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Up to 280,000 children face displacement because of DRC volcano threat

Thousands of those feeling Goma are heading to the nearby town of Sake - 25 km northwest of the city - an area prone to cholera outbreaks where at least 19 suspected cases have been recorded in the last two weeks.“With an increased danger of a cholera epidemic, we are appealing for urgent international assistance to avert what threatens to be a catastrophe for children,"

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JOINT COVAX STATEMENT - UNICEF, WHO, CEPI, GAVI

It’s understandable that some countries want to press ahead and vaccinate all of their populations. By donating vaccines to COVAX alongside domestic vaccination programmes, the most at-risk populations can be protected globally, which is instrumental to ending the acute phase of the pandemic, curbing the rise and threat of variants, and accelerating a return to normality.

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UNICEF Geneva Palais Briefing Note on COVID-19 in South Asia

25 May 2021 - “The scenes we are witnessing in South Asia are unlike anything our region has seen before. Family members of patients are carrying oxygen cylinders inside hospitals, risking their own lives in hopes of saving a loved one. Exhausted health workers are working sixteen-hour days, unable to pay individual attention to every patient under their care. We are faced with a real possibility of fragile health systems collapsing.

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New UNICEF report highlights scale and impact of attacks on water and sanitation facilities on children in conflict-affected countries

25 May 2021 – Attacks on water and sanitation facilities and workers in conflicts around the world continue to put the lives of millions of children at risk and deny children and families access to critical water and sanitation services, UNICEF warned today.

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Almost 10 million child displacements by weather related events in 2020, says the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK)

25th May 2021 – Weather-related events led to 9.8 million child displacements in 2020 – which could be up to 26,800 children a day.

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Children and families at risk following huge volcano eruption in Goma, warns UNICEF

23 May 2021 – UNICEF has reported that more than 150 children have been separated from their families and more than 170 children are feared to be missing as people fled the city of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, following Mount Nyiragongo's eruption last night.

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UNICEF delivers lifesaving assistance to the Gaza Strip as humanitarian needs continue to increase

EAST JERUSALEM/GAZA STRIP, 21 May 2021- UNICEF delivered lifesaving critical humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip today, with 18 containers of assistance. This aid supply entered the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing in support of children and families due to the recent escalation.

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Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in the State of Palestine

GENEVA, 21 May 2021 - "We are extremely thankful that a ceasefire agreement in the Gaza strip came into effect at 2 am this morning because the human toll there has been huge. We also hope that a resolution to the ongoing violence, and causes of violence, in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is found as soon as possible."

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As deadly surge of COVID-19 sweeps across South Asia, UNICEF calls for $164 million (£117 million) to help save lives

21 May 2021 – UNICEF urgently requires $164 (£117) million to procure oxygen and testing supplies, medical equipment, personal protective equipment and infection prevention and control material to help save lives amid a deadly wave of COVID-19 across South Asia.

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Immediate humanitarian access needed to stave off disaster for Gaza’s children

18 May 2021 – “Gaza’s one million children are reeling from the mounting consequences of violent conflict with nowhere safe to turn. Lives have been lost, and families shattered."

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Open letter to philanthropists from the UNICEF International Council

18 May 2021 - Over 70 philanthropists have signed an open letter calling on wealthy individuals to support UNICEF.

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 Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the situation in Gaza

16 May 2021 - In Gaza, schools have been destroyed, homes and offices have been flattened, and entire families have been displaced.

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Eight Palestinian children killed in the Gaza Strip last night

14 May 2021 – From Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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Situation in State of Palestine and Israel at dangerous tipping point

12 May 2021 – “At least 14 children in the State of Palestine and 1 child in Israel have been reported killed since Monday."

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UK could share 20% of available Covid-19 vaccines now and still meet targets to vaccinate its own population

12 May 2021 - The UK Government should urgently commit to sharing 20% of its available Covid-19 vaccine doses from June.

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UNICEF statement on Gaza strip violence as nine children killed, many injured

Escalation in the Gaza Strip last night, following weeks of violence in Jerusalem, resulted in at least 20 people killed, including nine Palestinian children confirmed. Four of the children were siblings, and many attended the same UNRWA school. At least 25 children have been confirmed as injured, with many other injured children reported.

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UNICEF statement: 37 Palestinian children injured and arrested in East Jerusalem

“Over the past two days, 29 Palestinian children were injured in East Jerusalem including in the Old City and the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. Eight Palestinian children were meanwhile arrested.“A one-year old toddler was among those injured. Some children were taken for treatment at hospitals with injuries in the head and the spine.

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