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Yemen hit by world’s worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000

© UNICEF/UN065873/Alzekri On 12 May 2017 at the Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, a child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment. NEW YORK/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 24 June 2017 – “The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst […]

An Iraqi child walks through the rubble of a building which was destroyed in an airstrike, as fighting between Iraqi security forces and ISIS continues, western Mosul, Iraq, Saturday 11 March 2017.

Over 224,298 persons are still internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since the military operations began on 17 October 2016, according to a UNHCR update from 14 March 2017. Operations to retake west Mosul began on 19 February and significant population movements started on 25 February, with around 5,000 persons received in camps daily. UNICEF reported on 3 March 2017 that some 15,000 children had fled the western section of Iraq’s Mosul city in the previous week, where fighting between the Government forces and ISIS is intensifying by the day.

Nowhere To Go: Children in Iraq trapped in cycles of violence and poverty as conflict reaches unprecedented levels

© UNICEF/Romenzi An Iraqi child walks through the rubble of a building which was destroyed in an airstrike, as fighting between Iraqi security forces and ISIS continues, western Mosul, Iraq, March 2017 BAGHDAD/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 22 June 2017 – Three years since the intensification of violence in Iraq, children are trapped in an endless cycle […]

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South Sudan refugee crisis: Over 1,000 children fleeing violence and instability every day

Recently arrived refugees aboard a truck to be taken to a new settlement at Imvepi Reception Center in Arua district of Uganda 28 February, 2017 Uganda now Africa’s top refugee-hosting country as numbers more than double in past year. KAMPALA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 June 2017 – As more than 1,000 children continue to flee South […]

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South Sudan famine ebbs, but situation still desperate as hunger spreads

© UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore Jane Tiko feeds a therapeutic formula to her nine-month-old son Simon Ladok in the malnutrition ward in the Al-Sabbah children’s hospital in Juba, South Sudan More than 6 million people now facing hunger driven largely by conflict ROME/JUBA, South Sudan/HONG KONG, 21 June 2017 – Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant […]

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Celebrating ‘Super Dads’

© UNICEF/UN065270/Ose Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched on 6 June 2017 celebrates fathers around the world. In June 2017, UNICEF launched the Super Dads initiative to highlight the fundamental role that fathers play in their children’s early development. Children’s formative years are critical for their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. What children […]

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EU Trust Fund contribution to UNICEF’s Syria crisis response reaches nearly HK$1.7 billion

© UNICEF/UN066157/Rostkowski May 17, 2017. Mouhamed Seif Mahmoud School, Sakhoor neighborhood in the east part of Aleppo. A UNICEF supported-school is an alternative space for learning. AMMAN/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 20 June 2017 – On World Refugee Day, the European Union has renewed its commitment to a generation of children affected by the war in Syria. […]

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In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador

© UNICEF/UN060490/Sokhin Muzoon Almellehan visits a classroom at Yakoua school in Bol, Lake Region, Chad, Friday 21 April 2017. There are 500 displaced children attending the school of 800 students and only eight teachers, causing strain on an already weak education system. Muzoon became an advocate for girls’ education after fleeing Syria in 2013 NEW […]