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Turkey completes polio vaccination campaign prompted by Syrian outbreak

OSMANİYE, Turkey – 2014 Turkey’s inoculation campaign to combat Syria’s polio outbreak has been successfully completed. Launched by the Turkish Republic’s Ministry of Health, in coordination with UNICEF, measures to prevent the spread of the disease to Turkey concluded after reaching 1.5 million children across the country. 


UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria

DAKAR, Senegal, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria. 

UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies

GENEVA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries.


A Syrian child in Ankara bearing the scar of war: Jumana

ANKARA, Turkey, February 2014 - War will undoubtedly leave deep marks in the memories of those Syrian children who have had to take refuge in a neighbouring country, bidding farewell to their homes, friends, schools and toys. For some children, the marks will be more than a recollection, they also bear the physical scars of war. Just like little Jumana from the city of Jarabulus.   

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham applauds public's response to Typhoon Haiyan

David Beckham urges support for children in crises around the world. 


I have a wish..

Children with disabilities have the same rights as all children. Regardless of being a person with or without disability, we should always be together everywhere. We can create a world of love and respect only by acting together. 

Syrian and Turkish children hand-in-hand with the footballers

GAZIANTEP, Turkey, February 2014 - “It is the first time in my life that I have watched a game in the stadium. I am excited and so happy.” These words belong to Usema Hamso  from Aleppo, who is 13 years old and studying at 8th grade in primary school. Together with ten other Syrian children now living in Nizip 2 camp, in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, he has been chosen to watch the Super League match between Gaziantepspor and Beşiktaş of Istanbul in the Şehit Kamil Ocak Stadium. Usema and his friends are not only here to watch the game; they also sent a message of peace to the whole world during the ceremony held before the kick-off, when they walked out onto the pitch hand-in-hand with Turkish children and the footballers of both teams. 

Western Union celebrates UNICEF education project "kick off" in Turkey with Robert Carlos

ISTANBUL, 10 February 2014 – Robert Carlos was in Istanbul today to lend his support to the Western Union PASSinitiative. The global payment service company is harnessing its UEFA Europa League sponsorship and the power of football to deliver much-needed funding for secondary school education for disadvantaged young people in Turkey.


Humanitarian Operation, Old City Homs

At least 500 children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent.


Meaningful Support from Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs to UNICEF

Footballers from Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs will take to the field in the game on February 7, hand-in-hand with Syrian children staying in the camps.

UNICEF Turkey, Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs together carry out a crucial social responsibility project organized for Syrian children. As part of this cooperation, in the game that will take place on February 7, Friday, at Gaziantep Şehit Kamil Ocak Stadium between Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs, the footballers will enter to the football field hand-in-hand with Syrian children. The visiting team, Besiktas, will take to the football ground with the banner, “Syrian Children Need Your Support”.


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