The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned this Sunday about the record number of children in dire straits in Syria, where the conflict of more than a decade has already left 6.5 million minors dependent on humanitarian aid.
“More than 6.5 million children in Syria are in need of assistance, the highest number ever recorded since the start of the crisis more than eleven years ago,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Khord explained that those children continue to live with fear, need and uncertainty both within Syria and in neighboring countries.
UNICEF data indicates that in the first three months of this year alone, 213 children were killed or injured and that since the start of the crisis in 2011, the number of underage victims total 13,000 between dead and injured.
Given that the conflict is far from over, the agency reiterated its call on all parties to the conflict and those with influence over them to seek a political solution to the crisis for the sake of the children of Syria and for their future, which is the future of the country.
In the absence of such a solution, one must continue to support the humanitarian response inside Syria and in neighboring countries,” UNICEF added in a statement.
According to UN data, some 5.8 million Syrian children depend on assistance in neighboring nations who host them and who also experience tension due to the political instability in the areas close to their borders.
“The lives of these children are riddled with poverty and pain”, stressed the regional director.
He added that the needs of children inside Syria and in neighboring countries they are growing and that many families struggle to make ends meet.
Prices skyrocket and funding dwindles
Furthermore, the prices of basic suppliesFood, including food, is skyrocketing, partly as a result of the war in Ukraine.
Despite the great shortcomings and the urgency of satisfying them, the funding for humanitarian operations is declining quickly.
UNICEF reported having received Less than half of the funds you require to carry out their relief efforts this year.
He detailed that urgently needs almost 20 million dollars for cross-border operations, which provide the sole livelihood for nearly a million children in northwestern Syria.
The agency pointed out that it is also essential invest in restoring basic services such as education, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and social protection, leaving no Syrian child behind.
“Every day counts. The children of Syria have suffered for too long and they shouldn’t suffer anymore”, UNICEF concluded.