On 7 December 2013 in Lebanon, Aliya, 7, completes homework in the tent she shares with 16 family members, in an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Dalhamieh, a small village in the Bekaa Valley. Aliya and her brother Ali are the youngest children of a large family, spanning her father’s three marriages. Most of her siblings fled from their village in Idlib Governorate two years earlier, while Aliya and Ali remained with their parents in Lebanon. The area where they lived was regularly affected by violence. “There were many missiles and rockets,” Aliya recalled. “Every day they would fall on us. I was afraid. My brother and I would go hide in my room.” About one year ago, their home was shelled in an attack that killed their mother and father. Neighbours then called the children’s oldest brother, Abu-Thamer, to return to the Syrian Arab Republic for his siblings. “Ali did not speak at all until we got to Lebanon,” he said. The transition to life away from home has also been difficult for Aliya. “I was surprised when I first saw the tent here, I thought, ‘My God, how can everyone stand this?’ … but when I thought of the bombing back home, I said to myself that this is better.” Aliya had been attending a tented school, but it was recently closed due to inclement weather. “The tent … does not keep water out. It was closed so we don’t get sick. They didn’t tell us when it will open again, but I want it to because I want to learn.”

As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, needs are escalating at an increasingly urgent pace, with children bearing the greatest toll. Since March 2011, over 7,000 children have lost their lives in the violence, while hundreds of thousands have been wounded, some of whom must now live with life-long disabilities caused by their injuries. By mid-December 2013, the conflict had left 6.5 million people displaced internally. They are among 9.3 million people inside the country in need of hu

Clooney Foundation for Justice partners with UNICEF to open seven public schools to Syrian refugee children

© UNICEF/UNI156405/Noorani On 7 December 2013 in Lebanon, Aliya, 7, completes homework in the tent she shares with 16 family members in an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Dalhamieh, a small village in the Bekaa Valley. With support from Google.org and HP Inc., the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s HK$17.55 million (US$2.25 million) partnership […]

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In search of opportunities

© UNICEF/UN05325/Dragaj The vast majority of child migrants uprooted by violence, poverty and climate change remain in Africa. Children account for over half of the 12 million West and Central African people on the move each year, with some 75% of them remaining in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one in five heading to Europe. Migration […]

Tshinyama Primary School is one of four schools plundered during the clashes between Kamuina Nsapu movement rebels and the police in March 2017 in Nganza commune, 4km from Kamina, the capital of Kasai province Occidental, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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L'école primaire Tshinyama est l'une des quatre écoles pillées lors des affrontements entre les rebelles du mouvement Kamuina Nsapu et les forces de l'ordre en mars 2017 dans la commune de Nganza, à 4km de Kamina, capitale de la province du Kasaï Occidental, en République Démocratique du Congo.

In August 2016, fighting broke out in one of the Democratic
Republic of Congo’s (DRC) poorest regions - Kasai - after a
traditional leader was killed in clashes with security forces. The
situation deteriorated in 2017, unleashing a wave of violence that
has now engulfed nine of the country’s 26 provinces.

850,000 children displaced by violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasaï region

© UNICEF/UN073241/Dubourthoumieu Children walk in front of Tshinyama Primary School in Nganza commune, Kasai province Occidental, Democratic Republic of the Congo. KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 28 July 2017 –More than 1 million people have been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) […]

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World Breastfeeding Week 2017 calls for public support for breastfeeding

HONG KONG, 28 July 2017 –The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), in collaboration with the Department of Health (DH), the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA) and the Hospital Authority, today celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2017, hoping to further enhance public support for breastfeeding in Hong Kong. Officiating at the event, […]

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(Chinese version only) Say Yes to support breastfeeding campaign

