For Syrian children, the crisis “is far from over”

Some 9.3 million Syrian children in Syria and in countries of refuge need humanitarian assistance, a record since the start of the conflict in 2011, the UN warned on Sunday (8 May).

“Over 6.5 million children in Syria” and “2.8 million Syrian refugee children” need humanitarian aid, UNICEF said in a statement. quoted by the daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

According to the UN, many families are struggling to make ends meet, amid soaring commodity prices, in part due to the crisis in Ukraine.

The organization also deplored a drop in international funding, claiming to have received “less than half of the funds needed this year”.

“Millions of children continue to live in fear, need and uncertainty in Syria and neighboring countries”said Adele Khodr, director at Unicef, in a press release relayed by Middle East Monitor.

“The crisis in Syria is far from over.” Some 13,000 children have been killed or injured since 2011, 213 of them “during the first three months” of 2022.

About half a million people have died since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, causing the largest displacement of people since the Second World War.

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