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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 […]

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Psychological first aid for distressed Marawi children, Philippines

© UNICEF Philippines/2017/Bobby Lagsa Displaced children from Marawi City who are temporarily enrolled in Tambo Elementary School in Iligan City participate in a psychosocial session conducted by trained volunteers. Group activities like praying, playing, dancing and making art help them recover from what they’ve experienced. Fourteen-year-old Nor Ain Mama wipes away her tears while sharing […]

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Mediterranean rescue vessels must not be prevented from saving refugee and migrant children at sea

© UNICEF/UN020035/Gilbertson VII Photo Three Gambian boys survey the ocean from the beach during an outing from a government reception center that doubles as a lodging station for unaccompanied minors in Pozzallo, Sicily, on May 17, 2016. From left to right Alieu, 17, Fodaoi 14 and Mohammad 17 Italy needs more regional and global support […]

Nyajak Thuok, 20, feeds her one-year-old son Pal Juneng a sachet of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) during a consultation at the World Relief health centre in the Protection of Civilians site in Bentiu, South Sudan, Wednesday 3 May 2017. Nyajak has lived in the camp for two years, and brought Pal in for a medical check as he is ill with a fever, cough, and diarrhoea. Staff at the clinic diagnosed Pal with severe acute malnutrition, and enrolled him in the outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP), where he will receive therapeutic food and will have weekly check-ups, until he is recovered.

The nutrition situation in South Sudan remains dire as the peak lean season approaches. In May 2017, UNICEF and partners screened 149,655 children (six to 59 months) with 6,068 identified with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 18,892 with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Screenings in nine out of 10 states indicate malnutrition rates above the emergency level. Countrywide, an estimated 5.5 million people are now food insecure.

The security situation across the country remains unstable, severely impacting sustained humanitarian access. UNICEF continues to build upon existing community networks and other community-based resources to assess, plan and implement the humanitarian response, in order to strengthen local capacities and ensure accountability to affected populations.

Children paying a disproportionate price as famine looms across Somalia, South Sudan, north-east Nigeria and Yemen

2017© UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore Nyajak Thuok, 20, feeds her one-year-old son Pal Juneng a sachet of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) in Bentiu, South Sudan. WASHINGTON D.C./HONG KONG, 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to […]

On 18 July 2017 in Maiduguri, Malala Yousafzai (center) is shown around the school in Bakassi camp by student, Fatima Grema (left) who has been displaced by the conflict in northeast Nigeria. During her visit to Nigeria, education activist Malala Yousafzai met with girls displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.

Malala visits Nigeria to draw attention to education crisis

© UNICEF/FatiAbubakar/2017 Malala Yousafzai is shown around the school in Bakassi camp by student, Fatima Grema who has been displaced by the conflict in northeast Nigeria. Nigeria has the largest number of children out of school in the world MAIDUGURI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 18 July 2017 – During her visit to Nigeria, education activist Malala Yousafzai met […]

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(Chinese version only) The first ‘Video Clinic’ of UNICEF HK Make A Video Contest has been successfully held

© UNICEF HK/2017 (Chinese version only) 導演黃修平、黃偉傑及唱作人曹震豪親自分享拍攝「我係我」。 香港,2017年7月15日──聯合國兒童基金香港委員會(UNICEF HK)「聆聽.一分鐘」短片比賽2017項目創作顧問及評判、曾執導多部青春電影作品兼擔任UNICEF HK大使的黃修平導演、憑《樹大招風》獲得第36屆香港電影金像獎最佳導演的黃偉傑導演及唱作人曹震豪今天出席了UNICEF HK於香港城市大學舉辦的簡介會及「短片診所」,向在座百多位青少年就短片創作及拍攝分享專業心得,同時為「聆聽.一分鐘」短片比賽2017揭開序幕。 活動由黃修平導演的分享展開。他播放了數段歷屆本地以至國際的短片參賽作品,簡述拍片重點。「掌握生活的觸感,留意細節,真情流露是很美妙的畫面。」從2014年開始支持短片項目的黃修平總結數屆擔任創作顧問及評判的經驗,讚揚很多本地作品都很有心思,短片橋段曲折有趣,當中不乏巧思。他期待今屆將有更多精彩作品出爐,同時特別提醒有意參賽青少年:「盡量以影像代替文字,藉畫面表達心聲,這樣便能夠更善用一分鐘的時間、空間,充分表達短片主題。」 緊接着,黃偉傑導演亦向青少年分享個人經驗,他利用其自編自導、榮獲多項國際獎項短片《變臉》及近年作品《快門》向青少年講述如何把自己的所見所感放進影片,「拍片前不妨先思考『我係我』對你的意義,你可以表達內心感受和想法,也可以就着某些社會議題深入了解,再發表意見。一個清晰、明確的方向,將左右你的作品質素。」 曹震豪也向一眾青少年剖析音樂與電影的關係:「配樂雖是影片的配襯,但同時有令觀眾牢牢記住影片畫面的能力。一段好的音樂可以協助你思考畫面、分鏡,讓你創作更流暢。」他曾跟自2012年起支持短片項目,今年獲邀擔任創作顧問及評判的麥曦茵導演合作,導演亦試過要求他在拍攝前先編寫好一段配樂,以便她思考畫面應如何拍攝。「照顧眼睛的同時不要遺忘耳朵。兼顧我們不同的感官需要,作品更能打動人心。」 稍後,另一名《樹大招風》導演許學文亦將於8月1日在01空間舉辦分享會,與青少年分享「拍片」心得,詳情不日公布。 「聆聽.一分鐘」短片比賽2017現正號召全港中學生以「我係我」為題拍攝短片。今屆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。今年首設合共三期「短片診所」,為有意參賽青少年提供寶貴機會,讓他們與專業導師直接討論及咨詢短片創作構思、拍攝和剪接技巧的問題,讓他們更掌握製作個人短片技巧,大大增強參賽決心。除上述導師及分享嘉賓,項目亦邀得憑《點五步》入圍第36屆香港電影金像獎新晉導演的陳志發導演擔任導師。 Event photos can be downloaded here. —————————— For more information please contact: Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF Jamie Wong, Communication Specialist                                      […]

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Mosul’s children, sick, alone, wounded and scarred, are in urgent need of assistance and protection

© UNICEF/Romenzi A family displaced by fighting between ISIS and Iraqi security forces carry their belongings as they walk through the destroyed western neighbourhood of Al Mamum, near Mosul, Iraq. BAGHDAD/HONG KONG, 13 July 2017 – Although the battle for Mosul is coming to an end, children’s deep physical and mental scars will take time […]

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A Rural Kindergarten Blooms

©UNICEF/China/2017/Li Peiwei Fang Fang, principal of Eyi Kindergarten in Yunnan Province, stands behind her motorcycle outside the kindergarten. She often rides motorcycle to purchase materials for the kindergarten. Half an hour’s drive from Mile City, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, we were greeted by Fang Fang  on her motorbike. The 25-year-old is principal of a kindergarten […]