聯合國兒童基金會繼續大規模人道救援工作 幫助敘利亞兒童

 

聯合國兒童基金會繼續大規模人道救援工作 幫助敘利亞兒童

安曼/香港,2013年9月4日——敘利亞及周邊地區局勢加劇緊張,難民人數已升至逾200萬名——當中半數為兒童——聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)繼續為身處敘利亞境內,以及鄰國約旦、黎巴嫩、土耳其、伊拉克和埃及的兒童提供緊急救援物資。

Iraq, May 2013. Two Syrian girls plays behind the tent in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq. The area is strewn with rubbish and often raw sewage but children have nowhere else to go to play. Domiz is situated near the city of Dohuk, about forty miles from the Syrian border. Approximately 40,000 Syrians are living here, in facilities provided for around half that number. April 2013 marked one year since Domiz camp opened in Dohuk, Northern Iraq. In that time it has grown to a tent city of nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees. UNICEF provides services in education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, and health and nutrition. UK Nat Com local copies of these files at \Unicef-mediaphotosCOUNTRIESsyriaSY2013-refugees-IRAQ Iraq, May 2013. A young Syrian boy sits in front of his family's tent in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq. Domiz is situated near the city of Dohuk, about forty miles from the Syrian border. Approximately 40,000 Syrians are living here, in facilities provided for around half that number April 2013 marked one year since Domiz camp opened in Dohuk, Northern Iraq. In that time it has grown to a tent city of nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees. UNICEF provides services in education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, and health and nutrition. UK Nat Com local copies of these files at \Unicef-mediaphotosCOUNTRIESsyriaSY2013-refugees-IRAQ

「UNICEF正進行歴來最大規模的人道救援工作之一。」UNICEF中東和北非區域主任瑪麗亞.卡里維斯說。「我們與合作伙伴組成了龐大的協作網絡,在前綫工作,幫助區內的敘利亞兒童。」

On 1 September, a UNICEF worker observes as cargo, part of 100 tonnes of emergency supplies, is unloaded from a plane that has just arrived in the city of Erbil, Kurdistan Region. The supplies were urgently airlifted from UNICEF’s global supply warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, in response to the growing needs of the estimated 200,000 Syrian refugees now in Iraq. The worker’s T-shirt as well as a tarpaulin affixed to the cargo bear the UNICEF logo. On 1 September 2013 in Iraq, a plane carrying 100 tonnes of UNICEF emergency supplies for Syrian refugee children and their families arrived in the city of Erbil. The supplies were urgently airlifted from UNICEF’s global supply warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, to respond to the growing needs of the estimated 200,000 Syrian refugees now in Iraq. Delivered supplies include water tanks, tap stands, latrine equipment, water purification tablets and testing kits; oral rehydration solution; emergency health and hygiene, early childhood development, and recreation kits; school materials; and temporary schools and safe spaces. The provision of most of the supplies was made possible by a US$5.8 million contribution from the Government of Kuwait as well as an in-kind contribution from UPS, a UNICEF partner, which provided support toward the cost of airlifting the goods. Inside Syria, the war continues to escalate and has displaced some 4.25 million people. In addition to Iraq, Syrians also continue to flee to neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and as far away as Egypt. By 3 September, the total number of Syrian refugees had surpassed 2 million. One million of them are children. Working with diverse governments, partners and other United Nations agencies, UNICEF has appealed for a total of US$470.65 million to cover responses within Syria and all host countries. By 22 August, nearly 60 per cent had been funded. UNICEF估計,敘利亞難民兒童的數目,在不足一年內已急劇增長10倍——從70,000升至超過100萬。

在近數星期,每天平均有2,500名兒童越過敘利亞邊境。為了回應持續上升的需求,人道救援工作正繼續進行,包括預先準備一系列應急物資,如瓶裝水、水箱、淨水丸、儲水瓶、營養物資、衞生和腹瀉疾病治療套裝、肥皂、毛毯、禦寒衣物和其他家庭用品。

隨着新學年開始,UNICEF亦正幫助敘利亞兒童重返校園,並為他們提供書包、教學物資和課室用具。

自今年年初以來,UNICEF已為超過1,020萬受影響的人提供安全食水,為超過240萬兒童接種疫苗來預防疾病,為超過278,000名兒童提供學習支援和為468,000名兒童提供康樂活動。

聯合國現正就敘利亞危機,作出史無前例最大規模的籌募呼籲,UNICEF目標在全球籌得港幣36.7億元(4.7億美元),以支持敘利亞及周邊地區的人道救援工作,然而至今籌得的善款差距仍高達港幣14.7億元(1.89億美元)。