WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Unicef - 2018 deadliest year yet for children in Syria as war enters 9th year
Ahead of high-level pledging conference and in run-up to 8-year-mark of conflict, UNICEF calls for protection of Syrian children and durable solutions to their plight
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore
“Today there exists an alarming misconception that the conflict in Syria is drawing quickly to a close – it is not. Children in parts of the country remain in as much danger as at any other time during the eight-year conflict.
“In 2018 alone, 1,106 children were killed in the fighting – the highest ever number of children killed in a single year since the start of the war. These are only the numbers that the UN has been able to verify, which means the true figures are likely much higher.
“Mine contamination is now the leading cause of child casualties across the country, with unexploded ordnance accounting for 434 deaths and injuries last year.
“The year 2018 also saw 262 attacks against education and health facilities, also a record high.
“I am particularly concerned about the situation in Idlibin northwestern Syria where an intensification of violence has reportedly killed 59 children in the past few weeks alone.
“Children and families in no man’s lands continue to live in limbo. The situation of families in Rukban, near the Jordanian border, continues to be desperate, with limited access to food, water, shelter, health care and education.
“I am also alarmed by the worsening conditions in Al Hol camp in the northeast, now home to over 65,000 people, including an estimated 240 unaccompanied or separated children. Since January this year, nearly 60 children reportedly died while making the 300-kilometre trek from Baghouz to the camp.
“The fate of children of foreign fighters in Syria remains unclear. UNICEF urges member states to take responsibility for children who are their citizens or born to their nationals, and to take measures to prevent children from becoming stateless.
“Meanwhile, neighbouring countries in the region are hosting 2.6 million Syrian refugee children who face their own challenges despite support from host governments, the UN and the international community. Many families cannot send their children to school and, with few income-earning opportunities, are turning to negative coping mechanisms – including child labour and child marriage – to get by.
“As the war enters its ninth year, UNICEF again reminds parties to the conflict and the global community that it is the country’s children who have suffered most and have the most to lose. Each day the conflict continues is another day stolen from their childhood.
“UNICEF continues to work across Syria and in neighbouring countries to help provide children with essential health, education, protection and nutrition services and to help build families’ resilience.
“But this is not enough.
“We renew our call on all parties to the conflict, as well as those who have influence over them, to prioritize the protection of all children, no matter who controls which area and regardless of the alleged affiliations of a child’s family.
“We also renew our call for unconditional, safe access to the families in need and for sustained, voluntary, long-term solutions to those choosing not to return.
“On the eve of the pledging conference in Brussels, we also urge donors to maintain their generosity towards the children of Syria and neighbouring countries. Predictable, unrestricted, multi-year funding is required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of children and their families inside Syria and across the region.”
Note to editors:
- Yemen is one of the worst places to be a child. Over 11 million children depend on humanitarian assistance just to survive.
- Acute malnutrition is rife, affecting almost 2 million children – among them nearly 360,000 severely acutely malnourished children fighting to stay alive.
- UNICEF continues to work around the clock across all of Yemen to deliver vital assistance to children. A recent nationwide UNICEF-supported measles and rubella vaccination campaign protected almost 12 million children against measles and rubella in 318 districts.
- Almost 1.5 million of Yemen’s poorest, most vulnerable families now receive an emergency cash transfer with support from UNICEF and the World Bank.
For more information, please contact:
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK.
For more information please visit unicef.org.uk
Latest News from
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
UK Space Agency - The wider benefits of space investments for the UK economy25/03/2019 10:10:00
Investments in space programmes bring significant benefits for society, a new report shows.
Government Chemist - Successful workshop on assessment of jelly mini-cups22/03/2019 16:15:00
The Government Chemist team run a very well received workshop providing practical knowledge for assessing the conformity of confectionery items known as jelly mini-cups
Veterinary Medicines Directorate - Reclassification of pregabalin and gabapentin to Schedule 3 drugs from 1 April 201922/03/2019 15:05:00
The Home Office has placed pregabalin and gabapentin to Schedule 3 of the Misuse of Drug Regulations 2001 from 1 April 2019.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency - Three further batches of blood pressure and heart medication recalled from pharmacies22/03/2019 13:05:00
MHRA has recalled 3 batches of Losartan tablets due to contamination with the nitrosamine N-nitroso-N-methylamino butyric acid.
UK Space Agency - Free satellite data available to help tackle public sector challenges22/03/2019 08:20:00
Anyone working in the UK public sector can now receive free access to more than a thousand high-resolution satellite images of Britain, the UK Space Agency announced yesterday
Audit Scotland - Councils must continue to change to address gap between demand and resources21/03/2019 14:40:00
Scotland’s councils are managing to improve and maintain most services. But Scottish Government funding to councils is likely to reduce in future; this, combined with increased demand and less flexibility over spending decisions, means councils need to think differently about how they deliver services to the public.
LGA responds to Troubled Families Programme evaluation21/03/2019 13:40:00
Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responds to the National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme.
Pause’ privatisation of ‘meltdown’ NHS cervical screening services, says Unite21/03/2019 13:15:00
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has been urged to suspend the possible privatisation of cervical screening services used by thousands of women in England every year, following claims that the service is in ‘meltdown’.
Wales Audit Office - More emphasis needed on waste prevention21/03/2019 12:40:00
Welsh Government has focused successfully on increasing recycling, but prevention should come first, says Auditor General