Statement Attributable to Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on Attacks on Medical Facilities in Syria

NEW YORK (June 8, 2016) – “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be taken out of incubators because of attacks on hospitals.

“UNICEF confirms that three medical facilities were attacked in Aleppo today in the space of three hours. The al-Bayan and al-Hakeem hospitals, within a distance of 300 meters, and the Abdulhadi Fares clinic, all in the eastern part of the city were hit.

“The Al Hakim hospital, a UNICEF supported facility, is one of the few that still provide pediatric services. This is the second attack on the hospital. 

How Did UNICEF Help Halima Get Her Childhood Back?

Americans love chocolate. But how is it made? And who makes it?

Trapped in child labor, like 168 million other children worldwide, Halima, a 10-year old girl in Cote d'Ivoire, understands firsthand the back-breaking work involved in providing raw cocoa for the candy bars we crave.

Before UNICEF stepped in, Halima spent days in the fields, harvesting and curing beans from cacao trees — the first steps in the long, arduous journey from farm to store.

Eighty Percent of 18-Year-Olds Believe Young People are in Danger of Online Sexual Abuse – UNICEF/Ipsos Global Poll

NEW YORK (June 7, 2016) – Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviors while using the internet, a new UNICEF study shows.

Perils and Possibilities: Growing up online is based on an international opinion poll of more than 10,000 18-year-olds from 25 countries, revealing young people’s perspectives on the risks they face growing up in an increasingly connected world.

“We Came with Nothing, We Have Nothing”: Thousands Flee Fallujah as Fighting Intensifies – UNICEF, WFP, IOM & WHO

NEW YORK (June 6, 2016) – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide lifesaving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah.

Creating a UNICEF High School Club: Niles West

Written contributions by: Deanna Sortino and Tammy Wen

Ms. Deanna Sortino is the sponsor and advisor of the Niles West UNICEF Club. Together with president Tammy Wen, vice president An Luu, secretary Mintra Osmin, and treasurer Amanda Lay, the club entered its first official year with enthusiasm to achieve the goals of the Niles West UNICEF Club. Visit our website here: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/nw-unicef-club/

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin Traveled to Lebanon to Meet Refugee Children Who Have Fled Syria Conflict

NEW YORK (June 3, 2016) – World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.

Statement Attributable to Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Iraq on the Children of Fallujah

NEW YORK (June 1, 2016) – “As the violence intensifies in Fallujah, children continue to be trapped in the city and its surroundings.

“UNICEF estimates that at least 20,000 children remain inside Fallujah, 60 kilometers west of Baghdad. According to reports, food and medicine are running out and clean water is in short supply.

Vaccination Campaign at Risk as Fighting Intensifies in Syria

NEW YORK (June 2, 2016) – “As fighting and violence escalate across Syria, we risk losing the opportunity to vaccinate and save the lives of more than one million children.

“For example, due to the sharp increase in attacks on health personnel and facilities in Idleb, the immunization campaign in the city has been temporarily halted amid fears to the safety of health workers and the local population.

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