More than 4 million children at risk as Hurricane Matthew pummels Haiti – UNICEF

NEW YORK (October 4, 2016) – More than 4 million children may be exposed to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the impoverished Caribbean island.

“This is the worst storm Haiti has seen in decades and the damage will no doubt be significant,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “Waterborne diseases are the first threat to children in similar situations - our first priority is to make sure children have enough safe water.”

UNICEF Staffers Concerned for Jamaica as Hurricane Matthew Nears

For decades, UNICEF has been working in Jamaica to improve the lives of children in four key areas: creating and supporting quality education; protecting children from abuse and violence; providing mental and physicial health services; and preparing for emergencies and natural disasters — such as Hurricane Matthew on the horizon. 

Syria Under Siege: A Convoy Gets Through to a Town Under Attack

More than a week ago, an inter-agency convoy was bombed as it carried aid to blockaded eastern Aleppo, with aid workers killed and UNICEF supplies destroyed. Yet UNICEF continues to do everything possible to bring relief to the people — and especially to the children — living under fire in Syria. This week, we managed to get critical supplies into the town of Madaya as part of another inter-agency convoy.