Press releases

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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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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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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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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