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Children on the move

What is UNICEF doing?

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Children receive psychosocial support at a UNICEF child-friendly space in Sa'ada, Yemen.


Read UNICEF's practical suggestions to keep children on the move safe.

Children make up half of the forcibly uprooted people in the world today – 30 million in all. They need protection. They need a home. They need to get their childhoods back.

UNICEF has a four-point plan to help them:

  • Refugee and migrant children must be protected against trafficking and exploitation and given the same access to services, including protection, health and education, as other children in the community.
  • Under no circumstances should children be locked up just because they are refugees or migrants, or sent back to their home countries if they face harm or death there.
  • Unaccompanied or separated children must be kept safe. Family reunification is often the best way to do this.
  • Safe and sustainable legal global pathways for migration must be established, and root causes of irregular migration, such as conflict, poverty and climate, must be addressed.

While Europe has been the destination for millions of asylum seekers in the past year, what is less well known is that a third of them are children.

UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces have already harbored more than 111,000 children in Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia to date. That’s half of the estimated number of children who have crossed the Balkans since September 2015. 

In the midst of chaos and confusion – new restrictions at borders, new documents needed –  the child-friendly spaces offer refugee and migrant children a safe space to play and be children again, mothers a private area to rest and feed their babies, and separated families a place to reunite.   

UNICEF’s position continues to evolve along with the crisis and the needs of children caught up in it – but we always start from the premise that children are children, regardless of their status.

UNICEF advocates for the international community to address the root causes of this huge movement of desperate children, and to pay attention to children’s needs. This includes providing the required humanitarian support in countries of origin as well as neighboring countries that host large numbers of refugees.

UNICEF is on the ground in these countries, providing humanitarian assistance, including delivering much-needed supplies and support in health; nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; education and child protection.

Read more about UNICEF's work to help refugee and migrant children:

Children in Aleppo return to school
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 8 February 2017 – After months of siege, heavy fighting and displacement, children in Aleppo returned to school as the second semester kicked off across Syria. 23 schools opened their doors to welcome 6,500 students from the eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo. UNICEF distributed schools bags, stationary and text books to all the children.

Working with children to build peace in Palestinian communities
EAST JERUSALEM, State of Palestine, 6 February 2017 – A change in one child can transform a family, and the transformation of enough families can remake society – that is the premise of a UNICEF-supported programme that seeks to alter the overwhelming climate of violence in which Palestinian children live.

Vouchers for winter clothes
TARTOUS and LATTAKIA, Syrian Arab Republic, 6 February 2017 – As temperatures drop, UNICEF continues the distribution of e-vouchers to vulnerable families. Similar to ATM cards, the vouchers are redeemable at selected shops for a full set of winter clothes for their children. UNICEF provides each selected shop with a mobile phone and a Bluetooth printer, which allows them to place the orders of beneficiaries, apply the transactions and update their database of available items.

Mobile learning facility for refugee children in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan, 5 February 2017 – Sa’adia, 19, lives in an impoverished area on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, where many Syrian refugee families have found shelter after fleeing the war at home. Resources are scarce and people are struggling to get by but Sa’adia is now able to attend a mobile learning facility for the host community and the Syrian refugee children, many of whom have been out of school for months if not years.

Water trucking after new cuts in Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 5 February 2017 – When the Kafsah main plant stopped functioning on 14 January 2017, water was cut in Aleppo yet again leaving an estimated 1.8 million people without access to running water. In response, UNICEF has increased its daily water trucking from six to eight million liters a day, reaching one million people including in newly accessible neighborhoods in Eastern #Aleppo, as well as in shelters and schools across the city.

New schools, new hope for children in Iraq
KURDISTAN REGION, Iraq, 29 January 2017 – In the last year UNICEF has helped build or complete construction of 37 schools in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, providing access to education for at least 35,000 children.

Journey of an emergency kit
ERBIL, Iraq, 29 January 2017 – Follow emergency supplies from the UNICEF Erbil warehouse to a displaced family from Mosul in Khazir Camp.

UNICEF helps 682,000 children access education in Iraq in 2016
Iraq, 29 January 2017 – In Iraq, nearly 3.5 million school-aged children attend school irregularly, or not at all. UNICEF is working with the government of Iraq to get children back to school. School helps keep children safe and protected from risks, including gender-based violence, recruitment into armed groups, child labour and early marriage.

UNICEF and UNHCR sign partnership to empower young refugees through SMS technology
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 23 January 2017 – The partnership will utilise U-Report PakAvaz, UNICEF’s flagship innovative mobile-based social monitoring tool, to empower young people and community residents and strengthen community development and citizens’ engagements, through SMS Technology. Pakistan continues to host approximately 1.3 million Afghan refugees, one of the largest protracted refugee situation in the world today.

