Eighty five percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty: UNICEF



UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (APP):Eighty five percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, 38 percent are not in school and almost half of those under the age of five don’t have access to proper health care, according a new report issued by the UN agency for children.
The findings by UNICEF, which were based on interviews by hundreds of families among Jordan’s 660,000 registered Syrian refugees, showed that refugee children are facing a more challenging time in meeting their minimum basic needs, Robert Jenkins, the agency’ Jordan representative, said.
According to official figures, the overall number of registered and unregistered Syrian refugees in the Arab Kingdom stands at about 1.3 million.
Around 5.5 million Syrians have fled the foreign-backed militancy in their homeland since 2011, most of whom living in neighboring countries where they desperately struggle to survive.
The UN children agency in Jordan said it lacks some $145.7 million for child programmes in 2018, and urged donor countries to step up their contributions at a time of growing needs.
The kingdom sealed its border with Syria in June 2016, after a deadly cross-border attack by the Daesh terrorists, leaving tens of thousands of Syrians stranded in a remote desert area. The closure ended the UN’s regular aid shipments from Jordan to displaced Syrians struggling for survival in a remote stretch of the desert.
However, Jordan agreed last month to a request by the UN to deliver humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced Syrians stranded in dire conditions in the vicinity of the border crossing with Syria.