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Yemen's children on the brink as country risks becoming a failed state

Six children are killed or injured every day and children as young as 10 years old recruited to fight

SANA’A/AMMAN, 29 March 2016 - A brutal conflict and a fast-deteriorating humanitarian situation are devastating the lives of millions of children in Yemen and have brought the country to the point of collapse. A UNICEF report “Children on the Brink” highlights the heavy toll that the violence in Yemen is having on children and the deterioration in an already precarious humanitarian situation.


UNICEF launches "Unfairy Tales" of refugee and migrant children

True stories of children inspire #actofhumanity global initiative

NEW YORK, 29 March 2016 -- UNICEF today launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.


A New Life in Turkey

“My name is Sheza. I’m 32 years old, but I feel much older due to the events that I have lived through - things that I would never have believed could happen. Thousands of children have died due to the war in Syria, my country, to which I still want to return, and for which there’s a growing sense of longing in my heart. One of those children was my child, Mohammed. He was only seven years old and everybody's favorite. Like all children, he was innocent and unaware of what was going on in the world of adults. This cruel war took him from me. Can there be any greater pain in life for a mother than losing her own child?”

New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk

GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.

Climate change and poor sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF

#ClimateChain Instagram campaign will highlight water and the environment

New York, 21 March 2016 – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.


1 in 3 Syrian children has grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point - UNICEF

AMMAN/NEW YORK, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes 306,000 children born as refugees since 2011.

New multi-country initiative will protect millions of girls from child marriage - UNICEF/UNFPA

NEW YORK, 8 March 2016 – A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA said on International Women’s Day.

UNICEF statement in response to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey

GENEVA, 8 March 2016 - With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey, UNICEF reiterates that in the implementation of such decisions the fundamental humanitarian principle of ‘do no harm’ must guide authorities across Europe, the Balkans and Turkey at every step when it comes to the care of refugee and migrant children. 

Child Friendly Cities: An initiative promoting child participation in local government

ISTANBUL, 2 March 2016– A ceremony was held today in Istanbul to mark the end of the first phase of the “Child Friendly Cities” (CFC) programme in Turkey. UNICEF, UCLG-MEWA and WALD, Union of Municipalities and Ministry of Interior, with the financial assistance of IKEA Turkey and the Turkish National Committee for UNICEF. This promising initiative supported efforts to make cities all around Turkey "child friendly".  

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