Leading children’s organisation, UNICEF, has received £1 million from the Department for International Development (DfID) that will provide much needed emergency humanitarian supplies to help save lives of children affected by the conflict in Syria.

This funding was part of the £21 million announced by the International Development Secretary, Justine Greening on Saturday January 26th and means the UK has now provided £89.5 million in humanitarian aid for Syria.

Welcoming the news, UNICEF UK’s Executive Director David Bull said,

‘This announcement from DfID is great news for UNICEF’s vital work to protect children affected by the conflict in Syria. When I visited the Za’atari refugee camp last year, the families were dreading the winter conditions which have now become a reality and are continuing to put children at risk. The recent freezing temperatures across the region and recent flooding in the refugee camps make this donation even vital for Syria’s children. I hope members of the British public will follow the Government’s lead and do what they can to help Syria’s vulnerable children at this time.’

The current situation for children affected by the Syrian conflict

Estimates predict that the number of children affected by this emergency will reach 4 million, many of who will have experienced and witnessed unspeakable violence. UNICEF currently needs £121million for January to June to protect children from winter conditions, get them back to school, increase access to drinking water and toilets, provide essential health services, and give support for those in distress.

Currently the leading children’s organisation has only received 44% of this at a time when Syria and the surrounding countries have been hit with the coldest temperatures in 10 years. Refugee camps have been blanketed with snow and flooded with rain. Children, especially those under the age of 5, are extremely vulnerable during harsh weather conditions. The cases of acute respiratory infections, flu and pneumonia are increasing as access to basic services deteriorates. Most children have no socks or decent winter shoes.

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For more information or to arrange an interview with a UNICEF spokesperson in Jordan, please contact:

Stephen Pattison, Senior Media Manager, UNICEF UK. 0207 375 6085 stephenp@unicef.org.uk 

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