Seven-year old Louay (sitting on suitcase), six-year old Ayman (right), six-year old Manena (left) and six-year old Wael (second left) play with a suitcase that they found in the garbage at the Skaramagas refugee camp, in the port area of northern Athens, Greece, Thursday 9 March 2017. Skaramangas is the largest camp in Greece, housing over 3,000 people, and is regarded as having the best administration and facilities. On a visit after a heavy rain, open sewage pooled in large puddles between container houses, and children played with homemade toys they had found in the garbage. More than 60,000 refugees are trapped in limbo in Greece after central European countries attempted to stop the influx of refugees reaching Europe by sea during 2015 and 2016.

As of March 2017, one year after the closure of the Western Balkans migration route, irregular movements within Europe continue, but refugee and migrant children, whether alone or with family members, are increasingly facing higher fences, stricter border control and regular push-backs. Most recent concerns have been raised around new legislation in Hungary, prescribing for detention of asylum-seeking children above 14 years of age for migration control purposes.

UNICEF continues supporting child protection services in 11 Child and Family Support Hubs (Blue Dots) in open reception facilities on the mainland and in urban sites in Athens, Thessaloniki and Ioannina. Since the beginning of 2017, 1,341 children (including 507 newly registered in February) benefitted from services on regular basis. 

Vulnerable refugee and migrant families and children continued benefitting from specialised psychological and mental health services in Athens and five open sites in Attica region (Elefsina, Elliniko, Agios Andreas/NeaMakri, Rafina and Elaionas). 

UNICEF’s ongoing partnership with the Office of the Greek Ombudsperson for Children on child rights monitoring continued in February, including organizing visits to Skaramangas

UNICEF敦促全球領導人制訂國際移民及難民協議時應承諾保護兒童

© UNICEF/Gilbertson VII 7歲Louay、6歲Ayman、Manena和Wael在希臘雅典北部港口的難民營玩着一個遭丟棄的行李箱。 全球領導人即將在墨西哥巴亞爾塔港召開國際移民會議,聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)發表如何保護移民兒童的藍圖。 墨西哥/紐約/日內瓦/香港,2017年11月30日─全球領袖即將在墨西哥巴亞爾塔港召開國際移民會議,討論有關安全和有序的人口遷移政策。UNICEF今日發表聲明,表示相關的人口遷移政策必須承諾照顧流離失所兒童的權利和福祉。 會議於12月4至6日舉行並推進《全球移民協議》」的草擬工作。協議將全方位涵蓋國際間人口遷移的事情,這意味各國領袖與《紐約難民和移民宣言》和《兒童權利公約》有關的政治和財政承諾正邁向共識。 [...]
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地球村 是日開放

© UNICEF HK/2017 每天走最少10公里取水、收入僅1.9美元(港幣14.8元)的生活到底是怎樣的?數據一時三刻或難消化,但親身體驗令事實變得更具體。11月中,來自20間中學、約100名UNICEF Club的青少年參加了迎新活動「地球村開幕聚會」。透過體驗活動,他們率先了解全球兒童的權利和需要,未來一年,他們會從17個聯合國可持續發展目標(SDG)中選一個項目作主題,然後承諾在校內協助推動和實踐這目標。 自2007年起,聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK) 致力透過UNICEF Club加強與本港中學的連繫,讓學生了解世界各地兒童的狀況,並以行動實踐世界公民理念。UNICEF Club不設任何申請限制,提倡學生主導、籌組及策劃校園活動,提升同儕[...]
On 30 October 2017 in East Ghouta, rural Damascus, in the Syrian Arab Republic,  a child is measured by a health professional with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape to determine whether or not he or she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

On 30 October 2017 in East Ghouta, rural Damascus, UNICEF participated in a United Nations humanitarian assistance convoy to Kafr Batna and Saqba in the besieged area.  UNICEF sent six trucks of humanitarian supplies as part of this convoy carrying health supplies such as oral rehydration solutions, medicines for children, vitamins, midwifery and pediatric kits.  Hygiene kits, nutrition supplements and high energy biscuits were also delivered.  Nearly 400,000 people remain trapped in East Ghouta, which has been under siege since mid-2013.  The UN and UNICEF were last able to access East Ghouta in September 2017, where the situation for women and children continues to worsen.

