On 17 August 2017, women and children inside the flood shelter in Kurigram District, located in the Rangpur Division, in Northern Bangladesh. Many women are finding it difficult to feed their children and provide safe water.

In August 2017, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), an estimated 3.9 million people in 20 districts of Bangladesh have been affected by flooding, the second round of exceptionally heavy monsoon rains to hit the country. Flood barriers have been breached in Saidpur, Lalmonirhat, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Rajshahi and Badarganj. According to the Bangladesh Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC) 21 rivers are still flowing above the pre-established danger level, and the waters of the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma Rivers are still rising. Access to affected areas is challenging, as flooding in the north has made the railway inoperable and roads difficult to navigate, while the runway at Saidpur airport is at risk of being submerged.

As of 14 August, 89 people are known to have died, including at least 14 people in the last 24 hours. 1,392 shelters in flood-affected areas are currently sheltering more than 282,479 people. An estimated 1,000 schools in Districts of Lalmonirhat, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Tangail, Sunamganj and Sylhet have closed because they have been flooded or are being used as temporary shelters. An estimated 110,400 hectares of cultivated land have been affected. According to the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), a total of 12,719 tube-wells have been submerged in Kurigram District alone leaving people without easy to access to potable water. Affected children and their families need temporary shelters, access to food and safe drinking water and sanitation.

(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會加強緊急應變措施 應對孟加拉水災

© UNICEF/UN076395/Saeed On 17 August 2017, women and children inside the flood shelter in Kurigram District, located in the Rangpur Division, in Northern Bangladesh. Many women are finding it difficult to feed their children and provide safe water. (只提供英文版本) DHAKA/HONG KONG, 31 August 2017 – UNICEF with partners are scaling up the[...]
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受衝突及局勢不穩影響 超過1.8億人缺乏基本食水

小孩推着裝有汽油空罐的手推車,前往附近的水龍頭提取來自南蘇丹朱巴尼羅河未經處理的水。 受衝突影響的兒童比正常兒童缺乏基本食水的可能性高4倍。 紐約/斯德哥爾摩/香港,2017年8月29日─聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)於8月29日表示,由於受衝突和局勢不穩影響,全球有1.8億人缺乏足夠食水。UNICEF在世界水周發表一項報告,表示交戰方經常剝奪社區獲取食水的權利。 在衝突和緊急狀態中,獲取食水和衞生服務是基本權利,並非他人賞賜的特權。缺乏清潔用水和衞生設施代表霍亂等致命疾病的傳播不可避免。在受暴力、流離失所、衝突、局勢不穩影響的國家,水是兒童生存的最基本需要。 根據最近UNICEF和世界衞生組織的分析,受衝突影響的人比正常人缺乏基本食水的可能性高4倍。2015年估計[...]
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讓加納更多殘疾兒童上學 改寫生命

「學校最好的是什麽?」帕特麗夏說:「我可以學習。」 10歲的帕特麗夏開心地說:「答案是4」,並自信地在黑板寫下上午數學課問題的正確答案。 在加納上東部省比爾薩首府散德瑪的阿弗科地區聯合小學,今天二年級數學課教除法,帕特麗夏‧阿德柏麗薩正認真地聽老師的講解。 表面上,這間課室與其他課室沒有分別,但只要細心觀察,就會發現一些學生患有輕度至中度的殘疾。 帕特麗夏是其中之一。帕特麗夏患有輕度腦癱,活動有點困難,簡單的動作都不輕易做到。她四歲進入阿弗科地區聯合小學上學時,甚至無法使用鉛筆。
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敘利亞拉卡和代爾祖爾兒童急需援助和保護

