More than 1 Million Children in Urgent Need of Assistance after Three Years of Fighting in Central African Republic

NEW YORK (November 27, 2015) – An estimated 1.2 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance nearly three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic.

As the nation prepares to welcome Pope Francis Sunday for a two-day visit aimed at promoting reconciliation, UNICEF is calling on all parties to the conflict to grant unrestricted access to organizations seeking to aid those affected by the crisis.

UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah Witnesses Impact of Conflict on Children in South Sudan

NEW YORK (November 27, 2015) – Continued violence and the impact of brutal fighting has taken an increasingly heavy toll on the lives of children in South Sudan, Ishmael Beah said today, as the UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War wrapped up a one week visit to the country.

“The sheer level of brutality and the number of children directly involved in the fighting has only increased this year,” said Beah, a New York Times best-selling author of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” and “Radiance of Tomorrow, A Novel.”

Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF Statement on New Border Restrictions in the Balkans

NEW YORK (November 20, 2015) – In the last couple of days, we have witnessed Governments instituting a range of restrictions against movements of refugees and migrants from Greece through the Western Balkans and further northwards. This includes people being profiled on the basis of nationality. This is becoming increasingly untenable from every point of view – humanitarian, legal, and also safety related, not least in light of falling temperatures and the risks for children and others with specific needs.

Statement Attributable to Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on Universal Children’s Day

NEW YORK (November 20, 2015) – “Twenty-six years ago today, the world made a solemn promise to the children of the world, to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

“But for children caught up in the different conflicts now gripping the Middle East and North Africa, that pledge – formalized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child – is being broken, day in and day out.

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