(Chinese version only) 本月首星期是一年一度的國際母乳哺育週,今年的主題是持續母乳餵哺,同心同行。或許很多讀者都知道持續母乳餵哺對媽媽和嬰兒都有莫大益處,聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)及世界衞生組織(WHO)最新研究顯示,提高首六個月全母乳餵哺嬰兒的比率,有助於未來10年內拯救52萬名兒童的生命。不僅如此,母乳餵哺時間愈長,愈有助減低兒童肥胖及過重的風險。母乳餵哺好處多多,關鍵是我們應如何支持他們,與他們同心同行,讓哺乳媽媽安心餵哺孩子。 為推動香港母乳餵哺及增加公眾和社區對哺乳媽媽所需支援,自2015年起, 由UNICEF HK主辦,食物及衞生局和衞生署協辦 「Say Yes to Breastfeeding 母乳育嬰齊和應」運動,推動各個母乳餵哺友善環境如工作空間、公共場所和交通工具。去年6月,在衞生署和UNICEF HK的推動及大力支持下,全港首個船上哺乳室由「新渡輪」正式設立並啟用,今年更拓展至在四艘普通渡輪設置哺乳室,稍後亦會在船隊內所有高速船下層推出優先座給哺乳媽媽。與此同時,我們更進一步伸延至的士界別,提出「母乳餵哺友善車廂」七步曲,藉此為哺乳媽媽提供更完善的社區支援,進一步保障及尊重媽媽私隱。 鼓勵及推動持續母乳餵哺,少不了社會各界的支持。不論你以企業、交通工具界別或個人等身份參與,都是對哺乳媽媽的肯定,讓她們堅守天職。現在,不妨踏出你的第一步,加入行動。多一份支持,多一點關懷,Say Yes支持哺乳媽媽!詳見:sayyestobreastfeeding.hk 原文刊登於2017年7月28日《星島日報》「放眼世界」「攜手為兒童」專欄

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Three years without a home

© UNICEF/UN070796/Sparks Rayan stands in the tent for new arrivals at Salamiyah camp. The UNICEF boxes behind him are UNICEF’s hygiene kits that form part of the Multi-Sectoral Emergency Package (MSEP) to which WFP and UNFPA also contribute. “I’m from Zummar, a village close to the Syrian border. It’s been three years since my family […]

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen

© Moohialdin Fuad Alzekri A child receiving treatment for suspected cholera at the centre at Alsabeen Hospital, Sana’a – Yemen. ADEN/SANA’A/HONG KONG, 26 July 2017 – “As the heads of three United Nations agencies – UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – we have travelled together to Yemen to […]

A woman carries her child through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee the Old City for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday 6 July 2017. Partially visible at left is the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri.

The end of the violence in Mosul in July 2017 is likely to be a turning point for Iraq, but it will not bring the guns to silence as the battle will soon turn to Tal Afar, West Anbar and Hawija. Three years of traumatic experiences and months of intense fighting have left children and families in Mosul struggling with the physical and psychological wounds of war, with childhoods turned into nightmares of brutality, displacement and loss. Many are being treated in trauma centres in west Mosul with bullet and shrapnel wounds are children and many children who fled the intense fighting between government and non-government actors are severely distressed and need psychosocial care. Warring parties actively recruited children into the fighting, depriving them of a normal childhood and the chance of a better future.Some children are being held in detention centres. UNICEF is providing these children with legal representation, education, psychosocial assistance, vocational training, and helping to improve the conditions of the facilities where children are held. Providing schools, water, sanitation and health services will be crucial for all Iraqi children and their families to return home. Otherwise, the risk is not only of a lost generation, but also severely restricted opportunities to build a solid foundation for coexistence, tolerance and peace in the future.

Abused, exploited and abandoned – Children caught up in violence in Mosul and conflicts in the region need immediate care and protection

© UNICEF/UN073067/Romenzi A woman carries her child through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee the Old City for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq, Thursday 6 July 2017. Partially visible at left is the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri. Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the […]

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Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows

© UNICEF/Romenzi Congolese refugee Tsunon, 12, plays on the rooftop of her family’s home as her sister Christelle, 15, sits nearby in Janzour, Libya. Vast majority leave home alone without their parents’ knowledge and flee because of trouble at home GENEVA, HONG KONG, 25 July 2017 – Children on the move into Europe from Africa take […]