New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict
NEW YORK, 31 January 2017 – A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners.

Schools in Syria rise from the rubble
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 31 January 2017 – In the past weeks, UNICEF has supported the re-opening of 23 primary schools in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, allowing nearly 6,500 children to return to school.

School helps children in eastern Ukraine cope with stress of armed conflict
DRUZHBA, Ukraine, 25 January 2017 – Armed conflict has impacted the lives of many children in eastern Ukraine. To help children better cope with the situation, one school has added mine education, how to seek shelter from shelling and psychological support to its more regular classes. 

Niger: water systems for displaced families
Niger, 26 January 2017 – Families who fled Boko Haram have a hard time getting clean water, with few water points, long lines and high costs. To help, UNICEF started trucking water into the camp, and is drilling new wells for a more long-term solution.

4.7 million children in vaccination campaign against measles in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 26 January 2017 – In a major vaccination campaign concluding this week, 4.7 million children are being vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign is covering the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. In 2016, there were approximately 25,000 cases of measles among children in Nigeria; 97 per cent of the cases were in children under the age of ten and at least a hundred children died.

“New clothes, new day, new hope”
HASANSHAM CAMP, Iraq, 25 January 2016 – Families who recently fled Mosul receive vouchers from UNICEF to purchase winter clothing for their children.

Joint EU-UNICEF project to help more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children in Greece
BRUSSELS/ATHENS, 25 January 2017 – A new joint action between UNICEF and the European Union will support more than 6,000 refugee and migrant children, including unaccompanied minors, across Greece.

Displaced Iraqis work to ensure water and sanitation services in Daquq
DAQUQ, Iraq, 24 January 2017 – Water and Sanitation Service Centre number 16 (WSC 16), an initiative of UNICEF Iraq, opened in Daquq camp last November. Like the 15 other Water and Sanitation Service Centres in Iraq, WSC 16 is staffed from amongst the displaced.

UNICEF water trucking in Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 17 January 2017 – 5.5 million people including 2 million children have been cut off from running water for over three weeks.
UNICEF rehabilitated 120 wells which now cover one third of daily water need

Schools flourish in Debaga displacement camp
DEBAGA CAMP, Iraq, 17 January 2017 – With generous support from People of Japan, UNICEF built three new schools in Debaga Camp, helping more than 3,300 displaced children get back to learning.

Determination in the face of conflict: Manar’s story
HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic, 16 January 2017 – After conflict displaced Manar and disrupted her education, courses at a UNICEF-supported centre allowed her to keep learning until she was able to re-enrol in school.

Providing clean and safe water to families displaced in Yambio
YAMBIO, South Sudan, 16 January 2017 – With partners, UNICEF is providing clean and safe water to families displaced by conflict.

2016 in review: UNICEF’s impact in five of the most dangerous crises
12 January 2016 – 2016 was a year of challenges and upheaval across the globe. The ongoing migration and refugee crisis has uprooted nearly 50 million children worldwide, leaving them vulnerable to violence and exploitation. Conflict and natural hazards continue to take a toll on children, with nearly 1 in 4 living in areas affected by crisis. UNICEF’s work in 2016 spanned all regions, across all sectors of international development and disaster relief. See what has been accomplished for children living in five of the world’s most complex and dangerous crises.

“Now they will learn and become something”
ERBIL, Iraq, 12 January 2017 – UNICEF estimates that about 64,000 Syrian children in Iraq have had their education disrupted. UNICEF partner INTERSOS equipped a van and two tents with supplies and teachers in two locations in Erbil. Both mobile schools operated in two daily shifts, with teachers hired from the community, and aimed to bridge the gaps for children who’ve been out of school for a long time. After two months in the mobile school the children were ready for a formal classroom, and INTERSOS helped them to register at Bader Khan School in Shawis.

UNICEF continues emergency response to water cuts in Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 12 January 2017 – UNICEF has provided generator sets and is delivering 15,000 liters of fuel daily to increase water pumping capacity, and is trucking water to 84 priority schools in Damascus and Rural Damascus.

MADAD in a minute: Helping to protect the #ChildrenOfSyria
Syrian Arab Republic, 11 January 2017 – UNICEF Ambassador Liam Neeson on how UNICEF and the Madad Fund are helping to protect the children of Syria.

