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South Sudan Conflict: 5,000 children reunited with family by UNICEF, Save the Children and partners

18 October 2017 – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, UNICEF, Save the Children and partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families.

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Endless violence shutters schools, teachers unpaid for a year, threatening education for 4.5 million children in Yemen

18 October 2017 - Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa said: “More than two and a half years of renewed conflict in Yemen have once again put the education of 4.5 million children on the line, adding to the long list of bitter hardships that children have endured.

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Geneva Palais briefing note – Unicef Rohingya refugee funding

17 October 2017 - Without immediate additional funding, UNICEF will not be able to continue providing lifesaving aid and protection to Rohingya children who have fled horrific violence in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh.

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Muzoon Almellehan returns to Jordan to meet Syrian refugees striving to get an education

16 October 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan travelled to Jordan to meet children who, like her, fled the Syria conflict and are now determined to go to school despite extremely challenging circumstances. It was the first time Muzoon had returned to the country – where she spent three years in refugee camps, before being resettled in the United Kingdom with her family in 2015.

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Violence in al-Mayadin district, Deir ez-Zor, reportedly destroys cold room and vaccines

12 October 2017 – “UNICEF has received reports that ongoing violence in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria has destroyed a UNICEF-supported vaccine cold room in al-Mayadin district, with at least 140,000 doses of vaccines lost, including some planned for use in tackling vaccine-preventable childhood diseases in the area.

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Beyoncé lends her song ‘Freedom’ to Global Goals campaign film demanding #FreedomForGirls on International Day Of The Girl

11 October 2017 - • The #FreedomForGirls campaign aims to raise awareness and drive action to tackle challenges facing girls around the world.

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Agencies warning of potential cholera outbreak in Rohingya settlements

10 October 2017 – A massive cholera immunization campaign started today near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to protect newly arrived Rohingya and host communities from the life-threatening diarrheal disease.

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Statement by UNICEF Nigeria Representative Pernille Ironside on the release of children from administrative custody

6 October 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the release of 752 women, children and elderly men from Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State, yesterday.

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Joint UN Statement on the Rohingya Crisis

4 October 2017 -  We leave Bangladesh moved by the stories of suffering that we heard from refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar – and all the more determined that the United Nations do all it can to assist the Government of Bangladesh in coping with this crisis.

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UNICEF setting up hundreds of new learning centres for Rohingya refugee children

29 September 2017 - UNICEF announced today that it is planning to establish more than 1,300 new learning centres for Rohingya children who have fled Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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More than half of all schools remain closed in Borno State, epicentre of the Boko Haram crisis in northeast Nigeria

29 September 2017 – The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria means that over 57 per cent of schools in Borno, the worst-hit state, are closed, even as the new school year begins.

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Investment in children should be at the core of Mexico’s reconstruction efforts after devastating earthquakes – Unicef

29 September 2017 – Unicef called today for children to be at the heart of public and private investment in reconstruction efforts following the devastating earthquakes of 7 and 19 September.

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Statement on drowning of Rohingya refugee women and children in the Bay of Bengal - UNICEF

28 September 2017 - "The tragic accident that this evening cost the lives of at least 14 people – including several children – in the waters of the Bay of Bengal is a grim reminder of the extraordinary risks that desperate Rohingya are taking in order to escape the violence engulfing their homeland."

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A child exploited every 30 minutes on journeys to reach safety in Europe

28 September 2017 - Unicef UK has found that every thirty minutes a child fleeing danger is exploited by criminal gangs on their way to Europe. In a new paper, Unicef UK also exposes a flaw in the UK’s refugee family reunion rules.

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Unicef emergency supplies for Rohingya refugee children arrive in Bangladesh

24 September 2017 - A consignment of Unicef emergency supplies for hundreds of thousands of refugee Rohingya children and their families has arrived in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

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Education at risk for thousands of children after successive earthquakes in Mexico – Unicef

23 September 2017 – Nearly 5,100 schools have been damaged or destroyed in Mexico following two powerful earthquakes that struck less than two weeks apart, threatening access to education for thousands of children

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UNICEF intensifies efforts after second earthquake in Mexico

21 September 2017 - UNICEF has stepped up its efforts to support children following the second earthquake to hit the country in two weeks.

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Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

21 September 2017 – Only 15 countries worldwide have three basic national policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young children’s healthy brain development, UNICEF said today in a new report. Worse, 32 countries – home to one in eight of the world’s children under five – have none of these policies in place.

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Paddington™ to Become a Champion for Children in Support of UNICEF

20 September 2017 - UNICEF and Vivendi announce new partnership using the iconic bear as an inspiration to promote children’s rights around the world

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150,000 Rohingya children in Bangladesh to be vaccinated amid threat of disease outbreak

17 September 2017 – A vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and polio is underway to immunize 150,000 Rohingya children below the age of 15 in 68 refugee settlements close to the border with Myanmar.

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