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.

Primark to contribute US$ 6 million to UNICEF’s work in education and emergency response

17th July, 2018: Primark will contribute to UNICEF’s work in both education and emergency response.

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Record number of children vaccinated by UNICEF in 2017

16 July 2018: A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017, according to data released today by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the end of the negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

13 JULY 2018 – The conclusion of the negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is a great achievement for children.

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UNICEF Nigeria welcomes release of over 180 children suspected of Boko Haram ties

9 July 2018- UNICEF welcomes today the release of 183 children from Nigerian Armed Forces, in Maiduguri, Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

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3 in 4 children born in South Sudan since independence have known nothing but war – UNICEF

8 July 2018 – Out of 3.4 million babies born in South Sudan since it became the world’s youngest country in 2011, 2.6 million have been born in war, UNICEF said on the eve of South Sudan’s independence.

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Fatal shooting of aid worker in South Sudan - statement by UNICEF Executive Director

5 July 2018 - “We are deeply saddened to confirm that one aid worker was killed yesterday when a UNICEF convoy came under fire by unknown assailants. “The convoy was carrying education supplies and was traveling on the Juba-Bor road. It was clearly marked ‘UNICEF’.

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“Peace is the only way forward”: UNICEF Executive Director statement on Yemen

Statement by Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, at Geneva press briefing following 4-day visit to Yemen

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UNICEF spends an unprecedented US$550 million in supplies to respond to humanitarian crises

As famine, droughts, conflict and malnutrition threatened the survival of millions in 2017, UNICEF spent over half a billion dollars to deliver emergency, life-saving supplies to children in urgent need of assistance. This is the agency’s highest expenditure on supplies for humanitarian crises thus far.

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Protecting refugee and migrant children must be a priority for EU

22 June, 2018 – “Ahead of the European Council’s upcoming meetings on asylum and migration, UNICEF urges all leaders to prioritize the protection of children, regardless of their or their parents’ immigration status.

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One in three UK children live in toxic air zones, according to new Unicef research

21 June 2018 - Young children and babies in the UK are being disproportionately impacted by deadly levels of the most harmful type of air pollution, according to new analysis by Unicef UK. The charity has revealed that one in three children in the UK (4.5 million) are growing up in areas with unsafe levels of particulate pollution. This includes 1.6 million of all children aged five and younger, and 270,000 babies under one living in the most toxic air zones.

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UNICEF Statement on adoption of Hungarian legislation impacting refugee and migrant children

UNICEF statement in response to legislation approved by the Hungarian parliament that criminalizes any individual or group that offers to help an illegal immigrant claim asylum.

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Rugby League World Cup 2021 Partners With Unicef UK

19 June 2019 - Rugby League World Cup 2021 today announced a new ground-breaking partnership with Unicef UK who have become the official charity of the tournament.

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2 in 3 infants live in countries where dads are not entitled to a single day of paid paternity leave – UNICEF

14 June 2018 – Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under 1 year old – nearly 90 million – live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave, according to a new UNICEF analysis.

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Monsoon rains hit Rohingya refugee camps, raising risks for thousands of children

14 June 2018 – Torrential rain and strong winds hit Rohingya refugee camps and makeshift settlements in the past week, threatening the health and safety of thousands of children as the first major storm of the monsoon season arrived in south-eastern Bangladesh.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore calling for the protection of children in Hodeida and throughout Yemen

12 June 2018 – “As Hodeida faces the threat of an assault, I am extremely concerned about the impact it will have on children in this port city and beyond. UNICEF estimates that at least 300,000 children currently live in and around Hodeidah city – boys and girls who have been suffering for so long already."

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Breaking all barriers: 8 million children sit end-of-year exams across the Middle East and North Africa

11 June 2018 – An estimated 8 million school children across the Middle East and North Africa are sitting their year-end school exams.

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10th June 2018 –Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and STV this evening, has raised a record-breaking £5,540,259 so far for Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.

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UNICEF estimates more than 650,000 children in areas affected by Fuego volcano eruption

9 June 2018 - UNICEF is working with partners to provide essential support and services to the more than 650,000 children and adolescents living in areas affected by the eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano. Over 12,000 people have been evacuated so far, while some 3,700 people – including hundreds of children – are now staying in emergency shelters.

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Children in Syria continue to pay the heaviest price of a war not of their making

11 June 2018 - “UNICEF received reports that at least 13 children were killed in the past days in Syria. This is a statement from Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa.

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