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Press Centre (7/2014)

UNICEF on Gaza, Israel: "Outrage has become commonplace"

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

NEW YORK, 30 July 2014 - “Another school in Gaza has come under fire, killing more children in a conflict where such an outrage has become commonplace. 

“For 23 days, too many children in Gaza have lived with fear and desperation. Water taps have run dry and raw sewage is running in the streets, while health workers try to save lives with little electricity and insufficient medicines.  At least 245 children have been killed since the conflict began.

“For 23 days, children in Israel have lived with the threat of indiscriminate attacks targeting their homes and neighborhoods.


UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable

Statement about attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 25 July 2014 – "Yesterday’s attack on Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-Ed A and D School – the third school hit this week – is proof that much more needs to be done to protect innocent children.


Mass global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region

AMMAN/ CAIRO, 22 July 2014 –In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds. 38 confirmed polio cases with 765,000 Syrian children in hard-to-reach areas.


No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage

LONDON/NEW YORK, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.

UNICEF data released today show that while prevalence has decreased slightly over the past three decades, rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically, simply to offset population growth in the countries where the practices are most common.


Syrian twins closer than ever through disability as they find refuge in Turkey

NİZİP, Turkey, July 2014 - With its organised and clean streets, open living spaces, social facilities, schools, clinic and market, the Nizip-2 Container Campsite established for Syrian families resembles a tent city rather than a camp.

Basic services for children under assault in Gaza

NEW YORK, 18 July 2014 – As the violence in Gaza claims even more young lives and as its toll on children on both sides deepens, basic services for children are under assault, UNICEF says.

Gaza’s crumbling water and sanitation infrastructure has sustained damage, raising the risk of water-borne disease. Around half of the sewage pumping and waste water treatment systems are no longer functioning, and some 900,000 people are without running water. 

Over 1,780 families have seen their homes destroyed or severely damaged in Gaza and tens of thousands are displaced, many of them taking shelter in schools. Over 80 schools have been damaged by nearby shelling.


Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on impact of violence on children in Gaza and Israel

NEW YORK, 13 July 2014 - Children are bearing the brunt of the worsening violence in Gaza and Israel with at least 33 children killed in Gaza in recent days, and hundreds more injured.

No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence.


Momentum builds to achieve more Millennium Development Goals by end of 2015: UN report

With many MDG targets met and aid monies hitting record highs, other lagging targets need final push to seize on results and available solutions


Young Syrians receive a certificate on Turkish language

NİZİP, Turkey, 25 June 2014 – Gathered in a room in southern Turkey, a group of young Syrians are starting a new linguistic chapter in their lives. Forced from their homes by the conflict, they are firmly looking forward to the opportunities that come with learning Turkish.

Number of Syrian children in need increased by 2 million while UNICEF's funding crisis looms

AMMAN, 5 July 2014 – Well into the fourth year of the Syrian crisis, its impact on children is becoming ever more devastating, newly-released United Nations data shows. The data, which accompany a revised UN funding appeal for its response to the crisis across the region, shows that 6.5 million Syrian children now need immediate humanitarian assistance, whether inside the country or living as refugees. The number is an increase of more than two million compared to just one year ago. 

UNICEF reaches displaced children in Iraq's Sinjar Province

DOHUK, 2 July 2014 – UNICEF said today it made its first delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to Sinjar, a town in the western Ninevah Governorate of Iraq, to assist some of the thousands of people who fled there over the past few days.

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