© UNICEF 聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)駐敘利亞代表艾奎紮(Fran Equiza)探訪敘利亞兒童。 UNICEF駐敘利亞代表艾奎紮發表聲明。 卡米甚利/敘利亞/香港,2017年8月25日─ UNICEF駐敘利亞代表艾奎紮於8月25日發表聲明,表示戰爭對敘利亞兒童造成的影響令人震驚,目前正進行的激烈戰爭令拉卡和代爾祖爾成千上萬家庭流離失所。剛結束對敘利亞訪問的艾奎紮表示對兒童所受的痛苦感到尤為痛心。 艾奎紮在敘利亞訪問期間前往難民營實地考察。他表示兒童經受殘酷的暴力,失去親人和朋友,處於恐懼之中,但心中仍懷希望。 報告顯示有數千名兒童仍被困在拉卡城,時刻面臨受炮火直接襲擊的危險。由於人道救援組織無法進入拉卡城,城內兒童和家人已完全無法獲得挽救生命的援助,幾乎[...]
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聯合國兒童基金會慈善跑2017 為兒童‧跑 新增首度攻港「星球大戰5公里賽」

© UNICEF HK/2017 香港,2017年8月22日——聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)今天宣布聯合國兒童基金會慈善跑2017(慈善跑)將於2017年8月24日(星期四)中午12時起接受報名。慈善跑今年踏入第12個年頭,大會號召14,000名健兒參加,支持聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)為兒童的工作。活動籌得善款將全數用作支持UNICEF的工作,幫助全球最弱勢及最有需要的兒童。慈善跑由UNICEF HK主辦,將於2017年11月26日(星期日)假香港迪士尼樂園度假區及欣澳舉行。此慈善跑更是唯一獲國際馬拉松及道路賽協會(AIMS)認可的本地慈善跑步賽事。個人及家庭跑手可選擇參與半馬拉松、10公里、5公里、3公里(少年及親子)等多項賽事。 今年,慈善[...]
[NAME CHANGED], On 12 March 2016, a group of children play ing-round-the-rosy?outside their home at a shelter in the Philippines. Three of the children and their older sister, Rosalyn (not pictured) are among 7 siblings who were rescued during a cyber crime police raid police 6 years ago when their parents were caught forcing the two oldest girls to participate in live streaming of child sexual abuse in their home. Despite her young age, Rosalyn, now 17, has assumed the role of mother to her younger siblings at the shelter.

Rosalyn remembers her childhood fondly until her parents lost their jobs at a local factory. Uneducated, they were unable to find work and the family soon sank into extreme poverty. A neighbour offered Rosalyn the opportunity to earn money by participating in live streaming of child sexual abuse. She never received money directly but noticed that her family no longer went hungry. Her younger sister began to perform online as well, and the family economic condition improved to the point that their parents were able to purchase their own computer system. The parents, under the direction of the neighbour, continued to force their two older daughters to participate in live streaming of child sexual abusein front of a webcam in their home. The parents are now in prison and the case is in court, pending a decision at the end of April. The youngest children do not remember their parents and Rosalyn feels conflicted and responsible for the destruction of her family. It took her a long time to understand that what had happened to her was buse?since the exploitation of children through the live streaming of sexual acts before a webcam has been normalized in their community. The children were placed in a shelter away from their community, where they receive counselling and support. Rosalyn and her older brother are now going to university and the younger children attend school. Rosalyn is an advocate for online safety, and speaks to fello