5 questions with Paul Molinaro, Regional Chief of Supply
10 January 2017 – We asked five questions to go beneath the surface and learn more about the UNICEF mandate, one of the most critical areas of its focus and the people working behind it.

Syrian refugees earn a living and support education
DARASHAKRAN CAMP, Iraq, 10 January 2017 – Ramsia and her husband and four children left Syria more than three years ago, and as refugees they have struggled because of lack of money. Since Ramsia undertook a sewing training programme, she got a job in a factory in the camp where she makes school uniforms for Syrian refugee children. The programme has trained 140 women and men to make 18,000 uniforms for Syrian children in camps and host communities in Erbil and Sulimaniyah.

Syrian refugees earn a living helping others
DARASHAKRAN CAMP, Iraq, 10 January 2017 – In an innovative programme in Iraq, 140 Syrian refugees in Darashakran camp are employed making 18,000 school uniforms for Syrian children in Erbil and Sulimaniyah.

UNICEF’s regular delivery of supplies across the region
10 January 2017 – Regional chief of supplies and logistics, Paul Molinaro, talks about the supplies being delivered by UNICEF in the region.

Education for vulnerable children in Iraq
Iraq, 9 January 2017 – In Dohuk, UNICEF recently supported the renovation of three schools in camps for displaced families, benefitting more than 2,200 students, and helped train 160 teachers in Science, Math and English. In Kirkuk, UNICEF is building a 12-classroom prefabricated school in Daquq Camp and has helped rehabilitate seven tented schools for displaced students in other camp schools in Kirkuk.

UNICEF takes part in inter-agency humanitarian convoy to Moadamiyeh, Rural Damascus
MOADAMIYEH, Syrian Arab Republic, 9 January 2017 – UNICEF delivered winter clothes, blankets, medicine, nutrition supplements and education materials for 4,000 children in the besieged area.

UNICEF steps up water trucking in eastern Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq, 8 January 2017 – As the conflict continues and water sources within the city dwindle, UNICEF is increasing water trucking and rebuilding water infrastructure in and around Mosul.

LEGO play materials for children in Iraq
NAJAF, Iraq, 8 January 2017 – With a generous donation from the LEGO Foundation, UNICEF has distributed 4,800 boxes of LEGO play materials to schools and child-friendly spaces around Iraq.

Vaccinating children against polio in Iraq
Iraq, 8 January 2017 – Last month UNICEF supported an emergency vaccination campaign to protect vulnerable children in Iraq from polio, reaching more than 659,000 children in Ninewa, Anbar, Kirkuk and Salah Al-Din, and new displacement camps in Erbil and Duhok. The campaign also vaccinated more than 510,000 children against measles and rubella.

E-vouchers for winter clothes in northeastern Syria
QAMISHLI, Syrian Arab Republic, 8 January 2017 – UNICEF started the distribution of e-vouchers to the most vulnerable families to buy winter clothes for their children. Similar to ATM cards, they can be used at a network of 31 stores in Syria to buy a full set of children’s clothes for winter, including a jacket, a woolen sweater, a thermal outfit, warm winter trousers, woolen hat, scarf, gloves, socks and a pair of winter boots.

Emergency response to water cuts in Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 5 January 2017 – At least 4 million people have lost access to water since 22 December due to fighting in the Wadi Barada area, where much of the city's water supply originates. UNICEF has rehabilitated and equipped 120 wells in and around Damascus that cover about one-third of daily water needs in the city. Since 22 December, those wells have been the sole source of water for the entire city of Damascus.

New classroom for displaced children in Daquq Camp
KIRKUK, Iraq, 5 January 2017 – With generous contributions from UNICEF UK supporters, a new 12-classroom prefabricated school is under construction in Kirkuk’s Daquq Camp. When complete, more than 1,000 displaced children will have access to education.

LEGO bricks help Iraqi children build dreams
TIKRIT, Iraq, 27 December 2017 – In Al Qadissya compound, which is hosting families who fled conflict in Hawiga, children at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space play with donated LEGO bricks – giving them a chance to play and a way to express their feelings and thoughts.

Rebuilding young lives shattered by conflict in Iraq
Iraq, 4 January 2017 – A UNICEF-supported youth centre helps boys like Ahmed, a displaced orphan living in a camp in northern Iraq, recover from the devastating experience of being caught up in conflict.

Getting clean water in Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 29 December 2016 – Since the fighting has damaged most of the water infrastructure in the city, families rely on 600,000 litres of water trucked with support from UNICEF each day. UNICEF and partners are also repairing two main water network pipelines that will serve Aleppo.

