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South Asia

Popular cartoon character helps children cope with natural disasters
NEW YORK, 12 January 2006 – Meena is an eight-year-old cartoon character. She goes to school and lives with her family in a small village. Conceived and produced by UNICEF, Meena has appeared in more than 30 episodes that deal with topics including health and hygiene, the dangers of trafficking and children’s rights.

Bleak Eid holiday for earthquake-affected children
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 12 January 2006 – Eid al-Adha is the most important date in the calendar for Muslims all over the world. As elsewhere, families in Pakistan traditionally come together to share food and gifts. Children are usually given new clothes.

UNICEF distributes winter clothing for quake-affected children
SUDHAN GALI, Pakistan, 9 December 2005 – The Himalayan winter is descending on Pakistan-administered Kashmir. For children who survived October’s earthquake that now means an uphill battle for survival in the freezing cold temperatures.

Pakistan earthquake: ECHO contributes $500,000 to UNICEF response
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 9 December 2005 – Pakistan suffered heavy losses when the earthquake struck South-East Asia on 9 October. Over 80,000 people were killed and many more injured. Over 2 million people were left homeless, many of them in inaccessible mountain villages.

Immunization campaign protects half a million children from preventable diseases
CHINARI, Pakistan, 22 November 2005 – As winter approaches, poor hygiene conditions and the possible outbreak of disease are threatening the lives of tens of thousands quake survivors in Pakistan’s relief camps.

Nane Annan visits children’s hospital as polio campaign kicks off
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 18 November 2005 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan are in Pakistan to attend an international donors’ conference for earthquake emergency relief. Mrs. Annan took the opportunity to visit the Islamabad children’s hospital and spend time with boys and girls recovering from injuries sustained in the 8 October quake.

UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia visits quake zone, sees progress
MANSEHRA, Pakistan, 18 November 2005 – UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Cecilia Lotse has visited northern Pakistan, hit hard by the earthquake of 8 October, to review progress of the relief effort. Ms. Lotse went to the Mansehra area in the North West Frontier Province and to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, as well as visiting the Islamabad children’s hospital.

Pakistan: No joy on Eid-al-Fitr for quake-affected families
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 8 November 2005 - Two days before the traditionally joyous Muslim festival Eid-al-Fitr was to begin, soldiers found the body of 12-year-old Awaiz Asmat.

South Asia earthquake: 10,000 children could die in coming weeks
MANSEHRA, Pakistan, 24 October 2005 – It’s one of the most inhospitable places on earth. The towering Himalayan mountain ranges that make up a large part of the earthquake zone in Pakistan present a major challenge for relief workers. Thousands in remote areas have not yet been reached with supplies. Many injured children remain untreated, and 10,000 more could die if obstacles to relief are not cleared.

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman: Supplies are critical to relief efforts
COPENHAGEN, 19 October 2005 – UNICEF’s Supply Division, based in this European city, has been key to the organization’s ability to respond to the devastating earthquake in South Asia. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is in Copenhagen today to review operations.

South Asia earthquake: Many children in isolated areas remain in peril
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, 18 October 2005 – It’s a race against time to save up to 120,000 children who have not yet been reached by the relief effort in remote mountain areas of quake-stricken northern Pakistan.

South Asia earthquake: Quick donor response helps save lives
NEW YORK, 17 October 2005 – Within 24 hours of the earthquake that struck South Asia on 8 October, funds for emergency relief had started to come in from governments all over the world. Although much more is still needed to ensure the survival and well-being of children and families affected by the quake, this quick response enabled UNICEF’s emergency teams to help thousands of people.

Helicopters bring food relief to hard-to-reach areas
BALAKOT, Pakistan, 15 October 2005 – Vital aid from UNICEF is reaching the more remote regions of Pakistan affected by the earthquake.

South Asia earthquake: Relief efforts focus on saving children’s lives
NEW YORK, 14 October 2005 – One week after a severe earthquake hit South Asia, survivors are still reeling. Tens of thousands of children have been injured, and others are separated from the families, putting them at risk. Nearly one fifth of the affected population are children under five.

South Asia earthquake: Helicopters bring aid to remote areas
MANSEHRA, Pakistan/NEW YORK, 12 October 2005 – Survivors are struggling to stay alive after the South Asia earthquake that claimed at least 33,000 lives and injured at least 50,000 more. At present more than 120,000 people are in urgent need of shelter; the number of people left homeless as a result of the disaster could rise to over 4 million. Among the critical supplies being rushed to affected areas are tents and tarpaulins.

South Asia earthquake: Delivering supplies means saving lives
NEW YORK, 10 October 2005 – When the deadly earthquake struck South Asia on 8 October, emergency supplies were pre-positioned in UNICEF’s warehouses in Karachi and Peshawar, Pakistan. The supplies were immediately loaded onto trucks bound for Mansehra, located in an especially hard-hit area.

Pakistan: Children injured in quake flood hospitals
ISLAMABAD, 10 October 2005 – Hundreds of children are being treated in this city’s largest hospital –  the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) – for injuries sustained during Saturday’s earthquake.

South Asia earthquake: Children in need of medical care
NEW YORK, 10 October 2005 – The massive South Asia earthquake of 8 October killed tens of thousands and damaged or destroyed homes, schools, medical centres and mosques. It also caused severe injuries to thousands of others, including children, who are in desperate need of medical treatment.

Supplies en route to assist children affected by earthquake in South Asia
NEW YORK, 9 October 2005 - The destruction caused by the earthquake in South Asia continues to claim lives, amid news reports that children are among those trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings in the region.

Powerful earthquake strikes South Asia
NEW YORK, 8 October 2005 - A violent earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck areas near the Pakistan-India border at 8:50 am (local time in Pakistan) on 8 October 2005. The earthquake’s epicentre was approximately 95 kilometres, north-east of Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad.




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