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(Chinese only) Connect

© UNICEF HK/2018 (Chinese only) 聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)「聆聽.一分鐘」短片比賽2017近日舉行頒獎典禮,8名本地中學生獲獎,表揚他們活用創意,以一分鐘短片向公眾展示「我係我」。今年,項目再與香港藝術中心ifva協辦,並繼續獲得恒生銀行全力支持。今期「細路主場」就找來初中組「最佳一分鐘短片獎」得主曾智華分享一下何謂「我係我」。 你是一個怎樣的人?你會怎樣描述自己?曾智華覺得自己善良、博學、柔情,有時懦弱,「面對學業壓力,有時我很想哭,但一個大男孩動不動就哭,恐怕會被人取笑吧!」許多「社會標籤」,令智華開始迷失,直至參賽及製作這部短片,才令他有所頓悟:「面對內心的黑暗並不容易,但學習與最真實的自己相處很重要。我很高興自己踏出第一步,把我最真實一面呈現在作品中,即使那或許不是身邊人所預期的,但那就是真我!」 UNICEF HK一直致力守護兒童權利,包括其參與權,即表達意見及感想的權利。我們希望社會大眾藉着青少年親自拍攝的短片,以青少年的視角及語言進入他們的世界,更確切了解其憂慮、關注及想法,具體掌握及回應其需要。華仔的心聲,或多少反映時下青少年的想法,透過映像,希望你們能夠順利與「華」對話、接通青少年的世界。 原文刊登於2018年1月27日《頭條日報》「細路主場」專欄

[NAME CHANGED] Javier, 10, attends the UNICEF-supported Carlos Alberto Rivera Hernandez School in San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras, Friday 8 April 2016. Javier's father and five uncles were killed in gang violence and his mother abandoned him. He now lives with his grandmother in the neighbourhood.

Javier has not been threatened or attacked by gang members, but he has friends in the older years who have experienced violence and are too scared to come to school. A 15-year-old girl was killed, having been tortured for two days in a neighbourhood known as ‘casa loca’ (crazy house). Javier only attends school in the morning. Gang members tend to send in ‘flags’ to monitor activity and recruit students in the afternoon. “There is a lot of violence here. I want to be a doctor so I can help people who are hurt”.

With 57 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2015, Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Organized crime grew in the wake of civil wars in the region, which left many people unemployed and with easy access to weapons. As of August 2016, heavily armed gangs have tens of thousands of members in Honduras and neighbouring countries, where they engage in extortion, assassinations, drug trafficking, car theft, illegal gun sales, kidnappings and turf wars.

Instead of being safe learning environments, schools have become recruiting territories for the gangs. Many children and adolescents who attend school must make dangerous trips from their homes to places of education. Once at school, they run the risk of being recruited, threatened, abused, attacked and even killed. The cycle of violence puts many children at risk of physical violence, increasing school dropout rates, as children fear continuing their education.

To address these problems, UNICEF is working with communities to create safe schools. UNICEF supports partners such as the COMVIDA Outreach Centre, which gives children and young people at risk of violence support and guidanc

