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16/06/2017 - 16:20hs

UNICEF pleads for USD 220 million for Syrian children

The United Nations Children’s Fund announced that crucial aid activities for the survival of the children and on the verge of being cut off for lack of funds.

São Paulo – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that it’s in urgent need of USD 220 million to aid nine million children living in precarious conditions in Syria and in other countries of the region.

“This is the most severe funding gap UNICEF has had since we started responding to the Syria crisis – one of the largest humanitarian operations in the history of the organization,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in the organization’s website.

Without the funds, the continuity of many importact activities carried on by UNICEF with Syrian children could come to an end. Among them, safe water and sanitation services to 1.2 million children living in camps, informal settlements and host communities.

Also in danger of being cut off is the access to healthcare and crucial nutritional treatments to 5.4 million children, including those living in difficult-to-reach areas, money aid to families that help keep in school over half million children and the distribution of clothing and blankets in the winter.

According to UNICEF, the Syrian war has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian and displacement crisis since World War II. In the Arab country, over six million children are in need of assistance and over 2.5 milion children are living as refugees beyond Syrian borders.

“As financial resources run out, families inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries have increasingly become dependent on international aid. Funding shortages will force them into extreme and dangerous survival measures for their children like child labour, recruitment into the Fighting and early marriage. Progress to prevent a whole generation from being lost could be reversed, “ said Cappelaere.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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