UNICEF scales up emergency help to Syria's children and families in face of intensifying conflict and funding gapListen /
Despite worsening violence and significant funding gaps, UNICEF is stepping up its delivery of humanitarian assistance in Syria, targeting increasing numbers of the more than 4 million people known to be in need of humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF says at least half of the total affected population are children. Many have been internally displaced by conflict, live in collective shelters with few belongings and often lack the most basic essentials.
UNICEF's Representative in Syria Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, said "Even as the situation deteriorates, UNICEF has managed to expand its operations to deliver essential relief supplies like blankets, children's clothes, hygiene items, plastic sheets, and high-energy biscuits", adding that "Many of these deliveries were made as part of recent cross-line operations".
Mr. Abdel-Jelil said "With the security situation as it is currently, it's been a huge challenge to be able to reach some of these areas".
But thanks to the efforts of its partners and its own staff on the ground, the agency has succeeded in making real progress.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.