On 30 October 2017 in East Ghouta, rural Damascus, in the Syrian Arab Republic,  a child is measured by a health professional with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape to determine whether or not he or she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

On 30 October 2017 in East Ghouta, rural Damascus, UNICEF participated in a United Nations humanitarian assistance convoy to Kafr Batna and Saqba in the besieged area.  UNICEF sent six trucks of humanitarian supplies as part of this convoy carrying health supplies such as oral rehydration solutions, medicines for children, vitamins, midwifery and pediatric kits.  Hygiene kits, nutrition supplements and high energy biscuits were also delivered.  Nearly 400,000 people remain trapped in East Ghouta, which has been under siege since mid-2013.  The UN and UNICEF were last able to access East Ghouta in September 2017, where the situation for women and children continues to worsen.

UNICEF delivers lifesaving supplies to Syria’s East Ghouta as part of United Nations humanitarian convoy

© UNICEF/UN0142210/Tom/OCHA On 30 October 2017 in East Ghouta, rural Damascus, in the Syrian Arab Republic, a child is measured by a health professional with a Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measuring tape to determine whether or not he or she is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. AMMAN/HONG KONG, 31 October 2017 – UNICEF participated yesterday in […]

Growing number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Greece in urgent need of shelter, care and protection

© UNICEF/UN057954/Gilbertson VII Photo Mariem, 8, a refugee from the Syrian Arab Republic, in her family’s shelter in Pikpa Village, an open refugee camp run by volunteers outside of Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece, Tuesday 14 March 2017. ATHENS/ GENEVA/ HONG KONG, 27 October 2017 – Only a third of the nearly 3,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children […]

Geneva Palais Briefing Note: Malnutrition among Rohingya child refugees

© UNICEF/UN0139599/LeMoyne This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. GENEVA/ HONG KONG, 27 October 2017 – We are working to get a clear understanding on the extent of acute malnutrition […]

1.5 million vulnerable children in the Middle East threatened as winter approaches

UNICEF facing HK$468 million funding gap for lifesaving winter supplies and cash assistance that could leave 1.5 million children out in the cold. AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 26 October 2017 – The coming winter is the latest threat to children affected by crises in the Middle East. As UNICEF races to provide warm clothing, winter supplies and […]

Dada, 15, holds her 18-month-old daughter Husseina where shes live in a host community in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, Saturday 29 July 2017. Dada was abducted by Boko Haram and became pregnant while in captivity. "There is an area near here where I used to go and they call me Boko Haram wife. Those people don’t know God,” says Dada. “I know she is my daughter, I don’t care why they say, I love her. Since I came back from Boko Haram there has been a lot of suffering, there is not enough to eat.”

“I like to chat with Husseina, I like to play with her,” adds Dada, “I want to put her in school. She needs good food and clothing. I think it is important to show her love and make her smile. I want her to be successful in life.”

As of 15 July, UNICEF and implementing partners in Nigeria have reached a total of 4,306 beneficiaries (3,039 children and 1,267 women) formerly associated with armed forces or armed groups including women and girl survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, with community-based reintegration services and short-term reintegration assistance packages, social cohesion and livelihood support.

UNICEF is providing psychosocial support for children who have been held by Boko Haram and is also working with families and communities to foster the acceptance of children when they return. This includes providing social and economic reintegration support to the children and their families.

The ongoing crisis in the Lake Chad basin is marked by massive violations of children’s rights – evident in the use of children on both sides of the insurgency. Boko Haram, in particular, has been leading a systematic campaign of abduction that has forced thousands of girls and boys into their ranks. Local militias, formed to protect their communities, have played a key role in stemming the  tide of Boko Haram violence, but they too have used children in their operations.

UNICEF estimates that thousands of children are being held

At current rates of reduction, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa

© UNICEF/UN0118457/ Dada, 15, holds her 18-month-old daughter Husseina where she lives in a host community in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, Saturday 29 July 2017. Dakar/HONG KONG, 23 October 2017 – Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences […]

On 16 October 2017, Rohingya refugees including women and children cross into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. Between 10000 and 15000 newly arrived Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar crossed into Bangladesh, and are stuck in Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district approximately 2 kms from the border with Myanmar.  Thousands of people are queuing up on pedestrian road in the midst of paddy fields and waterbodies in a queue approximately 1 km long. Thousands among them are children. People making long journeys by walking and crossing the river are in desperate condition. They are exhausted, dehydrated, hungry and are urgently in need of water. People are getting sick due to dehydration, while lots are also traumatized. Some children have been separated from their families during their journey. UNICEF has mobilized resources for the newly arrived Rohingyas. Two water trucks carrying 6000 litres of water and 2000 jerrycans are on the site for distribution. Distribution started this morning by boat to the refugees located near the border area.  Another 20,000 bottles of water each containing 1.5 litre are on the way from Chittagong. UNICEF is prepositioning two mobile child friendly spaces at the site for assessment and family tracing and reunification. UNICEF also plans to mobilize immunization and nutrition screening for this new influx.  Two UNICEF nutrition and health teams are currently on the ground.

