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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Schoolchildren worldwide have lost 1.8 trillion hours and counting of in-person learning due to COVID-19 lockdowns, says UNICEF

17 September 2021 – Schoolchildren around the world have lost an estimated 1.8 trillion hours – and counting – of in-person learning since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

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Schools still closed for nearly 77 million students 18 months into pandemic – UNICEF

16 September 2021 – Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, schools for nearly 77 million students in six countries continue to be almost completely closed, according to an updated data analysis released today by UNICEF.

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Response to announcement of UK Government's booster vaccine roll-out plan

14 September 2021- Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy, The UK Committee for UNICEF UK, response to announcement of UK Government's booster vaccine roll-out plan.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore at the High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan

GENEVA, 13 September 2021 - “Children in Afghanistan have long suffered disproportionately from the humanitarian, security, social and economic crises that have plagued the country for decades. Their suffering is far from over and they need our help."

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Repeated school closures due to COVID-19 leading to learning loss and widening inequities in South Asia, UNICEF research shows

9 September 2021 – School closures have led to alarming inequities in learning opportunities for children in South Asia, despite significant efforts by governments and partners to expand remote learning, according to UNICEF research conducted in India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Haiti earthquake: UNICEF seeks US$122.2 million to bring humanitarian aid to 1.6 million people

7th September 2021 - Emergency funding appeal nearly tripled to reach people affected by the earthquake and violence in Haiti.

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4th September 2021 - Soccer Aid for UNICEF on ITV raises record £13 million for children around the world

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Haiti earthquake: over half a million children at risk of waterborne diseases

2 September 2021 - About 540,000 children in the southwest of earthquake-stricken Haiti are now facing the possible re-emergence of waterborne diseases, UNICEF warned today.

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Olivia Colman, Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon, David Harewood and Martin Compston to front Soccer Aid for UNICEF appeal films

1 September 2021- Olivia Colman, Olly Murs, Alesha Dixon, David Harewood and Martin Compston to front Soccer Aid for UNICEF appeal films

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Afghanistan ‘a child protection crisis in a country already one of the worst places on earth to be a child’

Those least responsible for this crisis, are paying the highest price -- including the children killed and injured in a series of atrocities in Kabul since last Thursday.

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We cannot abandon the children of Afghanistan in their time of need

29 August 2021 - Statement by UNICEF Regional Director, George Laryea-Adjei, upon his return from Kabul

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UNICEF condemns Kabul airport attack

KABUL, 27 August 2021 – “UNICEF strongly condemns the attacks at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday, which reportedly killed at least 60 people and injured over 120, including women and children.

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Alarming increase in children killed and injured by explosive devices in Iraq

UNICEF is deeply concerned after the reported deaths of a 10-year-old child on 24 August in Diyala by the detonation of an explosive remnant of war (ERW) and of an 11-year-old child on 25 August in Muradiya Village, South of Baquba, due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED.)

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The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) appoints Jon Sparkes as Chief Executive

25 August 2021 – The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Sparkes as Executive Director (Chief Executive) of the charity, to take effect in early 2022. Steven Waugh, Chief Financial Officer, will continue as Interim Executive Director until then.

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First day of school 'indefinitely postponed' for 140 million first-time students around the world – UNICEF

24 August 2021 – A child's first day of school—a landmark moment for the youngest students and their parents around the world—has been delayed due to COVID-19 for an estimated 140 million young minds, UNICEF said in a new analysis released as summer break comes to end in many parts of the world.

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