(只有英文)敘利亞圍城東古塔兒童營養不良情況顯著加劇

© UNICEF/UN0142210/Tom/OCHA On 30 October 2017 in East Ghouta, rural Damascus, in the Syrian Arab Republic, a child is measured by a health professional with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape to determine whether or not he or she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. (只提供英文版本) Malnutrition rate in area is highes[...]
Fatima Ibrahim, 10 years old walks to the toilets installed at the school of the Tabareybarey refugee camp, Tillaberi region, Niger on May 25, 2015. The Tabareybarey refugee camp is operated by UNHCR and accommodates 8000 individuals in 1200 households within the camp. The majority of residents are refugees who fled their homes in Mali when the war began there in 2012. The school at the camp is operated by UNICEF and partners PLAN an COOPI. There are 603 enrolled students, including 303 girls enrolled in the primary school. 197 students and 103 girls are enrolled in the preschool. 27 children come to the school each day on transport provided by Unicef from anther camp 5km away. The camp was installed in 2012.

9個廁所小知識

© UNICEF/UNI201304/Phelps 目前還未知道是誰發明廁所。蘇格蘭和希臘人聲稱他們是發明者,前者說廁所出現於公元前3,000年的蘇格蘭古老部落,後者說出現於公元前1,700年的克里特島宮殿。 至今,全球約有6成人口(45億人)家中仍沒有廁所或能適當處理人類排泄物的設施。 全球有8.92億人露天排便。他們在戶外、路邊、草叢、垃圾堆上排便。 印度、印尼、尼日利亞、埃塞俄比亞、巴基斯坦的露天排便人口約佔全球露天排便人口75%。 露天排便與生活環境息息相關:9成露天排便人口在農村生活。 缺乏廁所會加速致命疾病傳播。每天有超過700名兒童因缺乏安全食水、環境及個人衞生設施而死於腹瀉。 全球有3成學校缺乏足夠廁所,導致女童和女老師無法適當保持經期的個人衞生。 興[...]

逾12,500名跑手為兒童跑 第12屆聯合國兒童基金會慈善跑預計籌得1,100萬善款

© UNICEF HK/2017 香港,2017年11月 26日 – 由聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)舉辦的第12屆聯合國兒童基金會慈善跑圓滿結束,逾12,500名跑手參與賽事各項目,預計籌得1,100萬善款支持全球抗愛滋運動,保護嬰幼兒免受愛滋病病毒感染,並為受愛滋病毒或愛滋病困擾的母親及兒童提供治療、輔導及支援的工作。 慈善跑假香港迪士尼樂園度假區舉行,吸引大量KOLs、善心跑手、家庭、商界領袖、企業團隊、UNICEF HK大使郭晶晶女士、李慧詩小姐及黃金寶先生到場支持。 商界公關「一哥」兼馬拉松達人張樹槐先生則參加半馬拉松賽,而他所籌得的善款數字於最高個人籌款獎中排名第二。 行政會議召集人陳智思先生在UNICEF HK榮譽顧問唐英年先生陪同下主持[...]
On 25 November 2017, a shipment of vaccines is delivered to the Sana’a International airport, bringing in15 tonnes of BCG, Penta and PCV vaccine supplies to protect Yemeni children from diseases such as diphtheria and tetanus.

In November 2017, Yemen is facing the largest humanitarian crisis and the worst food crisis in the world. Nearly 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from and the survival of millions of people depends on humanitarian assistance opera-tions. Fuel, medicines and food are essential in this context.  The recent closure of the Yemen’s airspace, sea and land ports has worsened the already shrinking space for the lifesaving humanitarian work. It is blocking the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance to children in desperate need in Yemen. And it is making a catastrophic situation for children far worse. Missions on the ground are not possible, blocking the movement of humanitarian workers and supplies, meaning that millions of children will be deprived of lifesaving humanitarian assistance.

