Unicef UK Ambassador Tom Hiddleston meets brothers Buom, 12 (right) and Jal, 9, who have been separated from their mother since the conflict began in 2013,  at the POC (Protection of Civilians) camp in Bentiu, South Sudan, November 25, 2016. Unicef UK Ambassador Tom Hiddleston returns to South Sudan as the brutal conflict enters its third year to see the effect it has had on children.  UNICEF UK/Siegfried Modola EMBARGO 00:01 30 November 2016

UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston travelled to South Sudan last week to see how the brutal civil war continues to destroy the lives of vast numbers of children across the country. Mid-December will mark three years of conflict in South Sudan. On his second visit since February 2015, Hiddleston saw how conditions remain as fragile and severe as ever.

UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston returns to South Sudan as the brutal conflict enters its fourth year

© UNICEF/UN042164/Modola JUBA/LONDON/HONG KONG, 30 NOVEMBER 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston travelled to South Sudan last week to see how the brutal civil war continues to destroy the lives of vast numbers of children across the country. Mid-December will mark three years of conflict in South Sudan. On his second visit since February 2015, […]

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Bringing Sabah back to school

© UNICEF/Syria 2016/Khodur Al-Issa It was 2014 when I first met Sabah, a shy 11-year-old who had been uprooted several times already in her short life. Sabah and her family were forced to flee their home when violence erupted in their village, Hayyan, in a rural region north of Aleppo. They then spent three years […]

On 17 September 2016, (centre) Abdulaziz, 10, who lost his father during the war comes to the 'Land of Childhood' underground playground to play and spend time with his friends: "My mom doesn't allow me to play in the street with the neighbours' children, but when she learnt that this place is underground she let me come here to play." He crosses the tunnel that connects the two basements together at the 'Land of Childhood'. A group of volunteers, led by a fourth-year former architecture student, links two basements with a tunnel and turns them into an underground playground in the Syrian Arab Republic. to provide children with a relatively safe place to play and have fun together.

Half a million children live under siege in Syria

© UNICEF/UN041513/Alshami UNICEF calls for lifting sieges and allowing humanitarian access NEW YORK/AMMAN/DAMASCUS/HONG KONG, 27 November 2016 – As violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year. Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off […]

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Statement for UNICEF Charity Run 2016

The UNICEF Charity Run 2016 scheduled for today (27 November 2016) has been cancelled due to adverse weather that had started since yesterday afternoon. As gusty wind and heavy rain over the venue of the event, the carpark area outside the Hong Kong Disneyland, continued into midnight without sign of slowing and the inclement weather […]

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Stop bombing schools and hospitals

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF MENA Regional Director. AMMAN, 21 November 2016 – “It has been a horrific week for Syria’s children – living and dying under the relentless bombardment of schools, homes and hospitals. “Hospitals in eastern Aleppo and Idlib were targeted while attacks on schools in Aleppo and Ghouta left nine children […]

On 9 November 2016, a young girl is seen on her way to Ain Issa, escaping violence in the Al- Hisha village in rural Raqqa. Some carried mattresses and blankets, while others brought their livestock, including goats, cows and sheep. Ain Issa is the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 Km north of Raqqa city.

As at 15 November 2016 in the Syrian Arab Republic, almost 7,000 people fled their homes in villages around rural Raqqa to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa city, as reported military operations on ISIL controlled Raqqa city scale up. Children in Raqqa have suffered immensely over the past three years and access to the area has been highly constrained due to insecurity and restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian assistance. The last UN inter-agency aid convoy to Raqqa was in October 2013. UNICEF and partners estimate that around 175,000 children could be affected by the violence.  While the situation in the Raqqa area continues to evolve, UNICEF is pre-positioning supplies in various locations to provide critical support for displaced children and their families, including preparing a package of items to provide winter clothing and thermal blankets, as well as critical hygiene and medical kits. Micronutrients, therapeutic food and vaccinations to improve the nutritional and health status of these children will also be available. While water trucking, network repairs and chlorination will provide safe water and reduce the likelihood of waterborne diseases. Materials to support psychosocial activities, as well as recreational and educational kits will also be provided to help children restart their learning and resume some normality in life.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake statement on Universal Children’s Day: Protect the rights of every child

© UNICEF/UN039564/Soulaiman NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 November 2016 – “Universal Children’s Day is more than a day to celebrate children everywhere. It is an annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting the rights of every child. “Universal, inalienable rights that the world pledged to protect on this day in 1989, when the United Nations General […]

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Toilet Hero

© UNICEF/UN039466 By Philippa Lysaght Every day, all over the world, children are doing incredibly heroic things. Children understand the importance of toilets, and unlike adults, they’re not afraid to talk about it! In many communities, children are driving change by demanding toilets in their villages or showing their siblings how to use toilets. Many […]

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UNICEF leads convoy into Mosul city with emergency supplies for 15,000 children

BAGHDAD/HONG KONG, 15 November 2016 — A UNICEF-led multi-agency humanitarian convoy was on Sunday the first to enter the Iraqi city of Mosul together with WFP and UNFPA. “UNICEF has entered Mosul city for the first time in over two years,” said UNICEF Iraq Deputy Representative Hamida Ramadhani. “Our teams are moving quickly to provide […]