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.
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3 Million Children Born Into War In Yemen

16 January 2018 – More than 3 million children were born in Yemen since the escalation in violence in March 2015 according to a Unicef report.

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Half a million Rohingya refugee children at risk in overcrowded camps as cyclone and monsoon season looms

Overcrowding in refugee camps could lead to devastating disease outbreaks, displacement and death

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A bloody start to a new year in Syria: Over 30 children killed in the first two weeks of 2018

14 January 2018 – "At a time when most parents are filled with new year’s hope for their children’s future, mothers and fathers in Syria are left grieving for the children they have lost."

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Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Senior Adviser and Spokesperson, highlights desperate situation facing children in Rakhine State, Myanmar

9 January 2018 - UNICEF Senior Adviser and Spokesperson, Marixie Mercado, today delivered the following press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director

1 January 2018 - Henrietta Fore takes office today as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director.

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More than 2,200 babies to be born on New Year’s Day in the UK, says UNICEF

1 January 2018 - Approximately 2,200 babies will be born in the UK on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today.

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WHO, WFP and UNICEF: Yemen’s families cannot withstand another day of war, let alone another 1,000

29 December 2017 – "We have passed the grim milestone of 1,000 days of war in Yemen. As violence has escalated in recent days, children and families are yet again being killed in attacks and bombardments."

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Children under attack at shocking scale in conflicts around the world, says Unicef

28 December 2017 – Children in conflict zones around the world have come under attack at a shocking scale throughout the year.

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UNICEF stands ready to support children and families affected by Tropical Storm Vinta

24 December 2017 - UNICEF closely monitoring the situation of children and families affected by tropical storm Vinta as reports indicate rising casualties in areas affected.

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Malnutrition, anaemia and disease plague Rohingya refugee children says UNICEF

22 December 2017 - Nutrition surveys point to public health crisis for children in refugee camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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220,000 children threatened by mines and other explosive weapons in eastern Ukraine – UNICEF

21 December 2017 - Eastern Ukraine is now one of the most mine-contaminated places on earth, endangering 220,000 children who live, play and go to and from school in areas littered with landmines, unexploded ordnance and other deadly explosive remnants of war

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UNICEF airlifts nearly 6 million doses of vaccines for children in Yemen amid intensifying violence and import restrictions

20 December 2017 – A UNICEF-chartered plane landed today in Sana’a and delivered nearly 6 million doses of essential vaccines to protect millions of children at risk of preventable diseases, including the current diphtheria outbreak that has reportedly infected over 300 people and killed 35. Most diphtheria cases and deaths are in children.

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Deepening water crisis in Yemen amid severe fuel shortages

19 December, 2017 – Recent restrictions on imports of fuel to Yemen have sparked critical shortages and price hikes across the country, severely impacting access to safe water and other vital services for children including health care and sanitation. The cuts are the latest challenge to containing Yemen’s acute watery diarrhea and cholera outbreak. Yemen has for decades struggled with extreme water scarcity.

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In South Sudan, “childhood under attack” as country enters fifth year of fighting

15 December 2017 - South Sudan is in the throes of a tragedy for children that affects more than half the child population - victims of malnutrition, disease, forced recruitment, violence and the loss of schooling

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Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

12 December 2017 — The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched  a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.

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At least 400,000 severely malnourished children at risk of dying in DR Congo’s volatile Kasai region

12 December 2017 - At least 400,000 children under five in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and could die in 2018 if they are not urgently reached with lifesaving health and nutrition interventions

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UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children

11 December 2017 – Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today. 

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Intense violence in Syria’s East Ghouta shutters schools, deprives children of medical care

10 December 2017 – Continuing violence across East Ghouta, some 10km outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, has reportedly led to the closure of most schools in the area over the past month and stranded scores of children in need of medical evacuation.

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17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air, majority live in South Asia – UNICEF

6 December 2017 – Almost 17 million babies under the age of one live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially putting their brain development at risk, according to a new UNICEF paper released today.

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Global complacency threatens the lives of children and adolescents as world set to miss global AIDS target - UNICEF

01 December 2017 – In 2016, 120,000 children under the age of 14 died of AIDS related causes, and 18 children were infected with HIV every single hour. If current trends persist, there will be 3.5 million new adolescent HIV infections by 2030, according to projections from the 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS released today

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