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Half of Syria’s children have grown up only seeing violence as conflict nears eight-year mark: UNICEF

13 December 2018 – With an estimated 4 million children born in Syria since the conflict started nearly eight years ago, half of the country’s children have grown up only knowing war, UNICEF said today. Reaching them wherever they are and meeting their immediate and future needs remains a priority.

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Nearly 30 million sick and premature newborns in dire need of treatment every year

13 December 2018: Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick every year and need specialized care to survive, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Children account for more than one third of Ebola cases in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo – UNICEF

11 December 2018 – Children now account for more than one third of the Ebola cases in affected regions of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today. The UN children’s agency also reported that one in ten Ebola cases is under five-years-old, while children who contract the Ebola virus are at higher risk of dying from the disease than adults.

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Latest threat to displaced children in Iraq: Winter

10 December 2018 - UNICEF is calling attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced children in Iraq whose lives are threatened by freezing temperatures and floods that have affected large parts of the country.

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UNICEF statement on the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

10 December 2018 – Statement from UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy, Laurence Chandy: “Today’s adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is a historic achievement for migrant children and States alike.

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European Union contributes over £542,000 for three years to support UNICEF's work for protecting children affected by migration in Bangladesh

10 December 2018 – The European Union has contributed over £542,000 to support UNICEF’s work to protect the rights of children affected by migration in Bangladesh.

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Humanitarian assistance continues to prevent a massive human catastrophe in Yemen but it is not enough

7 December 2018 – As many as 20 million Yemenis are food insecure in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Already, 15.9 million people wake up hungry, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis, which was released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and humanitarian partners.

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Refugee and migrant children and youth report severe deprivations while on the move

7 December 2018 – Two thirds of respondents in a UNICEF poll of nearly 4,000 refugees and migrants – aged 14 to 24 – revealed that they were forced to leave their countries, while almost half did so alone. ‘A Right to be Heard: Listening to children and young people on the move’ provides alarming insights into the challenges and deprivations faced by young refugees and migrants as they make the journey in search of safety and a better life.

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Yemen’s children: 15 million lives scarred and voices not heard

5 December 2018 – “The living conditions of millions of children in Yemen are a disgrace. There is no excuse for these dark realities in the 21st century. Wars, deep economic crises and decades of underdevelopment have not spared a single girl or boy in Yemen. The suffering of children is all man-made.

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Unicef UK responds to Mayor's toxic air initiative for London nurseries

The Mayor has today launched a new initiative to help clean up toxic air and protect the health of young children at nurseries in some of the most polluted parts of London.  20 nurseries in pollution hot spots across the capital will receive new ‘air quality audits’, to help identify measures to reduce children’s exposure to toxic air pollution. Five nurseries will trial new air quality filtration systems to test their effectiveness at reducing indoor pollution.  

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Statement on the situation in Bentiu, South Sudan

3 December 2018 - "In the past 12 days, more than 150 women and girls have sought assistance after suffering sexual violence, including rape, near Bentiu in South Sudan.

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Students and survivors of school violence have one message to world leaders: ‘Listen to us!’

2 December 2018 – More than 100 children and young people from around the world gathered in Johannesburg this weekend to draft a global manifesto calling on world leaders to end violence in and around schools.

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Conflict shuts a third of schools in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah

30 November 2018 – “More than 60,000 boys and girls are out of school because of the fighting in and around the port city of Hudaydah in Yemen. The violence has forced over a third of all schools there to close, with 15 located on the frontline and others badly damaged or being used as shelters for displaced families

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Two in three children in the Central African Republic need humanitarian assistance

30 November 2018: Five years after Bangui descended into bloodshed, life in the Central African Republic is even harsher and more dangerous for children. Despite the escalating crisis, international funding and attention are critically low.

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Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage: New report

29 November 2018: Reported measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published today by leading health organizations.

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Around 80 adolescents will die of AIDS every day by 2030, at current trends – UNICEF

29 November 2018 - Some 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030. This means 76 adolescent deaths every day – without additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programmes, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

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Urban children are more likely to die young and less likely to complete primary school than their rural peers—UNICEF

27 November 2018 – The poorest urban children in 1 in 4 countries* are more likely to die before their fifth birthday than the poorest children in rural areas. And the poorest urban children in 1 in 6 countries are less likely to complete primary school than their counterparts in rural areas, according to a new UNICEF report released today.

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ERIC COWELL TAKES OVER HIS DAD’S MUSIC EMPIRE THIS WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY

20th November 2018: Eric Cowell, age four, has today been spotted taking over his dad’s job for the day, as Simon Cowell and partner Lauren Silverman embrace World Children’s Day for Unicef UK – a day of action for children, by children – by allowing Eric to dress up as his famous father and make all of the decisions for the day.

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Up to 30 children reportedly killed in eastern Syria

16 November 2018 – “UNICEF is alarmed by recent reports of up to 30 children who have been killed in recent violence in Al Shafa village, in eastern Syria.

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