On 25 April 2018 in the Syrian Arab Republic, children from the Fafin makeshift camp for families displaced from Afrin district. Approximately 4,000 families have settled in a makeshift camp for internally displaced people from Afrin.

In April 2018 in the Syrian Arab Republic, more than 137,000 people from Afrin district have been displaced by escalating violence since 20 January 2018. Many remain displaced after several months, mainly in Tall Refaat, Nubul, Zahra and surrounding villages north of Aleppo city. Many have left most belongings behind. Once well-off families are now sheltering in industrial halls, warehouses and mosques ill-equipped to host large numbers of displaced families. Many families with newborn babies have missed out on vaccinations because of the displacement. “Most people forgot about vaccines at that time.” says Hajer, a health worker formerly based in Afrin and now working with the health teams in Fafin camp. In Kafr Naya, northern Aleppo, some 300 people displaced from Afrin are sheltering in the Kafr Naya School. In Zeyarah village, also in northern Aleppo, another school is now sheltering around 300 children displaced from Afrin and their families. Around 17 schools in northern rural Aleppo being used as collective shelters. UNICEF, with funding from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), is ensuring that all children displaced from Afrin are protected from preventable diseases and provided with a chance to catch up on their vaccinations. With funding from the European Union (ECHO) and in partnership with UNFPA and the Monastery Saint James the Mutilated, mobile clinics and health workers are providing displaced children and their mothers with primary health care services and lifesaving preventive and curative nutritional interventions.

Children in crisis

Every year, the lives of millions of children and their families are disrupted, upended or nearly destroyed by emergencies. Conflict, human-made disasters and wide-ranging, climate-change events challenge the lives of many who are already vulnerable.  UNICEF is there for children in crises.

Today, an estimated 41 million children live in 59 countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection.

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In Bangui, Central African Republic, many children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and seeking for humanitarian assistance. UNICEF provides both malnutrition and HIV care for the children in need.


 UNICEF’s Work in 2018

The below are part of UNICEF’s achievements against targets for children in 2018




2.6 million children treated for severe acute malnutrition




4.7 million children vaccinated against measles





35.3 million people provided with access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene

Child Protection

Child protection


3.1 million children accessed psychosocial support




5.9 million children accessed formal or non-formal basic education

Cash Transfers

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1.1 million people provided with cash assistance

UNICEF’s planned result in 2019



4.2 million children to be treated for severe acute malnutrition



10.3 million children to be immunized against measles



42.8 million people to have access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene


Child protection

4 million children and caregivers to have access to psychosocial support



10.1 million children to have access to formal and non-formal basic education



1.4 million people to to receive household items, winter clothing and/or shelter


1.9 million people to be reached with cash assistance






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Famine Crisis
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x25© UNICEF/UN012790/Georgiev Refugee and Migrant Crisis
2B6A6213© UNICEF/UN047287/Bradley Hurricane Matthew
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© UNICEF/UN050316/Farid Yemen Conflict
© UNICEF/UNI201744/Rich South Sudan Crisis
© UNICEF/UN08032/Le Du Central African Republic Crisis
UN041141_LOW-RES© UNICEF/UN041141/Vittozzi Nigeria Crisis
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