Child protection

ECHO funding helps UNICEF provide reintegration service to 900 former child soldiers - In 2016, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) supported UNICEF to provide reintegration assistance to over 900 former child soldiers.


Where would you go to seek solace? - “My heart started drawing from within, to illustrate for people, my path and the dangerous and horrible things that happened to us...”, says Mohammad from Syria who paints for children in an EU-UNICEF child-friendly space in FYR Macedonia.


Refugees learn to sew in Darashakran camp - An innovative programme provides Syrian refugees with a source of income and ensures Iraqi and Syrian children get new school uniforms.


UNICEF Jordan Cash Assistance Grant - The UNICEF Jordan Cash Assistance programme provides cash support to the most vulnerable Syrian refugee families with children living in host communities.


Dreaming big after being a child soldier - "I don't think small children should be soldiers." 12-year-old Simon was recently released by an armed group in South Sudan. He is now back in his childhood home of Pibor and dreams of becoming a pilot. Read more >>


Winterization Programme in Jordan - UNICEF, with support from partners, such as the EU, is reaching over 150,000 of the most vulnerable children in Jordan during the 2015-2016 winter.


Helping Refugees and Migrants Weather the Balkan Winter - UNICEF and the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) help children making their way through Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Read more >>


The story of 8-year-old Yassir Hissein, returnee from CAR in Chad - "I was playing with my grandfather in front of my house when a group of armed man arrived." Read more >>


A mother flees in search of safety, again – this time in Chad
A migrant, a refugee and now a returnee to her native Chad, a mother fleeing violence with her children is still unable to return home. More >


Occupied Palestinian Territory - Protecting childhood
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and UNICEF have helped children and families cope with violence.  Read more »


Gender-based violence in Emergencies:

Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action -  Implementation Strategy Executive Summary & Key Questions Answered


  • ECHO funding helps UNICEF to support over 900 former child soldiers

  • Where would you go to seek solace?

  • Refugees learn to sew in Darashakran camp

  • UNICEF Jordan Cash Assistance Grant

  • Dreaming big after being a child soldier | UNICEF

  • Winterization programme in Jordan

  • Helping Refugees and Migrants Weather the Balkan Winter

  • The story of 8-year-old Yassir Hissein, returnee from CAR in Chad

  • A mother flees in search of safety, again – this time in Chad

  • Occupied Palestinian Territory - Protecting childhood

  • UNICEF & ECHO: Partners for children


Cash transfers for displaced persons in South-Kivu

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 24 January 2018 - Three months after fleeing from her village on the high plateaus of Uvira, in the east of DRC, Prisca (17), emotionally retells the events that changed her life dramatically. >>

Fairs for essential household items put the smiles back on displaced families’ faces

BITONGI, Democratic Republic of Congo, 22 June 2017 - Masika Louise (49 years) was back to smiling during the fair for essential household items organized by UNICEF and the Norwegian Refugee Council, part of the Rapid Response to Population Movement mechanism (RRMP). >>

Essential household items fair to preserve human dignity

MOKOTO/North Kivo, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 2017 - The Rapid Response to Population Movement (RRMP) is a mechanism to rapidly respond to the complex crisis in eastern DRC. Find out more on how RRMP helps displaced families >>

During the cold winter months, debit cards bring warmth to the most vulnerable Syrian children

KILIS, Turkey, 5 April 2017 - Read Rania' story, mother of five and a Syrian refugee in Turkey, who can now procure essential family items thanks to a UNICEF pre-loaded debit card. This allows her and other families to prioritize their own shopping in 20 pre-selected stores. >>

Never look back: former child soldiers crafting new lives

Southern Somalia, 12 February 2017 - In Somalia, UNICEF and the EU are providing education and vocational training opportunities to help former child soldiers to find their way back to a normal life. Read more >>

A young boy with disabilities finds hope and help

ADANA, Turkey, 3 February 2017 - Thanks to the Child and Family Support Centre, Murat, 9, who has down syndrome can now attend special school twice a week. The centre provides help and services to vulnerable refugee children, youth and their families. Read more >>

“One day, everything will return to normal”

KIRKUK, Iraq, 31 January 2017 - Learn how UNICEF and partners support children from displaced families in Kirkuk, by offering psychological support. Read more >>

“New clothes, new day, new hope”

HASANSHAM, Iraq, 25 January 2017 - Muhammad and his children were among the first in line. Earlier in the week he received vouchers from UNICEF to purchase winter clothing for his six young children.Find out more about UNICEF's innovative e-voucher-based winter clothing distribution. Read more >>

Emergency cash assistance saves a family from collapse

ANKARA, Turkey, 19 December 2016 - Hene Cezmi’s world was crumbling around her. Her landlord had told her she had to move out of her Istanbul apartment with her four young children. The 34-year-old Syrian refugee mother panicked. Read more >>

A healthy start for babies born in displacement camps in Iraq

DEBAGA CAMP, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, 16 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. Read more >>

Outreach Teams Bring Hope To The Most Vulnerable

IZMIR, Turkey, 27 July 2016 – At the UNICEF Child Protection Support Centre (CPSC), outreach teams visit Syrian and other refugee families in the city’s most underserved neighbourhoods. Read more >>

Cash Assistance Can Put a Smile Back on a Child's Face

IZMIR, Turkey, 27 July 2016 - All smiles are invaluable, but some are to be especially cherished. Like the one blossoming on 8 year old Mahmoud’s face. Read more >>

Cash Assitance For Starting a New Life

IZMIR, Turkey, 26 July 2016 – His eyes beaming with pride, Osman tells us his children are doing very well at school even though the family had to start a new life far from home. Read more >>

Cash Assistance To Let Talent Speak Up

ANKARA, Turkey, 25 July 2016 – UNICEF’s Child Protection Support Centre in Ankara’s Altındağ neighbourhood is often the scene of drum beats and melodies with a merry pace. Read more >>

“Just because we’re refugees doesn’t mean we can’t work.”

