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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UNICEF issues historic humanitarian appeal to save the lives of millions of children in Afghanistan

KABUL/KATHMANDU/NEW YORK, 7 December 2021 – UNICEF launched its largest ever single-country appeal today to urgently respond to the humanitarian needs of over 24 million people in Afghanistan, half of whom are children. UNICEF’s appeal for US$2 billion will help to avert the imminent collapse of health, nutrition, WASH, education and other vital social services for children and families.

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An entire generation of students could lose up to USD1 trillion throughout the course of their lives in MENA due to COVID19

WASHINGTON/AMMAN/BEIRUT, December 7, 2021 – The unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region losing an additional year of learning outcomes, according to a new report launched by the World Bank, UNICEF, and UNESCO. 

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Latin America and the Caribbean: About 3.5 million children may be affected by migration next year – UNICEF

PANAMA CITY, 7 December 2021 – The number of children affected by migration in Latin America and the Caribbean is due to hit the 3.5-million-mark next year, UNICEF said today at the launch of its highest-ever humanitarian appeal for the region. This number, which includes children on the move as well as those living in host communities, represents a 47 percent increase compared to 2021.

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Reacting to the announcement of UK Government commitment at the Nutrition for Growth Summit, Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy, UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) said:

"Malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of the deaths of children under five and the single largest cause of death among women. Policy commitments made by the UK Government at today’s Nutrition for Growth Summit will have a positive impact on children’s lives, but without additional funding to match, these commitments will not address the life-limiting consequences of malnutrition on the lives of those worst affected.

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Statement by Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy, UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) on the urgent need to address global vaccine inequity ahead of G7 Ministerial meeting 11-13th December

07 December 2021| "The discovery of the Omicron variant comes at a time when over 90 per cent of people in low-income countries have not received a single dose of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. Health workers and those at greatest risk remain perilously exposed to the virus and unable to protect themselves while the pandemic continues to destabilise essential health and education services for children.

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The world’s nearly 240 million children living with disabilities are being denied basic rights – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 3 December, 2021 – All around the world, the nearly 240 million children living with disabilities -- 1 in 10 children worldwide -- are being denied basic rights, UNICEF said ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

29 November 2021 - A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

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UNICEF calls for urgent action to avoid further loss of life at sea

26 November 2021 – The latest shipwreck in the English Channel – where at least 27 people lost their lives - calls for swift and decisive collective action to protect the lives of migrants at sea.

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UNICEF condemns latest bout of ‘horrific’ violence against children during armed attack on displaced people’s camp in eastern DRC

25 November 2021 - At least 14 children, including five girls, are among those killed by militiamen during the latest violence against displaced civilians in the province of Ituri in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today.

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Statement from the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) in response to the tragic loss of life due to boat capsizing in the Channel

24 November 2021 - Responding to the tragic news of loss of life due to a boat capsizing in the Channel today, Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy at the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), said the following.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on grave violations against children in West and Central Africa

GENEVA, 23 November 2021 - West and Central Africa has recorded the highest number of children recruited and used by armed forces and armed groups. This amounts to more than 42,000 violations between 2005 and 2020. "Over this same period, the region also ranks first – and worst – when it comes to numbers of rape and other forms of sexual violence committed against children, with more than 8,000 violations.

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The West and Central Africa region among the most affected by grave violations against children in armed conflict

DAKAR, 23 November 2021 – Since 2005, when a United Nations mechanism for monitoring and reporting on the six grave violations against children was established, West and Central Africa has been the region in the world with the highest number of children verified as recruited and used by armed forces and non-state armed groups and the highest number of children verified as victims of sexual violence.

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Lebanon: UNICEF survey highlights children’s ever-worsening situation with dramatic deterioration of living conditions over six months

BEIRUT, 23 November 2021 ­- With no sign of a let-up in Lebanon’s crisis, the impact on children is progressively worsening, with a new poll showing an increase in the number of children going hungry, having to work to support their family and not getting the health care they need. These are the findings released today in UNICEF’s report ‘Surviving without the basics; the ever-worsening impact of Lebanon’s crisis on children’.

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Landmark poll shows young people more likely than older generations to believe the world is becoming a better place – yet impatient for action on mounting crises

18 November 2021 – Children and young people are nearly 50 per cent more likely than older people to believe that the world is becoming a better place with each generation, according to a new international survey by UNICEF and Gallup released ahead of World Children’s Day.

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Millie Bobby Brown calls for ‘children not to give up on adults’ in World Children’s Day video

16 November 2021 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Millie Bobby Brown, is featured in a new video to raise children’s voices ahead of World Children’s Day on 20th November.

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Three children killed in Sudan in recent unrest

AMMAN, 15 November 2021 – “Three children, a 14-year-old girl and two boys aged 15 and 17 were reportedly killed during violence around protests in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. The exact circumstances of their deaths are under verification.

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UNICEF UK response the outcomes of COP26 for children and young people

14 Nov, "COP26 was a chance for world leaders to recognise the climate crisis as a child rights crisis and agree ambitious and concrete action to tackle climate change. “For the one billion children around the world already affected by the climate crisis, the outcomes of the Summit have fallen short of the urgent action needed to protect them today. Many of them will feel their futures remain at risk.

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Climate change is a children’s rights crisis and we need to act now- OpEd by UNICEF UK's Youth Advisory Board

12 November 2021 – “We are UNICEF UK’s Youth Advisory Board and strive to ensure children and young people are placed at the heart of discussions that affect us the most. Despite being the least responsible for climate change, we are disproportionately affected, and future generations will continue to be unfairly affected by the decisions made today about how to protect our planet."

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Girls increasingly at risk of child marriage in Afghanistan

12 November 2021 – “We have received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry. Even before the latest political instability, UNICEF’s partners registered 183 child marriages and 10 cases of selling of children over 2018 and 2019 in Herat and Baghdis provinces alone."

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Nearly 240 million children with disabilities around the world, UNICEF’s most comprehensive statistical analysis finds

10 November 2021 – The number of children with disabilities globally is estimated at almost 240 million, according to a new UNICEF report. Children with disabilities are disadvantaged compared to children without disabilities on most measures of child well-being, the report says.

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