Middle East and Eastern Europe


Thursday 6 June 2013

Syria: Losing out on education

Blog from Elin Martinez, Education Advocacy Advisor for Save the Children UK

In any humanitarian crisis, normality is the first victim; in a war zone, all ordinary needs are quickly engulfed by new imperatives: food, shelter, safety and basic health become paramount.
But these can’t be the only priorities. A child in a conflict zone or a refugee camp is still a child in need of an education. Yet funding for education at these times is always low and usually unpredictable. This is what has happened in Syria.

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Monday 3 June 2013

Iraq: The Unseen Refugees of the Syria Crisis

By Francine Uenuma, Director, Media Relations and Communications in Save the Children US

Children are everywhere in Domiz camp, a hot patch of land near the Syrian border in northern Iraq where more than 40,000 people eke out their existence in a space designed for only a quarter of that number. We saw them before we even arrived, running alongside our car, selling gum, trying to earn a little money.

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Friday 17 May 2013

Syria Crisis: Save the Children has reached almost 370,000

15 jUNE - - According to UNHCR 1,631,981 people have now fled Syria.

More than 1 million of them fled in 2013 alone. In the 162 days that passed since 1 January an average of close to 6,500 people fled every single day.

Children make up 51.5% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 840,000 refugee children in the region.

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Thursday 16 May 2013

Jordan: Raha, 23, lost husband and all children

Raha, 23, has just finished her day’s work as a volunteer at Save the Children Jordan’s breastfeeding clinic. It is the work that keeps her going, giving her a little extra money – and above all, something else to think about.

“When I meet the children, I become a little happy, they remind me of my own.”

She is still in shock. Eats anti-depressants in order to be able to get up in the mornings, she says.

“And I go to therapy sessions at the Moroccan hospital. It helps me,” she says.

Then she lowers her voice, turns her focus inward and continues:

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Thursday 16 May 2013

Jordan: Children need to talk about experiences

Diana Siam is a psychologist, appointed by Save the Children Jordan to support the children in the camp school.

“They carry so much anxiety, depression and confusion,” she states. “I try to give as much as I can and have continuous meetings with children every day from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon.”

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