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)聯合國兒童基金會參與聯合國人道救援車隊 向敘利亞東古塔提供緊急救援物資

© 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) AMMAN/HONG KONG, 31 October 2017 – [...]
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希臘非與父母同行的難民及移民兒童對住所、照顧、保護需求增加

© UNICEF/UN057954/Gilbertson VII Photo 來自敘利亞的8歲難民Mariem在希臘萊斯沃斯一個由義工營運的露天難民營居住。 雅典/日內瓦/香港,2017年10月27日─聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)發表聲明,表示目前在希臘境內滯留近3,000名非與父母同行的難民及移民兒童中,三分二缺乏合適的避難所和照顧。UNICEF敦促各國進行重要政策和法律改革,保護弱勢兒童的安全。 最近難民及移民人數激增,導致難民營人口過度擁擠和居住環境惡化的問題更為嚴峻。9月有超過5,700人抵達希臘,去年同期約為3,080人。 島上一些接待非與父母同行兒童的中心已容納設定人數的兩倍,危及兒童的安全和福利。由於缺乏適當保護,這些弱勢兒童在晚上特別容易受傷害。由[...]
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(只有英文)日內瓦萬國宮會議──羅興亞難民兒童營養不良情況

© UNICEF/UN0139599/LeMoyne (只提供英文版本) This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. GENEVA/ HONG KONG, 27 October 2017 – We are working to get a clear understanding on the extent of acute [̷[...]
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(只有英文)冬季將至 中東150萬名弱勢兒童面臨威脅

(只提供英文版本) UNICEF facing HK$468 million funding gap for lifesaving winter supplies and cash assistance that could leave 1.5 million children out in the cold. AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 26 October 2017 – The coming winter is the latest threat to children affected by crises in the Middle East. As UNICEF races to provide warm clothing, winter suppli[...]
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(只有英文)全球麻疹死亡個案雖已大幅減少 但每年仍錄得9萬宗

© UNICEF/UNI133530/Pietrasik A health worker marks a boy’s finger with ink, to show that he has been vaccinated against measles in India’s Gujarat State. (只提供英文版本) GENEVA/ NEW YORK / ATLANTA/ HONG KONG, 26 October 2017– In 2016, an estimated 90, 000 people died from measles – an 84 per cent drop from more than 550, 000 […]
Dada, 15, holds her 18-month-old daughter Husseina where shes live in a host community in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, Saturday 29 July 2017. Dada was abducted by Boko Haram and became pregnant while in captivity. "There is an area near here where I used to go and they call me Boko Haram wife. Those people don’t know God,” says Dada. “I know she is my daughter, I don’t care why they say, I love her. Since I came back from Boko Haram there has been a lot of suffering, there is not enough to eat.”

“I like to chat with Husseina, I like to play with her,” adds Dada, “I want to put her in school. She needs good food and clothing. I think it is important to show her love and make her smile. I want her to be successful in life.”

As of 15 July, UNICEF and implementing partners in Nigeria have reached a total of 4,306 beneficiaries (3,039 children and 1,267 women) formerly associated with armed forces or armed groups including women and girl survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, with community-based reintegration services and short-term reintegration assistance packages, social cohesion and livelihood support.

UNICEF is providing psychosocial support for children who have been held by Boko Haram and is also working with families and communities to foster the acceptance of children when they return. This includes providing social and economic reintegration support to the children and their families.

The ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad basin is marked by massive violations of children’s rights – evident in the use of children on both sides of the insurgency. Boko Haram, in particular, has been leading a systematic campaign of abduction that has forced thousands of girls and boys into their ranks. Local militias, formed to protect their communities, have played a key role in stemming the  tide of Boko Haram violence, but they too have used children in their operations.

