Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the evacuation of children from an orphanage in East Aleppo

NEW YORK (December 19, 2016) – “This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration.

“The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria. Their safe departure is a testimony to the relentless efforts of humanitarians on the ground, working around the clock for children and their families.

Harnessing Data to Support Children's Health

Globally, as people’s use of technology accelerates, new forms of data are becoming available. While private sector organizations have identified ways to strengthen their businesses using online data, the public sector has not fully unlocked its potential. We have a tremendous opportunity to harness new sources of information for social good.

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on Children Trapped in Aleppo

NEW YORK (December 16, 2016) – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.

“However, hundreds of other vulnerable children, including orphans, remain trapped inside that part of the city. We are extremely concerned about their fate. If these children are not evacuated urgently, they could die.   

Rise in Child Recruitment as Conflict in South Sudan Enters Fourth Year

NEW YORK (December 15, 2016) – Three years after fighting first erupted in South Sudan, children continue to be recruited by armed forces and armed groups, with 1,300 children recruited in 2016, UNICEF said today. This brings to more than 17,000 the total number of children used in the conflict since 2013.