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March 15th 2014 marks the third year of the Syrian conflict.

The streets of Syria have been battlefields for three long years. Cities flattened. Schools crumbled. Millions of lives ripped apart. Relentless bloodshed has turned a middle-income country into the most dangerous place for children in the world.

This week, people from across the world spoke out against the senseless violence and supported the #childrenfsyria, including football legend David Beckham and actor Ewan McGregor.

If you haven’t done so already, Take action NOW: call on world leaders to end the conflict

Keith Wagstaff from NBC wrote about our efforts to bring international attention to an entire generation of Syrians at risk. Read his article here – ‘For #Syria and Beyond, Charities Pin Hopes on Hashtags.’

Earlier this week, UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that 5.5 million children are now affected by the war in Syria – more than twice the number than just a year ago – and that this a national security issue, not just a humanitarian one. Watch the interview and listen to Mr. Lake describe the horrifying scenes he witnessed inside Syria.

On the 10th of March, 130 humanitarian organizations released a joint statement demanding “immediate, secure, substantial and permanent humanitarian access for all civilians in Syria, including countless children.

And we’re glad to report that there has been some headway.

UNICEF’s Executive Director, who has been in Syria this week, met officials in Damascus and discussed access for humanitarian aid. Mr.Lake said Syrian the government has promised greater access for aid supplies, and that the talks were encouraging.

There was some encouraging news from China as well. Chinese celebrity Ma Yili has been using her social media influence (we’re talking over 50 million fans here) to spread awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. Only 28 percent of the babies are exclusively breastfed in China.

Read this article on how countries like China are experimenting with new approaches to promote this life-saving, natural practice under threat in the modern world.

This article on how an ambitious group of innovators are catalyzing change in the toilet business also caught our attention. A must read if you haven’t really thought about happens when you flush the toilet!

Talking about innovations, advocates say there is one simple solution to health and energy woes in the developing world. And that is …wait for it… ‘The Clean Cookstove’! Find out more right here

That’s all from us this week! If you come across a thought provoking article, do share it with us in the comments section below.

We are always on the lookout for interesting content that often gets overlooked.  We search the web for stories from under-reported regions and articles that will make you think of children’s rights and development issues in a way you haven’t before.

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