In UNICEF's Photo of the Week, taken by photographer Giovanni Diffidenti, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom shares a laugh with 12-year-old Esmaeil near his family’s two-room dwelling in the northern city of Irbid, Jordan.
Esmaeil, his parents and his five siblings are refugees from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The family has exhausted their savings and none of the children of school-age are in school. Esmaeil, who completed the third grade in the Syrian Arab Republic, would like to continue his education, but the nearest school is full and his family can't afford the bus fare he needs to attend another school that is relatively close but still some distance away. Esmaeil, his mother and his two younger siblings attend a UNICEF-supported child and family protection center in the city.
The center provides educational and recreational activities, skills training and psychosocial support for Syrian children and families, as well as vulnerable Jordanians. Bloom is visiting the country to draw increased attention to the urgent needs of children and families affected by the continuing Syrian crisis – now in its fourth year. Almost 589, 800 Syrians have fled to Jordan to escape the fighting in their homeland. Syrians have also taken refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey, bringing their total number to some 2.5 million. More photos from Orlando Bloom's visit:
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