(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會專機今抵薩納機場 為也門兒童提供疫苗

© UNICEF/Madhok On 25 November 2017, a shipment of vaccines is delivered to the Sana’a International airport, bringing in15 tonnes of BCG, Penta and PCV vaccine supplies to protect Yemeni children from diseases such as diphtheria and tetanus. (只提供英文版本) SANA’A/AMMAN/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 25 November 2017 – A UNICEF-chartered aircraft[...]
Bangui, Nov 13, 2015: Happy friends in Bangui’s Mpoko airport site for displaced people.. Two years after tens of thousands of Bangui’s inhabitants fled to the capital’s airport in search of safety, the site is still home to 20.000 displaced people.assistance to cash assistance. It is an empowering and dignified form of support to children and their families, with a positive effect on the local economy and with lower administrative costs.

即使情況已有所改善 仍有1.8億名兒童比父母面對更暗淡的前景

© UNICEF/UN08032/Le Du 2015年11月,兒童在開放給流離失所者,位於中非共和國班吉的機場。 超過130個國家於世界兒童日舉辦活動,提供平台讓兒童訴說心聲,並呼籲保護被遺忘的兒童。 紐約/香港,2017年11月20日─根據聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)為世界兒童日做的分析,即使情況已有所改善,但全球每12名兒童中仍有1名比父母面對更暗淡的前景。 研究顯示,37個國家中1.8億名兒童比20年前面對更多極端貧困、失學或被暴力殺害的風險。 UNICEF數據、研究和政策主任勞倫斯‧錢迪說:「雖然全球近代兒童的生活水平已有重大改善,但仍有少數被遺忘的兒童排除在外, 而這些兒童或其家人都沒有過錯,這是荒謬無比。」 UNICEF今天慶祝世界兒童日,這日同時是[...]
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暴力對兒童造成創傷

© UNICEF/UN062178/Prinsloo 針對兒童的暴力無處不在,部分受害兒童甚至只有一歲。 暴力不但令兒童身體受傷,還對他們造成精神創傷。聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)呼籲各國政府盡快採取行動,教導兒童、家長、老師、社區識別各種暴力行為,鼓勵他們挺身而出,堅決舉報。終結暴力是每個人的責任。 津巴布韋政府透過展開基層運動、制定國家規劃和政策倡議等措施,改善針對受暴力侵害兒童的服務。圖為UNICEF親善大使樸雅卡‧喬普拉(圖中)在哈拉雷的非牟利組織AfricAid援助中心探訪當地青少年。 AfricAid針對青少年提供基層社區援助服務,幫助感染愛滋病病毒的兒童和受性暴力侵害、被虐待的倖存者面對社會歧視。圖為喬普拉在援助中心安慰感染愛滋病病毒的青年(圖左)。[...]
On 12 May 2017 at the Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen, patients suffering from severe diarrhoea or cholera receive treatment.

Over 69,559 suspected cases of diarrhea have been reported so far across Yemen with 578 deaths as at 1 June 2017.  In the last 24 hours alone, the numbers of suspected cholera cases have gone up from 65,300 to over 69,559 across Yemen. An average of 1100 children suffering from acute watery diarrhea are reporting to health facilities every day for the past two weeks across the war-torn country. In the last four weeks, the disease has claimed at least 578 lives of which nearly 40 per cent are children.  The collapse of the water and sanitation system, barely functional hospitals and cash stripped economy means that 27.7 million Yemenis are staring at an unforgiving humanitarian catastrophe. There is a shortage of doctors and nursing staff, many of whom haven’t been paid for months as well as a shortage of medicines and IV fluid.  UNICEF has flown in three aircrafts carrying over 41 tons of lifesaving supplies including medicines, oral rehydration salts, diarrhea disease kits, intravenous fluids that will treat over 50,000 patients. Over one million people across the country have been reached by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, disinfecting groundwater wells, cleaning water storage reservoirs at public and private locations, providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene consumables kits.

(只有英文)聯合國領導人呼籲立即解除對也門的人道救援封鎖 數百萬人生命正受威脅

© UNICEF/Alzekri Joint statement from agency heads: WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WFP Executive Director David Beasley. (只提供英文版本) NEW YORK/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 16 November 2017 – “While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much o[...]