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More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest

A child pushes a wheelbarrow containing empty jerry cans to fill with water from a nearby tap providing untreated water from the White Nile in Juba, South Sudan. Children living in fragile situations are four times more likely to lack access to basic drinking water NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM/HONG KONG, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million […]

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Displaced, disoriented and shocked, children from Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor need urgent assistance and protection

© UNICEF UNICEF Representative Fran Equiza meets children in Areesha Camp, Syria. Statement attributable to Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria. QAMISHLI/SYRIA/HONG KONG, 25 August 2017 – “The impact of war on children across Syria continues to be staggering. Ongoing and heavy fighting has displaced thousands of families from Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zor. “I have […]

[NAME CHANGED], On 12 March 2016, a group of children play ing-round-the-rosy?outside their home at a shelter in the Philippines. Three of the children and their older sister, Rosalyn (not pictured) are among 7 siblings who were rescued during a cyber crime police raid police 6 years ago when their parents were caught forcing the two oldest girls to participate in live streaming of child sexual abuse in their home. Despite her young age, Rosalyn, now 17, has assumed the role of mother to her younger siblings at the shelter.

Rosalyn remembers her childhood fondly until her parents lost their jobs at a local factory. Uneducated, they were unable to find work and the family soon sank into extreme poverty. A neighbour offered Rosalyn the opportunity to earn money by participating in live streaming of child sexual abuse. She never received money directly but noticed that her family no longer went hungry. Her younger sister began to perform online as well, and the family economic condition improved to the point that their parents were able to purchase their own computer system. The parents, under the direction of the neighbour, continued to force their two older daughters to participate in live streaming of child sexual abusein front of a webcam in their home. The parents are now in prison and the case is in court, pending a decision at the end of April. The youngest children do not remember their parents and Rosalyn feels conflicted and responsible for the destruction of her family. It took her a long time to understand that what had happened to her was buse?since the exploitation of children through the live streaming of sexual acts before a webcam has been normalized in their community. The children were placed in a shelter away from their community, where they receive counselling and support. Rosalyn and her older brother are now going to university and the younger children attend school. Rosalyn is an advocate for online safety, and speaks to fello

UNICEF statement on the impact of the drug war on children’s rights in the Philippines

© UNICEF/UN014960/Estey On 12 March 2016, a group of children play ‘ring-round-the-rosy’ outside their home at a shelter in the Philippines. Statement attributable to Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative, Philippines. MANILA/HONG KONG, 22 August 2017 – UNICEF Philippines is deeply concerned about the impact of the war on drugs on Filipino children. The death of 17-year-old […]

On 14 October 2016, Interview excerpts with 17-year old ‘Aminata’, who was forced to live with Boko Haram for 2 years: “They dragged me to a car. They had taken me and another 14 girls from my neighborhood. I was held there for two months and then I was forced to marry one of the insurgents. Every time he wanted to have sex I refused, and then he would rape me and beat me up. My ‘husband’ told me that if he decides or wants to, he will send me and my co-wife to town as suicide bombers. I really miss my family and I wish I could see them again.” UNICEF estimates that +7,000 women and girls have been held and subjected to violence by Boko Haram. Most are believed to have been raped or forcibly “married” to their captors. When they manage to escape or are released, they need psychological and medical support to come to terms with their experiences and reintegrate with their families and communities. In addition to the trauma of captivity, many face stigmatization, discrimination and rejection by family and community upon return. Community members are often afraid the women and girls have been indoctrinated by Boko Haram and pose a threat to their communities. UNICEF, in collaboration with International Alert, provides psychosocial support for girls and women who have experienced sexual violence, including their children born as a result

Use of children as ‘human bombs’ rising in north east Nigeria

© UNICEF/Abubakar 17-year old ‘Aminata’, who was forced to live with Boko Haram for two yeas sits in an IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria Young girls are most frequent victims ABUJA/GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 22 August 2017 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially […]

On 18 August 2017, children stand outside the child friendly space at the temporary displacement centre in Regent community, Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.  The child friendly space in Regent opened on 18 August and gives children affected by the mudslide a safe place to play, under the care of trained counsellors.

UNICEF responds to Sierra Leone mudslide as more than 100 children reported dead

© UNICEF/UN076343/James/UNICEF On 18 August 2017, children stand outside the child friendly space at the temporary displacement centre in Regent community, Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. The child friendly space in Regent opened on 18 August and gives children affected by the mudslide a safe place to play, under the care of trained counsellors. FREETOWN/DAKAR/NEW […]

On 23 May 2017 in the Syrian Arab Republic, after receiving measles vaccination, four-year old George is being screened for malnutrition at a health centre in Ghassaniya in rural Homs.

UNICEF and WHO supported the Ministry of Health to undertake a nationwide immunization campaign inside Syria this week. The campaign aims to reach 2 million children between the ages of seven months and five years in 12 governorates  in Syria.  UNICEF provided 3 million doses of measles vaccine, 3 million syringes and safety boxes, and supported social mobilization, and awareness raising initiatives through distributing mass communication material.  Over 8,000 vaccinators have been deployed in health centres and through mobile teams providing vaccinations during the five-day campaign, including in temporary shelters housing displaced families like Mabrouka, north-eastern Syria.  Before the current crisis, SyriaÕs immunization coverage was one of the best in the region. Immunization coverage dropped from 80 per cent pre-conflict to 41 per cent in 2015. In some of the contested areas, routine immunization has completely stopped triggering diseases outbreaks including measles.

More than 355,000 children under five years-old vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria

© UNICEF/UN065378/Tarabishi DAMASCUS/HONG KONG, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria. The campaign provided vital protection against the disease to more than 355,000 children under five years old in the Governorates of Deir Ez […]

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(Chinese version only) Inspiration from life

(Chinese version only) 這個年代幾乎人人有一部智能電話,要拍片、做導演己非難事。工具是齊全了,但有些問題卻是亙古不變的。例如:「靈感何來?」 本月初,憑《樹大招風》獲得第36屆香港電影金像獎的最佳導演許學文獲邀與公眾及有意參與聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)「聆聽.一分鐘」短片比賽2017* 的青少年交流拍片和導演心得。暫且撇開拍攝技巧,許導先為現場一眾拍片初哥確立影片主題:「不少人首部影片作品題材皆是個人體驗或經歷,可是未必每個人的生活都充滿戲劇性。以我為例,我的成長過程很平凡,沒甚麼大風浪。然而,我並不會因此缺乏創作靈感。靈感不僅源於親身經歷,更來自你對生活的觀察和思考。」