Step up support for Syrian refugee children, international community urged

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has asked the international community to step up its support for refugee children.

The international community must step up its support for refugee children if Syria is to have a peaceful, viable future, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said during a visit to Jordan on 9th September 2013.

Ms Greening set out how the UK will spend over £20 million to help Jordan respond to the Syrian crisis, including healthcare, food and clean drinking water for hundreds of thousands of refugees as well as counselling and psychological care for 25,000 children. These allocations bring total UK support to Jordan to £87 million.

The International Development Secretary visited Za’atari refugee camp, as well as the town of Mafraq, where host communities have opened their doors to Syrian refugees, and saw how UK support is helping to provide schools and education materials for refugee children.

Ms Greening said: “Over one million Syrian children are now refugees. Many have seen unimaginable horrors and all face an uncertain future. For the parents I have met, the effect of the crisis on their children is the hardest thing to bear. We must ensure these children have sufficient food, shelter and medical care, but we must also provide the psychological support and education needed for their longer term well-being.

“In the future it will be these children who have to help rebuild a more peaceful, democratic Syria, so we must give them the skills they need to do that. There is a stark choice to make – either we invest in the future of Syria or we risk an entire lost generation.”

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