Responding to the figures from UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that record the Syria death toll at least 93,000, David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK says:
“These stark new figures show just how much this crisis is deteriorating. It is heart-breaking to know that OHCHR has documented the deaths of more than 1,700 children under the age of 10.
“The children of Syria are at risk of becoming a lost generation. Many have been killed, maimed, orphaned, displaced, witnessed violence and lost their family members and friends. They are struggling to get an education and are living in make-shift shelters and camps, where they are at increased risk of disease as the summer temperatures rise.
“This crisis is robbing children of their childhoods and their futures. Right now, we have dedicated staff working inside Syria to ensure children have the support they need. We desperately need more funding to scale up the delivery of emergency supplies and to prevent a generation of children being lost to war.”
For more information about UNICEF’s work in Syria and the region contact Rose Foley at UNICEF UK on + 44 (0)20 7375 6077 or Rebecca Wynn at UNICEF UK on 020 7375 6082 or 07966 962984
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation for children, working in over 190 countries to help every child realise their full potential. We work with partners to transform the lives of children everywhere. UNICEF provides health care, water, nutrition, education and protection for children. The most vulnerable and disadvantaged children are our priority. As champion of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, we work to protect and promote the rights of every child. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit unicef.org.uk
Since January 2013, in Syria and the surrounding region UNICEF has:
- vaccinated over 1.5 million children against measles
- enrolled more than 200,000 children in school
- provided nearly 10 million people with access to safe water
- given psychological support to over 250,000 children to help them cope with the fear and violence that they have experienced
To donate to UNICEF UK’s appeal for Syria visit www.unicef.org.uk