18 June 2024

Escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip

More than a million children in the Gaza Strip are caught in a devastating situation marked by widespread destruction, relentless attacks, displacement, and severe shortages of essential necessities such as food, water, and medicine.     There is no safe place left for them in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people have been reported killed and…, Latest Gaza Strip news, Latest Gaza Strip updtaes, Voices of children, photo UNICEF-SoP/2024 photo UNICEF-SoP/2024 photo UNICEF-SoP/2024 photo UNICEF-SoP/2024 Quote Children 5 Quote Children 5 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Quote Children 4 Quote Children 4 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Quote Children 3 Quote Children 3 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Quote Children 2 Quote Children 2 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Quote Children 1 Quote Children 1 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/…, Impact in images, Cover photo UNICEF-SoP/2024 Photo Cover Photo UNICEF-SoP/2024/ Photo1 Ghazal Story- Children with disabilities Photo1 Ghazal Story- Children with disabilities UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Photo Photo UNICEF-SoP/2024/ Mohammad, 5 and his cat amidst the wreckage of his home destroyed by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Photo- UNI450055 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ طفل…, Taline collecting water., UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Razan talking with her friends Cover Photo UNICEF-SoP/2024/ A father, surrounded by his children, cooks food over a wood fire due to gas shortages, in front of his destroyed home in al-Rimal neighuborhood, west of Gaza City. UNI501984 UNICEF/UNI501984/Al-Qattaa Photo 3 Photo 3 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/ Photo 2 Photo 2 UNICEF-SoP/ 2023/…, What is UNICEF doing to help children in the Gaza Strip?, UNICEF is actively engaged in joint efforts with other UN agencies to facilitate the coordination of the humanitarian response and address emerging needs in the Gaza Strip.  UNICEF staff, along with our United Nations and civil society partners, remain in Gaza but must be allowed to provide life-saving aid at scale, especially where access is most…
30 April 2024

Caught in the Crossfire

Six months into the cross-border conflict between Lebanon and Israel, hostilities along the border have intensified, marked by near-daily airstrikes that have progressively hit deeper into Lebanon. These strikes have damaged civilian infrastructure and facilities and have resulted in the death of 344 people, including 8 children and 21 women, as well as injured 75 children. This conflict is the latest crisis to impact Lebanon, which has already been devastated by a protracted economic and political crisis. The conflict has reduced access to essential services, such as health and education – worsening an already dire situation for children and their communities. As of the end of April, almost 90,000 people, including over 30,000 children, have been displaced from their homes.The current conflict has exacerbated a pre-existing education crisis in Lebanon. Up to 20,000 children in the South of the country have had a disrupted school year; with negative impacts on their ability to build the foundational literacy, numeracy and life skills they need for a brighter future. Continued disruption to in-person teaching and learning heightens risks like child labour and early marriage for the most vulnerable children including children with disabilities and girls and adolescent young women. Even before the current conflict, over 700,000 children were out of school and not learning. The continued disruption to education, especially in the South, risks making it even harder for Out of School Children to be in school, for longer and learning more.By December 2023, 16% of families resorted to sending children to work, up from 11% in April, with Syrian refugee families particularly affected.4 Access to services, notably public healthcare, is declining due to financial constraints, energy shortages, and a lack of resources and medication. Most wastewater treatment plants are non-functional, leading to environmental degradation and water contamination. The current conflict has only worsened these conditions, leading to a surge in humanitarian needs across the country – requiring urgent action to address the pressing needs of the most vulnerable children.