Schools in Syria to reopen on Sunday

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Syrian children seek shelter in doorway: UNICEF

Children in Syria are receiving assistance from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) as the school year starts on Sunday.

The security and safety of students remain a concern in the country, where more than 800 schools are being used as shelter by displaced families.

Citing figures from the Syrian Ministry of Education, the children's agency says that 272 out of 22,000 schools have been damaged.

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado says the Syrian Government is moving families from schools to large unoccupied public buildings and sports grounds.

"UNICEF is not involved in moving the families out but is providing support to these families. This includes nutrition screening, sending mobile teams to identify children who have not been vaccinated or received health care. We are also providing recreational kits because these children have nothing to do in these places and clothes because many of these children have been moved several times and the more they move the less they are able to take with them."

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Marixie Mercado says that UNICEF has completed light repairs on 67 schools in Syria.

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