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$2.8B needed to help kids in humanitarian emergencies in 2016: UNICEF

Child and family protection zone for Syrian refugees which is run by non-governmental Jordanian organizations with the help of UNICEF and German financial aid pictured on February 17, 2014 in Hashemi Al-Shimali, Jordan. (Photo by Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images).
Child and family protection zone for Syrian refugees which is run by non-governmental Jordanian organizations with the help of UNICEF and German financial aid pictured on February 17, 2014 in Hashemi Al-Shimali, Jordan. (Photo by Thomas Koehler/Photothek via Getty Images).

GENEVA – The U.N. children’s agency is launching a $2.8 billion appeal to help children in the midst of humanitarian emergencies across the world this year.

UNICEF director of emergency programs in Geneva Sikander Khan says about one-quarter of that appeal aims to go for education, which the agency considers a “life-saving measure for children” at a time when war has shuttered many schools.

The appeal is part of a broader funding drive by the U.N. humanitarian agency that targets 76 million people in 63 countries.

The largest single chunk of UNICEF’s appeal – $1.16 billion – is targeted for Syria and countries including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan that have taken in millions of refugees from Syria’s war. The appeal hopes to help some 5 million Syrian children inside and outside Syria.

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