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NNWN/08/05/2022

United Nations has warned against dwindling funds that are affecting much-needed assistance and adding to children’s struggles. Talking in the context of Syria, UN stated that it has been facing financial crisis due to it was unable to provide aid to children. According to it, a record 12.3 million Syrian children are in need of aid both inside the country and those who fled from the country. UN’s warning has come at a time when Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on and global community has been assessing the impact of it on Ukraine and its people including children.

Syria has suffered financially and otherwise due to a civil war which devastated the country and its people and children in particular. According to UN, more than 6.5 million children inside Syria need financial assistance.  Nearly half a million people have lost their lives in war in Syria which also displaced millions since it began with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011. It escalated to pull in foreign powers and a variety of armed groups. The fact is that children suffer the most in conflict situations besides women and weaker sections of the society. The children are among the most vulnerable in such situations as they are always at the receiving end in such situations.

According to Adele Khodr, UNICEF’s Middle East chief, “Children’s needs, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, are growing.”  “Many families struggle to make ends meet. Prices of basic supplies including food are skyrocketing, partially as a result of the crisis in Ukraine.” “In Syria’s neighbouring countries, strained by political instability and fragility, nearly 5.8 million children depend on assistance – their lives riddled with poverty and hardship,” Khodr reportedly added. “UNICEF has received less than half of its funding requirements for this year.” UNICEF called for 20 million US dollars to fund “cross-border operations” in northwest Syria – the country’s last major rebel enclave – to create “the only lifeline for nearly one million children”.