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饑荒迫在眉睫 索馬里兒童營養不良及患病數字急升

© UNICEF/UN057221/Makundi 3歲的伊斯梅爾因患上急性水樣腹瀉而要在灣區拜多阿的一間霍亂治療中心留醫,其父親陪伴在側。 摩加迪沙/內羅畢/日內瓦/紐約/香港,2017年3月30日──饑荒陰霾再一次籠罩索馬里,早期數據顯示,患上嚴重急性營養不良、霍亂或急性水樣腹瀉的兒童人數正在上升,這些疾病在2011年的饑荒令大批兒童喪生。 在一月及二月期間,超過35,400名患上嚴重急性營養不良的兒童分別在索馬里數百間營養治療中心接受治療,數字比2016年同期上升58%。由今年年初到3月28日錄得超過18,400宗霍亂或急性水樣腹瀉,遠超去年全年的15,600宗,而大部分患者為年幼兒童。 「這些數字是一個警示。」聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)駐東部及南部非洲區[...]
A girl sits at a water tap with a jerry cans lined up in a queue outside a private business on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, Friday 17 March 2017. People in this community do not generally have access to clean water, save for that provided by a private business which has fitted a tap providing safe water along the walls of its compound. People queue by leaving their jerry cans until the tap is switched on. Only 41% of children in South Sudan have access to safe, clean water.

A worsening water crisis, fuelled in part by conflict and a deteriorating economy, is just one more challenge families in Juba face on a daily basis. In 2015, an estimated 13 percent of residents had access to municipal water, supplied mainly through a small piped network and boreholes – but this number is likely to have dropped following the violence that hit the city in 2016. For those without municipal access, water is mostly provided through private sector water trucking. Because they draw untreated water straight from the White Nile river, UNICEF, in coordination with the Juba city council, has been providing the trucks with chlorine to treat the water and reduce the spread of deadly waterborne diseases. There are more than 2,000 water tankers in the city, but as running costs continue to rise, so to does the price of water for customers. The lack of safe water means those living in the capital are at huge risk to the spread of deadly waterborne diseases, with children especially vulnerable, exacerbating a growing nutrition crisis. A cholera outbreak which started in Juba in July 2016 has already killed 83 people and infected almost 4,500 others. Many of those who have been affected live in poor neighbourhoods, with little access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

尼日利亞、索馬里、南蘇丹、也門受饑荒威脅 2,700萬人缺乏安全食水

© UNICEF/UN057035/Hatcher-Moore 在南蘇丹朱巴郊區,女孩坐在用作盛水的桶上輪候食水。 對嚴重營養不良兒童而言,缺乏安全食水與糧食同樣致命。 紐約/達卡/內羅畢/安曼/香港,2017年3月29日── 聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)表示,尼日利亞東北部、索馬里、南蘇丹和也門大批嚴重營養不良的兒童正面臨食水短缺、衞生情況欠佳和疾病爆發的進一步威脅。 在4個受饑荒威脅的國家,近2,700萬人只能使用不安全食水,而對當地營養不良兒童來說,這可能引發致命的腹瀉。 UNICEF應急方案辦公室主任方丹表示,營養不良、不潔食水加上不良衞生環境給當地兒童造成惡性循環,「因為不潔食水可以導致營養不良或令情況惡化,無論一個患營養不良的兒童吃了多少食物,只要他飲[...]
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(只有英文)時間無多 饑荒、旱災及戰爭正威脅數百萬名兒童