(Chinese only) Face up to child abuse

© UNICEF/UN076693/ (Chinese only) 月初,5歲女童「臨臨」疑遭虐待致死事件惹來公憤。讓人扼腕的是,這僅是冰山一角。最近,聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)發表報告《熟悉的臉孔:暴力環境中生活的兒童及青少年》,揭示全球眾多兒童(甚至包括年齡低至一歲的嬰兒)正受暴力傷害,施暴者多是他們的監護人,本應提供溫暖及關愛的家更是許多兒童初次受虐的地方。 報告提到,全球約3億名2至4歲兒童曾受家中監護人心理攻擊或(和)體罰、30個有相關數據統計的國家中,每10名一歲的兒童就有6名經常受暴力管教。同時,一歲的兒童中,每4名有1名曾被用力搖晃體罰。不論是何種暴力,均對兒童,特別是其早期發展有嚴重影響,除傷害身體,恐懼和壓力等負面情緒會產生神經毒素,損害其大腦發展,造成永久性傷害。 UNICEF和聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)皆堅決捍衛聯合國《兒童權利公約》,守護兒童權利。《公約》列明,每一名兒童都享有包括:醫療、教育、受保護及獲平等機會發展的基本人權。第19條更指出兒童在受照料時,不得受忽視或虐待,包括性侵犯。 為消除針對兒童的暴力行為,UNICEF呼籲各國政府立即行動,支持由我們、世界衞生組織、消除針對兒童暴力的全球合作伙伴組織(Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children)通過並推行的INSPIRE方案,包括協調國家行動,與司法、醫療和兒童等界別合作,消除針對兒童的暴力行為、建立更完善社會服務體系,培訓社工,為受害兒童提供心理輔導和其他服務等。2016年,UNICEF與36個國家合作,防範兒童受虐。我們亦積極在港與各界研討相關方案,包括支持成立兒童事務委員會,加強保障兒童權利。 原文刊登於2018年1月26日《星島日報》「放眼世界」「攜手為兒童」專欄

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Order UNICEF HK Red Packet to provide nutrition for children

HONG KONG, 24 January 2018 – UNICEF HK red packet is available for sale now. Spread your New Year blessings to your loved ones and help UNICEF tackle undernutrition in children worldwide. All proceeds from the red packet sales will be used to purchase Inspired Gifts, sending New Year greetings to children worldwide. The red packet, designed […]

(Right) UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth meets students at a UNICEF-supported transitional learning centre in the Hakimpara makeshift settlement, Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh, Thursday 25 January 2018. The transitional learning centre serves Rohingya children who fled violence in Myanmar and are now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Children learn English, mathematics, Burmese, sciences, and arts in the learning centres. They also receive psychosocial counselling and are taught hygiene and life skills. Books, pens, colouring pencils, school bags and other educational materials are provided. An estimated 688,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine State following the outbreak of violence there in late August 2017. More than half of the refugees are children.

More action needed to improve security and humanitarian access in Myanmar if Rohingya children are to return safely

© UNICEF/Nybo UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth meets students at a UNICEF-supported transitional learning centre in the Hakimpara makeshift settlement, Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, Thursday 25 January 2018. COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/HONG KONG, 24 January 2018 –  Improved security and unimpeded humanitarian access in Myanmar are essential before Rohingya children can be returned from Bangladesh, […]

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Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on Syrian children freezing to death while crossing from Syria to Lebanon

The world has no excuses! We cannot continue failing Syria’s children. AMMAN/HONG KONG, 20 January 2018 – “It is tragic that at least 12 Syrians including two children died in Eastern Lebanon near the Masna’ border crossing with Syria. “Syrian people continue to risk their lives and the lives of their children in a desperate search […]

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(Chinese only) Daily routine of doctor from DPR Korea

© UNICEF/2017/Rahimov (Chinese only) 每天早上六點半,已有多年兒科經驗的李宋煥醫生都會步行到朝鮮定州市的縣醫院上班。沿路有很多人跟他打招呼——他記得每位兒童患者和社區內所有人的名字。李醫生沒有特定工作時間,只要孩子生病,隨時都可以找他。 近日,李醫生兼任縣裏資深導師,教導嬰兒和兒童疾病綜合管理課程(IMNCI)。2017年訂立的IMNCI協議是朝鮮公共衞生部、世界衞生組織、聯合國兒童基金會(UNICEF)和聯合國人口基金的合作成果,旨在指導醫生治療嬰幼兒常見疾病,例如兒童頭號殺手:腹瀉和肺炎。「早前我採用了協議推薦的治療法,只用5天便治好一名患有嚴重肺炎的兒童。以前,我們要花逾3星期才能治好同樣疾病的兒童。我很高興能把這些知識傳授給其他醫生。」 IMNCI協議由UNICEF有份設立的全球疫苗與免疫聯盟(GAVI)提供資金及培訓支援。李醫生便是其中一個受訓對象。每年,許多疾病和殘疾能夠避免、200至300萬宗死亡個案得以預防,靠的是一種簡單和便宜的工具:疫苗。有了疫苗保護,5歲以下兒童因疫苗可預防疾病而死亡的個案大大降低,以上述頭號殺手為例,在2000年至2015年之間,5歲以下肺炎死亡個案因此下跌47%、腹瀉的死亡個案下跌57%。2016年,UNICEF為近100個國家的兒童採購25億劑疫苗,覆蓋全球約一半的5歲以下兒童人口,令我們成為全球最大兒童疫苗買家。 原文刊登於2018年1月20日《頭條日報》「細路主場」專欄