聯合國兒童基金會就菲律賓禁毒行動影響兒童權利發表聲明

© UNICEF/UN014960/Estey 2016年3月12日,幾個兒童在菲律賓庇護所外手拉手圍圈唱歌。 聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)駐菲律賓代表洛塔‧斯蘭德爾(Lotta Sylwander)發表聲明。 馬尼拉/香港,2017年8月22日─聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)於8月22日發表聲明,就菲律賓禁毒行動對兒童造成的影響深表關切。 據近期媒體報道,菲律賓一名17歲男子基安‧德洛斯桑托斯(Kian Delos Santos)在該國加洛幹市(Caloocan City)的禁毒行動中被警方擊斃。 UNICEF對基安的家人致以深切慰問,表示會幫助所有在此次禁毒行動中遇難兒童的家屬以及失去父母、照顧者和親人的兒童分擔悲傷。 基安的死亡事件必須接受公正和具透明度的[...]
On 14 October 2016, Interview excerpts with 17-year old ‘Aminata’, who was forced to live with Boko Haram for 2 years: “They dragged me to a car. They had taken me and another 14 girls from my neighborhood. I was held there for two months and then I was forced to marry one of the insurgents. Every time he wanted to have sex I refused, and then he would rape me and beat me up. My ‘husband’ told me that if he decides or wants to, he will send me and my co-wife to town as suicide bombers. I really miss my family and I wish I could see them again.” UNICEF estimates that +7,000 women and girls have been held and subjected to violence by Boko Haram. Most are believed to have been raped or forcibly “married” to their captors. When they manage to escape or are released, they need psychological and medical support to come to terms with their experiences and reintegrate with their families and communities. In addition to the trauma of captivity, many face stigmatization, discrimination and rejection by family and community upon return. Community members are often afraid the women and girls have been indoctrinated by Boko Haram and pose a threat to their communities. UNICEF, in collaboration with International Alert, provides psychosocial support for girls and women who have experienced sexual violence, including their children born as a result

(只有英文)尼日利亞東北部兒童被利用發動自殺式炸彈襲擊個案增加

© UNICEF/Abubakar 17-year old ‘Aminata’, who was forced to live with Boko Haram for two yeas sits in an IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria (只提供英文版本) Young girls are most frequent victims ABUJA/GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 22 August 2017 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and[...]
On 18 August 2017, children stand outside the child friendly space at the temporary displacement centre in Regent community, Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.  The child friendly space in Regent opened on 18 August and gives children affected by the mudslide a safe place to play, under the care of trained counsellors.

(只有英文)塞拉利昂泥石流導致超過100名兒童死亡 聯合國兒童基金會正進行救援

© UNICEF/UN076343/James/UNICEF On 18 August 2017, children stand outside the child friendly space at the temporary displacement centre in Regent community, Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. The child friendly space in Regent opened on 18 August and gives children affected by the mudslide a safe place to play, under the care of trained [...]
On 23 May 2017 in the Syrian Arab Republic, after receiving measles vaccination, four-year old George is being screened for malnutrition at a health centre in Ghassaniya in rural Homs.

UNICEF and WHO supported the Ministry of Health to undertake a nationwide immunization campaign inside Syria this week. The campaign aims to reach 2 million children between the ages of seven months and five years in 12 governorates  in Syria.  UNICEF provided 3 million doses of measles vaccine, 3 million syringes and safety boxes, and supported social mobilization, and awareness raising initiatives through distributing mass communication material.  Over 8,000 vaccinators have been deployed in health centres and through mobile teams providing vaccinations during the five-day campaign, including in temporary shelters housing displaced families like Mabrouka, north-eastern Syria.  Before the current crisis, SyriaÕs immunization coverage was one of the best in the region. Immunization coverage dropped from 80 per cent pre-conflict to 41 per cent in 2015. In some of the contested areas, routine immunization has completely stopped triggering diseases outbreaks including measles.

(只有英文)敘利亞偏遠地區超過35.5萬名5歲以下兒童接種小兒麻痺症疫苗

© UNICEF/UN065378/Tarabishi (只提供英文版本) DAMASCUS/HONG KONG, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria. The campaign provided vital protection against the disease to more than 355,000 child[...]
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靈感從生活沾來

這個年代幾乎人人有一部智能電話,要拍片、做導演己非難事。工具是齊全了,但有些問題卻是亙古不變的。例如:「靈感何來?」 本月初,憑《樹大招風》獲得第36屆香港電影金像獎的最佳導演許學文獲邀與公眾及有意參與聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)「聆聽.一分鐘」短片比賽2017* 的青少年交流拍片和導演心得。暫且撇開拍攝技巧,許導先為現場一眾拍片初哥確立影片主題:「不少人首部影片作品題材皆是個人體驗或經歷,可是未必每個人的生活都充滿戲劇性。以我為例,我的成長過程很平凡,沒甚麼大風浪。然而,我並不會因此缺乏創作靈感。靈感不僅源於親身經歷,更來自你對生活的觀察和思考。」