UNICEF continues massive humanitarian operation for Syria's childrenListen / As the number of Syria's refugees rises beyond 2 million – half of them children – UNICEFcontinues to provide urgent life-saving supplies to children inside Syria and in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
UNICEF estimates that there has been a more than tenfold increase in the number of Syrian child refugees – from 70,000 to more than 1 million – in less than one year.
In recent weeks 2,500 children on average have been crossing Syria's borders every day. To meet increasing humanitarian needs, work is on-going to pre-position essential supplies such as bottled water, water tanks and purification tablets, jerry cans, nutritional supplies, hygiene and diarrheal disease kits, blankets, winter clothes and other household materials.
UNICEF's Regional Director of the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis says "This is one of the largest humanitarian operations that UNICEF has ever undertaken," adding that the agency is "working on the ground, round the clock with a wide network of dedicated partners to reach Syrian children across the region".
UNICEF says that as the new school year begins across the region, it is supporting children's return to learning, providing school bags, materials and furniture.
As part of the largest appeal the United Nations has ever launched in its history, UNICEF asked for USD $470 million for its Syria regional response. UNICEF still needs USD $189 million.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.