UNICEF aims to reach nearly 800,000 children across Syria
Syrian Arab Republic, 28 December 2016 – This winter, UNICEF is aiming to reach nearly 800,000 children across Syria with winter clothing kits, thermal blankets, vouchers for warm clothes, school heating and a basic package of life-saving supplies for the most vulnerable children, including those in besieged areas.

After years of conflict, schools reopen and hope returns to Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq, 27 December 2016 – UNICEF Iraq’s Chief of Communications recently visited schools in Fallujah. With a generous contribution from the Government of Japan, UNICEF is rehabilitating a number of schools in the city, including the five featured in this story.

“School has become a second home to us”
Iraq, 26 December 2016 – Mohammed found safety in a camp in northern Iraq, and "a second home" at the UNICEF-supported school.

Creative solutions to restore critical services in Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq, 21 December 2016 – UNICEF seeks creative solutions to bring safe water and other critical services to children and families in newly retaken parts of Mosul, Iraq.

Mine risk education campaign in Ukraine awarded Gold Effie 2016
KYIV, Ukraine, 21 December 2016 - The situation in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine poses significant humanitarian risks to children and their families. UNICEF is working on educating children about safe behaviour with mines and unexploded ordnance.

Warm for winter: children in Kawergosk camp receive clothes and boots
KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq, 19 December 2016 – As temperatures drop in Iraq, more than 4,000 Syrian refugee children in Kawergosk camp have received clothes, boots, hats and scarves, part of a much larger campaign to reach 300,000 children with winter supplies.

Keeping children warm for winter in Iraq
Iraq, 19 December 2016 – As temperatures drop across Iraq, UNICEF is undertaking a $US 11 million ‘winterization’ campaign to protect vulnerable displaced and refugee children from the cold. So far 38,000 children have received winter kits in Sulymaniyah, Ninewa, Erbil and Dohuk governorates. In addition, 400 pregnant mothers recieved infant clothing to ensure that babies are born in the middle of the winter are protected from the elements.

Largest aid distribution reaches Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq, 16 December 2016 – UNICEF, WFP and UNFPA distribute 7,000 emergency kits to vulnerable families in eastern Mosul.

School is in session in Qaymawa camp
QAYMAWA CAMP, Iraq, 14 December 2016 – “When we came to the camp we didn’t expect to see schools and to have recreation activities. School is nice.” 1,025 girls and boys, who’ve recently fled conflict in Mosul, have enrolled and are eager to get on with their studies.

Children design the school of their dreams in the Gaza Strip
GAZA, State of Palestine, 14 December 2016 – Across the Gaza Strip, many classrooms have been damaged or destroyed in conflict, leaving children unprotected from the elements and without the tools they need to excel. Learn how UNICEF is working with students to design the school of their dreams.

Providing hope after conflict in Iraq
Iraq, 14 December 2016 – Linda works at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space where children who've fled conflict in Iraq can begin to recover, play, and just be children again. "I know I can't rebuild the houses of these children. But what I can do is... help remind them that life goes on."

Vital aid reaches Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq, 13 December 2016 – In the single largest aid distribution to date, UNICEF, WFP & UNFPA deliver 7,000 emergency kits to 42,000 people in recently retaken areas of eastern Mosul.

UN provides vital food and aid to 42,000 people in eastern Mosul
BAGHDAD, 9 December 2016 – In the single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul since the current conflict began, the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people in eastern Mosul. For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions have allowed humanitarian agencies to reach families living in the suburbs of eastern Mosul, many of whom are in desperate need of assistance.

Winter supplies for refugees in Iraq
KAWERGOSK REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, 5 December 2016 – UNICEF distributed warm winter clothing to children on Sinjar Mountain and in Kawergosk Refugee Camp last week. This winter UNICEF aims to provide 300,000 children across Iraq with warm clothing and thermal blankets.

Emergency supplies reach Nimrud
NIMRUD, Iraq, 4 December 2016 – UNICEF, WFP and UNFPA deliver supplies to families in the ancient Iraqi city of Nimrud.

UNICEF assistance to displaced children and families in eastern Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 December 2016 – UNICEF is providing immediate assistance to children and their families who are displaced, including access to safe water and sanitation, healthcare, and psychosocial support to help children cope and to recover from the horrors they have lived through.

Leveraging the potential of youth in Azraq Camp, Jordan
AZRAQ CAMP, Jordan, 29 November 2016 – Over 40 young refugees gathered at Relief International’s new Makani Centre in Azraq Village 5 for an Innovation Open Day, which also marked the launch of Azraq’s first innovation lab. Participants got an overview of social innovation and a chance to be selected to attend an innovation bootcamp.

