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A girl does geometry at a UNICEF-assisted school in Rwanda | Photo © UNICEF/HQ07-1345/Giacomo Pirozzi

February 5, 2013

Thousands Seek Refuge from Floodwaters in Mozambique

Some 250,000 people have been affected by the floods in Mozambique, and an estimated 150,000 have been displaced. 70,000 people have fled to Chiaquelane and its nearby relief camp, where UNICEF and partners are providing basics like food, water, shelter and hygiene. The health and well-being of children are of particular concern, and UNICEF is providing high-nutrition biscuits, mosquito nets and tents for medical services. The most vulnerable households at the camp receive UNICEF-supplied kits, which help families get through the next weeks.

January 31, 2013

Report from Tartous Describes Dire Situation for Children in Syria

A UNICEF adviser describes what he is seeing in Syria, UNICEF’s work there, and what more needs to be done. See how you can help.

January 24, 2013

In Chad, Anatomy of a Vaccination Campaign

With support from UNICEF, Chad’s Expanded Immunization Program is seeking to reach more and more children, and volunteer workers are critical in the campaign. Toma Mamout is one such outreach volunteer. At the health center where she works, she runs the day-to-day work of the program—from vaccinating children to holding education sessions with mothers. She also gives talks on vaccinations, basic hygiene and the use of mosquito nets in nearby villages, and she travels to talk to mothers in remote communities that have resisted vaccinations.

January 18, 2013

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow Asks the World to Step Up for Syrian Refugees

Lebanese communities who have taken Syrian refugees into their homes are setting an example of selflessness and community spirit that the world must match, says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow. Ms. Farrow made the remarks following a two-day visit to Lebanon during which she met some of the estimated 200,000 Syrian refugees living in host communities. In response to the crisis, UNICEF Lebanon is stepping up its work, with a focus on providing drinking water and ensuring more Syrian children have access to school and psychosocial services.

January 17, 2013

In a Refugee Camp, School Offers a Sanctuary

Hawa, 13, never attended school until she arrived at Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp. She had fled with her family from the conflict in Somalia, and there was no functioning school where she lived. After adjusting to her new classroom experience, she has become one of the most vocal advocates of education, encouraging all her friends, especially girls, to attend school. The classroom also offers Hawa a sanctuary from the rigors of life in camp. Her family shares a small stick hut, with no running water, and with little protection against criminals.

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