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UNICEF statement on the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants

NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 19 September 2016 – “The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants represents a first step in addressing the unprecedented level of human mobility the world is facing. “The Declaration outlines a more comprehensive, predictable and sustainable response to forced displacement, and a system of governance for international migration. Its emphasis on […]

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UNICEF HK 30th Anniversary ‘Art of Giving’ Public Exhibition brings Hong Kong people to ‘the frontline’ of humanitarian crises

© UNICEF HK/2016 Guo Jing-jing and Eric Suen, UNICEF HK ambassadors, calls for support to 250 million children in crises worldwide Hong Kong, 8 September 2016—To mark its 30th anniversary, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) launches the ‘Art of Giving’ campaign to connect people from all walks of life through a series […]

UNICEF HK調查顯示,大部分受訪香港兒童最想幫助受戰爭或衝突影響的兒童,其次為受貧窮、疾病及天災困擾的兒童。

UNICEF HK survey finds Hong Kong children charitable: over 60% start charitable giving before 8 years old

© UNICEF HK/2016 ‘Art of Giving’ campaign launched to celebrate its 30th anniversary and call for Hong Kong public to support children in crises Hong Kong, 7 September 2016 – Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) believes in the power of ‘kids helping Kids’. According to its ‘Hong Kong Children and Charitable Giving’ survey […]

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UNICEF HK appointed 64 secondary students as UNICEF Young Envoys today to promote children’s rights

© UNICEF HK/2016 HONG KONG, 4 September 2016 — 64 secondary school students who are concerned about children’s rights, were appointed as UNICEF Young Envoys today by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK). Sixty-four UNICEF Young Envoys from 52 secondary schools have received intensive training from UNICEF HK to learn about children’s rights, […]

On 15 August 2016 in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site (POC) in Unity State , Nyaboth, 6, holds her family stove that she carries to school to sit on during class. She says "There is nothing to sit on at school and as soon as I bring the stove home my mother needs it straight away for cooking”, she says with a smile. “The war brought me and my family here. I saw so many bad men with guns shooting people, I saw so many wounded. It made me very sad, it was so bad and it made me sad. I am very happy at school, my favourite subject is math. I live here in the POC with my mother and I feel safe.”

South Sudan has one of the highest proportions of children out of school in the world, that is 1.8 million children with an unclear future. With a low primary enrolment rate, around 40 percent, less than 14 percent complete the 8 year primary cycle. Only 30 per cent of those enrolled are girls and only 1 out of 10 girls complete the primary education cycle. Incidents of children dropping out of school has recently increased due to economic crisis and food insecurity as well as recent violence in Juba and Wau.

In 10 countries with highest out-of-school rates, 40 per cent of children are not accessing basic education

© UNICEF/UN030148/Rich NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 1 September 2016 –In the top 10 countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly 2 in every 5 children – 18 million – are out of school, UNICEF said today. Liberia is home to the highest proportion of out-of-school children with nearly two-thirds of […]

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital accredited as the first Baby-friendly Hospital in Hong Kong

© UNICEF HK/2016 HONG KONG,27 August 2016 –Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) was accredited by BFHIHKA in May as the first Baby-friendly Hospital in Hong Kong with the joint effort of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association (BFHIHKA), the Hong Kong government and the Hospital Authority. A Baby-friendly Hospital Designation […]

5 August 2016 - Daresalam refugee camp, Chad’s Lac Region.
Portrait of Khadija Kaku, through a hole in the family shelter.

The forced journey of Khadija, a refugee in Chad
Written by Badre Bahaji

Listening to the story of Khadija, 15, and her many travels, I could imagine the dangerous road that these migrant children have taken. In 5 years, "Khadi" as her friends call her, has lived in five different places because of conflict or drought.

Khadija Kaku lives in the Daresalam refugee camp in Chad’s Lac Region. "My father is a farmer, he left us to go to work a plot of land leased near the shores of the Lake. He doesn’t want us to live on humanitarian aid alone," she says, proudly.

Kaku Khadija was born in Ariboye, a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria with no school and no clean drinking water. Her parents rented a small piece of land to work, but it wasn’t enough. "In 2010, there was another drought. We couldn’t harvest enough to live on for the rest of the year. We had to leave our home to travel to the village of Meltri on the shores of Lake Chad. Our uncle welcomed us there," she continues.

The life of a teenager

Khadija’s life in Meltri looks like the life of the kind of teenager I know. "My uncle had a television, a computer and a small shop where he charged people’s phones. This is where I developed a passion for new technologies. We watched Bollywood shows and music videos from all over Africa. Then we’d go out with friends and try to imitate the movies or the lyrics for fun,” she says with an embarrassed smile.

It was also in Meltri where Khadija discovered school, quickly advancing to grade 5. Reality would soon catch up to her however. "One morning when we entered the classroom, we found a letter slipped under the door of the school at night, written in Hausa by Boko Haram. The letter ordered parents to send their children home, and teachers to leave the area." The tone of her voice changed immediately as she recounted the inci

Boko Haram violence in Lake Chad region leaves children displaced and trapped

© UNICEF/UN028849/Tremeau DAKAR/HONG KONG, 25 August 2016 – Years of violence by Boko Haram in Africa’s Lake Chad basin have led to a worsening humanitarian crisis that has displaced 1.4 million children and left at least one million still trapped in hard-to-reach areas, UNICEF said in a report released today. “The Lake Chad crisis is […]