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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 12 November 2013 -- UNICEF and humanitarian partners are supporting continued emergency response in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on 8 November. The disaster has affected some 9.8 million people countrywide, including over 659,200 who have been displaced. ©UNICEF/Jeoffrey Maitem Learn more:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 28 August 2013 --- One million child refugees have now fled the escalating war in Syria. Fatima, 10, and her parents escaped Syria’s conflict-affected Baba Amr district of Homs and now live in an enclosed room atop a roof in Mafraq, Jordan. “We don’t have water. I get it from the neighbours,” she said. Sometimes her family is also without food. “I miss Syria. I was very happy...My school was very beautiful.” Fatima dreams of one day becoming a doctor. ©UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

CAN YOU SEE ME? --- Ahmed (age 6) and his toddler brother, Basheer, have lived for the past seven months in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Iraq, sharing a tent with their parents and two other siblings. “I like to go to school; it is the only place I can play. But I don’t like the tent,” said Ahmed. By July, over 1.7 million people had sought refuge in nearby countries after fleeing the violence in Syria. Of these, more than 159,000 had settled in Iraq. © UNICEF/Salam Abdulmunem

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 20 May 2013 --- Recovery efforts continue one month after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan Province of china on 20 April 2013. The disaster killed 196 people and injured more than 12,000 while dismantling homes and major infrastructure. --- Pictured: A displaced woman and her daughter seek temporary shelter in Boaxing County. Home to 60,000 people, the county suffered damage to over 60 per cent of its buildings. ©UNICEF/Zhao Heting

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world champion figure skater Yuna Kim makes a heartfelt appeal for support for the children of conflict-torn Syria. The crisis in Syria, now in its third year, has affected 3.1 million children in Syria, while the number of children who have fled to neighbouring countries as refugees is nearing 730,000. UNICEF is delivering food, water, medical supplies and education to Syrians in need.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 7 May 2013 --- A boy refugee near his family’s temporary home in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. --- Amid extreme volatility in Syria, over 1.2 million people have fled to nearby countries. Among them, Lebanon is currently hosting over 343,800 registered refugees. Ongoing UNICEF support includes psychosocial assistance and safe spaces for children to play. But the violence – threatens to scar an entire generation of young Syrians. ©UNICEF/Ramoneda

Keep Syrian children alive --- All around them, their dreams and opportunities for the future are being lost. UNICEF needs help to protect Syrian children and keep them alive. Get involved…VISIT:

“I miss everything” --- Meet 13-year-old Bashir, a Syrian refugee whose home, for the past seven months, has been Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. If you ever wondered what its like to be a “refugee” and what life is like in a refugee camp…you have to watch this. For more information, visit:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 13 March 2013 --- Tent shelters in the Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. Syria’s war is entering its second year, with no end to the conflict in sight. Over 1 million Syrians have fled to nearby countries, while inside Syria, some 4 million people – 1.8 million of them children – remain affected. Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed. ©UNICEF/Salah Malkawi To see more:

Syrian Crisis: Two years on and possibly…a generation gone --- “Millions of children inside Syria and across the region are witnessing their past and their futures disappear amidst the rubble and destruction of this prolonged conflict,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Watch as we report on the growing tragedy that has put a country at the brink of losing a generation to war. Read more:

Birth in a refugee camp --- Babies are born almost every day in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. Saqer, pictured with his older brother and sister, is one of them. His mother did not want to leave Syria but the bombs forced her when she was 7 months pregnant. Now we're helping her, and expectant mothers like her, cope. Learn how © UNICEF Jordan/2013/Masciarelli

VIDEO REPORT: Normalcy through schools --- Adjusting to life in a camp in the Niger is difficult, for Malian refugee children - but school provides a place to learn, play and forge friendships. You can read more about the Malian refugee situation (and how UNICEF is getting involved) by visiting:

First Hand Account - "Hearts left in Syria" --- Hala, a 16-year-old Syrian, describes her experiences living in Akcakale refugee camp in Turkey. For more information about UNICEF’s work in that region, please visit:

CAN YOU SEE ME? --- Adnan (age 5) suffered severe burns when his home in Syria was destroyed by shelling. His family now lives in a makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon’s Akkar Valley and cannot afford the medical care he needs. Adnan used to speak well but stopped talking after he was wounded. The sound of cars also frightens him now, and he often cries at night. By mid-February, over 800,000 refugees had fled Syria’s escalating war. © UNICEF/Marta Ramoneda

SYRIA ALERT: UNICEF’s emergency officer assesses the conditions in Jordan refugee camp --- Every day is different for Konady Kone, who is UNICEF’s man on the ground at Za’atari, a sprawling refugee camp in the northern Jordanian desert, near the Syrian border. In this video…Konady speaks with Syrian families and assesses the conditions there on the ground. You can read more here:

More than 600,000 have fled the conflict in Syria and registered as refugees. The number of Syrians who have left without registering is unknown but is likely to be hundreds of thousands. We do know, however, that children make up around half the number of refugees and that is certainly no way for any child to live their childhood. Follow UNICEF’s activites regarding the Syrian crisis here:

Mia Farrow: Field Diary 16 Jan 2013 -- “Lebanese communities who have taken in Syrian refugees are setting an example that the world must match” says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow. At the same time, the internationally renowned actress and long-time UNICEF advocate said she’d been deeply touched by the way ordinary Lebanese families – themselves very poor – had opened up their homes and hearts to the incoming refugees. Read more:

Field Diary: Mia Farrow Meets Syrian Refugees in Lebanon --- On 14 January, 2013, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited some of the over 200,000 Syrian refugees who have been registered or are awaiting registration in Lebanon. “No one is thinking of us,” a woman told Mia. “We became the orphans of the world. We want to go home – and above all, we want peace.” Read more:

A return to school, scarred by violence --- At Gaza City’s Um al-Qura school, little girls walk through a playground littered with debris and glass, nervously peering at the damage. They were happy to go back to school, but have found a pockmarked landscape in which even the most familiar sights have taken on haunting aspects. Read more:

Hussam, 11, surveys the remnants of his damaged home, in the city of Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. --- Children throughout the region struggle to cope after the violence. UNICEF and its partners are working hard on emergency projects to get children back to class, despite damage to more than 136 schools and kindergartens. We’re also providing health services, water, sanitation and psychosocial support to children. © UNICEF/2012/Iyad El Baba

“This must stop.” -- On 19 November, mourners attend the burial of Tasneem Al Nahel, 13, in Gaza City, occupied Palestinian territory. She was killed the previous day by shrapnel during an Israeli air strike. Among the mourners is Tasneem’s 5-year-old brother. “This must stop,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon. To read more about the Israeli-Palestinian situation and how UNICEF is involved, please visit: © UNICEF/Iyad El Baba

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