Jordan continues expanding its school system to provide education for every child
AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, 29 November 2016 – Three new schools were opened for Syrian children in Azraq refugee camp, currently home to over 35,000 Syrians, including close to 13,000 children of school age.
A passionate voice for Syrian children
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 28 November 2016 – A UNICEF Communication Officer and Aleppo native reflects on the challenges and horrors of living in her war-torn city, and the ways people cope.

No fear of snow
SJENICA, Serbia, 25 November 2016 – As winter approaches, UNICEF is providing shoes and clothing to refugee and migrant children in Serbia.

Schools rise from the rubble in Anbar
ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq, 22 November 2016 – UNICEF Representative in Iraq Peter Hawkins recently visited schools in Anbar province. As tens of thousands of families return to Anbar, UNICEF is rehabilitating 100 schools and in August launched a ‘Back to School’ campaign to reach about 70,000 girls, boys and families to encourage enrollment.

Modu’s big dreams: Back to school in north-east Nigeria
MONGUNO, Nigeria, 17 November 2016 – After fleeing Boko Haram violence several months ago, Modu is finally returning to his hometown with his family. Like many other children in the region, he is happy to be back in school and working hard for a better future.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director's Visit to a Mobile Health Clinic at the Jordanian-Syrian Border
RUKBAN, Jordan, 17 November 2016 – Children stranded in between the Jordanian-Syrian borders had no access to health care. UNICEF has prepared a mobile health clinic to provide needed care with efforts to establish a bigger clinic in the coming few weeks.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director’s Visit to the Jordanian-Syrian border
RUKBAN, Jordan, 17 November 2016 – 40,000 children are stranded between the Jordanian-Syrian borders with the need of drinkable water to be transported in daily. UNICEF borehole digger is trying to drill down 600 meters to provide them with water.

Welcoming families fleeing Mosul
Iraq, 15 November 2016 – UNICEF Representative in Iraq Peter Hawkins explains how we provide assistance to families arriving in reception centres after fleeing Mosul.

First UNICEF-led interagency aid convoy reaches Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq, 15 November 2016 – As the operation to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul continues, children and families inside the city need aid and support. UNICEF worked with the World Food Programme and the United Nations Population Fund to bring basic supplies to families living in the retaken areas.

UNICEF leads convoy into Mosul city with emergency supplies for 15,000 children
BAGHDAD Iraq, 15 November 2016 — A UNICEF-led multi-agency humanitarian convoy was on Sunday the first to enter the Iraqi city of Mosul together with WFP and UNFPA.

Learning as solace and safety
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 12 November 2016 – With the assistance of UNICEF and partners, over 88,000 children have access to safe learning spaces in north-east Nigeria and almost 155,000 children have been reached with learning materials. Yusuf Ismail oulines his experience helping children and teachers learn in an IDP camp school.

Small Grants initiative brings new ideas to life in eastern Ukraine
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine, 9 November 2016 – In eastern Ukraine, children and teenagers have big ideas about how to improve their communities. Now they have the means to do so. A new Small Grants initiative is funding projects dreamed up by young people, with an emphasis on including those who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict.

Bringing Sabah back to school
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 November 2016 – A community outreach volunteer talks about Syrian children’s determination to get back to school despite the violence that threatens their lives.

Protecting children from violations and abuse in Gaza
GAZA, State of Palestine, 21 October 2016 – After being forced to work at a young age and living through years of conflict in Gaza, Ahmad suffers from emotional and psychological distress. With the assistance of UNICEF-supported family centres, he’s finally getting the help he needs to begin recovering.

What’s happening in Mosul and how is UNICEF helping?
18 October 2016 – UNICEF is extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children and their families caught up in the fighting to retake the city of Mosul and surrounding areas. UNICEF has water and hygiene supplies prepositioned for over 150,000 people, mobile teams are on standby to care for the most critical cases of mental and physical trauma among the children, and teams are also ready to start a vaccination campaign.

Mobile family center supports displaced children
GAZA, State of Palestine, 16 October 2016 – UNICEF is providing psychosocial support and child protection services for vulnerable Palestinian children through a network of 28 community-level family centers, some mobile, across the Gaza Strip. The center in Beit Hanoun, housed under a tent, was established close to families who have lived in caravans since their houses were destroyed in the 2014 hostilities, two years ago.

Massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children in Nigeria and region to contain polio outbreak
DAKAR, Senegal, 11 October 2016 – A major health campaign is underway in the Lake Chad Basin area to vaccinate over 41 million children against polio to contain the recent outbreak of the disease in north-east Nigeria.

