EU Contributes €2m To Support Vulnerable Children in Syria

The EU Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) on Thursday announced a contribution of €2 million in humanitarian support in Syria to help the most vulnerable children and their families across the country.

With the new funding, UNICEF will be able to reach more than 126,000 children and their caregivers with essential protection, education, water and sanitation services as well as life-saving cash transfers to the most vulnerable families, the EU said in a statement.

“Over a decade into the conflict in Syria, the humanitarian needs of more than 13.4 million people in the country – 6.1 million of them children – are being compounded by the day,” said UNICEF Representative in Syria, Mr. Bo Viktor Nylund.

“The continued, substantial support from the European Union has helped us to meet our commitments towards vulnerable children and families in Syria and ensure they can access critical services.”

The new contribution brings ECHO’s funding to UNICEF to a total of more than EUR€55 million since 2016.

“Many of the children we are helping in Syria through UNICEF have known nothing but war and displacement,” said EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič.

He added that continued support to help and protect vulnerable children and their families is needed more than ever across Syria to ensure that their needs are addressed now and for their future to come.

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