HOMS – Hundreds of thousands of children in Syria are in desperate need of help, according to the United Nations.
NDJ World | Published: Feb 02 2013 World News
More than 420,000 people, of whom more than half are children, need immediate humanitarian aid says the children’s organization UNICEF.
At least 700,000 people in the region of Homs, Western Syria, have been affected by the unrest; at least 635,000 of them have been displaced.
Homs counts about 1,500 schools; 200 of those have been destroyed and 65 other school offer a place of refuge for parents and children.
Mark Choonoo of Unicef, who went to Homs, said: “The children have been affected the hardest. Most of the ones I saw are traumatized. We need to help as many of these children as quickly as possible!”.
Since January 2012, 1.8 million children have been affected by the violence in Syria. Recently UNICEF asked for $US68.5 million in donations, needed to help Syrian kids during the first 6 months of 2013.
The organization says that thus far it has received about $US8 million.
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