Emergency and Disaster Relief

A South Sudanese boy displaced by recent fighting stands near makeshift shelters, in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided.
South Sudan
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UNICEF leads in times of crisis

Founded in 1946 to help children suffering in the aftermath of World War II, UNICEF provides children and families with the support they need whenever disaster strikes. 

In 2012, UNICEF responded to 286 emergencies—from civil conflicts to earthquakes—in 79 countries. Read more about how UNICEF works in emergencies. »

Fast Fact

Natural Disasters

UNICEF is there when disaster strikes.

Children in Conflict

UNICEF is on the ground for children even during conflict.

Infographic: Syria’s Children

Three years of conflict have turned Syria into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child.

Infographic: Syria’s Children Under Siege