UNICEF estimates that thousands of children are being held

按目前進展速度 西非和中非仍需要逾100年解決童婚問題

© UNICEF/UN0118457/ 2017年7月29日(星期六),來自尼日利亞東北部博諾諾州的15歲達達抱着18個月大的女兒胡塞納。 達喀爾/香港,2017年10月23日─聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)報告顯示,西非和中非仍存在嚴重的童婚問題。除非現在開始採取有效措施,否則需要逾100年才能解決童婚問題,對幾百萬名兒童新娘和地區繁榮造成負面影響。 本星期於塞內加爾達喀爾舉行的結束童婚高級別會議發布的報告指出,由於人口迅速增長和童婚流行率高,即使目前西非和中非的童婚率已急速下降,也不足以減少每年結婚的女童人數。 UNICEF副執行主任法圖瑪‧迪亞耶(Fatoumata Ndiaye)指出,童婚侵犯兒童權利,損害他們的健康和前途,還引發跨代貧窮的惡性循環。兒童新娘[...]
On 16 October 2017, Rohingya refugees including women and children cross into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. Between 10000 and 15000 newly arrived Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar crossed into Bangladesh, and are stuck in Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district approximately 2 kms from the border with Myanmar.  Thousands of people are queuing up on pedestrian road in the midst of paddy fields and waterbodies in a queue approximately 1 km long. Thousands among them are children. People making long journeys by walking and crossing the river are in desperate condition. They are exhausted, dehydrated, hungry and are urgently in need of water. People are getting sick due to dehydration, while lots are also traumatized. Some children have been separated from their families during their journey. UNICEF has mobilized resources for the newly arrived Rohingyas. Two water trucks carrying 6000 litres of water and 2000 jerrycans are on the site for distribution. Distribution started this morning by boat to the refugees located near the border area.  Another 20,000 bottles of water each containing 1.5 litre are on the way from Chittagong. UNICEF is prepositioning two mobile child friendly spaces at the site for assessment and family tracing and reunification. UNICEF also plans to mobilize immunization and nutrition screening for this new influx.  Two UNICEF nutrition and health teams are currently on the ground.

As of 15 October 2017, at least 795,000 Rohingyas are estimated to be sheltering in Bangladesh, having fled violence and persecution in Myanmar. Violence which began on 25 August has triggered a massive and swift refugee influx across the border - an estimated 582,000 people have arrived. These refugees have joined some 213,000 people who were already in Bangladesh following earlier waves of displacement.  The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, many having experienced severe trauma, and are now living in extremely difficul

(只有英文)緬甸爆發衝突後兩個月 羅興亞難民兒童仍深陷危險

© UNICEF/UN0136209/LeMoyne On 16 October 2017, Rohingya refugees including women and children cross into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. (只提供英文版本) NEW YORK/GENEVA/DHAKA/HONG KONG, 23 October 2017 – Nearly two months since Rohingya families began fleeing en masse to Bangladesh, thousands of children and women are stil[...]
On 5 September 2017 in Bangladesh, Mohammed Yasin, 8, is amongst the newly arrived Rohingyas living in shelters at the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox's Bazar.

By 5 September 2017, more than 146,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh since 25 August. As many as 80 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children. More than 70 000 children need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 100,000 of the newly arrived refugees are currently residing in makeshift settlements and official refugee camps that are extremely overcrowded while 10,000 newly arrived refugees are in host communities. In addition, 33,000 arrivals are in new spontaneous sites, which are quickly expanding.  While some refugees are making their own shelters, the majority of people are staying in the open, suffering from exhaustion, sickness and hunger. Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable districts, not only for its poor performance in child related indicators but also for its vulnerability to natural hazards.  Most people walked 50 or 60 kilometers for up to six days and are in dire need of food, water and protection. Many children are suffering from cold fever as they are drenched in rain and lack additional clothes. Children and adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to trafficking as different child trafficking groups are active in the region. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence.

In Bangladesh, UNICEF is scaling up its response to provide refugee children with protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support. With the recent influx of refugees, demand has increased and UNICEF is working to mobilize more support and strengthen its existing activities. For recreational and psychosocial support to the newly arrived Rohingya children, 33 mobile Child Frien

