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UNICEF condemns Kabul airport attack

KABUL, 27 August 2021 – “UNICEF strongly condemns the attacks at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday, which reportedly killed at least 60 people and injured over 120, including women and children.

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Alarming increase in children killed and injured by explosive devices in Iraq

UNICEF is deeply concerned after the reported deaths of a 10-year-old child on 24 August in Diyala by the detonation of an explosive remnant of war (ERW) and of an 11-year-old child on 25 August in Muradiya Village, South of Baquba, due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED.)

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Joint statement on seminal report on the impact of war on children

"Twenty-five years ago, Graça Machel released her report to the United Nations, ‘The impact of war on children’, which urged the international community to take concrete action to protect children from the scourge of war and called on the United Nations and the global community to act to protect children.

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The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) appoints Jon Sparkes as Chief Executive

25 August 2021 – The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Sparkes as Executive Director (Chief Executive) of the charity, to take effect in early 2022. Steven Waugh, Chief Financial Officer, will continue as Interim Executive Director until then.

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First day of school 'indefinitely postponed' for 140 million first-time students around the world – UNICEF

24 August 2021 – A child's first day of school—a landmark moment for the youngest students and their parents around the world—has been delayed due to COVID-19 for an estimated 140 million young minds, UNICEF said in a new analysis released as summer break comes to end in many parts of the world.

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“Running Dry”: unprecedented scale and impact of water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa

23 August 2021- Nearly 9 out of 10 children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region live in areas of high or extremely high water stress with serious consequences on their health, nutrition, cognitive development and future livelihoods.

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Around 10 million children in Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance to survive, says UNICEF

LONDON, 23 August 2021 – “Today, around 10 million children across Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance to survive. An estimated 1 million children are projected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition over the course of this year and could die without treatment."

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Seven children killed and two injured in northwest Syria in the last week alone

22 August 2021 - “Child casualties continue to increase with the escalation of violence in northwest Syria. On Friday, four children from the same family were killed while they were asleep in their home in Idlib governorate. In another attack, two siblings were injured in western Aleppo."

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Amidst Kabul airport blockage, UNICEF and WHO call for assistance

KABUL/CAIRO/KATHMANDU, 22 August 2021 - As humanitarian needs in Afghanistan increase, the abilities to respond to those needs are rapidly declining. WHO and UNICEF call for immediate and unimpeded access to deliver medicines and other lifesaving supplies to millions of people in need of aid, including 300,000 people displaced in the last two months alone.

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Lebanon in danger of losing critical access to water

LONDON, 21 August 2021 - Unless urgent action is taken, more than four million people across Lebanon – predominantly vulnerable children and families – face the prospect of critical water shortages or being completely cut off from safe water supply in the coming days.

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New shipment of UNICEF humanitarian aid arrives in earthquake-struck Haiti

21 August 2021- In response to the powerful earthquake that struck Haiti last week, the first UNICEF shipment of 9.7 tonnes of medical, water and hygiene supplies has arrived in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

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Onebillion children at ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of the climate crisis -UNICEF

LONDON, 20 August 2021 – Young people living in the Central African Republic, Chad, Nigeria, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau are the most at risk of the impacts of climate change, threatening their health, education, and protection, and exposing them to deadly diseases, according to a UNICEF report launched today.

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Remarks by UNICEF Afghanistan Representative on the situation of children in Afghanistan and UNICEF’s presence

18 August 2021 - Remarks by UNICEF Afghanistan Representative on the situation of children in Afghanistan and UNICEF’s presence

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At least thirteen children killed in latest attack on children and families in Niger

NIAMEY/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 August 2021 - UNICEF is deeply shocked and outraged by the terrible attacks against children and families by unidentified armed groups in the village of Darey-dey, in the rural commune of Banibangou, Tillabery region, in western Niger that took place on 16 August 2021.

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Over half a million children affected by Haiti earthquake

17 August 2021 – UNICEF estimates that about 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been affected by the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday.

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Geneva Palais Briefing Note: Current situation of children in Afghanistan

Geneva Palais briefing note on the current situation in Afghanistan. This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF’s Chief of field operations & emergency, Mustapha Ben Messaoud on the current situation for children in Afghanistan.

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UNICEF statement on explosion affecting children in Akkar, North Lebanon

16 August 2021 - Statement by Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF representative in Lebanon as three children are affected by explosion in Akkar

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore following the earthquake in Haiti

15 August 2021 – “This latest tragedy comes 11 years after another major earthquake hit southwest of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and causing incalculable suffering and destruction."

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UNICEF set to reach children and families in Haiti with humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of powerful earthquake

14 August 2021 - A 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti early this morning. It was felt in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, but the epicenter was detected in the southern parts of the country. Serious damage, injuries and casualties are reported in in the Grande Anse, Sud and Sud-Est departments. 

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Escalation of violence in Syria kills and injures 45 children since beginning of July

AMMAN, 10 August 2021-  “An ongoing escalation of violence in Syria, especially in the north, has killed and injured at least 45 children since the beginning of July.“A few days ago, an attack killed four children from the same family in Al-Qastoun town in Hama, north of Syria. The attack hit a residential area killing and injuring scores of civilians. “Parties to the conflict should protect children at all times.

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