Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Situation of Children in Nigeria

NEW YORK (December 13, 2016) –“The violent conflict in northeast Nigeria has left children severely malnourished and at risk of death.

“In the three worst-affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, farming has been disrupted and crops destroyed, food reserves depleted and often pillaged, and livestock killed or abandoned.

“In Borno, where the fighting has been most brutal, 75 percent of the water and sanitation infrastructure and 30 percent of all health facilities have been either destroyed, looted or damaged. 

Statement Attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the Children of Aleppo

NEW YORK (December 13, 2016) – “As violence continues to escalate in Aleppo today, thousands of children are suffering in silence, and coming under brutal attack as the world watches. 

“It is time for the world to stand up for the children of Aleppo and bring their living nightmare to an end.

“According to alarming reports from a doctor in the city, many children, possibly more than 100, unaccompanied or separated from their families, are trapped in a building, under heavy attack in east Aleppo.

Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti Attend UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary Event and Call for a Fair Chance for Every Child

NEW YORK (December 12, 2016) – UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children today with the help of some of the organization’s best-known Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity advocates at a ‘children’s takeover’ event co-hosted by 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown and featuring children and young people who have benefited directly from UNICEF’s efforts.

Malnutrition amongst Children in Yemen at an All-Time High, Warns UNICEF

NEW YORK (December 12, 2016) – Nearly 2.2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished and require urgent care. At least 462,000 children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a drastic increase of almost 200 percent since 2014. An additional 1.7 million children suffer from Moderate Acute Malnutrition.

UNICEF Commemorates 70 Years of Tireless Work for the World’s Most Vulnerable Children

NEW YORK (December 11, 2016) – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

UN Provides Vital Food and Aid to 42,000 People in Eastern Mosul

NEW YORK (December 9, 2016) – In the single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul since the current conflict began, the World Food Program (WFP), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people in eastern Mosul. For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions have allowed humanitarian agencies to reach families living in the suburbs of eastern Mosul, many of whom are in desperate need of assistance.

27 Children Confirmed Dead After Aceh Earthquake

NEW YORK (December 9, 2016) – Over one quarter of the victims of the Pidie Jaya earthquake are children under the age of 18, including 17 children younger than 5 years. Out of the 102 people whose deaths have been confirmed by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), 27 are children, according to the District Health Office in Pidie Jaya. Over 700 more people have sustained injuries and hundreds of buildings have also been damaged or completely destroyed, including homes, schools, mosques and health facilities.

Nearly a Quarter of the World’s Children Live in Conflict or Disaster-Stricken Countries: UNICEF

NEW YORK (December 9, 2016) - An estimated 535 million children – nearly one in four – live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF said today.