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UNICEF strongly urges protection of all children during unrest in the Middle East and North Africa

Brussels/New York, 28 February 2011 – UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that children and adolescents have been killed or injured in the escalating violence that is affecting a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

“No child should be exposed to any forms of danger, as this could have a long-lasting effect on their survival or psychological well-being,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, from Brussels.
The situation is particularly alarming in Libya where the Security Council has called for international humanitarian assistance and expressed concern at the reported shortage of medical supplies.
UNICEF is ready to provide assistance if needed and urges all those involved to protect children at all costs.

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About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 150 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. More information about UNICEF activities in Ukraine at

For further information please contact:
Tania McBride, UNICEF New York, Tel: 1 212 824 6949;
Sergiy Prokhorov, UNICEF Kyiv,Tel:  +38044 254 24 50;



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