UNICEF UK have marked the start of the third year of crisis with a powerful call to action for Syria’s children.

As the crisis in Syria enters its 3rd year, over 1 million refugees have fled and more than 2 million children are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance.

But despite the magnitude of the crisis a chronic lack of funding is threatening to leave many Syrian children without essential support. Indeed, unless an 80% funding gap is bridged very soon, UNICEF will be forced to scale back on even life-saving interventions. Today UNICEF UK is calling for concerted action from everyone –government, donors and the public - to ensure this does not happen.

David Bull, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director, who arrived back from a visit to refugees in Jordan earlier this week said today:

“The situation is now critical. Not only have Syria's children had to endure tragic loss and witnessed horrific violence, but without much needed funds UNICEF will be forced to scale back on even life-saving interventions. The children of Syria are in danger of becoming a lost generation.

On Wednesday, UNICEF showed Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall around a refugee camp in Jordan. They met children who had fled Syria with their families and the Prince of Wales described the scenes as “heartbreaking”. The situation is indeed devastating as the number of children affected rises. The situation is indeed devastating and we need to act urgently to protect these children from further pain and suffering and to stop more Syrian hearts being broken.”

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UNICEF UK Executive Director, David Bull, has recently returned from visiting Syrian refugees in Jordan and is available for interview or comment.

For more information or an interview with a UNICEF spokesperson in the UK or Jordan, please contact: Stefan Simanowitz 0207 375 6077 or 020 7375 6030 stefans@unicef.org.uk

Donate to UNICEF UK’s Syria appeal at www.unicef.org.uk/syria-appeal

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UNICEF’s Crisis in Syria Two Year Report was published on 12/3/13. It can be read at http://www.unicef.org/files/Syria_2yr_Report.pdf

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