by Marty Rendon, Vice President Public Policy and Advocacy
NEW YORK (March 31, 2015) – At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, according to UNICEF. The fighting is severely damaging basic health services and education, while violence and displacement are leaving children terrified.
“Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all in their power to keep children safe,” said Julien Harneis, UNICEF Yemen Representative speaking from Amman.
NEW YORK (March 31, 2015) – As Vanuatu’s schools officially reopen UNICEF and its partners are supporting the Government of Vanuatu to provide assistance to 30,000 school-aged children from early childhood to secondary school level who have been affected by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam.
NEW YORK (March 31, 2015) – At least 109 children are reported to have been injured and 42 killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine since March last year, UNICEF said today.
The government-reported figures may not reflect the actual number of child casualties from landmines and unexploded ordnance in eastern Ukraine.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF celebrated the Boston launch of UNICEF Kid Power with Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Boston School Superintendent John McDonough, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern and participating students from the Paul A. Dever Elementary School On March 24th.
NEW YORK (March 24, 2015) – UNICEF has only around fifteen percent of the money it needs to get life-saving aid to thousands of children and their families, after Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands. The children’s organization revealed the huge funding shortfall as it announced a new $4.8 million humanitarian appeal, as part of a wider United Nations $29.9 million ask for Vanuatu launched today.
Around 82,000 children - about two thirds of the children in Vanuatu - are in need of humanitarian assistance.
NEW YORK (March 23, 2015) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom concluded a four-day visit to Liberia where he praised the efforts of Ebola-affected communities in combatting the deadly virus.
“Everyone I met was determined to beat Ebola so that they can resume their normal lives,” said Bloom after meeting with religious and youth leaders in the capital Monrovia. “Communities have been at the center of the fight against Ebola and must continue to be supported because of their crucial role in getting to zero cases.”
NEW YORK (March 23, 2015) – Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency, UNICEF, is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
NEW YORK (March 23, 2015) – Up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, were released today in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released over the next two days.