As of 15 October 2017, at least 795,000 Rohingyas are estimated to be sheltering in Bangladesh, having fled violence and persecution in Myanmar. Violence which began on 25 August has triggered a massive and swift refugee influx across the border - an estimated 582,000 people have arrived. These refugees have joined some 213,000 people who were already in Bangladesh following earlier waves of displacement.  The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, many having experienced severe trauma, and are now living in extremely difficul

Two months since outbreak of violence in Myanmar, Rohingya refugee children still at acute risk

© UNICEF/UN0136209/LeMoyne On 16 October 2017, Rohingya refugees including women and children cross into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. NEW YORK/GENEVA/DHAKA/HONG KONG, 23 October 2017 – Nearly two months since Rohingya families began fleeing en masse to Bangladesh, thousands of children and women are still without basic lifesaving services, UNICEF said today. The […]

On 5 September 2017 in Bangladesh, Mohammed Yasin, 8, is amongst the newly arrived Rohingyas living in shelters at the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox's Bazar.

By 5 September 2017, more than 146,000 Rohingya refugees fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Cox's Bazar district, Chittagong Division in Bangladesh since 25 August. As many as 80 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children. More than 70 000 children need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 100,000 of the newly arrived refugees are currently residing in makeshift settlements and official refugee camps that are extremely overcrowded while 10,000 newly arrived refugees are in host communities. In addition, 33,000 arrivals are in new spontaneous sites, which are quickly expanding.  While some refugees are making their own shelters, the majority of people are staying in the open, suffering from exhaustion, sickness and hunger. Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable districts, not only for its poor performance in child related indicators but also for its vulnerability to natural hazards.  Most people walked 50 or 60 kilometers for up to six days and are in dire need of food, water and protection. Many children are suffering from cold fever as they are drenched in rain and lack additional clothes. Children and adolescents, especially girls, are vulnerable to trafficking as different child trafficking groups are active in the region. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence.

In Bangladesh, UNICEF is scaling up its response to provide refugee children with protection, nutrition, health, water and sanitation support. With the recent influx of refugees, demand has increased and UNICEF is working to mobilize more support and strengthen its existing activities. For recreational and psychosocial support to the newly arrived Rohingya children, 33 mobile Child Frien

Violence in Myanmar driving up to 12,000 Rohingya refugee children into Bangladesh every week

© UNICEF/Brown Mohammed Yasin, 8, is amongst the Rohingyas refugee children living in shelters at the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. UNICEF urges donors to support humanitarian appeals ahead of international pledging conference. DHAKA, BANGLADESH/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 20 October 2017 –Desperate living conditions and waterborne diseases are threatening more than 320,000 Rohingya refugee children […]

On 27 September 2017,  Jamilet Segura Gutierrez, 10, on her cot inside an a army tent at the La Perseverança shelter in Jojutla, Morelos, one of the hardest hit by the 19 September earthquake that struck Mexico. Jamilet said "I was in school and I thought the tree was going to fall over me. Many windows broke.  Now I'm afraid it will happen again, and even more strong."

As at 26 September 2017, 10,000 schools have been damaged or destroyed in Mexico following two powerful earthquakes that struck less than two weeks apart, threatening access to education for millions of children. Some seven million children live in areas affected by the earthquakes on September 8 and September 19.  UNICEF is working with its partners in areas affected by the earthquakes to establish temporary schools, promote school safety guidelines, train teachers in psychosocial support, and distribute education supplies and early childhood development kits to teachers and caregivers. Both earthquakes have resulted to 407 casualties, 190,000 buildings and 10,000 schools damaged in 8 states.  The Ministry of Education has announced an 8 step plan for a gradual return to school. All public schools need to be officially certified for safety conditions in the buildings to re- open. The Ministry of Education has announced UNICEF’s support in schools to help students deal with their fear or trauma.  After UNICEF ́s deployment to all affected areas to make a rapid assessment of the situation of children and women, 26 municipalities have been selected for interventions, mainly in education and child protection. Overall, the number of children targeted will be the 20,000 already identified in the South of Mexico, plus 40,000 in Central Mexico. Two UNICEF child friendly spaces were installed in Oaxaca, providing psycho-social support and each accommodating 300 children per week.

In children’s thoughts

© UNICEF/UNI204560/Zehbrauskas Two powerful earthquakes struck Mexico less than two weeks apart in September 2017, with some seven million children living in the affected areas. While children experience earthquakes through the deaths of loved ones and the destruction of their homes and schools, they also have to deal with the ensuing fear and trauma. Children staying […]

A nurse feeds a baby donor milk undergoing treatment at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at the Government hospital  in Nalgonda District. Telangana State, India.

7,000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says

© UNICEF/UN0135350/Selaam A newborn is fed donor milk by a nurse at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at the Government hospital in Nalgonda District. Telangana State, India. At current trends, 30 million newborns will die within first 28 days of life between 2017 and 2030. NEW YORK/GENEVA/WASHINGTON/HONG KONG, 19 October 2017 – Every day in […]