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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More violence in Yemen’s Hodeida will push children further into the abyss

21 September 2018 – “Renewed violence in Hodeida is yet another blow to peace efforts in Yemen, a country sliding further into chaos and misery."

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Refugee and migrant children arriving on Greek Islands up by one-third in 2018 - UNICEF

21 September 2018 – The number of refugee and migrant children who arrived on the Greek Islands between January and August has risen by 32 percent compared to the same time-period last year. Over 7,000 children – on average more than 850 every month – have made the dangerous journey by sea, with most ending up in overcrowded and unsafe facilities.

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Refugee and migrant children arriving on Greek Islands up by one-third in 2018 - UNICEF

21 September 2018 – The number of refugee and migrant children who arrived on the Greek Islands between January and August has risen by 32 percent compared to the same time-period last year. Over 7,000 children – on average more than 850 every month – have made the dangerous journey by sea, with most ending up in overcrowded and unsafe facilities.

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155 children left orphaned or separated from their parents in DRC’s latest Ebola outbreak - UNICEF

21st September 2018- UNICEF and its partners have so far identified 155 children who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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World leaders unite under new initiative to provide quality education and training for young people

21st September, 2018 - World leaders will launch a new partnership to get every young person into quality education, training or employment by 2030, next week at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

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Companies investing in urban emerging tech opportunities could change 2 billion lives and make up to $2 trillion in revenue according to Arm and UNICEF

20 September 2018 - Today, UNICEF releases findings of ground-breaking new research in collaboration with Arm, revealing that over 2 billion lives can be changed by investing in emerging cities across the world, while also generating up to $2 trillion in revenue by 2022.

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1 in 3 children out of school in countries affected by war or natural disasters – UNICEF

19 September 2018 – 1 in 3 children and young people between 5 and 17 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disaster – 104 million – are not in school, a figure that accounts for more than a third of the global out-of-school population, according to a new UNICEF report.

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New research reveals daily 'toxic' school run poses health risk for thousands of children

18 September 2018- UK children are exposed to more than 60% of their daily air pollution intake during the school run and while at school, new research has shown today.

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A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world – UN report

18 September 2018 – An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group.

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UNICEF concerned for children at risk, stands ready to support government response to Super Typhoon Mangkhut/Ompong

14 September 2018 – With Super-Typhoon Mangkhut expected to make landfall in Northern Luzon on Saturday, at least 5 million Filipinos are facing threats strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, landslides, displacement and risk loss to life, home, livelihood and agriculture. Nearly half of them are children.

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In the Caribbean, UNICEF works on developing resilience in children and communities on islands affected by hurricanes

September 12, 2018 – A year after two category 5 hurricanes caused destruction across parts of the Caribbean, most children in the affected countries are now back in school and have access to the services they need, thanks to the efforts of UNICEF and partners.

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Escalation of violence in Idlib could be deadly for children, UNICEF warns

7 September 2018 – A further escalation of fighting in Idlib, northwestern Syria, will put the lives of more than 1 million children at imminent risk, UNICEF said today. 

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Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school – UNICEF

6 September 2018 – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.

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Statement by Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, on the eve of Yemen peace talks

5 September 2018 – “Twenty-one children were killed in the Yemen conflict in July, according to United Nations teams on the ground. Another 55 were reportedly killed in two weeks in August. After more than three years of fighting, the situation of children in Yemen is getting worse, not better.

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Children among most vulnerable as extreme weather events continue around the world

31 August 2018 - The large number of extreme weather events around the world, including floods in southern India, wildfires in the western United States and heatwaves across much of the northern hemisphere, are putting children in immediate danger, as well as jeopardizing their futures, UNICEF warned today. 

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More deadly attacks on children in Yemen

24 August 2018 – Statement from UNICEF's Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore

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Statement by Unicef Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on World Humanitarian Day 2018

19 August 2018 – "Today as we mark World Humanitarian Day, we pause to recognise the dedication and courage of our colleagues around the world, honour our colleagues who have lost their lives in the course of their work, and reavow our commitment to the many millions of children and young people in need of support and protection."

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Statement by Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the passing of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan

18 August 2018 – “I was saddened and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Kofi Annan. Father. Husband. Humanitarian. Elder. He was a lifelong servant of peace.”

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