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More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan

More than 75,000 refugee children in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and DRC have crossed South Sudan’s borders either unaccompanied or separated from their families

More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today.   “The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this…

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New EU funding will provide essential nutrition treatment for 130,000 children under the age of five in Ethiopia

The new grant will provide life-saving nutrition treatment for severely malnourished children living in drought-affected areas of the country

The European Union (EU) has given €3 million in humanitarian funds to support UNICEF’s emergency interventions in Ethiopia. The new grant will provide life-saving nutrition treatment for severely malnourished children living in drought-affected areas of the country. In Ethiopia, below-average rainfall has worsened the situation in Somali, Afar, and parts…

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Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent

Somali children face triple threat of drought, disease and displacement

The projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.   Severely malnourished children are nine times more…

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In drought-hit Somalia, children also face potentially deadly measles threat

UNICEF and partners conduct lifesaving vaccination campaign

Almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in an emergency campaign in Baidoa, a town at the heart of one of Somalia’s hardest-hit areas.  Many of the children have never been immunized before – they come from remote…

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UNICEF welcomes the release of nearly six hundred women, children and elderly men from Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

UNICEF continues to work with the relevant authorities to access children who are held for screening in order to safeguard their care and protection

“The action of the Nigerian army today is a major step towards the protection of children affected by the ongoing crisis. It provides hope in a conflict that continues to have an enormous impact on people’s lives.” “These children were held under administrative custody on alleged association with Boko Haram…

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More children with disabilities get the chance to access mainstream school

UNICEF, with funding support from USAID, is working with the Ghanaian Government through the Ghana Education Service to support 20 districts in the implementation of Inclusive Education

Thousands of children with mild to moderate disabilities in Ghana now have greater access to mainstream schools thanks to a recently established Inclusive Education Policy.  UNICEF, with funding support from USAID, is working with the Ghanaian Government through the Ghana Education Service to support 20 districts in the implementation of Inclusive…

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As famine looms, malnutrition and disease rise sharply among children in Somalia

More than 35,400 children suffering from SAM were treated with life-saving therapeutic food at hundreds of nutrition centres across Somalia in January and February, a 58 percent increase over the same period in 2016

As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011. More than 35,400 children suffering from SAM…

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Irish Government provides 7.2 million Euros to improve education to 150,000 children in Karamoja

Approximately 82 per cent of all 6 to 17 year old children in Karamoja are living in poverty and are deprived of at least two or more basic services

The Irish Government has provided €7.2 million – about Ush 27.5 billion - to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the Ministry of Education and Sports through the Gender Unit, to improve quality education for the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the Karamoja region.  The Irish…