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World must act now to save lives in Somalia, U.N. agencies warn
MOGADISHU, 17 February 2017 – As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

Number of Ukrainian children needing aid nearly doubles to 1 million over the past year – UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 17 February 2017 – As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, 1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year, said UNICEF.

Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere on reports of children killed and injured in Syria
AMMAN, 10 February 2017 – ”Violence in Syria this week has reportedly killed at least 20 children and injured others in several areas across the war-torn country.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of ICRC workers in Afghanistan and SARC workers in Syria

NEW YORK, 8 February 2017 – “We are saddened and outraged by the cruel killings today of six workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, and two workers for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Aleppo, Syria. 

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the death of Hans Rosling
NEW YORK, 07 February 2017 - "Hans Rosling was not only a friend to his colleagues at UNICEF; he was a friend to the world’s children.  No one used data more persuasively to make the case for why investing in the most disadvantaged children is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. We will miss him."

Thousands of children out of school after classrooms hit by heavy shelling in eastern Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 6 February 2017 – Thousands of children have been forced out of school in eastern Ukraine due to last week’s surge in fighting. At least five schools and two kindergartens have been damaged by heavy shelling and 11 other schools have had to close, according to humanitarian organisations supporting the emergency education response in Ukraine.

UNICEF seeks $42 million emergency assistance for children caught in conflict and crises in East Asia Pacific
BANGKOK, 6 February 2017 – As part of its annual global humanitarian appeal, UNICEF is seeking $42 million to deliver lifesaving aid for children in emergencies in two countries in the East Asia and Pacific region. The two East Asian countries that feature in the 2017 Humanitarian Action for Children report are DPR Korea and Myanmar, where children are affected by conflict, food shortages or natural disaster.

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2 million people without water in Aleppo

Central America's child migration crisis