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Signs of recovery amid the siege in Madaya

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© UNICEF Syrian Arab Republic/2016 – A UNICEF staff member greets 8-year-old Mohammed. When the UNICEF team met him in January, he was malnourished and extremely weak. After being treated with therapeutic food, he is now stronger and has gone back to school. By Shushan Mebrahtu After several humanitarian aid convoys reached Madaya, residents of […]

On 29 February 2016, UNICEF Executive Director Lake and UNICEF Representative in Syria Hanaa Singer visited adolescents at a UNICEF-supported centre for adolescent development in the Old Homs neighbourhood of Homs Governorate.  At this centre, youth from the host community and internally displaced families come together to learn computer skills, life skills and plan community-led initiatives aimed at raising awareness on many issues such as tolerance and inclusion.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Syria: “I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war.  My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two years of suffering ago.  Now, the cessation of hostilities offers the Syrian people the possibility of peace. 

“Everywhere I have visited - in Damascus, Homs, Hama and Al-Salameya - people spoke of hope. Hope that there will be peace, hope that peace can be found in more than a diplomatic piece of paper, hope that peace will return in their daily lives. The children I met in their classrooms spoke of their hopes for their futures - as doctors, engineers, teachers.

“As I crossed the lines into the encircled neighbourhood of Al Wa'er, I saw things that I had not seen two years ago - shops open for business, people walking freely, children learning in classrooms above ground instead of huddling in basements for fear of snipers. Even in the shattered old city of Homs, people displaced by the fighting are returning.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Syria

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HOMS, SYRIA/ HONG KONG, 1 March 2016 – I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war. My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two years of suffering ago. Now, the cessation of hostilities offers the Syrian people the possibility of peace.