Sita, 4 years, wearing her new winter clothes. Her family are Syrian refugees and she was born in Jordan. Sita and her family are supported by Unicef. Campaign with us to help defend the rights of children like Sita.

Lifeline for Syria’s children must continue, UNICEF chief says at end of Gaziantep trip

Home > Media Contacts and Press Releases > Lifeline for Syria’s children must continue, UNICEF chief says at end of Gaziantep trip

Lifeline for Syria’s children must continue, UNICEF chief says at end of Gaziantep trip

Photos and b-roll available for download here: https://uni.cf/32Y2cOx.

7 March 2020 – UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore has just concluded a two-day trip to Gaziantep, Turkey, where she visited the humanitarian logistics hub in Bab Al Hawa on the border with Syria. She also toured a Syrian refugee camp in Kahramanmaras.

The visit comes amid an increasingly dire situation in northwest Syria, with some 600,000 children displaced just in the past three months. At the Baba Al Hawa border crossing, Fore saw trucks being loaded with winter clothes, jerry cans, hygiene items, high-energy biscuits and other essential supplies destined for children in northwest Syria. Since the beginning of the year UNICEF has sent in 100 trucks to the northwest.

“Sending aid across Syria’s borders has been a lifeline for vulnerable families,” Fore said. “Nine years since the conflict started, 5 million children still need aid. We must help them at all costs. We are deeply grateful to our local partners on the ground for their heroic work – sometimes despite the personal toll on them and their families.”

At the Kahramanmaras camp, Fore visited a family who has been calling Turkey home for eight years. The children, aged 7-12, go to school and the father works in construction. Although they are safe and well-settled, they still dream of going home.

The camp currently hosts more than 11,000 people, half of them are children. It offers schooling for 3,700 children and training opportunities for young people.

“Turkey has generously hosted millions of Syrian children since the war began,” Fore said. “It is essential that this support continues.”

ENDS

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

Follow UNICEF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

For further information, please contact:

Unicef UK Media, +44(0)207 375 6030; media@unicef.org.uk