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LAST week, classrooms across Syria should have been filled with the excited commotion of children beginning a new school term.

Instead, the children of Syria, caught up in the largest humanitarian crisis in history, are paying the price of this conflict with their health, their education and their lives. More than one million children have been forced to flee their homes and make the difficult journey to safety in neighbouring countries.

Unicef – the world's leading children's organisation – is in Syria and neighbouring countries ensuring that children receive basic services, like clean water, food, education and healthcare.

Thanks to voluntary donations, Unicef is getting the children of Syria ready for the freezing temperatures of winter with a region-wide distribution of blankets, winter jackets, shoes and vaccinations to protect against disease. But the need is growing and resources are running out.

Life for a child under siege in Syria, or in a refugee camp like Za'atari, where 10 babies are born every day, is not the kind of life any of us would wish for our children.

These children – like all children – deserve to live with dignity and hope for a future where they can fulfil their potential.

If we do not protect them now, we will lose a generation of doctors, engineers and political leaders who will one day rebuild Syria.

Please help the children of Syria by donating now at www.unicef.ie.

LIAM NEESON and STEPHEN REA

Unicef ambassadors

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