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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UNICEF responds to Sierra Leone mudslide as more than 100 children reported dead

17 August 2017 – UNICEF is on the ground urgently responding to the needs of displaced families affected by the flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown which have killed several hundred people including at least 109 children, according to government sources.

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Dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic - UNICEF

15 August 2017  - The past year - and especially the last quarter - has seen a dramatic increase in violence. There are now an estimated 600,000 internally displaced people, up from 440,000 at the end of April – a big increase in the past 2-3 months.

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More than half a million children in Libya need humanitarian assistance

10 August 2017- “Six years since the crisis began in Libya, over 550,000 children need assistance because of political instability, on-going conflict, displacement, and economic collapse.

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“Nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse against women and children in Kasai”: UNICEF

7 August 2017 - The world must not turn a blind eye to the dire situation of children and families in the Grand Kasai region. Over the past 12 months, more than 1.4 million people – including 850,000 children – have been forced from their homes, and their lives turned upside down by widespread acts of extreme violence.

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Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding

1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization

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Clooney Foundation for Justice partners with Unicef to open seven public schools to Syrian refugee children

31 July 2017 – The Clooney Foundation for Justice today announced a $2.25 million partnership to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

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850,000 children displaced by violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region

28 July 2017 – More than 1 million people have been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe

25 July 2017 - Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe.

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Abused, exploited and abandoned children caught up in violence in Mosul need immediate care and protection

22 July 2017 –  The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.

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Statement on Dubs Unaccompanied Children Transfer Scheme

19 July 2017 - Commenting on the government’s response to the Urgent Question posed by Tim Farron on the Dubs scheme which revealed that only 200 unaccompanied refugee children have been transferred to the UK, Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK said:

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Malala visits Nigeria to draw attention to education crisis

18 July 2017 – During her visit to Nigeria, education activist Malala Yousafzai met today with girls displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.

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Children increasingly targeted in Central African Republic violence

18 July 2017 – Months of renewed fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) have led to an increasing number of violent acts committed against children, including murders, abductions, rape and recruitment into armed groups.

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Mediterranean rescue vessels must not be prevented from saving refugee and migrant children at sea - UNICEF

17 July 2017 – With thousands of refugees and migrants being pulled from the Mediterranean Sea each week, UNICEF is warning that a proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk – especially those of children.

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Lilly Singh appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador

15 July 2017 – Actress, comedian, and author Lilly Singh was appointed Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador at a special event today in New Delhi.

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Mosul’s children, sick, alone, wounded and scarred, are in urgent need of assistance and protection

13 July 2017 - UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Iraq, Hamida Ramadhani, said: “Although the battle for Mosul is coming to an end, children’s deep physical and mental scars will take time to heal. Some 650,000 boys and girls, who have lived through the nightmare of violence in Mosul, have paid a terrible price and endured many horrors over the past three years.

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Response to Lords committee report on Operation Sophia

12 July 2017 - The Lords Committee is right to point out that we must address the underlying need for these dangerous journeys: a lack of safe and legal routes.

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2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

12 July 2017 – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.4 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

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Six years after independence: South Sudan’s children wait for peace & prosperity

8 July 2017 - Ahead of the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, the hopes and dreams for the children of this fledgling nation have not materialised, UNICEF said today. Calling the situation in South Sudan a catastrophe for children, the UN Children’s Fund said children continue to bear the brunt of conflict and collapsing essential services.

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Funding shortfalls threaten education for children living in conflict and disaster zones

7 July 2017 – Funding shortfalls are threatening education for millions of children caught up in conflicts or disasters, UNICEF said today ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

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Voting Opens For Top 100 DJs In Aid Of Unicef

05 July 2017 - Voting opens today for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll is the world's biggest publicly voted music poll. Unicef, the global children’s organization, is the official charity beneficiary of Top 100 DJs 2017.

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