23 October 2013

International development secretary Justine Greening has announced that the UK will provide £2 million in new support for Syrian families who've been forced to flee to Iraq.

Here's a response from UNICEF UK's Jon Sparkes:

"We welcome this vital support from the UK Government to help Syrian children who are struggling to cope in desperate situations," 

"When I was in Northern Iraq I met Syrian children who had witnessed unspeakable violence. Many had seen family and friends killed in front of them. One three-year-old-boy had been shot in his father's arms as he tried to carry him to safety in Syria.

"These children have lived through experiences that no child should and need our urgent help. UNICEF is doing everything it can to provide psychological support and emergency supplies like clean water and medications. However, the numbers are huge and we need more funds if we are to reach every child in need.

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"We must take action now to sharpen the world’s focus on the humanitarian fallout of this conflict. Otherwise we risk an entire generation of Syrian children losing their childhoods and their chance of a future."

 
A young Syrian girl in Iraq fills a water bucket outside a temporary school. The water and toilets at her school are provided by UNICEF. © UNICEF/2013/Schernbrucker
A young Syrian girl in Iraq fills a water bucket outside a temporary school. The water and toilets at her school are provided by UNICEF.© UNICEF/2013/Schernbrucker