Syria: Unicef Italia,Palestinian kids targeted without mercy

Iacomini, generation fleeing once again needs protection

20 September, 14:01

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    (ANSAmed) - ROME - In a context of 'desperation over the conflict in Syria, we must not forget Palestinian children in the country and the data is not comforting', the spokesman of Unicef Italia, Andrea Iacomini, said on Friday.
    'Two thirds of Palestinian children living in Syria have been concerned by the shutdown of schools inside the country'.
    'It is necessary to intervene as soon as possible also alongside these children who are already refugees with their families and have suffered the drama of a new flight from the cities where they were living. The ongoing conflict was particularly difficult for young Palestinian refugees, including those who fled to Jordan and Lebanon who were forced to leave their homes, friends and schools and have been forced to confront new teaching methods which are not simple absorb. It is a generation fleeing once again which must be protected'.
    The spokesman of Unicef Italia said that 'this year almost 500,000 Palestinian refugee children more have returned to school in 700 schools set up by Unwra in Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza Strip'.
    Among 118 schools opened by Palestinians in Syria, 68 were closed, 10 schools were used as emergency refuges and only 40 are still open. Thanks to work carried out by Unrwa and Unicef, which provided teaching material, school desks, teaching kits, 41 buildings were opened so children could attend school.
    Unicef is active through the programme 'Back to learning' to bring 1 million Syrian children back to school. In the past two years about two million had to drop out of school due to the conflict, Iacomini said. (ANSAmed).

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