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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Burkina Faso: Insecurity pushes more than 1 in 10 children into acute malnutrition in heavily affected areas

28 November 2023 – Insecurity is pushing more than 1 in 10 children under the age of 5 into acute malnutrition in 22 out of 25 heavily affected areas surveyed in Burkina Faso, according to new data, warns UNICEF.

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Climate change is an urgent threat to pregnant women and children

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2023 --- Pregnant women, babies and children face extreme health risks from climate catastrophes that warrant urgent attention, according to a Call for Action released today by United Nations (UN) agencies ahead of the global Conference of the Parties (COP28) negotiations on climate change in Dubai.

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At least 5 million children at the brink in Darfur as unchecked conflict worsens

NEW YORK, 20 November 2023 – The escalating humanitarian crisis in Sudan over the last seven months has reached a grim milestone in Darfur, where at least 5 million children are facing extreme deprivation of their rights and protection risks due to ongoing conflict.

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UNICEF Statement: World Children's Day 2023 "Children live in a world that is increasingly hostile to their rights!

“Each year on November 20, we mark World Children’s Day to commemorate the 1989 adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. By ratifying this international legal framework, world leaders acknowledged that all children have inalienable rights. And they promised that governments would ensure that those rights would be protected and upheld.

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UNICEF Statement: 31 premature babies at imminent risk of death relocated from Al-Shifa hospital

Today, 31 babies clinging to life were rescued from Al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza and relocated to the south of the Strip. UNICEF, working with WHO, UNRWA, OCHA, UNMAS, as part of an interagency UN effort, alongside the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, medical authorities and staff at the hospital conducted the operation during extremely dangerous conditions.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham promotes equality and empowerment for girls on his first visit to India

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to India this week to meet children and adolescents, including girls who are bringing about change and innovation in their communities, and young women who have overcome barriers to help close gender gaps.

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Children and families at risk after 6.4-magnitude earthquake hits western Nepal

KATHMANDU, 4 November 2023 – “We are deeply saddened by the devastating impact of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Karnali and Lumbini provinces in western Nepal at 11:47 p.m. on Friday 3 November.

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Women and newborns bearing the brunt of the conflict in Gaza, UN agencies warn

East Jerusalem, 4 November 2023 - Women, children and newborns in Gaza are disproportionately bearing the burden of the escalation of hostilities in the occupied Palestinian territory, both as casualties and in reduced access to health services, warn the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Statement by UNICEF on the deaths and injuries of children in Jabaliya camp

“The scenes of carnage coming out of Jabaliya camp in the Gaza Strip following attacks yesterday and again today are horrific and appalling

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