Showers and toilets for refugees in Kirkuk, Iraq
DAQUQ, Kirkuk, Iraq, 29 September 2016 – With generous support from Germany's Bank for Reconstruction (KfW), UNICEF is setting up water and sanitation services in a new camp under construction in Daquq, Kirkuk. In addition to building showers and toilets, UNICEF is overseeing teams drilling boreholes in order to provide safe water to residents of the camp when they arrive. When complete, the camp will provide shelter for 1,600 families, or about 9,600 individuals.

UNICEF more than doubles its funding appeal to provide life-saving assistance for children in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – UNICEF has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country. 

Humanitarian supplies for Moadamiyeh
MOADAMIYEH, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 September 2016 – UNICEF delivered nutrition and some health and hygiene supplies for an estimated 7,000 people in the besieged community of Moadamiyeh yesterday, as part of a joint UN-interagency humanitarian convoy.

Aleppo: Bringing health and nutrition to threatened children
ALEPPO, Syria, 19 September 2016 – A UNICEF nutritionist in Aleppo talks about her work to help vulnerable children in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

Mobile school brings refugees new hope
KAWA, Iraq, 18 September 2016 – A mobile school provides learning opportunities for out of school children in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

A healthy start for babies born in displacement camps in Iraq
DEBAGA CAMP, Iraq, 15 September 2016 – Find out how three health volunteers are making sure babies born in Debaga camp, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, have a healthy start in life.

This month at the Erbil Portal
HARSHAM CAMP, Iraq, 14 September 2016 – Activities at the portal have included saxophone and oud sessions, hip hop classes, interactive opera and more, connecting young Iraqis with visitors at UN headquarters in New York City.

A new day in Qayyarah, Iraq
QAYYARAH, Iraq, 13 September 2016 – A UNICEF security mission to Qayyarah reveals traumatized children and a water and sanitation emergency: oil contaminates the town’s drinking water source.

UNICEF supporting children affected by floods in DPR Korea
HOERYONG CITY, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 13 September 2016 – In the north of DPR Korea, severe flooding triggered by Typhoon Lionrock has displaced over 100,000 people and destroyed homes, schools, hospitals and other critical infrastructure. The impact has been devastating and UNICEF is urgently working to help those most in need.

Planning for the worst, hoping for the best
KHANKE CAMP, Iraq, 11 September 2016 – As momentum builds to retake the city of Mosul, UNICEF’s Supply and Logistics team prepare to respond.

UNICEF Colombia receives first group of children released from FARC-EP ranks
BOGOTA, 10 September 2016 – FARC-EP, Colombia's largest armed group,  released today eight children from its ranks and handed them over to UNICEF in a temporary reception centre.

UNICEF-backed mobile teams supported children uprooted by violence in Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria, 9 september 2016 – After more than 35,000 people fled their homes in the al-Hamadaniyah neighbourhood of Aleppo in response to escalated fighting, UNICEF and partners established 29 mobile teams to provide psychosocial support and opportunities to play and learn to help displaced children cope.

UNICEF scales up assistance for families returning from al-Hasakeh
HASAKEH, Syria, 8 September 2016 –As displaced families have started to return to their homes in al-Hasakeh, following the halt of recent fighting. UNICEF with our partners have scaled up assistance, with two UNICEF-supported health centres and two mobile health teams working to provide children and women with health care.

For South Sudan’s children, it’s all about the future
RUBKONA TOWN, South Sudan, 7 September 2016 – Displaced children in South Sudan rise early and walk far to school. They’ve seen terrible things, but they are eager to learn.

Why research should be a priority in the global response to the child migration crisis
FLORENCE, Italy, 5 September 2016  – UNICEF Innocenti has devoted the latest edition of Research Watch to children on the move. Rayyan Sabet-Parry, Consultant at UNICEF Innocenti, spoke to Bina D’Costa, a contributor to the new Research Watch portal and soon to join UNICEF Innocenti as a migration specialist.

Life hanging by a thread
BANKI, Nigeria, 3 September 2016 – UNICEF and partners race against time to assist 244,000 malnourished children in northeast Nigeria.

Sheltering amid destruction in Haji Ali
HAJI ALI, Iraq, 2 September 2016 – UNICEF brings lifesaving supplies to displaced Iraqis sheltering in the ruins of Haji Ali, a village in the Mosul corridor.
Life returns to parts of conflict-ridden Borno
GWOZA/KONDUGA, Borno, Nigeria, 30 August 2016 – With previously inaccessible areas across north-east Nigeria opening up, an additional 750,000 people can now be reached. UNICEF is providing critical health and nutrition services to save lives, as well as education and child protection support to help children recover from the horrors they have lived through.

