UNICEF: More than 100 Children Released from Armed Groups in Central African Republic in Past Week

NEW YORK (August 18, 2014) – One hundred and three children, ages 8 to 17, were released over the past week from armed groups in the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Bangui, following negotiations with armed group leaders.

The 103 children, 13 of whom are girls, were associated with the anti-Balaka armed groups operating mainly in Bangui and in the western part of CAR, who took up arms in retaliation for attacks from ex-Seleka forces in the last year and a half of violence.

Ebola in Sierra Leone —The Joy of Survivors

Jo Dunlop is a UNICEF consultant based in Sierra Leone.

When you arrive in Kenema, one of the worst-affected areas of Sierra Leone, there’s a feeling that Ebola has settled in with no plans to move on any time soon.

Chlorine buckets sit outside most restaurants for people to wash their hands. Ebola information posters are plastered on buildings. Crackly radios are loudly broadcasting conversations about Ebola. People are talking about  "dis Ebola bisnis" relentlessly on the street. Handshaking has been replaced by a brush of elbows.

UNICEF Steps Up its Humanitarian Response in Northern Iraq

NEW YORK (August 12, 2014) – As the humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Iraq, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors are stepping up efforts to meet the urgent needs of up to 30,000 members of the Yazidi ethnic minority group who are being extracted from Sinjar Mountain in the north, in addition to helping meet the needs of 12,000 displaced Christians who are now sheltering in the Kurdish capital, Erbil.

Mass Polio Vaccination Campaign Supported by WHO and UNICEF Kicks off in Iraq

NEW YORK (August 11, 2014) – Iraq has launched a polio immunization campaign aiming to protect more than four million children under the age of 5 throughout the country against the crippling disease.

The four day campaign, undertaken by the Ministry of Health with the support of WHO and UNICEF, is part of the national response to the re-emergence of the polio virus earlier this year.