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Cousins Fatima, 15, and Fatima, 8, stand before an animal skull outside Dubti in the Afar Region of Ethiopia. Their family's 30 head of cattle have died, and many of their camels and goats have also been lost.

While world attention is focused on the current crisis in Iraq, millions of children in other parts of the world live in dire circumstances. Children in southern African countries, the Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Afghanistan survive despite the risks posed by drought, disease, poverty and conflict.

For the future of these children, efforts must continue to bring education, immunization, health and protection to acceptable levels.

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An escalation of violence in Liberia’s ongoing civil war has dramatically worsened already dire conditions. Thousands of civilians, desperately seeking shelter from violence, have poured into Monrovia and its suburbs.

DR Congo
Alarmed by recent reports that thousands of women and girls are being brutally raped, mutilated and killed in the Ituri province of Eastern Congo, UNICEF says that all actors - political and military – must put an end to such acts.

The children of Iraq have been caught up in war for the third time in 20 years. Although a clear picture of the impact of the fighting on civilians has yet to emerge, UNICEF is deeply concerned by the deteriorating conditions facing children in the country.

Southern Africa
Southern Africa is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis unlike any other. As many as 14 million people, half of them children, are at risk of starvation in the six affected countries: Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Even though the war has subsided, the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is far from over. Millions of Afghans, at least half of them children, remain at high risk.




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