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Press Centre (9/2014)

An extraordinary school in Suruç houses 1,700 Syrians fleeing violence in Kobani...

SURUÇ, Turkey, 26 September 2014 – Think of a school where children wait in line for biscuits with their eyes full of fear rather than joy… Think of a school where children and youth sleep on sacks or humanitarian aid kits instead of sitting in class ready to learn. 

As 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child approaches, UNICEF asks: Is the world a better place for children?

New analysis says yes, but not for all 

NEW YORK, 26 September 2014 – Looking ahead to the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, UNICEF today released new trend data and essays that ask a critical question: “Is the world a better place for children?”


UNICEF's emergency respond to Syrians who come across to Turkey

150,000 Syrian refugees from Kobani have crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in couple days starting from 19th September. Approximately %60 of them are children. 

UNICEF helps children with celiac disease in camps

ADANA, Turkey, 20 September 2014 – After tackling the immense hardships of leaving your home, your friends and family and your country torn apart by war, it’s easy to overlook debilitating diseases that don’t stop just because you’re on the move. Grabbing food where you can becomes a much bigger problem for Syrians struggling with nutritional diseases, especially one that prevents some from eating a cheap staple—bread.

Investigating Syrian refugee nutrition in Turkey

ADANA, Turkey, 19 September 2014 – The Adana suburb streets are wide and crowded. Soon the roads become narrower and the crowds become bigger—mostly women and children. On a side street of Yeşilbağlar neighborhood of Yüreğir, a 10-year-old girl named İntizar is busy helping her mother.

Joint WHO- UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, northern Syria

Amman/Cairo, 18 September 2014:“UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children occurred in areas where a measles immunization campaign had been under way. 

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on announcement of support for Ebola prevention and treatment by the US Government

NEW YORK, 16, September, 2014- “This is great news for the millions of people in West Africa, particularly Liberia, threatened by Ebola. A rapidly escalating emergency like this requires a massive, urgent and global response. 

Despite dramatic progress on child survival, 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes

Analysis points to health system failures at critical time around birth as a significant contributing factor to these needless deaths

New York, 16 September 2014– Child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, during which time the absolute number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to a report released today by UNICEF. 


UNICEF Trains Others In Emergency Child Protection

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 6 September 2014 – “Please help me! I lost my husband, and I have no idea where he’s buried!” A pregnant woman approaches an aid team as they plan emergency help in the field. Exhausted, the woman falls to the ground and sobs.


It is a great pleasure for Child Protection Centers Support Society (ÇOKMED) and Turkish Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (TSPCAN) to invite you to Turkey for the I. International Congress on Child Protection which will be held in Istanbul on October 23-25, 2014.

A Brighter Future for All: For every child to grow up in a caring, supportive family

Young children no longer need to bear the brunt of outdated childcare


As parents, relatives and guardians, we all know how rewarding a young child’s smile is, as they learn to share and interact with others. 


Support vulnerable families to reduce reliance on institutional care: UNICEF

NEW YORK, 10 September 2014 – At least 1.4 million children in 26 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are growing up apart from their biological parents, often in institutional settings that can affect their development. Supporting families at risk of separation can reduce the need for institutional care and promote the right of all children to be raised in a nurturing family environment. 

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 September 2014–The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence,keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world. 

Food First: Aid agencies tackle nutrition problems for Syrians in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, 27th August 2014- A new initiative to help Syrians in Turkey has been launched in a bid to address the needs of hundreds of thousands living outside refugee camps. The latest government figures put the total number of Syrians in Turkey at 1.35 million, and with only 220,000 of those living in camps, the vast majority struggle to survive on their own.

TURKEY and UNICEF Working together to help children prepare for emergencies

Using the latest innovations, Turkey and UNICEF have joined forces to focus on a child-centred humanitarian response. In collaboration with Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), UNICEF visited a flagship centre in Bursa, north-west Turkey. The centre equips adults and children with the knowledge of what to do in the face of disaster.  

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