UNICEF delivers assistance to rural Homs and Damascus
Syria, 31 August 2016 – UNICEF delivered much needed assistance to children and families in rural Homs and rural Damascus as part of two joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent emergency humanitarian convoys.

Saving lives: Delivering humanitarian assistance to rural Homs
HOMS, Syria, 31 August 2016 – A UNICEF convoy heads to al-Rastan, 25 kilometres north of the central Syrian city of Homs, to deliver humanitarian assistance to the area for the first time in 16 months.

“This really changed my life”
Iraq, 31 August 2016 – Displaced children in Iraq are able to resume their education thanks to UNICEF-supported schools like Amerli School in Missan Governorate and Al-Jawhari School in Muthanna Governorate.

UNICEF supports children returnees to Al-Hasakeh after ceasefire
AL-HASAKEH, Syria, 31 August 2016 – More than 63,000 people who had been displaced into neighbouring towns and cities returned to their homes in al-Hasakeh, following the halt of recent fighting in the eastern governorate of al-Hasakeh.

Refugee educators keep up with the latest teaching methods
BASIRMA CAMP, Iraq, 30 August 2016 – Tafra and her family have lived in Basirma refugee camp for 3 years, since they fled Syria. She is a teacher at the camp school, and is proud of what they have achieved, with UNICEF support.

Improving camp life through better design
QORATU CAMP, Iraq, 28 August 2016 – Families in Qoratu camp are part of an international project to improve on the jerry can, one of the most vital of all humanitarian supplies. UNICEF’s Supply Division is field-testing a new design that is lighter, more durable, and easier to carry.

Empowering the new generation of innovators in Jordan
ZARQ’A, Jordan, 23 August 2016 – Mo’atesem is a 15-year-old boy, displaced from Syria and now lives in Jordan. He has been out of school since he was 9, although he has been attending the UNICEF-funded Makani Centre in Zarq’a. Mo’atesem is a maker. Learning from videos on YouTube, he has taken old electronic objects and created handheld fans, a recycling machine, and a milk foamer. He wants his next invention to be a planter.

UNICEF and partners secure safe drinking water for children and families in Hama, central Syria
AL-SALAMIYA, Syrian Arab Republic, 24 August 2016 – More than 150,000 people living here have limited access to safe drinking water. UNICEF has worked with local partners to support alternative water sources.

Assistance to displaced families in northeastern Syria
HASSAKEH CITY, Syrian Arab Republic, 25 August 2016 – As the situation here continues to deteriorate following escalated fighting, an estimated 63,000 people have fled to neighbouring towns and villages, living mostly in informal shelthers and with relatives. UNICEF and partners are providing hygiene supplies, health care and psychosocial support services.

A close shave
BAMA, Nigeria, 23 August 2016 – UNICEF worker Gerida Birukila reflects on the 28 July attack on a humanitarian convoy in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria.

Keeping water flowing in Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 22 August 2016 – Maher Ghafari, who leads UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene work in Aleppo, answers questions about what it’s like to work there.

UNICEF provides lifesaving assistance to newly displaced children
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 22 August 2016 – Around 100,000 children have been trapped in the eastern part of Aleppo since July as the fighting intensifies. Heavy fighting in densely populated areas in the west of the city has forced the displacement of around 35,000 people, half of them children. Families are sheltering in relief centres as well as mosques, university campuses and public gardens.

What is life like as a UNICEF field worker?
19 August 2016 – Ahmad Al Rashid, who worked for UNICEF in Iraq helping refugees and internally displaced families, talks about what it was like being a humanitarian worker, and why he finally had to leave the country and make the dangerous journey to Europe.

Support for displaced children in northern Cameroon
Cameroon, 19 August 2016 – The conflict with Boko Haram has displaced more than 240,000 people in the far north of Cameroon. 60% are children, who risk being separated from their families and kept out of school, suffer from hunger and disease, and sometimes are used to carry bombs. UNICEF and its partners are providing nutrition support, psychosocial support and education.

Humanitarian workers in South Sudan
South Sudan, 19 August 2016 – Despite the tremendous challenges in South Sudan, UNICEF staff have remained committed to the children and women of the world’s youngest country, delivering assistance to the most vulnerable in the hardest to reach areas.

A race against time to stop the spread of polio in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 17 August 2016 – Last week, two cases of wild poliovirus were found in conflict-affected areas of north-east Nigeria – the first cases in two years. An emergency immunization campaign is now being carried out reach five million children in Borno and three surrounding states.

