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Unicef’s work for children is non-stop – that’s why the Media Team is on hand around the clock for whenever the media need information on issues affecting children in the UK and across the world.

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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.

Statement on Dubs Unaccompanied Children Transfer Scheme

19 July 2017 - Commenting on the government’s response to the Urgent Question posed by Tim Farron on the Dubs scheme which revealed that only 200 unaccompanied refugee children have been transferred to the UK, Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK said:

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Children increasingly targeted in Central African Republic violence

Months of renewed fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) have led to an increasing number of violent acts committed against children, including murders, abductions, rape and recruitment into armed groups – UNICEF warned today.

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Mediterranean rescue vessels must not be prevented from saving refugee and migrant children at sea - UNICEF

17 July 2017 – With thousands of refugees and migrants being pulled from the Mediterranean Sea each week, UNICEF is warning that a proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk – especially those of children.

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Lilly Singh appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador

15 July 2017 – Actress, comedian, and author Lilly Singh was appointed Unicef’s newest Goodwill Ambassador at a special event today in New Delhi.

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Mosul’s children, sick, alone, wounded and scarred, are in urgent need of assistance and protection

13 July 2017 - UNICEF’s Deputy Representative in Iraq, Hamida Ramadhani, said: “Although the battle for Mosul is coming to an end, children’s deep physical and mental scars will take time to heal. Some 650,000 boys and girls, who have lived through the nightmare of violence in Mosul, have paid a terrible price and endured many horrors over the past three years.

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Response to Lords committee report on Operation Sophia

12 July 2017 - The Lords Committee is right to point out that we must address the underlying need for these dangerous journeys: a lack of safe and legal routes.

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2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

12 July 2017 – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.4 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

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Six years after independence: South Sudan’s children wait for peace & prosperity

8 July 2017 - Ahead of the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, the hopes and dreams for the children of this fledgling nation have not materialised, UNICEF said today. Calling the situation in South Sudan a catastrophe for children, the UN Children’s Fund said children continue to bear the brunt of conflict and collapsing essential services.

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Funding shortfalls threaten education for children living in conflict and disaster zones

7 July 2017 – Funding shortfalls are threatening education for millions of children caught up in conflicts or disasters, UNICEF said today ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

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Voting Opens For Top 100 DJs In Aid Of Unicef

05 July 2017 - Voting opens today for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Poll is the world's biggest publicly voted music poll. Unicef, the global children’s organization, is the official charity beneficiary of Top 100 DJs 2017.

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Over 7 million children are on the move in West and Central Africa each year

5 July 2017 – Children account for over half of the 12 million West and Central African people on the move each year, with some 75 per cent of them remaining in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one in five heading to Europe.

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Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi

30 June 2017 – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI

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UNICEF calls for the protection of children trapped in west Mosul’s violence

29th June 2016 - Peter Hawkins, UNICEF’s Representative in Iraq, said: “Thousands of children continue to be trapped in relentless violence in West Mosul’s Old City neighborhoods as the fighting heavily intensified over the past hours.

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Africa’s first humanitarian drone testing corridor launched in Malawi by Government and UNICEF

29 June 2017 - The Government of Malawi and UNICEF today launched an air corridor to test potential humanitarian use of unmanned aerial drones.

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28 June 2017 –Three UNICEF charter planes have delivered 36 tons of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen to scale up efforts to combat the world’s worst cholera outbreak.

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Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan

28 June 2017: Over the last few months, Sudan has faced multiple emergencies with the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea across 12 of its 18 states, a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra Area of Central Darfur.

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Investments in poor children saves more lives per dollar spent, new UNICEF study says

Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities saves almost twice as many lives per US$1 million spent.

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Unicef and WHO statement on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000

24 June 2017 – “The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day."

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Crisis ‘far from over’ as malnutrition, thirst and disease threaten lives of millions of children in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

23 June 2017 - The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk.

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