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Syria’s Children: A lost generation? Crisis report March 2011-March 2013

Syria’s Children: A lost generation? Crisis report March 2011-March 2013

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As the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic enters its third year, and the daily headlines focus on military clashes and political efforts to resolve the crisis, the world must not forget the human realities at stake. The risk of losing a generation grows with every day that the situation deteriorates, while the progress made for Syrian children in previous years is undone.

All around them, their dreams and opportunities for the future are being lost.

UNICEF and its partners are committed to keeping Syrian children from becoming a ‘lost generation’. Critical efforts are being made to minimize the impact of the crisis on children – including in the life-saving areas of health, nutrition, immunization, water and sanitation, as well as in the future of children, through education and child protection.
As the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic enters its third year, and the daily headlines focus on military clashes and political efforts to resolve the crisis, the world must not forget the human realities at stake. The risk of losing a generation grows with every day that the situation deteriorates, while the progress made for Syrian children in previous years is undone.

All around them, their dreams and opportunities for the future are being lost.

UNICEF and its partners are committed to keeping Syrian children from becoming a ‘lost generation’. Critical efforts are being made to minimize the impact of the crisis on children – including in the life-saving areas of health, nutrition, immunization, water and sanitation, as well as in the future of children, through education and child protection.

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Published by: The United Nations Children's Fund on Mar 12, 2013
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As the crisis in Syria enters its third tragic year, andthe daily headlines focus on military clashes andpolitical efforts to resolve the crisis, the world mustnot forget the human realities at stake. The risk oflosing a generation grows with every day that thesituation deteriorates, while the progress made forSyrian children in previous years is undone.All around them, their dreams and opportunitiesfor the future are being lost. And as they losetheir childhoods . . . as their right to be children isdenied . . . their views of their neighbours arecoloured in ways that can create futuregenerations of self-perpetuating violence. With allthat implies for the region as a whole.Children face tremendous dangers on a dailybasis. They are being killed, maimed andorphaned by conflict. Health clinics that have notbeen damaged or destroyed struggle to deliverlife-saving services. Clean water and adequatesanitation – the most fundamental of dailynecessities – are increasingly scarce.Many schools have been damaged, destroyed ortaken over by displaced people seeking shelter.Countless children suffer from the psychologicaltrauma of seeing family members killed, of beingseparated from their parents and being terrifiedby the constant thunder of shelling. Girls andwomen are further vulnerable to violence.Many have fled their country to live in refugeecamps in neighbouring countries. And if all thiswere not enough, they are enduring a bitterly coldwinter.UNICEF and its partners are committed tokeeping Syria’s children from becoming a ‘lostgeneration’. This report highlights some of thecritical efforts made to minimize the impact of thecrisis on children - including in life-saving areasof health, nutrition, immunization, water andsanitation, as well as investments in the future ofchildren through education and child protection.
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But hundreds of thousands of Syrian children onthe precipice need the international communityat their sides, to help them through the monthsahead in the face of continuing insecurity andobstacles to humanitarian access.Across Syria, and in the neighbouring countriesof Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, UNICEF isseeking new ways of reaching affectedpopulations, working with a wide range ofpartners, and scaling up our activities to deliverhealthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene,education and protection for all children.To do so, UNICEF, like all our partners in the UNand beyond, requires urgent funding – or theselife-saving services will be placed in jeopardy. Wecan only meet the growing needs if adequateresources are made available.UNICEF also calls on all parties to the conflict,and those who have influence over them, toreaffirm the principle that children are notresponsible for conflict and should not be its firstvictims. They must be protected against violenceat all times and allowed safe access to basicservices.Millions of children inside Syria and across theregion are witnessing their past and their futuresdisappear amidst the rubble and destruction ofthis prolonged conflict. We must rescue themfrom the brink, for their sake and for the sake ofSyria in future generations.Anthony LakeUNICEF Executive Director

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