GENEVA/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 29 April 2016 – We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, Ecuador/HONG KONG, 26 April 2016 – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.
KATHMANDU/ HONG KONG, 24 April 2016 – A year after devastating earthquakes in Nepal, 1.6 million school children are starting the new academic year in affected areas. Yet many of them continue to study in temporary classrooms. While recovery and reconstruction efforts are moving ahead, much remains to be done to ensure a rapid return to normalcy and predictability for these children.
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 22 April 2016 – A first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador, last night, as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000.
NEW YORK/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 22 April 2016 – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.
From Balakot to Barpak: I cried once again
Ten years after witnessing the horror created by a devastating earthquake in my country Pakistan, I was in Nepal’s Gorkha, a district at the centre of the 25 April 2015 earthquake. I had spent a year in Balakot, the epicentre, and in October 2015 I joined UNICEF Nepal country programme to lead the Gorkha Emergency Site Office.
GORKHA, Nepal/HONG KONG, 21 April 2016 – “I love my daughter the most in the whole world,” said Amita Gurung, holding her baby Arpita tightly in her arms. “But when I think of the day she was born, I feel like crying.”
RAMECHHAP, Nepal/HONG KONG, 21 April 2016 – One week after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit central Nepal on 25 April 2015, Kabita Shrestha was out in the field.
Twelve-year-old Sharmila wakes up inside a big white tent set up next to a pile of rubble in Tupche village, some 80 kilometres from the capital Kathmandu. Like every other morning, Sharmila seeks help from her friend Ashmita to get ready for the day.
At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.
“We are in a race against time to protect children from disease and other risks common in such emergencies,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.