On 17 January 2018 in South Sudan, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore (left) and UNICEF Head of Nutrition Joseph Senesie (in blue) speak with patients at Al Sabbah Hospital, where UNICEF is implementing a nutrition programme, in Juba, the capital.

From 17 to 20 January 2018, newly appointed UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore travelled to South Sudan and Kenya to view first-hand UNICEF-supported programme sites and to review the organization’s work in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. Executive Director Fore met with other heads of United Nations agencies and UN representatives, senior government officials, NGO representatives, bilateral and private-sector partners, children, families and UNICEF staff. Ms. Fore also visited displacement and protection sites and health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sites during her trip. This is Ms. Fore’s first visit to the field as UNICEF Executive Director. Her tenure as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director began on 1 January 2018.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore following two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan

© UNICEF/Prinsloo UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore and Head of Nutrition Joseph Senesie speak with patients at Al Sabbah Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 19 January 2018 – “I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw firsthand how four years of conflict have left children sick, hungry and on […]

Months after the fighting in Mosul has subsided, the city needs substantial investment and work to recover; its citizens remain in critical need of assistance. 

UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappalaere visited Mosul this week, gaining a first hand account of the issues facing Mosul's children. He spoke with children at Al-Sanadeed school for girls in East Mosul, and Al-Huda school in West Mosul, where UNICEF had carried out rehabilitation works. He also visited UNICEF activities at Al-Khansa Hospital.

Children in Mosul need continued support to return to and stay in school. They remain at severe risk from unexploded ordinance, poverty, child labor; early marriage and the negative impact of conflict on children's mental health. Physical health care, particularly for newborns and infants, remains precarious in many parts of the city.

UNICEF is working with the Government of Iraq and an array of local and international partners to address these needs. To date, UNICEF has helped in the basic rehabilitation of one third of the 638 schools that have reopened in Mosul. More than half a million children—almost half of them girls—have been able to return to school. UNICEF has also undertaken an array of activities to bring clean water to citizens in east and west Mosul; restart and regularize an immunization program for polio and measles; raise awareness about a variety of child protection issues; provide psychosocial support to children affected by the conflict; and make sure teachers and students are able to return to the classroom.

At least one in four children in Iraq impacted by conflict and poverty

© UNICEF/Anmar UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappalaere with children at Al-Sanadeed school for girls in East Mosul. Statement by UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere, following his visit to Iraq. BAGHDAD/AMMAN/HONG KONG, 19 January 2018 – “Iraq today hosts one of UNICEF’s largest operations in the world, responding with humanitarian […]

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Harnessing real-time data for Indonesia’s largest immunization campaign

© UNICEF/2017/Accone I Made Suwancita, UNICEF RapidPro consultant, looks at the dashboard with Ibu Enung Nurhayati, immunization coordinator, and Ibu Dr Rahmi, head of this health centre. Indonesia has the fourth highest number of under-immunized children in the world — 1.9 million. It also has a government determined to take action to improve immunization coverage. Together with […]