© UNICEF/UN056594/Knowles-Coursin UNICEF Nutrition Officer Judy Jurua Michael (centre) weighs 13-month-old Alakaii during a malnutrition screening at Gabat Center, a UNICEF-supported Outpatient Therapeutic Program in Aweil, South Sudan, Monday 13 March 2017. (只提供英文版本) UNICEF says children can’t wait, with urgent request for nearly HK$1.[...]
Angelina Nyanin, 25, holds her niece, Nyalel Gatcauk, 2,  who suffers from malnutrition,  as a UNICEF nutrition worker measures her arm during a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) mission in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan, February 26, 2017.  Angelina has five children of her own. They come from a village called Waluk, a two hours walk from the WFP registration area. Armed men killed her husband last year during a raid. Nyalel is the daughter of her brother. Angelina explained how in August last year her village was attacked by what she said were government soldiers. In the incident the soldiers took the mother of Nyalel away. She has never returned. She now provides for Nyalel as a mother. SheÕs alone, taking care of six children. The father of Nyalel is in Khartoum. ÒWhen they attacked the village I managed to run away with my children into the bush. When I returned at night Nyalel was in the house, but her mother was gone. The armed men that came for us that day and killed people randomly. They burned down many houses. Food and insecurity are our biggest worries. Because of the fighting that is going on around us it is difficult to find food. We are forced to collect and eat water lilies from the swamp. But the children donÕt react well to them. They loose weight quickly. I wish I could give my children a normal life. I wish I could send them to school, buy new clothes for them. I wish I could see them play outside the house during the day. But this is not possible now. The war has ruined everything in our livesÓ, Angelina explains. In areas affected by insecurity and cut off from humanitarian assistance, including Leer, Koch and Manyedit counties, UNICEF, in collaboration with World Food Programme and partners, are working to reach the most vulnerable children with acute malnutrition through Rapid Response Missions and to re-establish static services in areas with relative calm. Further missions are planned in the coming days and weeks to address the nutritio

(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會與合作伙伴為南蘇丹饑荒侵襲地區逾14.5萬人提供援助

© UNICEF/UN055444/Modola Angelina Nyanin, 25, holds her niece, Nyalel Gatcauk, 2, who suffers from malnutrition, as a UNICEF nutrition worker measures her arm during a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) mission in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan (只提供英文版本) Joint rapid response teams reach more than 30,000 children under-five JUBA, South Su[...]
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(只有英文)無名英雄──疫苗接種人員翻山越嶺 拯救也門兒童生命

© UNICEF Yemen/2017/Al-Zikri Health workers and volunteers heading to one of the remote villages to deliver vaccines. Many of the most hard-to-reach children are dependent on mobile health teams for life-saving routine vaccinations. (只提供英文版本) By Bismarck Swangin and Moohialdin Fuad In the face of Yemen’s crumbling health system, mobile [...]
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(只有英文)也門衝突兩周年 當地家庭以極端方法求生

© Yemen/UNICEF/2017 The war in Yemen has entered its third year. Children are paying the heaviest price. (只提供英文版本) Number of children injured, recruited in conflict nearly doubles in one year SANA’A/ HONG KONG, 27 March 2017 – After two years of brutal conflict, families in Yemen are increasingly resorting to extreme measures to s[...]
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(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會就南蘇丹救援人員被殺發表聲明

(只提供英文版本) NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 27 March 2017 – “All of us at UNICEF are shocked by the senseless killing of staff belonging to our partner organization, the Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organization. The humanitarian workers were travelling in a car that was clearly marked as belonging to a non–governmental organization. “We a[...]
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永遠銘記:阿雅的畫像

「記憶項目」是我們籌辦的小型非牟利活動,已有10多年的時間,我們集合高中藝術生為在弱勢環境生活的兒童創作畫像。「記憶項目」首先收集兒童的相片,並把相片寄到美國的中學,讓高中的藝術生研究相片後創作畫像,再將完成的畫像作為禮物寄給兒童。自2004年項目啟動,參與的藝術生已為來自43個國家和地區超過10萬名兒童創作畫像。我一直視這項工作為生命,但與在敘利亞難民營生活的兒童互動後,這帶給我前所未有的振奮和動力。因此,我首先必須向聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)駐約旦辦事處工作人員的協助表達謝意。 此項目不但為兒童提供畫像,亦為敘利亞兒童及家人傳遞重要訊息,安撫他們在難民營經常感受到的焦慮。我們想告訴他們,雖然全球有人會選擇恐懼,但是我們選擇友誼。我們選擇同心協力,而不是彼此分[...]