UNICEF: Tens of Thousands of Children Flee Violence in Burundi

NEW YORK (May 18, 2015) — Approximately 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom are women and children, have fled violent clashes in Burundi to neighboring Great Lakes countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The number of refugees is expected to rise, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile.

Leaders From USA's Fastest Growing Sport Unite for Beyond Soccer Series, Powered by streefootballworld

NEW YORK (May 15, 2015) – Influential figures from across the US and global soccer industry will come together for a series of high-level networking events in New York City; the Beyond Soccer Series 2015, powered by streetfootballworld and backed by Major League Soccer, Barclays, Western Union and UNICEF.

Statement by Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, on the Situation of Children Stranded in Boats in South East Asia

NEW YORK (May 15, 2015) – “UNICEF is very worried about the situation of children and their families stranded on boats in the seas of South East Asia. These children need, and they have a right to, urgent help and protection. UNICEF shares the Secretary-General’s sense of alarm at reports that some countries are refusing entry to boats carrying refugee and migrant children.

Children who have fled their homes, either alone or with their families, are exposed to a greater risk of abuse, exploitation and ill-health.

UNICEF: 12 Babies Born Every Hour without Basic Healthcare in Worst Hit Areas of Nepal

NEW YORK (May 15, 2015) – Some twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare in the areas of Nepal worst hit by two powerful earthquakes, according to UNICEF. With the massive damage to maternity facilities, UNICEF warns that over the next month the lives of nearly 18,000 babies and mothers could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore key healthcare systems.

For Nepal's Anxious Children, Help Is on the Radio

Above: Children gathering to listen to “Bhandai Sundai” in an informal camp in the Khokana neighborhood of Kathmandu Valley’s Lalitpur district.

The 7.3 magnitude aftershock that hit Nepal this week shattered the fragile semblance of calm that was beginning to return as survivors screwed up their courage to move back into buildings still standing after the April 25 earthquake.

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.