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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Child marriage on the rise in Horn of Africa as drought crisis intensifies – UNICEF

29 June 2022 - Girls as young as twelve are being forced into child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at “alarming rates” in the Horn of Africa, as the most severe drought in forty years pushes families to the edge – warns UNICEF.

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Staggering scale of grave violations against children in conflict revealed in new UNICEF analysis

28 June 2022 – Between 2005 and 2020, the United Nations verified over 266,000 grave violations against children committed by parties to conflict in more than 30 conflict situations across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, UNICEF said today in a new report.

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UNICEF in Bangladesh - Palais Briefing

24 June 2022 – This is a summary of what was said by Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh – to whom quoted text may be attributed – on the situation of children and families affected by floods in Bangladesh, at today's (Fri 24 June) press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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UNICEF in Afghanistan - Palais Briefing

24 June 2022 – This is a summary of what was said by Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan – to whom quoted text may be attributed – on the situation of children and families affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan, at today's (Fri 24 June) press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Global hunger crisis pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries

23 June 2022 — Almost 8 million children under 5 in 15 crisis-hit countries are at risk of death from severe wasting unless they receive immediate therapeutic food and care – with the number rising by the minute, UNICEF warned today as world leaders prepare to meet at the G7 summit.

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Thousands of children at risk after devastating earthquake hits eastern Afghanistan - UNICEF

22 June 2022 – Statement by UNICEF Afghanistan Representative, Dr. Mohamed Ayoya on earthquake in Paktika and Khost provinces.

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1.6 million children stranded by floods in Bangladesh, as UNICEF calls for emergency funds

20 June 2022 – Four million people, including 1.6 million children, stranded by flash floods in north-eastern Bangladesh are in urgent need of help. UNICEF is on the ground to protect children and to deliver emergency water and health supplies.

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Nearly 37 million children displaced worldwide – highest number ever recorded

17 June 2022 – Conflict, violence and other crises left a record 36.5 million children displaced from their homes at the end of 2021, UNICEF estimates – the highest number recorded since the Second World War. This figure includes 13.7 million refugee and asylum-seeking children† and nearly 22.8 million children who are internally displaced due to conflict and violence.

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130 million African girls and women today married as children

Africa is home to 130 million child brides, both girls under the age of 18 who have already married and adult women who were married as children.

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UNICEF briefing note on the situation of children in Ukraine

14 June 2022 - A summary of what was said by Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, at today's daily press briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF RAISES RECORD £15.6 MILLION FOR CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD

Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2022, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and STV this evening from the London Stadium, has raised a record-breaking £15,673,728 so far for UNICEF’s vital work giving children around the world the care-free, play filled childhoods they are entitled to.

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FACT SHEET: Menstrual health and hygiene management still out of reach for many

26 May 2022 – Stigma, poverty, and lack of access to basic services like toilets and water are causing menstrual health and hygiene needs to go unmet and increasing women and girls’ risk of infections, UNICEF warned ahead of Menstrual Hygiene Day.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

25 May 2022- Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

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Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says

The majority of wealthy countries are creating unhealthy, dangerous and noxious conditions for children across the world, according to the latest Report Card published today by UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.

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Children, know your rights! – New funding for Scottish schools

Today (Friday 20 May 2022), the Scottish Government announced funding for UNICEF UK to offer their Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) programme to all 2,400 state primary and secondary schools in Scotland. To launch the new partnership, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville, visited a school already involved with the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award programme, Commercial Primary School in Dunfermline. The Cabinet Secretary spoke to pupils and the headteacher about children’s rights and the impact of the RRSA programme on their school and their lives.

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