03.06.2014 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO launches donation appeal for Syrian crisis

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In order to expand its interventions to aid victims of the Syrian crisis, and responding to calls requesting a trustful platform for donations that would allow wider involvement, UNESCO launched an appeal to gather donations for the Syrian Crisis.

With more than 9 million Syrians needing assistance, and over 2.6 million refugees who fled the fighting to neighbouring countries since the start of the war in 2011, the Syrian emergency became gradually the biggest humanitarian crises in recent times.

An estimated 3.1 million Syrian children and youth inside Syria and in neighbouring countries are in need of education, as young Syrians face the risk of falling into violence caused by the prevalent unemployment and lack of future perspectives.

The country’s cultural heritage is continuously exposed to threats of destruction, looting and illicit traffic. Important sites and monuments have been destroyed or substantially damaged.

Realizing the high vulnerability of the people and the heritage of Syria, UNESCO has been active in responding to this crisis, particularly by assisting Syrian refugees and host communities in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Today, as the situation continues to deteriorate, UNESCO expands its interventions to be able to respond to the growing needs of Syrians inside and outside the country.

In Iraq, UNESCO helps to give access to the children and adolescents among the 227,000 Syrians who have entered the country since the beginning of the turmoil, with most of them living in the three Northern governorates of Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

Through the appeal, UNESCO hopes to gather the required funds for its initiatives in favor of the Syrian people, while at the same time allowing interested individuals, civil society organizations, private firms, and international organizations to be actively engaged in reviving hope in millions of Syrians.

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