Over 1,000 children seek treatment for watery diarrhoea daily as number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen soars

© UNICEF/UN065873/Alzekri On 12 May 2017 at the Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, patients suffering from severe diarrhoea or cholera receive treatment. NEW YORK/SANA’A/Hong Kong, 31 May 2017 – In the past 72 hours, the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has risen by 10,000 to a total of 65,300. Over 1,000 children suffering […]

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere UNICEF Regional Director on the spread of cholera in Yemen

© UNICEF/UN057349/Madhok Beds are lined up in a hallway due to overcrowding in the pediatric ward at Al-Thawra Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen, Monday 20 March 2017. AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 30 May 2017– “As the UN Security Council yet again holds consultations on the situation in Yemen, UNICEF is reporting an unprecedented increase in the number of […]


From cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals in Syria, conflict threatens lives of over 24 million children in the Middle East and North Africa

© UNICEF/UN057343/Al-Karim A boy suffering from severe acute malnutrition acute at Al-Thawra Hospital, Hodeidah, Yemen, Monday 6 March 2017. Violence disrupting children’s access to health services, safe water and sanitation AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 […]


Nearly 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition in the Greater Kasai due to violence

© UNICEF A nurse from the Kabea Kamwanga hospital treats a malnourished child with medical supplies provided by UNICEF, in May 2017 KINSHASA/ DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 24 May 2017– The crisis in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in recent months, […]


UNICEF Child Alert on Myanmar: Fruits of rapid development and reconciliation efforts yet to reach remote, conflict-affected regions

© UNICEF/Brown Min Thiya, 10, was injured two years ago in an accident while he and his friends were playing with unexploded ordnance in in Kayin State, Myanmar. New report calls for improved humanitarian access to estimated 2.2 million children affected by violence, and end to child rights violations GENEVA/ NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 23 […]

On 2 October 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, three children look out of the window of a train as refugees primarily from the Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan and Iraq board the train at a reception center for refugees and migrants, in Gevgelija. From here refugees board a special train that takes them Tabanovce close to the border with Serbia.

In late September 2015 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, more than 96,800 people have been registered at the border by police near the town of Gevgelija, after entering from Greece, since June 2015.  As many as 42,299 people, of whom 35% were women and children have been registered since 1 September.   It is estimated that just as many are transiting without being registered.  The latest Government Response Plan issued in September indicates that as many as two thirds transit through the country without being registered. Many are escaping conflict and insecurity in their home countries of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic. There are children of all ages traveling with their families. Some are unaccompanied minors aged 16–18 years who are traveling in groups with friends. They are arriving in the country from Greece, transiting to Serbia and further to Hungary, from where they generally aim to reach other countries in the European Union.

Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010

© UNICEF/UNI197652/Gilbertson VII Photo Three children look out of a window on a train at a reception centre for refugees and migrants in Gevgelija, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in 2015 Ahead of G7, UNICEF urges world leaders to adopt six-point action agenda to keep refugee and migrant children safe NEW YORK/ HONG […]

the long walk

The long walk

© UNICEF/UN063439/Schermbrucker Mentor mothers support and empower pregnant women in protecting their babies from HIV infection and staying healthy. It was a long walk home for Maria on that day in Malawi in February 2011. She had been trying for two years to become pregnant, and the nurse at the clinic had just confirmed that […]