Children Face Worsening Nutrition Crisis as South Sudan Fighting Intensifies

NEW YORK (May 27, 2015) – The lives of nearly a quarter of a million children are at significant risk as food and nutrition security rapidly deteriorates in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF said today. The crisis comes as a result of ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a shrinking economy. 

Northeast Nigeria: Alarming Spike in Suicide Attacks Involving Women and Girls

NEW YORK (May 26, 2015) – More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF.

In 2014, 26 suicide attacks were recorded compared to 27 attacks as of May 2015. In at least three-quarters of these incidents, women and children were reportedly used to carry out the attacks.

Presidents of the UN Foundation and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Call Congressional Action on Girls Count Act “A Step toward a Brighter Future”

Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2015) – Following markups of the Girls Count Act in both the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees, Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, and Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, spoke in support of the legislation, which supports programs in developing countries that improve birth registration for girls and boys, and promotes policies that prevent discrimination against girls.

Shut Out Trafficking at University of Nebraska: A student perspective

Shut Out Trafficking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was successful in engaging close to 4,000 students, student-athletes, staff, faculty, and community members. The week-long program consisted of an advocacy day on the student quad, a Fair Trade fair, a film screening and discussion of the documentary Not My Life, a roundtable discussion which Attorney General of Nebraska, Doug Peterson, attended and spoke at, softball and baseball games dedicated towards human trafficking awaress, and a 1-mile community walk to raise awareness about sex trafficking in Nebraska. 

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.