Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Deaths of Aid Workers and Hospital Patients in Afghanistan

NEW YORK (October 3, 2015) – “All of us at UNICEF are shocked and saddened by the death of aid workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres and their patients, after an airstrike on a hospital in northern Afghanistan today.

“We join with the families, colleagues and friends of those who lost their lives, and of those who were injured, in mourning the loss of true heroes dedicated to making the world a better place.

Joint Statement on Somalia’s Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

NEW YORK (October 2, 2015) – “Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a significant and very welcome step toward realizing the rights of the country's 6.5 million children.

“The children of Somalia face enormous challenges. Somalia today has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world, alarming malnutrition rates, and very high levels of violence affecting children. 

UNICEF: Six Months of Violence in Yemen Leave More Than 500 Children Dead, Some 1.7 Million at Risk of Malnutrition

NEW YORK (October 2, 2015) – Six months of unremitting violence in Yemen have left at least 505 children dead, 702  injured and more than 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition, UNICEF said today.

Across the country, nearly 10 million children – 80 percent of the country’s under-18 population – need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 1.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes. 

Safer Learning for More than 2 Million Children Caught in Syrian Conflict

NEW YORK (October 1, 2015) – More than 2 million children whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in Syria will have better access to education in safe environments through an agreement signed today by the European Union (EU) and UNICEF.

The grants worth €62 million ($69 million) will scale up UNICEF and the EU’s joint response in providing boys and girls with access to education in protective and empowering environments in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom Meets Refugee and Migrant Children on the Move to Western Europe

NEW YORK (September 30, 2015) – Today UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom completed his two-day visit to meet refugee and migrant children seeking refuge in Europe.

After visiting the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Tuesday, Mr. Bloom crossed the border to the Republic of Serbia and met with some of the most vulnerable children on the move, many of whom are fleeing war and hardship in their countries of origin.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Gives Kids the Power to Change the World

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Trick-or-Treaters for UNICEF have raised $175 million since the movement began. The clatter of coins in the little orange box has turned out to be one catchy jingle.

The idea—Halloween could be about more than just collecting candy.

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Act Now: Runaway and Homeless Youth Need Your Help

Written by: Malea Otranto, End Trafficking Project

Thousands of children all across this country are turning street corners into their homes every single night.

Children are running away from broken homes. They’re finding bedrooms on bus stop benches and dinners for $1.00 from fast food establishments in order escape things like abuse and neglect. Children are being kicked out of their homes. They’ve been told that being gay or transgender is a crime, and enough reason for a family to disown one of its own.