Schools in Syria Rise from the Rubble

NEW YORK (January 31, 2017) – In the past weeks, UNICEF has supported the re-opening of 23 primary schools in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, allowing nearly 6,500 children to return to school.

UNICEF has provided school supplies, developed an accelerated learning program and trained teachers to help displaced children catch up on the months and years of education they have missed. Ten prefabricated classrooms were also set up.

UNICEF Seeks $3.3 Billion in Emergency Assistance for 48 Million Children Caught Up in Conflict and Other Crises

NEW YORK (January 31, 2017) – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.

From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins, their hopes and futures hanging in the balance. In total, almost one in four of the world’s children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster.

Statement on Child Refugees, Attributable to Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

NEW YORK (January 30, 2017) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF recognizes that the needs of refugees have never been greater. Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. We should not simply see them as refugees or migrants, but as CHILDREN FIRST. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Shut Out Trafficking at Florida International University

My name is Lana Pohlmann, and I am Senior at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, studying International Relations and Political Science. These are two very broad majors, and up until the previous semester, I was unsure of how I should best incorporate my studies into an appropriate future career. Yet, this past summer I got the opportunity to intern at a local anti-human trafficking NGO, in my hometown of Sarasota, FL.

4.7 Million Children in Vaccination Campaign Against Measles in Northeast Nigeria

NEW YORK (January 26, 2017) – In a major vaccination campaign concluding this week, 4.7 million children are being vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign is covering the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. In 2016, there were approximately 25,000 cases of measles among children in Nigeria; 97 percent of the cases were in children under the age of ten and at least a hundred children died.

Joint EU-UNICEF Project to Help More than 6,000 Refugee and Migrant Children in Greece

NEW YORK (January 25, 2017) – A new joint action between UNICEF and the European Union will support more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, across Greece. It will be financed through the EU emergency support instrument, which enables the European Commission to fund emergency operations within the EU.