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Press Centre (5/2014)

Tuba Büyüküstün Will Work with UNICEF for Children!

Tuba Büyüküstün, a successful cinema and TV actress is becoming "Goodwill Ambassador" for UNICEF.  Büyüküstün will be one of UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassadors working for child rights.

Almost 3 million new-borns could be saved each year - UNICEF

New York, 20 May 2014– A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth – with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and under-served.


Three blind Syrian siblings who listened to the drums of war, but are determined to hear sounds of peace

ISLAHİYE, Gaziantep, May 2014 – Zahra, and her brother Abdülhamid and their sister Emane cannot see. They live in a tent with their mother and three siblings more in a tent in Gaziantep’s Islahiye Camp. The three siblings, aged 19, 17 and 13 fled Syria 15 months ago with their family from Idlib, now safe from the conflict that rages across the border in Syria.

Bilal has started to smile again thanks to music

ADANA, Turkey, May 2014– Youth worker Sevgi Biçer first noticed the serious boy at the opening of Adana Sarıçam Camp’s Child Friendly Space. “He was serious and aggressive, like an adult,” she said. “The other children were painting fabric, while he just walked around, watching.”

WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 May 2014Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new WHO/UNICEF report, entitled Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 update, which also highlights a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas.


Nour: The girl who was named for the light in her eyes

ISLAHİYE, Gaziantep, May 2014 –The name of this permanently cheerful Syrian girl is Nour. It’s hard to find someone in Islahiye Camp that doesn’t know her — she is probably the happiest child in the camp. There is no one who smiles more than Nour, especially when she is playing with her birds, doll and mobile phone. 

OneMinutesJr workshop in Turkey

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, Turkey, 23 April 2014 - Almost 16,000 people from Syria live in the Kahramanmaraş Camp in the South of Turkey, more than 5,000 of them are children. 15 of these children have the opportunity to produce OneMinutesJr videos about their lives in a workshop organized this week by UNICEF Turkey. This workshop is a part of Increasing Resilience of Syrian Children Under Temporary Protection in Turkey Project which is funded by European Union. 

UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org