

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‘Nearly 300,000 Syrians Displaced from Idlib, Syria, since mid-December’

Amidst concern for the safety and protection of more than three million civilians in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave, the UN’s most senior humanitarian and political affairs officials briefed the Security Council on Syria behind closed doors on Friday [3 January 2020]. (*).

© UNICEF/Abdallah aad | Children help their displaced families in Idlib governorate build shelters for protection against the cold at an informal settlement in Killi, near the border with Turkey.
Following the recent escalation of hostilities on the ground in the country’s northwest, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, painted a dire picture of the deteriorating conditions.

‘With More than 5 Million Children in Need of Humanitarian Assistance Inside Syria, the Scale, Severity and Complexity of the Crisis Is Staggering’ – UNICEF

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This is a summary of what was said by Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Syria. Children stand on the back of a truck.

GENEVA, 21 November 2019 (UNICEF)* — “With more than 5 million children in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 2.6 million internally displaced children: the scale, severity and complexity of the crisis is staggering.

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How the US Regime ‘Justifies’ the Theft of Syria’s Oil

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By Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service*

On 26 Oct, the New York Times headlined “Keep the Oil’: Trump Revives Charged Slogan for New Syria Troop Mission” and opened by saying that “in recent days, Mr. Trump has settled on Syria’s oil reserves as a new rationale for appearing to reverse course and deploy hundreds of additional troops to the war-ravaged country.”


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‘Governments Should Repatriate Foreign Children Stranded in Syria Before It’s Too Late’

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By UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore*

NEW YORK, 4 November 2019 (UNICEF)* -– “The latest escalation in northeast Syria brings a renewed urgency for governments to repatriate foreign children stranded in the area before it is too late.


© UNICEF/Delil Souleimain Families fleeing escalating violence in northeast Syria arrive in Tal Tamar. They arrive with the bare essentials they were able to carry as they fled the violence.

National governments have the responsibility and opportunity now to do the right thing and bring these children and their parents home where they can receive adequate care and be safe from violence and abuse.

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‘Nearly 180,000 Displaced by Northeast Syria Fighting as Needs Multiply’

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After nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria, the UN’s huhumanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or sheltermanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or shelters, including 80,000 children, all in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.*
© UNHCR/Hossein Fatemi | A four-year-old girl wanders in Bardarash camp in Duhok, Iraq, one of thousands of Syria refugees who have fled fighting in the northeast of their country.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday [22 October 2019] that despite a shaky five-day ceasefire, airstrikes and a ground offensive launched by Turkey on 9 October, targeting Kurdish held areas across the border, has had a “significant humanitarian impact.”

Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds as Violence Escalates in Syria

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By Roald Høvring*

16 October 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*As thousands of civilians flee air strikes and shelling in North East Syria, aid agencies witness an escalation of the humanitarian crisis. UN estimates that more than 160,000 people have been displaced so far and believes up to 400,000 people could be displaced in the area if the violence keeps escalating.

Syrian families fleeing air strikes and shelling in north-east Syria. Photo: Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP NTB Scanpix | Photo posted here from NRC.


Friends Give Syrian Children a Route Off the Streets and Back into Class

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By Charlie Dunmore in Beirut, Lebanon*

By offering basic literacy and numeracy courses, the Borderless Centre in Beirut is part of a nationwide drive to get refugee children out of work and into school. |  عربي


Syrian refugee Fahed pictured in Beirut, Lebanon.© UNHCR/Diego Ibarra Sánchez

2 September 2019 (UNHCR)* — In a small classroom overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, young Syrian refugees learn mathematics on portable computers – their first steps towards formal education. A few months ago, most of them were trying to make a living on the streets of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

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‘Do Something’; UN Emergency Relief Chief Urges Security Council Action to Stop the Syrian Carnage Unfolding ‘in Front of Your Eyes’

Bombing and shelling in Syria for more than 90 days by the Government and Russia have led to “carnage in the so-called de-escalation zone” of Idlib, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Tuesday [30 July 2019], in his seventh update since the “current onslaught” began.

© UNICEF/UN0318979/Ashawi | Families spend the night in a makeshift camp in Atmah village near the Turkish border with nothing more than blankets and bedsheets hung from olive trees to protect them for the elements, after hostilities in northern Hama, southern Idlib and western Aleppo governorates in Syria continued unabated. (June 2019)

UN Human Fights Chief Fears World Has Grown Numb to Syrian Carnage

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The relentless campaign of airstrikes in Syria has been met with a “collective shrug,” the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday [26 July 2019], denouncing the world’s apparent indifference to the mounting civilian casualties as a “failure of leadership” by the world’s most powerful countries.

 © OCHA/Hedinn Halldorsson | An estimated 26,000 children aged 3-17 in Al Hol camp of Syria’s Hasakeh governorate have been out of schools for years due to conflict and displacement and are in need of education services.
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