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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Tom Hiddleston in South Sudan, where he met children who had been affected by the ongoing conflict.

Actor and Unicef Ambassador Tom Hiddleston meets children affected by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

1 million children in Idlib at increased risk due to violence and Reports of 17 children killed in Idlib, in north west Syria

23 March 2018-  Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “The war on children in Syria continues relentlessly and with no mercy.

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UNICEF announces $113 million for 720,000 children in Bangladesh as part of Rohingya Joint Response Plan

16 March 2018 - UNICEF announces $113 million to meet the needs of 720,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi children through to the end of 2018.

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Unicef NEXTGen London Doubles Fundraising Total to £2m

15 March 2018 – Today, Unicef Next Generation London, an innovative fundraising group based in the capital, announces it has raised more than £2 million for Unicef, supporting their vital work for the children of Syria.

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Toxic air pollution in the UK putting children’s lives at risk

15 March 2018 - The joint Select Committees report on improving air quality has found that current air pollution levels in the UK are threatening to cause a children’s health crisis.

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Sir Mo Farah Becomes First England Player to Sign for Soccer Aid For Unicef And Will Finally Go Head-To-Head With Usain Bolt At Old Trafford In June

15th March 2018 – Sir Mo Farah has today announced he will play for England in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

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No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: children with disabilities at risk of exclusion

12 March 2018 – With no end in sight to the war in Syria, children with disabilities risk being excluded and forgotten. The conflict in Syria continued unabated through 2017, killing the highest ever number of children – 50 per cent more than in 2016.

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UNHCR and UNICEF chiefs, on joint visit to Lebanon, call for more action to protect and empower Syrian refugee women and girls as world marks International Women’s Day

8 March 2018 – With women and girls making up more than half of the registered Syrian refugee population in Lebanon, and with nearly 40 per cent of refugee households in the country headed by women, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, called for stronger action to protect and empower women refugees.

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Over half a billion ‘uncounted’ children live in countries unable to measure SDG progress

7 MARCH 2018 – Latest data on development progress for children shows over half a billion more live in countries where the SDGs are quickly falling out of reach. 

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Statement on the attack against humanitarian workers in northeast Nigeria

2 March 2018 - Statement by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa

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UNICEF statement: The situation for children in Syria

2 March 2018 - Last Saturday, the world gave children in Syria a small glimmer of hope, a ray of light in a place that has become so very dark over the past years.

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Statement on attack against humanitarian workers in the Central African Republic

“All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened and shocked by the killing of our colleague, along with five other education workers, who were attacked on February 25 while travelling in the northwestern region of the Central African Republic, near Markounda, a remote area near the Chadian border.

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Nearly 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency

1st March 2018 - New joint report by UNICEF and GAIN released today shows nearly 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year

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Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger

More than 7 million people in South Sudan – almost two-thirds of the population – could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today.

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Usain Bolt To Play First Official Football Match At Old Trafford For Soccer Aid For Unicef

27th February 2018 – Olympic hero Usain Bolt and global popstar Robbie Williams today announced on social media that they will go head-to-head for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match, as part of a new look charity campaign for Unicef UK and ITV.

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85 per cent of Syrian children in host communities live in poverty, says UNICEF

25 February 2018 - 85 per cent of registered Syrian refugee children are living below the poverty line, according to UNICEF

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Cyclone season and threat of violence loom over 720,000 Rohingya children in Myanmar and Bangladesh

23 February 2018 – Urgent efforts are needed to help more than 720,000 Rohingya children who are threatened either by the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh or by ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar, UNICEF said today.

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Statement from Deputy Executive Director: Government misses opportunity to reunite refugee families in the UK

22 February 2018 - Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, statement following today's Westminster Hall Debate, which offered a crucial opportunity for the government to announce a much needed change to its immigration rules.

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World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF

20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds.

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