Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on attack in Garowe, Somalia

NEW YORK (April 20, 2015) – “The horrific attack on our UNICEF colleagues today in northern Somalia is an assault not only on them but on the people they served. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of the four staff members who were killed and with those who were injured. All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened, and deeply angered.

“Our colleagues dedicated their lives to working for the children of Somalia. They are not victims. They and those who were wounded are heroes. We mourn their loss and hope for the full recovery of the injured.

UNICEF Pays Tribute to Colleagues Killed and Injured in Somalia Attack

NEW YORK (April 21, 2015) – With great sadness, UNICEF can now release the names of the four colleagues who were killed in a horrific attack as they travelled to work yesterday in Garowe, northern Somalia.

Those who lost their lives were:

·       Mr. Payenda Gul Abed, who had been coordinating UNICEF’s polio immunization efforts in Garowe since May 2014.

·       Ms. Brenda Kyeyune, who had managed social mobilization and communication initiatives in support of polio eradication in Somalia since 2014.

Helping Keep Classrooms Safe as Schools Re-open in Sierra Leone

NEW YORK (April 14, 2015) – As around 1.8 million children in Sierra Leone prepare to return to school this week after an eight month break due to Ebola, the Government of Sierra Leone, UNICEF and partners are working to ensure that children are safe through teacher training, hand-washing and regular temperature checks.

Despite Huge Challenges in Access UNICEF Delivers Much Needed Supplies to North Eastern Syria

NEW YORK (April 14, 2015) – UNICEF completed the delivery of 43 trucks of much needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli, north east of Syria.

The trucks passed through the Nusyabin crossing point in Turkey over the past few days and will reach 2.3 million people in need.

“The delivery of this much needed humanitarian assistance comes at a critical time when access all over Syria is becoming a challenge for UNICEF and other humanitarian actors” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria.

UNICEF Child Protection Chief at Harvard Chan School


“Child protection is not ‘child protective services,’ but encompasses a wide range of issues…which urgently need addressing.”

April 1, 2015. Last Friday, Susan Bissell, UNICEF’s chief of child protection, spoke to a room teeming with students from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.