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In the Caribbean, UNICEF works on developing resilience in children and communities on islands affected by hurricanes

September 12, 2018 – A year after two category 5 hurricanes caused destruction across parts of the Caribbean, most children in the affected countries are now back in school and have access to the services they need, thanks to the efforts of UNICEF and partners.

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Escalation of violence in Idlib could be deadly for children, UNICEF warns

7 September 2018 – A further escalation of fighting in Idlib, northwestern Syria, will put the lives of more than 1 million children at imminent risk, UNICEF said today. 

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Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school – UNICEF

6 September 2018 – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.

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Statement by Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, on the eve of Yemen peace talks

5 September 2018 – “Twenty-one children were killed in the Yemen conflict in July, according to United Nations teams on the ground. Another 55 were reportedly killed in two weeks in August. After more than three years of fighting, the situation of children in Yemen is getting worse, not better.

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Children among most vulnerable as extreme weather events continue around the world

31 August 2018 - The large number of extreme weather events around the world, including floods in southern India, wildfires in the western United States and heatwaves across much of the northern hemisphere, are putting children in immediate danger, as well as jeopardizing their futures, UNICEF warned today. 

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More deadly attacks on children in Yemen

24 August 2018 – Statement from UNICEF's Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore

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Statement by Unicef Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on World Humanitarian Day 2018

19 August 2018 – "Today as we mark World Humanitarian Day, we pause to recognise the dedication and courage of our colleagues around the world, honour our colleagues who have lost their lives in the course of their work, and reavow our commitment to the many millions of children and young people in need of support and protection."

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Statement by Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the passing of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan

18 August 2018 – “I was saddened and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Kofi Annan. Father. Husband. Humanitarian. Elder. He was a lifelong servant of peace.”

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Children particularly affected by the Ebola outbreak in DR Congo – UNICEF reports

17 August 2018 – Children represent an unusually high proportion of people affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today.Two children have already died from the disease. The Ebola treatment centres in Beni and Mangina are currently treating six children that are infected by the disease or suspected to be. UNICEF has identified 53 orphaned children who have lost their parents to Ebola.

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Unicef statement on violence against children in Afghanistan

15 August 2018 – "Unicef is gravely concerned about the growing violence across Afghanistan, especially over the past week, where children continue to be the hardest hit."

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Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: UNICEF mobilizes specialists to support vaccination campaign

10 August 2018 – Following the launch of the vaccination campaign against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on August 8th, UNICEF has mobilized communication specialists to inform and engage communities affected by the disease as the vaccination campaign is being rolled-out.

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UNICEF fears that an escalation in violence in Idlib- northwest of Syria- will leave 350,000 children with no place to go

10 August 2018 - Across Idlib, there are more than 1 million children: exhausted by war as well as fearful of uncertainty, violence and further displacement.

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Unconscionable attack on children should be turning point in Yemen’s brutal war – enough is enough

9 August 2018 – "The horrific attack on a bus in Sa’ada, Yemen, reportedly killing and maiming scores of children, marks a low point in the country’s brutal war. The question now is whether it will also be a turning point"

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More children released from South Sudanese armed groups

August 7, 2018 – More than 100 children were released by two armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday, bringing the total number released this year to over 900.

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New Ebola outbreak in the DRC: UNICEF mobilizes to help with response

3 August 2018 – Following the August 1 announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of a new Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in North Kivu, UNICEF has mobilized its teams to help contain the spread of the disease and protect children.

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Prime Minister awards outstanding young Unicef Goodwill Ambassador

21st July 2018 - Prime Minister Theresa May has today recognised Muzoon Almellehan, from Newcastle, for supporting children uprooted by conflict to access education.

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Nearly 25 per cent of boys aged 15 out of school in the State of Palestine

26 July 2018 – Adolescent boys out of school due to the low quality of education, lack of relevance to their young lives, physical and emotional violence in schools, and conflict.

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Every three minutes a teenage girl is infected by HIV – UNICEF

25 July 2018 – Around 30 teenagers aged 15 to 19 were newly infected with HIV per hour in 2017, according to a new UNICEF report. Of these, two-thirds were girls.

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