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Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

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The thousands of children of foreign fighters languishing in camps, detention centers or orphanages in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere are among the world’s most vulnerable children. They live in appalling conditions amid constant threats to their health, safety and well-being.

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At least 12 children have been killed in northwestern Syria since April 20 as violence in the demilitarized zone continues to escalate.

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“My house is always full of female villagers coming for consultations and sometimes just moral support!” says Amina, who lives in Syria and works as a health educator.

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UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere’s remarks

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March 15 marks the 8th year-mark of the war in Syria. There are now millions of children living in Syria, and in neighboring countries, who have never known anything but war. This photo series takes you through the memories of Syrian children – now living in Za’atari Refugee Camp – and the objects they brought with them that encapsulate those memories.

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Cold temperatures, frozen ground, falling snow – winter is business as usual for Canadians but for millions of children in Middle East, it is not. They need warmth this winter. Support UNICEF in helping displaced children in Middle East and North Africa.

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A Syrian child refugee story: last winter, a cheerful red sweater changed everything for 9-year-old Lama, who lives in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. Read her story and learn more about how you can help refugee children like Lama.


This year, UNICEF will concentrate on four critical areas where we can help the most children.