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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Increasing number of people face severe food shortages in South Sudan

22 February 2019 - Nearly 7 million people in South Sudan could face acute food insecurity at the height of this lean season (May-July), three United Nations agencies warned today, urging for scaled-up humanitarian assistance and better access to humanitarian relief.

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Redeployment agreement from Hudaydah welcome – calls to bring positive change for children

20 February 2019 – “UNICEF welcomes the recent agreement by parties to the conflict in Yemen to begin the mutual redeployment of forces from the port city of Hudaydah.

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Central African Republic peace agreement brings hope to millions of children

18 February 2019 - Statement from Executive Director Henriette Fore following the announcement that a peace agreement for the Central African Republic has signed by the Government of the Central African Republic and other parties.

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Thousands of children vaccinated in remote Rukban settlement amid severe lack of access to medical care

15 February 2019 - UNICEF-supported vaccinators were able to immunize thousands of children during a 9-day mission to the remote makeshift settlement in Rukban at the border with Jordan, home to more than 40,000 people – mostly women and children.

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City leaders call on government to take action on air pollution at Clean Air Summit – Unicef UK responds

14 February 2019- At the #LoveCleanAir Summit today, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, city leaders and UK 100 will call on government to take urgent action on air pollution in the upcoming Environment Bill.

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More than 3,000 children released from armed groups in South Sudan since conflict began, but thousands more continue to be used

12 February 2019 – One hundred and nineteen children were released by an armed group in South Sudan Tuesday, bringing the total number of those freed since the conflict began to more than 3,100. Forty-eight girls were among the group, with the youngest child being 10-years-old.

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13.5 million children now uprooted in Africa - including those displaced by conflict, poverty and climate change

9 February 2019 – At least 13.5 million uprooted children in Africa – including those living as refugees, migrants or internally displaced – need strengthened national actions, and regional and international cooperation between states to uphold their rights, keep them safe and help them fulfil their potential.

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Two children killed in the Gaza Strip

9 February 2019- UNICEF is deeply saddened by the killing of two children, aged 13 and 17 years old, shot yesterday in the Gaza Strip. The exact circumstances of their death are under verification. This brings the number of Palestinian children killed this year to four.

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Over 160,000 displaced children protected from harsh winter in Iraq

7 February 2019 – As cold winter weather sweeps across Iraq, UNICEF has provided warm clothes to over 160,000 internally displaced and refugee children, including those in hard-to-reach areas such as Sinjar, where UNICEF has maintained a strong presence since violence escalated in 2013.

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Child health experts warn air pollution is damaging children’s health

5 February 2019 - Child health experts across the UK are warning today that air pollution is damaging children’s health – and the public should be better informed so they can take action to protect themselves.

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Safer Internet Day: Unicef calls for concerted action to prevent bullying and harassment for the 99.8 per cent of young people online in the United Kingdom

5 February 2019- UNICEF warned today of the dangers posed by online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment for the 99.8 per cent of young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are online in the United Kingdom, and called for concerted action to tackle and prevent violence against children and young people online.

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Child health experts warn air pollution is damaging children’s health

5 February 2019 – Child health experts across the UK are warning today that air pollution is damaging children’s health – and the public should be better informed so they can take action to protect themselves.

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Violence, displacement and harsh conditions in Syria kill over 30 children since December

31 January 2019 – “Violence, displacement and extremely harsh conditions in northern and eastern Syria have killed at least 32 children since December 2018.

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Nearly 3,000 children crossed from Guatemala to Mexico since mid-January – UNICEF

31 January 2019 – More than 12,000 people, including 3,000 children, have crossed from Tecun Uman, Guatemala, to Tapachula, Mexico, since January 17, UNICEF said today. It is critical to uphold special protection for these children, particularly those among them traveling alone, the children’s agency said. 

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Investing in children should be the foundation of Myanmar’s progress and development

30 January 2019 – UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore urged Myanmar’s authorities to invest in all children, to build a stronger, more harmonious society that will support Myanmar’s progress and stability.

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Six months on, Ebola outbreak in eastern DR Congo is now second largest in history - UNICEF

30 January 2019 – Since the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared six months ago on 1st August 2018, more than 740 people – 30 per cent of whom are children – have been infected with the disease, including over 460 who have died, and 258 that have survived Ebola. Alongside the Government and partners, UNICEF is scaling up its response to assist victims, control the spread of the disease and ultimately end the deadly outbreak.  

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UNICEF appeals for £3.06 billion in emergency assistance for 41 million children affected by conflict or disaster

29 January 2019 – Millions of children living in countries affected by conflict and disaster lack access to vital child protection services, putting their safety, well-being and futures at risk, UNICEF warned today as it appealed for £3.06 billion to support its work for children in humanitarian crises.

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UNICEF Statement on the situation in Venezuela

25 January 2019 - “UNICEF regrets and condemns the reported loss of lives, including the deaths of teenagers, during recent demonstrations in Venezuela, and expresses its condolences to their families.

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More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children return to school in Bangladesh refugee camps as new school year starts

24 January 2019 – More than 145,000 Rohingya refugee children living in camps in south-east Bangladesh are now attending UNICEF-supported learning centres, as a new school year begins. 

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UNICEF Statement on the impact of the ongoing turmoil and economic crisis on children in Sudan

23 January 2019 – “Children were reportedly killed in ongoing turmoil that broke out last month in Sudan. According to reports, scores of children were also injured while others were detained.

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