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As famine looms, malnutrition and disease rise sharply among children in Somalia

© UNICEF/UN057221/Makundi Nur Ismail, 3, is treated for acute watery diarrhoea at the cholera treatment centre in Bay Regional Hospital, Baidoa, Bay region. His father, Hassan Ismail, is by his side. MOGADISHU/ NAIROBI/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 30 March 2017 – As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show […]

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27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine

© UNICEF/UN057035/Hatcher-Moore A girl sits at a water tap with a jerry cans lined up in a queue outside a private business on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. Unsafe water as deadly to severely malnourished children as lack of food NEW YORK/ DAKAR/ NAIROBI/ AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate […]

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Time is running out for children as famine, drought and war threaten millions

© UNICEF/UN056594/Knowles-Coursin UNICEF Nutrition Officer Judy Jurua Michael (centre) weighs 13-month-old Alakaii during a malnutrition screening at Gabat Center, a UNICEF-supported Outpatient Therapeutic Program in Aweil, South Sudan, Monday 13 March 2017.2017 UNICEF says children can’t wait, with urgent request for nearly HK$1.99 billion (US$255 million) to respond to immediate needs in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, […]

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UNICEF and partners assist more than 145,000 people in famine-hit areas of South Sudan

© UNICEF/UN055444/Modola Angelina Nyanin, 25, holds her niece, Nyalel Gatcauk, 2, who suffers from malnutrition, as a UNICEF nutrition worker measures her arm during a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) mission in Thonyor, Leer county, South Sudan Joint rapid response teams reach more than 30,000 children under-five JUBA, South Sudan/ HONG KONG, 28 March 2017 – […]

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Unsung heroes: Vaccinators climb mountains to save children’s lives in Yemen

© UNICEF Yemen/2017/Al-Zikri Health workers and volunteers heading to one of the remote villages to deliver vaccines. Many of the most hard-to-reach children are dependent on mobile health teams for life-saving routine vaccinations. By Bismarck Swangin and Moohialdin Fuad In the face of Yemen’s crumbling health system, mobile vaccination teams are reaching children who no […]

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Families in Yemen turning to extreme survival measures as war hits two-year mark

© Yemen/UNICEF/2017 The war in Yemen has entered its third year. Children are paying the heaviest price. Number of children injured, recruited in conflict nearly doubles in one year SANA’A/ HONG KONG, 27 March 2017 – After two years of brutal conflict, families in Yemen are increasingly resorting to extreme measures to support their children, […]

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UNICEF statement on killing of aid workers in South Sudan

NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 27 March 2017 – “All of us at UNICEF are shocked by the senseless killing of staff belonging to our partner organization, the Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organization. The humanitarian workers were travelling in a car that was clearly marked as belonging to a non–governmental organization. “We are appalled that humanitarians […]

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Remember them all: A portrait of Aya

Our small nonprofit, the Memory Project, has been organizing high school art students to create portraits for children in vulnerable situations for a dozen years. The Memory Project gathers photos of children and sends them to art students in US high schools who study the photos to create drawings and paintings which are then delivered, […]