Refugees: What Do We Know About Them?

Five years into the Syrian conflict, hardly a day goes by without a major news source reporting on the plight of those fleeing their countries. 

And these legions of displaced shine a light on a bigger picture: worldwide, more than 60 million people are on the run today, more than at any time since World War II. Twenty million of these are refugees.

What do we know about them?

We know that more than half of all refugees are women and children

How UNICEF Delivers Aid to Children in Yemen Despite Brutal Conflict

What does UNICEF do in Yemen? 

JULIEN HARNEIS: We deliver water to more than 5 million people across the country. We’ve vaccinated millions of children for polio and measles. We cure children of malnutrition. We make education available and monitor child rights. We offer protection during a time of intense upheaval. 

Yemen’s Children on the Brink as Country Risks Becoming a Failed State

NEW YORK (March 29, 2016) – A brutal conflict and a fast-deteriorating humanitarian situation are devastating the lives of millions of children in Yemen and have brought the country to the point of collapse. A UNICEF report, Children on the Brink, highlights the heavy toll that the violence in Yemen is having on children and the deterioration in an already precarious humanitarian situation.

UNICEF Launches “Unfairy Tales” of Refugee and Migrant Children

NEW YORK (March 29, 2016) – UNICEF today launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.

Called Unfairy Tales, the three animations – true stories of the flight of children from conflict – explain the horror behind why they fled. They have been animated in the style of a fairy tale and will be supported by an interactive e-book experience also called Unfairy Tales.

Joint Statement by U.S. Fund for UNICEF President & CEO Caryl M. Stern and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake

NEW YORK (March 25, 2016) – “It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and former colleague Sascha Pinczowski and her brother Alexander. They were among those killed this week during the tragic events in Brussels.”

“Sascha served as an intern at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2014, dedicating her time to helping the world’s children. Together with her U.S. Fund and UNICEF colleagues, we are heartbroken and share our deepest condolences with Sascha and Alexander’s family, friends and loved ones.”