In the early morning of February 6, a 7.7 magnitudeearthquake struck while many children weresleeping,followed by a second 7.5 magnitudequake later in the day. The initial earthquake was themost powerful to hit the region in almost 100 yearsand came at the worst possible time for vulnerablechildren and families. Prior to the earthquake, Syria already had twothirds of its population requiringassistance due to a worsening economic crisis,localized hostilities, massdisplacement, acholera outbreak anddevastatedpublicinfrastructure. Theearthquake has immediatelydeepened that need.UNICEF teams are currently providing emergency support for communities across both sides of the Syria-Türkiye border. In Syria, UNICEF staff continue to expand on-going humanitarian assistance to children and families affected. In Türkiye, UNICEF is committed to complementing the Government's humanitarian response, working to reinforce life-saving support for vulnerable children, young people and their families.
With your timely and flexible contribution, UNICEF was able to support the immediate needs of children and communities affected by the earthquake. In the 100 days since the devastating earthquakes UNICEF has:
Thank You! Withyour generous support, the children and families affected by the earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye have received critical support in devastating times.
*Photo caption: Ali, 8, displaced by the devastating earthquake, holds the box of clothes he received from UNICEF at Jaafar Nasef school-turned-collective-shelter in Lattakia governorate, Syria, on 30 March 2023.
In early April 2023, UNICEF with partners reached children, affected by the earthquakes and living in collective shelters, with 800 packages of clothing and other essential items in the Lattakia governorate. The packages included t-shirts, pants, shoes, pyjamas, and other clothing items as well as some toys.
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