9,700 Children Displaced Since Start of Mosul Operation – UNICEF

NEW YORK (November 3, 2016) – 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to retake Mosul started on October 17. UNICEF estimates that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance. 

As these children and families arrive at the screening sites, UNICEF is there to meet them.

“I met mothers and children who were so relieved to have come out alive; it was clear that they had gone through so much,” said Pernille Ironside, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Operations in Iraq, following a visit to Nargizlia screening site.

Call for Entries: Annual Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest Now Accepting Submissions for 2017 Holiday Season

NEW YORK (November 1, 2016) – From November 1–23, the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest invites children in the United States ages 14 and under to submit their original artwork for the chance to become the winning artist for the 2017 holiday season. One design, chosen from thousands of entries, will be reproduced as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card for 2017 and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and on Pier1.com.

UNICEF Calls on Italian Parliament to Pass Bill Providing Support for Record Number of Unaccompanied Refugee and Migrant Children

NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) – UNICEF is calling on the Italian parliament to urgently pass a historic bill that would strengthen support and protection for the record number of unaccompanied and separated children – at least 20,000 – who have arrived in Italy this year. Near daily reports of migrant drownings on the Mediterranean show clearly that passage of the bill cannot come a moment too soon for children risking their lives to reach Italian shores.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Multiple Attacks on Schools in Syria

NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) – “Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity.

“Today’s reports of attacks on schools in Douma and western Aleppo should deepen our disgust and outrage.

“This brings the toll to five schools hit since October 11.

“Attacking schools … killing children … is simply inhuman. 

“If the perpetrators cannot find their own sense of humanity, they should heed the condemnation of the world.”