Fleeing war and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, thousands of women and children set off each year on the perilous trek across the desert to the shores of Libya, where they hope to cross the Mediterranean into Europe for a chance at a brighter future.
NEW YORK (February 28, 2017) – Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in a new report.
NEW YORK (February 24, 2017) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week traveled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements. Hundreds of thousands of children across the region have been forced from their homes, are out of education and at risk of malnutrition.
In December 2016, I was asked to think about my UNICEF story, why I initially got involved with the organization, and why I continue to donate my time and efforts to support this cause. At first, it was difficult. I couldn’t pinpoint one instance or one particular memory that triggered my love for UNICEF. There were so many. So, I went back and recounted my six years of being involved with this organization and the many moments that have changed my life since. As I reminisced, I kept coming back to what I know is the foundation of my motivations: my parents.
NEW YORK (February 23, 2017) – “The heart-wrenching image of a young boy screaming for his father just minutes after losing both his legs in an apparent assault in Idlib last week is another brutal reminder that children continue to come under attack in Syria’s conflict.
“This week, as efforts continue in Geneva to bring together all parties to Syria’s six year long war in an attempt to bring peace, we appeal to all of them to show bold leadership for the rights of children.
NEW YORK (February 22, 2017) – “One year ago today, our respected former UNICEF colleague, Baquer Namazi, was imprisoned in Iran. Our concerns for his health and wellbeing have grown deeper with each passing day.
Three years of civil war, climate shock and a collapsing economy have triggered a famine in northern-central South Sudan, the United Nations announced Monday. A formal famine declaration means people are already dying from hunger. Some 100,000 people are now facing starvation and a further 1 million are on the brink of famine. Over 270,000 South Sudanese children are severely malnourished. "Our worst fears have been realized," said Serge Tissot of the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization.
Since the 1950s, Denver, Colorado has had a committed group of U.S. Fund for UNICEF volunteers. The belief that "no child should die of preventable causes" has driven local volunteer efforts in the state for more than 60 years. The efforts not only continue to expand but also thrive.