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DR Congo: Children’s access to education under threat from ongoing violence in Kasai region

15 September 2017 - A large campaign to get 150,000 primary school-aged children back to the classroom has kicked off in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following months of clashes between militias and security forces that have displaced thousands of families and left 850,000 children without access to essential services like education and healthcare.

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Severe shortages of shelter, food and clean water as thousands of Rohingya arrive in Bangladesh every day

14 September 2017 - Up to 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August 25, with thousands more arriving every day and around 60 per cent are children, according to preliminary estimates. The sheer number of refugees has overwhelmed pre-existing refugee camps, with new arrivals seeking shelter anywhere they can find space.

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New Rankin film puts spotlight on children forced from their homes

13 September 2017 - Renowned photographer and director Rankin has joined forces with Unicef UK to create a film to highlight the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster.

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Up to three quarters of children and youth face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on Mediterranean migration routes – UNICEF, IOM

Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – UNICEF and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said today in a new report.

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One in five children across the Middle East and North Africa needs humanitarian aid

11 September 2017 - Nearly one in five children across the Middle East and North Africa need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to latest data and analysis. Over 90 per cent of these children live in countries affected by conflict.

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Return to school and psychosocial support: Priority actions to help the children affected by the Mexico earthquake, says UNICEF

9 September 2017 - The team of specialists that visited today the areas worst affected by the earthquake that hit the county this past Thursday has determined that it is a matter of priority for children and adolescents to receive psychosocial support and all the necessary help to return to school as soon as possible.

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UNICEF beefs up response to survivors of Hurricane Irma as yet another deadly storm looms in the Caribbean

9 September 2017, PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK – As the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma becomes clearer, UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected while also preparing for the arrival of Hurricane José.

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UNICEF Rapid Assessment Teams heading for Chiapas and Oaxaca following Mexico Earthquake

8 September 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending three Rapid Assessment Teams to the Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca to assess the situation of children affected by the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the country late yesterday night.

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Statement from UNICEF Regional Director, Geert Cappelaere on children in conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa

8 September 2017 - “Heavy fighting has intensified over the past months especially in Syria and Iraq. While we are seeing a lull in fighting and encouraging signs of recovery in some areas,children are left scarred by years of violence they have been subjected to. They are in dire need of immediate protection and lifesaving assistance.”

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Growing concern for nearly 1.4 million internally displaced people living in cholera ‘hotspots’ as outbreak spreads in northeast Nigeria

7 September 2017 – There is growing concern for the health and wellbeing of 1.4 million displaced people, including 350,000 children under the age of five, living in cholera ‘hotspots’ in northeast Nigeria, UNICEF warned today.

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More than 10 million children live in countries threatened by Hurricane Irma

7 September 2017 – More than 10.5 million children live in the countries that are likely to be exposed to the damage from Hurricane Irma, UNICEF warned today.

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Nearly zero progress in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade

6 September 2017 – With 11.5 per cent of school-age children – or 123 million – missing out on learning today, compared to 12.8 per cent – or 135 million – in 2007, the percentage of 6-15 year olds who are out of school has barely decreased in the last decade.

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Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children affected by the violence in Rakhine, Myanmar

5 September 2017 – More than 125,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Bangladesh since 25 August, as many as 80 per cent of them are women and children.

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16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia, with millions more at risk

2 September 2017 - Weeks of torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding in three countries of South Asia – Nepal, India, and Bangladesh – have devastated the lives of millions of children and families.

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UNICEF scaling up its emergency response in Bangladesh

31 August 2017 - UNICEF with partners are scaling up the emergency response in the flood-affected northern and central parts of Bangladesh.

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More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest - Unicef

29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way.

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Displaced, disoriented and shocked, children from Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor need urgent assistance and protection

25th August - UNICEF Representative in Syria, Fran Equiza, said: “The impact of war on children across Syria continues to be staggering. Ongoing and heavy fighting has displaced thousands of families from Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zor.

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Amid scorching heatwave, access to water and electricity down by one-third in the Gaza Strip

22nd August 2017 - The worsening electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip has left families with less than six hours of daily power supply. Half of the two million people living in the coastal enclave are children.

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Use of children as ‘human bombs’ rising in northeast Nigeria

22 August 2017 – Unicef is extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as ‘human bombs’ in northeast Nigeria.

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Dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic - UNICEF

15 August 2017  - The past year - and especially the last quarter - has seen a dramatic increase in violence. There are now an estimated 600,000 internally displaced people, up from 440,000 at the end of April – a big increase in the past 2-3 months.

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