Funding urged to counter “biggest threat” to Syrian children

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A boy drinks the remaining water in his jerrycan while waiting with other children in a queue for safe water in the town of Douma in the East Ghouta area of Rural Damascus, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Bassam Khabieh

The ongoing crisis in Syria is currently the biggest threat that children are facing anywhere in the world, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Two UN-backed plans to assist those struggling in the civil-war torn country are being launched in Berlin, Germany on Thursday.

The Syria Strategic Response Plan covers the humanitarian needs inside Syria where the UN says over 12 million people require assistance.

Meanwhile, the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan covers support to refugees from Syria and host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Simon Ingram is UNICEF's chief of communication in the Middle East and North Africa.

“There are now well over 3 million refugees being sheltered by host communities around the region, and those host communities are simply buckling under the strain. That's why a large part of today's appeal is about helping those host communities, so that they can continue to share their vital services and their schools with refugee children and their families.”

UNICEF estimates that by the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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