緬甸衝突導致每星期有1.2萬名羅興亞難民兒童逃往孟加拉

© UNICEF/Brown 8歲羅興亞難民兒童Mohammed Yasina在孟加拉科克斯巴扎爾臨時營地居住。 孟加拉達卡/日內瓦/香港,2017年10月20日─超過32萬名羅興亞難民兒童自8月逃離至孟加拉南部,面對飢餓和水媒疾病威脅,其中1萬名在過去幾天抵達。 「失落和絕望:羅興亞難民兒童面臨危險的未來」報告(Outcast and Desperate: Rohingya refugee children face a perilous future)指出,自8月底緬甸爆發衝突,超過50萬名羅興亞人逃往孟加拉南部科克斯巴扎爾。新抵達難民中近6成是兒童,平均每日有1,200至1,800名兒童抵達,加入已有的20萬名難民行列。 UNICEF中東和北非地區推廣主任西蒙‧[...]
On 27 September 2017,  Jamilet Segura Gutierrez, 10, on her cot inside an a army tent at the La Perseverança shelter in Jojutla, Morelos, one of the hardest hit by the 19 September earthquake that struck Mexico. Jamilet said "I was in school and I thought the tree was going to fall over me. Many windows broke.  Now I'm afraid it will happen again, and even more strong."

As at 26 September 2017, 10,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed in Mexico following two powerful earthquakes that struck less than two weeks apart, threatening access to education for millions of children. Some seven million children live in areas affected by the earthquakes on September 8 and September 19.  UNICEF is working with its partners in areas affected by the earthquakes to establish temporary schools, promote school safety guidelines, train teachers in psychosocial support, and distribute education supplies and early childhood development kits to teachers and caregivers. Both earthquakes have resulted to 407 casualties, 190,000 buildings and 10,000 schools damaged in 8 states.  The Ministry of Education has announced an 8 step plan for a gradual return to school. All public schools need to be officially certified for safety conditions in the buildings to re- open. The Ministry of Education has announced UNICEF’s support in schools to help students deal with their fear or trauma.  After UNICEF ́s deployment to all affected areas to make a rapid assessment of the situation of children and women, 26 municipalities have been selected for interventions, mainly in education and child protection. Overall, the number of children targeted will be the 20,000 already identified in the South of Mexico, plus 40,000 in Central Mexico. Two UNICEF child friendly spaces were installed in Oaxaca, providing psycho-social support and each accommodating 300 children per week.

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© UNICEF/UNI204560/Zehbrauskas 2017年9月,墨西哥兩星期內接連發生兩次強烈地震,目前約有700萬名兒童在受地震影響地區生活。 這些兒童不但承受失去親人的痛苦,目睹家園和學校被毀,還要面對隨之而來的恐懼和創傷。聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)為受影響兒童提供可遊戲、治療和接受支援的地方。家園被破壞後,在莫雷洛斯州霍胡特拉避難所生活的兒童說出他們對地震的記憶。 「我當時在學校,覺得樹快要倒塌砸到我,很多窗戶被震碎。我很擔心強烈地震會再次發生。」  10歲哈米利特‧塞古拉‧古鐵雷斯說。 「上學途中,地面開始搖晃,我很害怕。房子全部倒塌,我很擔心媽媽。我回家時,所有東西都掉在地上,我不知道怎樣整理它們。」 8歲安赫爾‧德‧熱蘇斯‧加西亞說。 [...]
A nurse feeds a baby donor milk undergoing treatment at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at the Government hospital  in Nalgonda District. Telangana State, India.

報告指出每天有7,000名新生兒死亡 即使5歲以下兒童死亡率已穩定下降

© UNICEF/UN0135350/Selaam 印度泰倫加納。新生兒在納爾貢達區政府醫院的特殊新生兒護理部由護士餵奶。 按目前趨勢,2017年至2030年期間將有3,000萬名新生兒會在28天內死亡。 紐約/日內瓦/華盛頓/香港,2017年10月19日─聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)最新報告顯示,2016年每天有1.5萬名兒童在5歲前死亡,當中46%,約7,000名嬰兒在出生後28天內死亡。 《2017年兒童死亡率水平和趨勢》顯示,2000年時5歲以下兒童死亡人數約990萬名,而2016年下降至560萬名。儘管出現下降趨勢,但新生兒階段中5歲以下兒童的死亡比例從同期的41%上升至46%。 UNICEF衞生主任斯特凡‧斯沃林‧彼得森說:「2000年起有5,000萬[...]