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.

Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Hanaa Singer, on the Deteriorating Situation for Children in Aleppo and Across the Country

NEW YORK (December 7, 2016) – “I have just traveled back from Aleppo where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.

“When I was there nearly 100 mortars fell on west Aleppo in a couple of days. While at the same time, only a few hundred meters away we witnessed the unrelenting bombardment of the eastern side of the city.

“Explosions lit up the night sky and the sounds of war reverberated across the city.

A Big Win for Mothers in a Small Country: Equatorial Guinea

This month, Equatorial Guinea became the 41st country to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) since 2000.

Often contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices, the disease is cruel and lethal.  Newborns who contract the disease during delivery typically die a slow, painful death. Unlike smallpox or polio, MNT can not be eradicated — it is caused by exposure to tetanus spores, which are present in the environment — but it is preventable.

UNICEF Helping Thousands of Syrian Children Weather the Harsh Winter Cold in Jordan

NEW YORK (December 2, 2016) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun its 2016-2017 winter assistance program, helping thousands of vulnerable Syrian families protect their children from the cold. 

With temperatures dropping close to freezing in many parts of country, UNICEF is using a mixed strategy of cash support and in-kind distribution to urgently support over 150,000 disadvantaged children living in Syrian refugee camps, host communities and other difficult locations. 

Almost Half of Mosul’s Children Cut Off from Clean Water as Fighting Intensifies

NEW YORK (November 30, 2016) – Almost half of all the children in Mosul and their families have reportedly been cut off from access to clean water after a major water pipeline was destroyed amid the ongoing conflict.

The break in the pipeline -- one of three major water conduits serving civilians in eastern Mosul -- is located in parts of the city still held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), making it impossible to repair quickly.

Stand for Hope: Three Ways You Can Help Children This Giving Season

Photo above: Nyapuor, 9, at a UNICEF-supported school in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site in Unity State, South Sudan. 


1. Donate to help UNICEF save and protect children.

UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. Stand for hope this holiday season by making a donation in support of UNICEF's lifesaving work.