UNICEF Warns of Looming Crisis for Children’s Emotional Health in Nepal

NEW YORK (May 14, 2015) – Children in Nepal are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two major earthquakes in two and a half weeks, warned UNICEF. 

Thousands of children and their families have poured back into informal settlements across the country after the May 12 quake left many too afraid to return home.

“We cannot underestimate the psychological impact on children of these repeated powerful tremors,” said Rownak Khan, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Nepal.

"A Terrifying Experience": Firsthand Report from Nepal

UNICEF's Kent Page was visiting a school in Kathmandu when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck, the second major earthquake to hit Nepal in less than three weeks:

"Today’s earthquake struck while I was with a Reuters television crew while we were conducting a school damage and safety assessment with Government of Nepal engineers.

A Reuters TV cameraman was with us filming the assessment of the schools and we had visited two schools already and were just in the middle of our third school assessment when the earthquake struck.  

Liberia Declared Ebola-Free

Liberia announced today that it has reached zero Ebola cases, and UNICEF commended the critical role communities played in beating back the epidemic, but warned that the threat posed by the deadly virus will not disappear until there is no longer active transmission in affected neighbouring countries.

It is a tremendous tribute to communities which have played a central role in the battle against Ebola.

Nepal Earthquake: Education for Nearly 1 million Children in Jeopardy - UNICEF

NEW YORK (May 7, 2015) – At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the April 25th earthquake – according to UNICEF. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the country 12 days ago, with many suffering further damage in subsequent aftershocks.

Shut Out Trafficking at Chicago State University

It was the first warm day of the year, and the entire Chicago State Women’s Basketball team was out on the main quad in full force. Instead of dribbling basketballs, however, the women were holding flyers and posters to raise awareness about Shut Out Trafficking week. Rather than running and jumping, they were dancing and laughing as they handed out educational material about human trafficking and the week’s activities.