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Syrian Arab Republic, 2012 - A woman and her child stand inside their house after it was damaged by bombing, in a city affected by the conflict. The light on the top centre of the wall behind them comes through a hole caused by a mortar shell. - © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0213/Alessio Romenzi - http://www.unicef.org

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 http://www.unicef.org

A girl stands in a fire-damaged house, in a conflict-affected governorate in Syria. By July 2012 in Syria, escalating conflict between rebel and government forces is taking an increasing toll on children and their families. Deaths, including of children and women, have surpassed 17,000, and an estimated 1.5 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance. © UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi http://www.unicef.org

Nine-year-old Ayman, a Palestinian, lives in the densely populated Muslim Quarter of East Jerusalem, in the West Bank. He takes Judo classes at the Abna Al-Quds community centre which is located next to the Old City Wall. The centre is one of two in the neighbourhood that is supported by UNICEF, offering a rare public space for children and adolescents to play and interact safely. - © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0298/Giacomo Pirozzi - http://www.unicef.org/photography

A boy sits in the dormitory of the UNICEF-supported Centre de Transit et Orientation (CTO), a shelter and reintegration centre for recently demobilized child soldiers, in the eastern town of Goma, capital of North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The CTO provides medical and psychosocial care, as well as family tracing and reunification services. Nationwide, over 33,000 child soldiers remain active. --- 2005 © UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne http://www.unicef.org

Can you believe it?..Nearly 21,000 children under five died every day in 2010. The good news is…that’s about 12,000 fewer a day than in 1990. We CAN put an end to preventable child deaths. Learn more: http://www.unicef.org © UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0599/Shehzad Noorani

Somali children play in a child-friendly space in the Kobe refugee camp in the Dollo Ado area of Ethiopia’s Somali Region. The UNICEF-supported space is run by the international NGO Save the Children US. Some 27,000 Somali refugees currently shelter in the camp. UNICEF is there to help provide essential services in the areas of health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and child protection. © UNICEF/Jiro Ose Learn more: http://www.unicef.org

EMERGENCY: The impact of war on Syria’s children --- Syria 2012: A boy attends a funeral for a man who was killed, in a town affected by the growing conflict between rebel and government forces. By mid-March, 1.7 million people were affected by the year-long conflict. More than 150,000 have been displaced and 30,000 refugees, half of them children, have fled to neighbouring countries. © UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi http://www.unicef.org

Children wear cat masks as they play near the rubble of destroyed homes in the neighborhood of Zeitoun in Gaza City in Occupied Palestinian Territory. The masks were distributed to children by the UNICEF-supported Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, a community-based local NGO. --- © UNICEF/Iyad El Baba http://www.unicef.org

A boy holds a basketball at the Lakou Centre, a UNICEF-assisted foster care facility for street children in the Carrefour Feuille area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Each day about 200 children come to the centre to play and have a safe space to gather. © UNICEF/NYHQ2007-1282/Fumininori Sato http://www.unicef.org