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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1 million children affected by Cyclone Idai and subsequent floods in Mozambique, actual numbers feared much higher

23 March 2019 – We are in a race against time to help and protect children in the disaster-ravaged areas of Mozambique, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said at the end of a visit to Beira, one of the areas worst affected by Cyclone Adai. 

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Children living in protracted conflicts are three times more likely to die from water-related diseases than from violence

22 March 2019 – Children under the age of 15 living in countries affected by protracted conflict are, on average, almost three times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene than by direct violence, UNICEF said in a new report today.

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Urgent funding needed to meet massive humanitarian needs in Democratic Republic of the Congo

21 March 2019 - With the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) facing one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock called today for urgent and sustained funding for the Government-led response to meet the needs of children, families and vulnerable communities including people with disabilities.

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One child reportedly killed as school bus comes under attack in Aleppo, north of Syria

20 March 2019 - As families in the region prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow, another mother in Syria today is grieving the loss of her child. UNICEF received reports that a five-year old child was killed while on a school bus on his way home.

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UNICEF supplies arrive in flood affected areas, bringing relief to displaced families in Malawi

19 March 2019 – UNICEF supplies have begun arriving in areas affected by heavy rains and floods in southern Malawi, bringing a measure of relief to families living in evacuation centres.

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Thousands of children in need of urgent humanitarian assistance as Cyclone Idai hits Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe

17 March 2019 – Almost 850,000 people – around half of whom are estimated to be children – have been affected by severe flooding in Malawi and Mozambique, with the numbers set to rise as Cyclone Idai moves west and the impact of the cyclone becomes clearer, UNICEF warned today.

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Unicef UK hold rallies calling for an end to illegal levels of toxic air

16th March 2019 - Today, Unicef UK held rallies in Birmingham, London and Manchester to show how strongly local children, families and campaigners feel about the urgent issue of toxic air in the city.

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Mozambique: 600,000 people, including 260,000 children, affected by Cyclone Idai

15 March 2019 – During the night to Friday the intense tropical Cyclone Idai has made landfall in Mozambique’s Sofala region close to the city of Beira, causing severe damage with its strong winds and severe flooding.

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UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere’s remarks at the “Supporting the future of Syria and the Region” conference

14 March 2019- UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere’s remarks at the “Supporting the future of Syria and the Region” conference

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Intensification of fighting impeding humanitarian access and displacing thousands in Hajjah, Yemen

13 March 2019 – “The most recent attack in Hajjah, north of Hudaydah, on 9 March, took yet another devastating toll on the children of Yemen: 12 were killed while at home and another 14 injured.

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European Heart Journal report finds that more people die from air pollution than tobacco- Unicef UK responds

12 March 2019- A report published today in the European Heart Journal finds that more people die from air pollution than tobacco. Unicef UK responds.

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School pupils attend Unicef UK Parliamentary event to call on MPs to end dangerous levels of toxic air

12 March 2019- Today, Unicef UK and Andrew Selous MP, hosted an event in Parliament to formally open an exhibition which showcases the work of children and young people who have taken part in Unicef UK’s schools-based campaign to raise awareness of dangerous and illegal levels of toxic air.  

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New report finds little evidence of progress on children’s rights issues in England- Unicef UK responds

12 March 2019-  A report published today by Just for Kids Law and the Children’s Rights Alliance for England finds little evidence of progress on children’s rights issues in England over the past year. Unicef UK responds:

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2018 deadliest year yet for children in Syria as war enters 9th year

11th March 2019: 2018 deadliest year yet for children in Syria as war enters 9th year

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75% of children with disabilities in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia left out of inclusive, quality education - UNICEF

7 March 2019 – At least 75 per cent of the estimated 5.1 million children living with disabilities in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia are excluded from quality, inclusive education, UNICEF said today.  

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Liverpool kicks off bid to become Unicef Child Friendly City

7 March 2019- Unicef UK has today launched an exciting new partnership with Liverpool City Council which aims to improve the lives of every child in the city.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on deaths of five children in Yemen

2nd March 2019 – “In Yemen, children can no longer safely do the things that all children love to do – like go to school or spend time with their friends outside.

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Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the recent attacks against Ebola treatment centers in the DRC

NEW YORK, 28 February 2019 – Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore. “I am appalled by the latest violent attack against an Ebola treatment center that was providing care to children and families in Butembo, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)."

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Global surge in measles cases is a growing threat to children

1 March 2019 – UNICEF warned today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by ten countries accounting for more than 74 per cent of the total increase, and several others that had previously been declared measles free.

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School closures in the Sahel double in the last two years due to growing insecurity – UNICEF

28 February 2019 – Continued and growing insecurity in the Sahel region has forced nearly 2,000 schools in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to close or become non-operational, UNICEF said today. This marks a two-fold increase in the number of education facilities forcibly closed or left non-operational since 2017.

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