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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Tom Hiddleston in South Sudan, where he met children who had been affected by the ongoing conflict.

Actor and Unicef Ambassador Tom Hiddleston meets children affected by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Three months after deadly hurricanes hit Caribbean islands, thousands of children still in need of assistance

13 December 2017 - Three months after two hurricanes barreled through the Caribbean thousands of children remain in need of support across the region.

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Bangladesh moves to protect Rohingya children from diphtheria

12 December 2017 — The Government of Bangladesh, with the support of UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, today launched  a vaccination campaign against diphtheria and other preventable diseases for all Rohingya children aged 6 weeks to 6 years living in 12 camps and temporary settlements near the Myanmar border.

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At least 400,000 severely malnourished children at risk of dying in DR Congo’s volatile Kasai region

At least 400,000 children under five in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and could die in 2018 if they are not urgently reached with lifesaving health and nutrition interventions, UNICEF warned today. The dire situation has largely been caused by violence, mass displacement and reduced agricultural production over the past 18 months.

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UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children

Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today. 

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Intense violence in Syria’s East Ghouta shutters schools, deprives children of medical care

10 December 2017 – Continuing violence across East Ghouta, some 10km outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, has reportedly led to the closure of most schools in the area over the past month and stranded scores of children in need of medical evacuation.

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17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air, majority live in South Asia – UNICEF

6 December 2017 – Almost 17 million babies under the age of one live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially putting their brain development at risk, according to a new UNICEF paper released today.

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Global complacency threatens the lives of children and adolescents as world set to miss global AIDS target - UNICEF

01 December 2017 – In 2016, 120,000 children under the age of 14 died of AIDS related causes, and 18 children were infected with HIV every single hour. If current trends persist, there will be 3.5 million new adolescent HIV infections by 2030, according to projections from the 2017 UNICEF Statistical Update on Children and AIDS released today

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Statement on the school attack in Borno State, Nigeria

1 December - Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, said, “Today’s attack on a primary school in the town of Kuaya kusar, Borno State, in which two children were brutally killed and two others injured, is a despicable act.

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Global agreements on migration and refugees should include commitments to protect children, UNICEF urges world leaders

30 November 2017 - Ahead of international meeting on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, UNICEF releases blueprint for how to protect children on the move.

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Child malnutrition levels increase sharply in besieged Syrian town of East Ghouta

29 November, 2017 – Violence, lack of humanitarian access and sky-rocketing food prices have worsened malnutrition among young children in besieged East Ghouta. Nearly 400,000 people – half of them are estimated to be children – remain trapped in the area which has been under siege since mid-2013.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham makes surprise visit to London school to mark World Children’s Day

20 November 2017 – Today, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham made a surprise visit to Kentish Town C of E Primary School in London to celebrate World Children’s Day.

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Despite progress, 180 million children face bleaker prospects than their parents – UNICEF

20 November 2017 - Despite global progress, 1 in 12 children worldwide live in countries where their prospects today are worse than those of their parents, according to a UNICEF analysis conducted for World Children’s Day.

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UK children less likely to trust those in power to make good decisions – UNICEF

20 November 2017 - Children in the UK feel more disenfranchised than their peers worldwide and are less likely to trust those in power to make good decisions for children, according to new research published by UNICEF to mark World Children’s Day.

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Global 'take-overs', star-studded events and world leaders to spotlight most disadvantaged for World Children's Day

14 November 2017 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, singer, songwriter and actress P!nk, actress Millie Bobby Brown, singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and FCB and FCB Foundation are among the many stars, leaders and organizations lending their voices to children for World Children’s Day, UNICEF has announced.

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Bangladesh steps up vaccination for new Rohingya arrivals as measles cases rise

10 November 2017 – An increase in the number of suspected measles cases among the newly arrived Rohingya and their host communities in southern Bangladesh has prompted the Government and UN partners to step up immunization efforts in overcrowded camps and makeshift shelters close to the border with Myanmar.

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Typhoon Damrey: 1 million children affected as UNICEF deploys experts

9 November 2017 - At least 1 million children have been affected by the storm as Unicef deploys experts to join the rapid assessment team led by VietNam’s Disaster Management Authority to assess the situation for children.

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Harvest season provides meagre respite to South Sudan’s hunger crisis

6 November 2017 - Malnutrition rates soar especially among children, lean season forecast to start early

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Malnutrition rates among Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh appear to be at least double earlier estimates

3 November 2017 – Preliminary data from a nutrition assessment conducted last week at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, shows a 7.5 per cent prevalence of life-threatening severe acute malnutrition – a rate double that seen among Rohingya child refugees in May 2017, UNICEF said today.

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Statement on Attacks Against Children in Syria

31 October 2017 - “In the past 48 hours, we have received shocking reports and photos of more attacks on children and education facilities in the besieged area of Eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus.

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Violent discipline, sexual abuse and homicides stalk millions of children worldwide – UNICEF

31 October 2017 - Violence against children – some as young as one year old – is pervasive in homes, schools and communities, new report with disturbing data reveals

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