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Lake Chad conflict: alarming surge in number of children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year – UNICEF

12 April 2017 - The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year.

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Unicef UK statement in response to the fire in Dunkirk

11 April 2017 - Statement from Unicef UK on the fire in Dunkirk from Hayley Cull, Head of Campaigns and Advocacy.

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200,000 children need urgent support to overcome trauma of volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine

7 April 2017 – More than 200,000 children – or 1 in 4 - in the two regions most severely affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine require urgent and sustained psychosocial support to address the trauma of living through more than three years of violence.

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At least 27 children killed in Idlib attack - UNICEF

6 April 2017 - At least 27 children were confirmed killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria, UNICEF said today. A further 546 people, among them many children, have been injured. Casualty figures are expected to rise.

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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on reports of chemical weapons attacks on children and families in Syria

5 April 2017 - “The images of children choking and dying in the streets of Idlib, Syria, following alleged chemical weapons attacks, are as horrific as they are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

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Pupils Get Ready To Bring Change For Malnourished Children

5 April 2017 – Pupils across the country are gearing up to help raise vital funds for malnourished children as Unicef UK’s annual Day for Change takes place on 24 May.

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Montblanc and UNICEF renew long-standing partnership, helping to empower 5 million children through education

4 April 2017 – Montblanc and UNICEF today announced the continuation of their long-standing partnership to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children access education.

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Italy passes law to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children

ROME / GENEVA, 29 March 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the Italian Parliament for passing an historic law to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy – nearly 26,000 in 2016. With nearly 2,000 foreign children arriving on the Mediterranean in the first two months of 2017, the upward trend in arrivals is expected to continue this year making this law timely and relevant.

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27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine

29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

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21st Century Skills for All: UNICEF and Pearson Launch Educational Partnership for Children

28TH MARCH 2017 - UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are partnering to support marginalised youth in Myanmar and Vietnam.

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Unicef UK comment on International Development Committee report on UK Aid spending

Sol Oyuela, Director of Public Affairs, Unicef UK, says: “We welcome findings from today’s cross-party report which shows UK aid is being spent effectively.

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Families turning to extreme survival measures as war hits two year mark

27 March 2016 – After two years of brutal conflict, families in Yemen are increasingly resorting to extreme measures to support their children, said UNICEF in a report released today as the war in the Middle East’s poorest country enters its third year.

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Statement from Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake following visit to Iraq

22 March 2017 – “I leave Iraq at a time when the country is facing significant challenges and opportunities. Yet everywhere I visited, children and their families told me of their dreams and their determination to make them real.”

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Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040

22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.

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South West neonatal units lead the way in achieving Unicef Baby Friendly standards

20 March 2017 - New funding from the South West Neonatal Network will help all neonatal units in the region to achieve the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative award.

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One year on after EU-Turkey statement the human cost to refugee and migrant children mounts up

17 March 2017 – One year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation, says UNICEF.

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Sachin Tendulkar Appointed UNICEF and Cricket for Good Ambassador

LONDON/NEW DELHI, 8 March 2017 - On International Women’s Day, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the Spirit of

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