Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Escalating Violence against Children in Northern Nigeria

NEW YORK (January 11, 2015) – “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world.

“Some two thousand innocent children, women and elderly reportedly massacred in Baga.

“Young girls sent to die with a bomb strapped to their chests in Maiduguri.

“And lest we forget, more than two hundred girls stolen from their families, still lost.

“Words alone can neither express our outrage nor ease the agony of all those suffering from the constant violence in northern Nigeria.

UNICEF Helps Restart Measles Immunizations in Ebola-Hit Countries

NEW YORK (January 9, 2015) – UNICEF is helping governments and communities restart stalled immunizations amid a surge in measles cases in Ebola-affected countries, where health systems are overwhelmed and tens of thousands of children are left vulnerable to deadly diseases.

“Measles is a major killer of children that can easily be stopped through a safe and effective vaccine,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “But immunization rates have dropped significantly, further threatening children’s lives.”

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF Recognizes Israel’s Multi-Million Dollar Pledge to Combat Ebola in West Africa

NEW YORK (December 26, 2014) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF applauds Israel’s recent pledge of $8.75 million to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa. This donation to the UN’s Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund represents the largest per-capita investment by any nation in efforts to combat the virus. The Government of Israel has also asked that a portion of the gift be earmarked to UNICEF, which is working to tackle the drivers of Ebola transmission and provide urgent services for children affected by the disease.

American Airlines Flight Attendant Attends the UNICEF Snowflake Ball

aa 125 Maiden Lane, Lower Manhattan, that was the address of headquarters for UNICEF’s United States Fund.  As I ducked into the building from the pouring rain outside, someone in the reception area smiled at me and said, “You must be with UNICEF, everyone looks so good all dressed up, there must be a big event tonight”.

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