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In an historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador

19 June 2017 – Unicef announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador.

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Severe Funding Gaps Threaten Assistance to 9 Million Children in Syria and Neighbouring Countries

16 June 2017 – UNICEF-supported programmes for over 9 million Syrian children might be cut off due to a critical £173 million funding gap.

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More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

16 June 2017 –Launching as Father’s Day is celebrated on Sunday in 80 countries, the new analysis is drawn from UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey programme – the largest collection of comparable data mapping parental behavior in the world

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Unicef UK: UK not yet meeting its international obligations to UK children

15 June 2017 - The UK Government still has some way to go to ensure it meets the commitments it made to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at home, resulting in positive change for the country’s children, reveals a new Unicef report.

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Children account for half of all suspected cholera cases in Yemen

13 June 2017 - “The cholera outbreak in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming speed. Over 124,000 cases have been recorded – almost half of them are children."

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Joint Statement: UK's leading aid organisations welcome the reappointment of Priti Patel

9 June, 2017- the UK’s leading aid organisations welcome the reappointment of Priti Patel, but call on Secretary of State not to act unilaterally on UK aid reform.

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More than 40,000 children in the line of fire in Ar-Raqqa as fighting intensifies

9 June, 2017- “Heavy violence in the city of Ar-Raqqa is threatening the lives of children. UNICEF has received alarming reports that at least 25 children were killed and scores injured in Ar-Raqqa city.

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150,000 children in Greater Kasai region need emergency support to continue education

9 June 2017 - More than 150,000 children are missing out on school as violence and attacks against civilian populations continue in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Number of suspected cholera cases reaches 100 000 in Yemen

8 June 2017 – The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017. Worst affected are the country’s most vulnerable: children under the age of 15 account for 46% of cases, and those aged over 60 represent 33% of fatalities.

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100,000 children threatened as conflict escalates in west Mosul

5 June 2017 – "We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul. Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour."

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Unprecedented spread of cholera in Yemen as health workers race against time to save children

2 June, 2017 – “Cholera is spreading incredibly fast in Yemen, turning an already dire situation for children turn into a disaster."

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Central African Republic: Thousands of children and families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance as violence escalates    

1 June 2017 –After weeks of intensified conflict in the Central African Republic blocked vital humanitarian assistance to thousands of families displaced by violence in the southeast, two planes carrying vital supplies were finally able to land earlier today in Bangassou.

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1.3 million children urgently need humanitarian assistance after storms batter Bay of Bengal

1 June 2017 – At least 1.3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across the Bay of Bengal region following severe weather over the past six days.

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Data gaps on children in residential care leave the most vulnerable unaccounted for – UNICEF

1 June 2017: At least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide, according to a new estimate by UNICEF.

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Over 1,000 children seek treatment for watery diarrhoea daily as number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen soars

31 May 2017 - In the past 72 hours, the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has risen by 10,000 to a total of 65,300.

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At least 200 children lost at sea trying to reach Italian shores so far this year

25 May 2017 - At least 200 children have died along the dangerous Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy so far this year

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H&M converts plastic bag charges in to £1million cash for children

25 May 2017 - H&M UK has raised a staggering £1m to help vulnerable children around the world by donating its customer plastic bag charges to Unicef UK.

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Nearly 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition in the Greater Kasai due to violence

24 May 2017– The crisis in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children

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Unicef UK pays tribute to Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore

London, 23 May 2017 – Unicef UK today paid tribute to its long-term supporter and Goodwill Ambassador, Sir Roger Moore, who has died at the age of 89.

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UNICEF Child Alert on Myanmar: Fruits of rapid development and reconciliation efforts yet to reach remote, conflict-affected regions

23 May 2017 – Unresolved conflict, poverty and under-development are preventing children in more remote parts of Myanmar from reaping the benefits of the reform and reconciliation

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