Supporting the future of Syria and the region

BRUSSELS, 10 May 2022 – “ Excellencies, colleagues and friends, thank you very much for inviting me here today.

Syria is now one of the most dangerous places in the world for a child.
An entire generation is struggling to survive.

nearly 90 Of the Syrian population lives in poverty. more than 6.5 One million children need urgent help The largest number of Syrian children in need since the beginning of the conflict.

Eleven years of conflict and sanctions have had a devastating effect on the Syrian economy, reducing development to 25 years. Since years. Most of the basic systems and services that children depend on Health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and social protection – It has been reduced to nothing.

Families struggle to put food on the table. Between February and March (this year), the price of a standard food basket increased by about 24 %.

Nearly a third of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. And the impact of the war in Ukraine on food prices only exacerbates an already dire situation.

It is dangerous, even deadly, to be a child in Syria

Attacks on civilian infrastructure are becoming common. more than 600 Medical facilities, including mother and child hospitals, have come under attack.

Since the beginning of the war we can verify this nearly 13 000 children were killed or injured – But we know the losses are much heavier.

The war has not only left physical scars for Syrian children. In the past year, a third of Syrian children showed signs of mental distress Invisible wounds that can last a lifetime.

Children fleeing the war in Syria also suffered psychological trauma. about 2.8 One million (Syrian) children today live in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

The lives of these children are marked by loss, risk, and uncertainty

As an 11-year-old girl told a UNICEF staff member, “I don’t know what the word home means.”

Eleven years of war, turmoil and displacement have also threatened the education of an entire generation. more than 3 One million Syrian children are still out of school. But unexpectedly, about 4.5 One million Syrian children have access to learning opportunities.

This is thanks to generous funding from donors through initiatives such as No Lost Generation, jointly managed by UNICEF. But this cannot be done without the continued efforts of local communities, teachers, civil society and international organizations.

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and salute the generosity and commitment shown by the neighboring countries Their governments and their people – Keep pretending.

Many of these countries face their own challenges. Welcoming so many children and their families is an added constraint, which makes their generosity all the more impressive.

We know that other crises affecting children make headlines.

But the world must not forget the children of Syria

Their lives are just as precious – and their future is just as important.

Above all, they need to end this long and fruitless war. There can be no military solution to this crisis. Only peace will prevent the children of Syria from truly becoming a lost generation.

We also call for the immediate cessation of all grave violations against children in Syria, including the killing and injury of children.

Until a lasting solution is found, UNICEF and its partners will continue to do everything in their power to reach every child, everywhere.

The renewal of a Security Council resolution authorizing UN partners to provide assistance in northern Syria is a critical step. We must also scale recovery across Syria, restoring basic systems and services across all sectors, to reach every child.

This includes investing in education and removing barriers to doing so. These children are the future of Syria. They need the education and skills to help rebuild their country when peace returns.

We cannot help the children of Syria without flexible and sustainable support. UNICEF currently requires 312 $1 million to intervene in Syria and we urgently need an additional $20 million to support our work in northwest Syria. So far, we have received less than half of what we need to meet the needs of Syrian children.

We are counting on you to provide us with this support. Most importantly, the children of Syria are counting on all of us. »

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