Iraq, 19 June 2016 - An innovative programme is underway in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where about 300 women and men — many of them Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis — are learning new skills while at the same time supporting their communities. Read more >>

Keeping Iraqi children warm – and learning

MIDHATIYA, Iraq, 16 June 2016 - Thanks to funding from the EU, UNICEF's 'Warm for Winter' campaign reached the most vulnerable across Iraq with winter kits to protect them from the extreme cold. Read more >>

Reaching vulnerable families with emergency supplies in Anbar

ANBAR, Iraq, 22 March 2016 - Amid ongoing violence and displacement in Anbar Governorate, UNICEF continues to meet emergency needs of vulnerable children in dangerous situations. Read more >>

Providing winter clothes to displaced children from Anbar

Iraq, 25 February 2016 - This season UNICEF ad ECHO facilitated the distribution of 645,000 winter clothing kits to vulnerable children and pregnant mothers around the country. Read more >>

Long journey to Europe: a father’s perspective

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 15 February 2016 - Noala Skinner, Director of the UNICEF Brussels office travelled to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and describes how the EU/UNICEF partnership is making a difference for refugee children. Read more >>

Giving up guns to tend goats gives children hope in South Sudan

PIBOR, South Sudan, 11 February 2016 - When Simon returns to his family after an arduous time among an armed group, two young goats will help him along his path to recovery, and to realizing his dreams. Read more >>

ECHO and UNICEF keep Iraqi children warm - and learning

Iraq, 5 February 2016 - In the last two years 3.3 million Iraqis have been forced by conflict to flee their homes. Ten million Iraqis - nearly one third of the population - need urgent humanitarian assistance. Ethar Radhi is an Emergency Officer at UNICEF Iraq. She spoke with Chris Niles, UNICEF Iraq. Read more >>

A moment for children to be children

PRESEVO, Serbia, 28 January 2016 - As the proportion of child refugees arriving into Europe increases, providing opportunities for children to be children again, is more important than ever. UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director, Yoka Brand's visit to Serbia emphasized just how important. Read more >>

Helping refugees and migrants weather the Balkan winter

SID, Serbia, 2 December 2015 - As temperatures drop and families continue to arrive in Europe in search of safety and a better life, UNICEF and its partners are working urgently to provide support to the youngest travellers. Read more >>

Ukraine: Overcoming fear and trauma

Luhansk, Donetsk, Ukraine, 17 November 2015 - The European Commission is supporting UNICEF to assist children in need of psycho-social support, caused by witnessing the war in parts of the Ukraine and to help them to recover a sense of normalcy in their lives. Read more >>

Help in hard times for Syrian refugees

AMMAN, Jordan, 15 October 2015 - In Jordan, the European Commission supports a child cash grant programme, run by UNICEF, which is helping many families to avoid having to make some very difficult choices. Read more >>

Off the map – reaching the hardest to reach in Central African Republic

Central African Republic, 9 February 2015- Memouna was working as a seamstress and raising her five children when the crisis in the Central African Republic tore apart her family. Read more >>

In South Sudan, a single mother’s fight to survive

PATHAI, South Sudan, 10 October 2014 - Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, a woman in South Sudan is one of thousands to get help from a UNICEF/WFP, ECHO-supported Rapid Response Mission – and one of millions trying desperately to survive. Read more >>

Syrian children in Turkey build bridges to the future

OSMANIYE AND SARIÇAM CAMPS, Turkey, 2 August 2013 – “Expressing my opinions without pressure; living in freedom and safety.” This is how one Syrian child, displaced by war and living in a camp in Turkey, defined the rights of the child during an art class organized with the support of UNICEF Turkey.

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Children affected by the recent violence in the State of Palestine are encouraged to come to terms with the past

GAZA CITY, State of Palestine, 26 December 2012 – In a small, dark flat, a dozen boys aged 8 to 13 sit in silence.

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Palestinian children and women fight distress in East Jerusalem

EAST JERUSALEM, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 30 April 2012 – The winding lanes of Silwan are among the most ancient and picturesque in East Jerusalem. But Silwan is also one of the most densely populated Palestinian neighbourhoods, where poverty and violence are part of daily life.

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UNICEF provides support to Palestinian students through rehabilitation and psychosocial sessions

DKAIKA, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 29 September 2011 - Located just 70 metres away from the Green Line - the 1949 Armistice Line – in Israeli-controlled Area ‘C’, the villagers of Dkaika are forced to suffer under the daily risk of home demolition and harassment.

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