European Union and UNICEF scale up child protection and winter support for refugee children in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey, 15 August 2016 – The European Commission has committed €8 million to enable UNICEF to scale up its humanitarian response for refugees in Turkey. The action aims to directly reach more than 140,000 children and adolescents.

UN agencies deliver urgent relief to people stranded at Syria-Jordan border
AMMAN, 4 August 2016 – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items.

UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor visits refugee and displaced children on Iraq frontline
LONDON/ERBIL, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. Tens of thousands of children have been killed, injured, separated from their parents, forced to work, tortured and recruited into fighting.

Continued partnership between EU and UNICEF helps newly displaced families in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq, 31 July 2016 – UNICEF Iraq has received new funding from the EU to support humanitarian aid initatives that will provide basic life-saving supplies, safe water and sanitation, and expanded health services to tens of thousands of displaced families through 2017.

Supporting the health of children who’ve escaped conflict
NAZRAWA CAMP, Iraq, 24 July 2016 – UNICEF-supported primary health care clinic in the camp provides services including growth monitoring and nutrition supplementation for children, and vaccines against measles, polio and other diseases. Health teams go door to door to ensure that children are healthy and immunized.

Supporting children distressed by fighting in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 21 July 2016 – Children who experienced violent clashes in Juba, South Sudan earlier this month are anxious and afraid. Many require psychological support to help reduce the risk of further distress and disruptions to their well-being.

UK support gives children a comfortable environment to play and learn
QORATU CAMP, Iraq, 21 July 2016 – When children like Yousef, 6, uprooted by conflict in Anbar Governorate, visit the camp’s UNICEF-supported child-friendly space, they get a chance to play, make art, watch cartoons, and receive counselling to help them cope with the terrible things many have gone through. Housed in tents until recently, the space is now located in caravans that provide better shelter from extreme temperatures, thanks to a contribution from the United Kingdom.

Syrian women promote hygiene practices at shelter for displaced families
HOMS, Syria, 19 July 2016 – Many homes in the Zarzouriya shelter are headed by women. After installing running water and toilets in each apartment, UNICEF and partners, supported by the government of Canada, trained women volunteers to spread the word about proper hygiene practices, using techniques like songs and theater to make handwashing to brushing teeth fun. Now, says volunteer and mother of six Um Waseem, “Children are generally healthier.”

UNICEF providing urgent aid for families displaced by South Sudan fighting
JUBA, South Sudan, 13 July 2016 – UNICEF and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend’s heavy fighting in Juba

In South Sudan, children uprooted by recent violence receive measles vaccination
WAU, South Sudan, 2 July 2016 – UNICEF is launching today an urgent measles immunization campaign to protect 13,000 children displaced by fighting in the city of Wau, South Sudan.

Helping an Afghan girl hold onto childhood
TABANOVCE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 27 June 2016 – A Child-Friendly Space set up by UNICEF at the Tabanovce refugee and migrant transit center provides opportunities for children to learn and play – restoring a much-needed sense of normalcy to uprooted children like 12-year-old Samira, en route from Afghanistan with her family.

Update on UNICEF response to humanitarian situation of displaced persons in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 23 June 2016 – UNICEF has been working with partners in Bama, Borno State, since March 2016, providing health, nutrition and water and sanitation support in a camp housing 25,000 people displaced by the conflict, including 15,000 children.

UNICEF and WFP respond to needs of drought-affected people in Somaliland and Puntland
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 April 2016 – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.

In North Darfur, Child Friendly Spaces bring happiness and stability in the shadow of conflict
ZAMZAM CAMP, North Darfur, Sudan, 05 July 2016 – Since conflict forced Ahmed, 16, to flee his village in Jabal Marra, central Darfur, he regularly visits the Um Gaibo Child Friendly Space at Zamzam camp. There, he can play football with friends and get the support he needs to rebuild a more stable life with his family.

Cash assistance helps Syrian children in Iraq catch up on education
ERBIL, Iraq, 27 June 2016 – Isra and her family have been displaced twice – first from their home in Damascus, then from the Syrian town of Hasakah. Now settled in a village on the outskirts of Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, she is restarting her education at a local school, with the help of a UNICEF-supported cash grant programme.

UNICEF steps up response to the migration crisis in Greece
ATHENS/GENEVA, 31 May 2016 – Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitarian and longer-term needs of more than 22,000 children are growing.

UNICEF and Government of Italy agree on ways to help refugee and migrant children
ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.

UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.



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