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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UNICEF provides cash support to more than 40,000 Lebanese children in the context of the current crisis

19th February 2020 - UNICEF with partners have activated a cash assistance programme to support approximately 40,000 children from 15,000 Lebanese families.

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As violence escalates, 37 children among those killed and injured in the attack in Al-Jawf, north of Yemen

20 February 2020 - Statement from Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen

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2.9 million people, including 1.6 million children, affected by one or more of humanitarian crises in Niger, in 2020

19th February 2020 – UNICEF calls today for increased attention to the plight of children and their families as nearly 3 million people in Niger need humanitarian assistance.

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World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

19 February: A report by WHO, UNICEF and Lancet finds that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices.

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UNICEF appeals for £32.2 million to support the global Covid-19 outbreak response

17 February 2020 – UNICEF urgently needs $42.3 million (£32.2 million) to scale up its response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak and support global efforts to contain it.

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Over half a million children in northwest Syria forced to flee amid continued violence and harsh weather

18 February 2020 – More than 500,000 children have been displaced by intense violence in northwest Syria since 1 December 2019*, with tens of thousands of children and their families now living in tents and in the open air amid very cold weather and rains.

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Critical support for former child soldiers in South Sudan at risk from lack of funding – UNICEF

12 February 2020 – Critical programmes providing support for children released from armed forces and groups in South Sudan may be forced to end next month if urgently needed funds are not provided, UNICEF warned today.

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UNICEF providing winter assistance to 142,000 vulnerable children and heating fuel for 560 public schools in Lebanon

11 February 2020 – With storms, snow, torrential rain and freezing temperatures reaching record levels in Lebanon this winter, UNICEF is providing warm clothing kits to 142,000 vulnerable children this season.

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Unleashing Youth Power: A Decade of Accelerating Actions Towards Zero Female Genital Mutilation

6 February 2020 - Joint statement by UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women Executive Directors with WHO Director-General on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

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One year on from peace agreement, millions of children in Central African Republic remain at risk

 6 February 2020 – One year since a peace agreement was signed between CAR and other parties millions of children continue to be threatened by violence.

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UN agencies raise alarm in the Central Sahel where millions face hunger amid rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis

The number of people facing a critical lack of food and vital livelihood opportunities in the Central Sahel has spiked in one year due to rising insecurity and climatic shocks.

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UNICEF ships 6 metric tons of supplies to support China’s response to novel Coronavirus outbreak

29 January 2020 – A UNICEF shipment of respiratory masks and protective suits for health workers landed in Shanghai, China, today to support China’s response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.

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Nearly 5 million children will need humanitarian assistance in central Sahel this year as violence surges

Number is projected to rise as attacks against children increase in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

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AstraZeneca Young Health Programme to partner with UNICEF to prevent non-communicable diseases among young people

22 January 2020, AstraZeneca to partner with UNICEF to prevent non-communicable diseases among young people

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1 in 3 adolescent girls from the poorest households has never been to school - UNICEF

20th January 2020 - As the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting begins tomorrow and education ministers convene at the Education World Forum today, UNICEF urges policy-makers to address ‘shameful’ disparities in public education spending.

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Libya: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

17 January 2020 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the tens of thousands of children at risk amidst conflict in Libya.

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