A deadly journey for children: The migration route from North Africa to Europe

© UNICEF/UN052608/Romenzi Migrants detained behind bars at a detention centre in Libya. When the photo was taken on 31 January 2017, the population consisted of 27 women (4 of whom were pregnant), one 11-month old child, a 4-year-old, and 1,352 males – of which 250 were under 16. UNICEF calls for implementation of six-point agenda […]

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets children and families affected by Boko Haram violence on Niger trip

© UNICEF/UN053610/Tremeau Orlando Bloom speaks with Eta, 12, Bosso, Niger, 19 February 2017. Two years ago Boko Haram forced into her family home and lined them up in the courtyard, looking for her father and threatening to kill everyone if they didn’t give him up. They fled. 1.3 million children displaced by violence across region […]

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Famine declared in South Sudan. UNICEF HK urges Hong Kong public to donate and save over a million children now.

Hong Kong, 22 February 2017 ── War and a collapsing economy have led to an unprecedented food shortage in South Sudan. Over 1.1 million children are acutely malnourished now. Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF(UNICEF HK) launched an emergency appeal today to call for support to prevent children from dying of hunger. 100 per cent of […]


Education helps Hadiza and Mustapha look to the future

© UNICEF/UN041802/Vittozzi Children receive peer-to-peer education as part of the psychosocial support provided by UNICEF, the Nigerian government and other partners to vulnerable, unaccompanied and separated children impacted by the crisis in northeast Nigeria. Mustapha loves meeting his friends for a quick game of soccer before class starts in the camp he now calls home. […]


UNICEF statement on Baquer Namazi

NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 22 February 2017 – “One year ago today, our respected former UNICEF colleague, Baquer Namazi, was imprisoned in Iran. Our concerns for his health and wellbeing have grown deeper with each passing day. “Mr. Namazi, 80 years old, is increasingly frail as a result of his imprisonment. He should be returned […]

On 3 November 2015, community Health Worker (CHW), Hawa Abukar Waladi, based in Salamey Idale IDP camp, goes door to door to spread health messages to mothers and children living in the camp. Hawa works for UNICEF partner, Swiss-Kaalmo, which uses an integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) approach, bringing a package of services in health, nutrition and WASH through health facilities such as mother health centre (MCH) and also CHWs like Hawa. CHWs are based in communities and equipped to treat common childhood diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles. With UNICEF support, Swiss-Kaalmo offers services in 87 locations, including 33 IDP camps and 44 villages, reaching nearly 20,000 children

Nearly 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

© UNICEF/UNI201541/Rich NEW YORK/ DAKAR/ NAIROBI/ AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today. “Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive […]

Famine hits parts of South Sudan

© UNICEF/UN053447/Gonzalez Farran UN agencies warn that almost 5 million people urgently need food, agriculture and nutrition assistance 20 February 2017, Juba/ HONG KONG – War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three UN agencies warned. A further 1 million […]

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Children in crisis

© UNICEF/UN07227/Al Saleh, WFP Nearly 50 million children at risk as conflict and disaster engulf 48 countries. From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are affected by relentless conflicts and displacement crises, as well as devastation wrought by natural disasters. To reach those in greatest need, HK$25.7 billion (US$3.3 billion) […]


Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of ICRC workers in Afghanistan and SARC workers in Syria

NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, 8 February 2017 – “We are saddened and outraged by the cruel killings today of six workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, and two workers for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Aleppo, Syria.  “Our deepest sympathy is with the families of those who lost […]