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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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Almost 3,000 malnourished children at risk of “dying before their families’ eyes” as Rafah offensive disconnects them from treatment

NEW YORK, 11 June 2024 — Nearly 400 million children under 5 — or 6 in 10 children within that age group globally — regularly endure psychological aggression or physical punishment at home, according to new UNICEF estimates. Of them, around 330 million are punished by physical means.

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Nearly 400 million young children worldwide regularly experience violent discipline at home – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 11 June 2024 — Nearly 400 million children under 5 — or 6 in 10 children within that age group globally — regularly endure psychological aggression or physical punishment at home, according to new UNICEF estimates. Of them, around 330 million are punished by physical means.

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF HITS RECORD FUNDRAISING MILESTONE WITH OVER £100 MILLION RAISED FOR CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD SINCE 2006

LONDON, SUNDAY 9 JUNE – Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2024, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV1, ITVX and STV this evening from Stamford Bridge, London, has raised £15 million, for UNICEF’s vital work helping give children around the world happy, healthy, and play-filled childhoods.

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1 in 4 children globally live in severe child food poverty due to inequity, conflict, and climate crises – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 6 June 2024 – Around 181 million children worldwide under 5 years of age – or 1 in 4 – are experiencing severe child food poverty, making them up to 50 per cent more likely to experience wasting, a life-threatening form of malnutrition, a new UNICEF report reveals today.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo as violence against children reaching ‘staggering scale’

GOMA/NEW YORK, 5 June 2024 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the first time this week, as escalating violence and mass displacement in the eastern part of the country pushes the number of grave violations against children towards a peak.

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UNICEF UK appoints Philip Goodwin as Chief Executive

Monday 3 June 2024 – The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Philip Goodwin as Chief Executive of the charity with effect from 16 September 2024.

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Fighting around the Golo water reservoir jeopardizes main water source for over 130,000 children

PORT AU PRINCE/NEW YORK, 28 May 2024 – As armed violence continues to drive the deteriorating conditions across Haiti, the UN has estimated that 30 to 50 per cent of armed group members are children who are subject to coercion, abuse and exploitation stemming from persistent social, economic and political fragility caused by ongoing violence that has spiraled parts of the country into chaos.

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Violence drives Haiti’s children into armed groups; up to half of all members are now children – UNICEF

PORT AU PRINCE/NEW YORK, 28 May 2024 – As armed violence continues to drive the deteriorating conditions across Haiti, the UN has estimated that 30 to 50 per cent of armed group members are children who are subject to coercion, abuse and exploitation stemming from persistent social, economic and political fragility caused by ongoing violence that has spiraled parts of the country into chaos.

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UNICEF Regional Director condemns growing violence in the central Sahel, grave violations against children up by 70 per cent

29 May 2024 – “The distressing rise in violent incidents in the central Sahel region of West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger), including the killing of children, must stop if children are to realise their basic rights to life under the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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On World Nutrition Day, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation pledge to double public donations made to Soccer Aid for UNICEF

LONDON, 28 May 2024 – Soccer Aid for UNICEF today announced that every donation it receives this year will be doubled, up to £4 million, thanks to its partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), in a bid to accelerate the fight against child wasting – the most life-threatening form of malnutrition.

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Measles cases across Europe continue to surge, putting millions of children at risk

28 May 2024 – Measles cases across Europe continue to surge, with the number of measles cases recorded for this year soon to exceed the total number of cases reported throughout 2023, warned WHO and UNICEF today.

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3.2 million children are at risk as Cyclone Remal hits hard in the coastal areas of Bangladesh

27 May 2024 – “As Cyclone Remal hits the coastal areas of Bangladesh, over 8.4 million people, including 3.2 million children, are at high health, nutrition, sanitation, and safety risks.

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