On 10 December 2018 in the Syrian Arab Republic, children 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.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore is visiting the Syrian Arab Republic from 8-13 December 2018. In Douma, East Ghouta, just a few months after a seven-year siege was lifted, displaced families are beginning to return and the town’s population is now estimated at 200,000. Many families have moved back into damaged buildings, and the threat of unexploded ordnance is pervasive. Since East Ghouta became more accessible UNICEF, through its partners, is providing a more comprehensive package of services including education, water and sanitation, health and nutrition and child protection.  Since May 2018, 23 children have been killed or injured in all of East Ghouta as a result of explosive remnants of war. There are 20 schools in Douma, all of them need varying degrees of rehabilitation. Such is the level of destruction in the town that a non-governmental partner organization set up an informal clinic, with UNICEF support, in the hall of a damaged mosque. The clinic, one of only six health facilities in the town, and offers vaccination and nutrition services as well as treatment for common childhood diseases.  In Hama, which saw violent fighting between rebels, government forces and extremists before falling back under government control, the UNICEF Executive Director visited a center where young boys and girls learn how to stand up against gender-based violence. On the last day of the trip, Fore visited Deraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, and home to nearly 1 million people. Deraa has seen very high levels of displacement,

UNICEF appeals for $3.9 billion in emergency assistance for 41 million children affected by conflict or disaster Millions of children without access to critical child protection services

© UNICEF/UN0264239/Sanadiki 29 January 2019── Millions of children living in countries affected by conflict and disaster lack access to vital child protection services, putting their safety, well-being and futures at risk, UNICEF warned today as it appealed for $3.9 billion to support its work for children in humanitarian crises. UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children sets […]

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UNICEF HK Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition Invites Kids To Enrol And Raise Funds For Mother-Baby Healthcare In Rural China

© UNICEF HK/2019 23 January 2019── Entering its 12th year, the Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition (the Competition) is calling for kids to unleash creativity and talent by splashing colors. Organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), the Competition will be held at Central & Western District Promenade–Central Section on 23 February (Saturday), raising funds […]

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UNICEF HK Launched “for every child, #EatPlayLove” 2019 Featuring Outdoor Imagination Playground, Maiden Voyage of Floating Classroom

© UNICEF HK/2019 Hong Kong, 11 January 2019 ─ The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) launched “for every child, #EatPlayLove” 2019 (the Event) at Stanley Plaza today. This was to continue our efforts to promote the key essences of early childhood development: Eat, Play, Love to parents and caregivers following the Event’s debut in 2018. Mrs. Michelle Wong […]