Focus on aid needed to mend shattered Syrian childhoods 

Reacting to the announcement that the number of refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict has now reached two million, David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK said: 

“More than half of the staggering number of refugees who have been forced to flee Syria are children and all have lived through experiences that no child should.  They have lost everything they have ever known and are now struggling to cope in desperate conditions, many with insufficient access to safe water, school or healthcare. In Iraq alone, around 50,000 new Syrian refugees have surged into the country in the past two and a half weeks. 

“Despite the current attention on the political situation in Syria, the humanitarian response to this crisis remains dangerously underfunded. UNICEF is working round the clock – delivering safe drinking water, vaccinations, education and specialist psychological support - to refugees and those inside Syria.  However, we simply do not have enough money to help everyone, as we have only sixty percent of the funds we need for our emergency work this year.  

“We urge everyone to focus now on the humanitarian aid needed to help repair the shattered childhoods of Syria’s children. We must provide them with some sense of hope and normality amidst this most awful of crises.” 



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Rebecca Wynn, Media Manager, UNICEF UK on + 44 (0)20 7375 6082 /  +44 (0) 7966 962984 

Rose Foley, Media Manager, UNICEF UK on + 44 (0)20 7375 6077 /     +44 (0)7964 296 431

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