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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria

NEW YORK/AMMAN – “Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria. 

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on multiple attacks on schools in Syria

NEW YORK, 27 October 2016 - Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity. 



UNICEF statement on the sentencing of Baquer Namazi

NEW YORK, 18 October 2016 – “His friends and colleagues at UNICEF have learned with deep sadness and personal concern that our former colleague Baquer Namazi, who has been incarcerated in Iran since 22 February, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.



Record numbers of unaccompanied children arrive in Italy - UNICEF

ROME/GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels, says UNICEF.

Keep children safe in Mosul operation, UNICEF says

BAGHDAD, 17 October 2016 – More than half a million children and their families in Mosul will be at extreme risk in the coming weeks, UNICEF warned today as a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city gets under way.

Teaching Syrian children to sing again

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, 14 October 2016 -  “Father finger, father finger, where are you? Here I am, here I am, how do you do?” The second-graders are all singing together proudly and with great enthusiasm the English song they have just learned.

Five in six children under two not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development - UNICEF

NEW YORK, 14 October 2016– Five in six children under two years old are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their physical and cognitive development, according to a new UNICEF report.

Over 300,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases linked to limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2015 - UNICEF

Simple act of handwashing with soap could save thousands of lives


Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on children killed in Aleppo

DAMASCUS, 14 October 2016 - “Yesterday’s attack near the Hatem Al Taai primary school in Aleppo city killed four children and injured three others. The children were on their way to school in the morning hours when mortars hit the area.

End Child Marriages

ANKARA, 11 October 2016 - Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday. More than one in three (about 250 million) entered into union before age 15.



Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday - UNICEF

NEW YORK, 7 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October. 

Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group-UNICEF study

NEW YORK 03 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. 

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