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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. UNICEF helps give children the childhood they deserve.Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to give kids the childhood they deserve

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • 2019 concluded a deadly decade for children who live in conflict zones. There has been a three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010 — an average of 45 a day
  • Every year an estimated 1 billion children around the world experience some form of emotional, physical or sexual violence
  • One in two students are subjected to peer-to-peer violence
  • Yemen's children suffered over 4,000 grave rights violations — 395 children were killed, over 1,000 maimed, over 650 children were recruited or exploited by armed forces — in 2019
  • Almost 73 million children are working jobs that put their health, safety, moral development and, in extreme cases, even their lives at risk
  • Today, 237 million children under 5 do not have a birth certificate — 87 percent of whom live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
  • In 2019, 12 million children, more than ever before, were displaced by conflict, violence and weather-related disasters
  • Female genital mutilation has become increasingly medicalized. Around one in four girls and women were cut by health personnel
  • Today an estimated 650 million girls and women today were married before their 18th birthday
 

“If I see that something is not right, I just want to do something about it," says UNICEF Mexico child protection officer Gema Jimenez, who helps keep migrant children from Central America healthy and safe. "I cannot stay quiet.”

Meet UNICEF Mexico child protection officer Gema Jimenez. She helps traumatized Central American migrant children feel healthy and safe on their long, arduous journeys.

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  • When disaster strikes, UNICEF knows what kids need: In 2019, 3.7 million children received psychological and emotional support
  • UNICEF finds unique solutions to tough problems: Over 1.7 million children on the move — many fleeing violence, poverty and climate-related disasters — received protective services
  • UNICEF looks out for the most vulnerable: UNICEF provided prevention and survivor assistance to nearly 4.5 million children threatened by landmines and other explosive weapons in 2019
  • UNICEF protects children’s rights to legal status: Last year, more than 21 million births were registered; over 19 million children received birth certificates
  • UNICEF keeps families together: In 2019, 52,000 children who were separated from their parents or caregivers were reunited with their families or placed in supportive alternative care settings
  • UNICEF gets results: Last year, some 2.7 million girls and boys who experienced violence received health and social services along with legal or judicial support
  • UNICEF stands up for vulnerable girls and women: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violent practice that can cause serious health problems and life-long pain. In 2019, 158,000 women and girls received prevention and protective services and support
  • UNICEF provided prevention and survivor assistance to children threatened by landmines and other explosive weapons
  • Mothers, fathers and caregivers received the benefit of parenting programs in 79 countries
  • When children are separated from their parents by crisis or war, UNICEF reunites them with their families or finds them loving, supportive homes
  • UNICEF makes sure girls and boys who experience violence receive health and social services along with legal or judicial support
  • UNICEF helps protect and support girls who are threatened by female genital mutilation and early marriage
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UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet 14-year-old Obai, from Raqqa, Syria. After his father was killed, he and his family fled to a refugee camp where, thanks to a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space, he’s rediscovering how to be a kid again.

Meet 14-year-old Obai, from Raqqa, Syria. After his father was killed, he and his family fled to a refugee camp where, thanks to UNICEF, he’s rediscovering how to be a kid again.