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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833 children released from armed group in Northeast Nigeria

12 October 2018- UNICEF welcomes the release of 833 children from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children.

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80 per cent of school children returned to school in Ebola-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12 October 2018- One month after the beginning of the school year, 80 per cent of school-aged children have returned to school in Beni and Mabalako health zones, the two epicentres of the current Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Indonesia: UNICEF appeals for funding to support emergency response for children in Sulawesi and Lombok

11 October 2018 – UNICEF have today launched a combined emergency and recovery appeal to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children in the aftermath of the Sulawesi and Lombok disasters over a period of 6 months.

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Health workers in Yemen reach more than 306,000 people with cholera vaccines during four-day pause in fighting – WHO, UNICEF

5 October 2018 – More than 306,000 people in Yemen, including over 164,000 children under the age of 15, were vaccinated against cholera as part of a joint WHO-UNICEF campaign that concluded today.

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UNICEF supports authorities in identifying separated and unaccompanied children in tsunami-affected areas

 5 October 2018: UNICEF and a team of social workers from the Ministry of Social Affairs have started the process of identifying separated and unaccompanied children. 

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UNICEF is concerned for safety of thousands of children following Sulawesi tsunami

1 October 2018 – Three days after the earthquake that shook the island of Sulawesi and the devastating tsunami that swept through Palu City, UNICEF says the situation for tens of thousands of children remains extremely precarious in the days ahead. Children in Palu, Donggala and other affected sites in Sulawesi need urgent help to recover. Many have lost their loved ones, homes, neighbourhoods and all things familiar in their lives.

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Conflict pushes South Sudanese into hunger – more than 6 million people face desperate food shortages

28 September 2018 - Relentless conflict and insecurity throughout the lean the annual lean season pushed 6.1 million people - nearly 60 percent of the population – into extreme hunger in South Sudan, though the situation could improve if a sustainable peace takes hold, three United Nations agencies said today.

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UNICEF teams up with Ebola survivors to help stop spread of deadly outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

28 September 2018 – Recent survivors of the Ebola virus and UNICEF are partnering to help prevent further transmission of the deadly disease in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As part of this effort, the survivors share their stories during public events and through public radio in Ebola-affected communities.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Redgrave meets children and young people in Lebanon

21 September 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and renowned actress Vanessa Redgrave, met with Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese children and youth in Lebanon during a two-day visit to the country this week.

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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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