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On 25 September, [NAMES CHANGED] (foreground, left-right) siblings Awa, 3, and Amadou, 4, pretend to talk on toy mobile telephones, at home in a village on the outskirts of the city of Kenema in Eastern Province. Many of the people in the village are affected by Ebola. Olematu and Ibrahim are being cared for by their 15-year-old sister, Betty, with help from a neighbour, following the death of their mother from Ebola one month ago. Betty is a survivor of the virus. An estimated 1,131 children in Sierra Leone are affected by Ebola virus disease. UNICEF/UNI172461/Bindra

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Three-fold increase in civilian casualties caused by landmines and unexploded ordnance in Myanmar’s escalating conflict

BANGKOK, 4 April 2024 – New data released by UNICEF reveals an alarming increase in civilian casualties – including many children – caused by the use of landmines and other explosive ordnance used by different parties in the escalating conflict in Myanmar.

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UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Ted Chaiban’s remarks at the UN Security Council briefing on Children and Armed Conflict

As delivered NEW YORK, 4 April 2024 – “Madam President, Excellencies, Colleagues,“Thank you to Malta and her Excellency Vanessa Frazier for arranging this critical briefing on children and armed conflict. “Around the world, as conflicts proliferate, grave violations against children continue. The denial of humanitarian access is a particularly pervasive, multifaceted, and complex grave violation.

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UNICEF condemns school arson by armed groups in downtown Port-au-Prince

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 27 March 2024 – "UNICEF strongly condemns the arson attack on a school in downtown Port-au-Prince by armed groups, which left it burnt and deprived over 1,000 children of their right to education. On the afternoon of Monday 25 March 2024, heavily armed groups entered school premises in Port-au-Prince and set fire to 23 classrooms.

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9 years into the conflict in Yemen, millions of children are malnourished and stunted

SANA’A/NEW YORK 26 March 2024 – Nine years into the conflict in Yemen, almost 10 million children remain in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

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Armed violence deepening malnutrition crisis for children in Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE/NEW YORK, 26 March 2024 - The alarming surge in armed violence in areas of Haiti are creating heightened risk of furthering a malnutrition crisis in the country, UNICEF warned today.

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Rising Heat, Drought and Disease: Climate Crisis Poses Grave Risks to Children in Eastern and Southern Africa

As a prolonged heatwave and drought grip several countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF is sounding the alarm on the dire situation faced by vulnerable communities who are bearing the brunt of climate change.

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Explosion injures four children in Minova, UNICEF fears massive rise in displacement in eastern DR Congo will expose children to increased violence

A major upsurge in violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has seen at least 400,000 people displaced in North Kivu since the beginning of the year risks exposing children to further violence unless their protection can be reinforced.

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UNICEF and UNFPA alarmed by proposed repeal of law banning FGM in The Gambia

As the debate over the proposed repeal of the law banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) intensifies, we are deeply concerned by the potential reversal of decades of work invested in protecting the rights and dignity of women and girls.

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Millions at risk from cholera due to lack of clean water, soap and toilets, and shortage of cholera vaccine

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 March 2024 – Immediate action is needed to stem an unprecedented multi-year upsurge in cholera cases worldwide, according to the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision.

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF 2024 COMES TO STAMFORD BRIDGE THIS JUNE

Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024 tickets went on sale this morning following news that Bobby Brazier, Sam Thompson, Erin Doherty, Frank Lampard, Stuart Broad, Eden Hazard and Gladiator’s Diamond will all make their debuts in the charity match on Sunday 9th June, at Stamford Bridge. Two adults and two children can attend for £60.

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Acute malnutrition has doubled in one month in the north of Gaza strip: UNICEF

Acute malnutrition has doubled in one month in the north of Gaza strip: UNICEF

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Palais Briefing on the first UN mission to Khartoum State since war broke out in Sudan

Palais Briefing on the first UN mission to Khartoum State since war broke out in Sudan

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After 13 years of conflict in Syria, more children than ever in need of humanitarian assistance and a chance – UNICEF

After 13 years of conflict in Syria, more children than ever in need of humanitarian assistance and a chance – UNICEF

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on children in Sudan at risk of famine

NEW YORK, 8 March 2024 – Over 230 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a newly released UNICEF report. The updated global estimates show a 15 per cent increase in the total number of survivors – or 30 million more girls and women – compared to data released eight years ago.

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Amid escalating violence in Mozambique, 60,000 children displaced within a month

NEW YORK, 8 March 2024 – Over 230 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a newly released UNICEF report. The updated global estimates show a 15 per cent increase in the total number of survivors – or 30 million more girls and women – compared to data released eight years ago.

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Over 230 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation — UNICEF

NEW YORK, 8 March 2024 – Over 230 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a newly released UNICEF report. The updated global estimates show a 15 per cent increase in the total number of survivors – or 30 million more girls and women – compared to data released eight years ago.

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Statement by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, on the Abduction of Students in Kaduna State

ABUJA, NIGERIA, 7 March 2024 – "I am deeply saddened and concerned by the reports of yet another abduction of students in Kaduna State. The alarming frequency of such incidents across the country signals a crisis that requires immediate and determined action from all levels of government and society. Schools are supposed to be sanctuaries of learning and growth, not sites of fear and violence.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on the situation in Haiti

NEW YORK, 6 March 2024 – “As violence and lawlessness in Haiti reaches a new and terrifying level, the resolve of the international community and local stakeholders to protect and supprt the Haitian people must be strengthened. “Haiti has been gripped by consecutive years of horrific violence, which in the last few days has been marked by an unprecedented level of lawlessness, human rights abuses, kidnappings, and a total disregard for the lives and wellbeing of children and their families and the essential services they rely on."

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