UNICEF to Offer Unique Gifts that Give Back this Holiday Season

New York (July 15, 2015) – This holiday season, UNICEF is asking shoppers to put children first by purchasing gifts that help save and protect children around the world. Through a unique offering of gifts that give back and handcrafted items from UNICEF Market, gift-givers will help to support artisans in countries where UNICEF works and help children around the world.

Following Visit to War-torn Yemen, UNICEF Regional Director Deplores Impact of the Conflict on Children

NEW YORK (July 27, 2015) – UNICEF Regional Director Dr. Peter Salama has ended a three-day visit to Yemen, during which he saw first-hand the impact of the country’s brutal conflict on children.
The visit came as new UNICEF data confirmed that 365 children have been killed since the conflict escalated in late March. 484 other children have been injured, according to monitoring carried out by UNICEF and partners. He was speaking ahead of the deadline set by the coalition for a five-day truce to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to the country.

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on Extreme Violence against Children in Conflicts

NEW YORK (July 27, 2015) – “Millions of children around the world today are caught up in adults’ wars – deliberately killed, injured, raped, abducted. Their schools and homes are being destroyed; they are being denied food, water and health care. Tens of thousands are forced to join armed forces and groups.

Amid Yemen’s Conflict, UNICEF Helps Get Children Back to Learning

NEW YORK (July 24, 2015) – The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s education system – and on the chances of millions of children to access learning.

Months of intensive bombardment and street fighting have forced more than 3,600 schools to close and driven students and their families to safer areas of the country. At least 248 schools have been directly damaged; 270 others are hosting Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and 68 are occupied by armed groups. 

Nigeria Reaches Important Milestone in Fight to End Polio

Above: Polio survivor Amina Abdullhidiso helps educate families about the importance of vaccinating their children. The efforts of volunteers like her have had a great impact on Nigeria's immunization rates. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0681/Rich

Today marks an important anniversary in the global battle against polio: a full year has gone by without a single new case of the wild virus in Nigeria, one of only three countries in the world where the disease remains endemic.

Water Cuts in Aleppo Threaten Children amid Intense Heat Wave

NEW YORK (July 22, 2015) – The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts. The disruption to piped water supplies – which in some cases was deliberately implemented by parties to the conflict - increased the risk of water-borne disease especially among children.