UNICEF Statement on the Abduction of Ethiopian Children

NEW YORK (April 19, 2016) – UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the abduction on Friday of some 100 children in western Ethiopia during a brutal attack on their community by armed assailants, allegedly cattle raiders from South Sudan. Unverified reports indicate that children are also among the dead and wounded.

Our staff are assessing the situation of children affected by this horrific act of unbridled violence, and stand ready to support the community.

At Least 150,000 Children Affected by Ecuador Earthquake – UNICEF

NEW YORK (April 19, 2016) – At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates. 

“We are in a race against time to protect children from disease and other risks common in such emergencies,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.

According to preliminary government reports, the earthquake damaged 119 schools, affecting 88,000 children. Some 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 have been damaged. Two hospitals have entirely collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone.

UNICEF Supports Emergency Relief Efforts in Ecuador, Delivering 20,000 Water Purification Tablets to Survivors of Earthquake

NEW YORK (April 17, 2016) -- UNICEF delivered 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales today, the area worst affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador last night. A UNICEF team is on the ground assessing the impact of the earthquake on children. 

At least 246 people have died so far and more than 2,500 people have been injured. The Government has declared a state of emergency, with the heaviest damage in Pedernales, Chone, Muisne, Bahía de Caráquez, Manta, Portoviejo, Esmeraldas and Guayaquil.

New Figures on Growing Inequality among Children in High Income Countries – UNICEF

NEW YORK (April 14, 2016) – A new UNICEF report presents evidence on how inequality affects children in high income countries.

The United States and Japan, two of the world’s wealthiest countries, were positioned in the bottom third of the league table for income inequality. The U.S. is ranked 30 out of the 41 EU and OECD countries with the household income of a child in the bottom 10th percentile 58.85 percent lower than that of a child in the middle of the income distribution.

Nigeria Regional Conflict: Ten-Fold Increase in Number of Children Used in ‘Suicide’ Attacks

NEW YORK (April 12, 2016) – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to UNICEF data released today. More than 75 percent of the children involved in the attacks are girls.