Syr­ian kids in peril

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BEIRUT: The UN chil­dren’s agency is warn­ing that a crit­i­cal fund­ing short­fall is threat­en­ing aid to nine mil­lion Syr­ian chil­dren, both in their coun­try and among the refugees in neigh­bour­ing states.

Unicef says the $220 mil­lion (R2.8 bil­lion) bud­get gap to its Syria re­lief pro­grammes is the worst it has faced since the war started.

It ap­pealed for $1.4bn this year to pro­vide re­lief and ed­u­ca­tion to chil­dren af­fected by the Syria war. – AP

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