Children

Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children

In Haiti, the number of severely malnourished under-fives could more than double this year, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. Some could die if they do not receive timely treatment.

Children bearing brunt of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians: UNICEF

More than 40 children have been killed in the current crisis in the Middle East, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Saturday.

UNICEF reports sharp rise in migrant children in Mexico

The number of migrant children reported in Mexico has increased sharply, jumping from 380 to nearly 3,500 since the beginning of the year: a nine-fold rise, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, reported on Tuesday. 

UN chief reaffirms solidarity with Niger, as second deadly attack rocks country

The United Nations Secretary-General has reaffirmed the Organization’s support and solidarity with Niger, as the second deadly attacks against civilians in less than a week rocked the west African nation. 

Eight children killed this month, as fighting intensifies in Yemen: UNICEF

The brutal conflict in Yemen continues to exact a devastating toll on children, with at least eight killed and a further 33 injured in attacks since the beginning of March, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Saturday. 

Scores of schools ‘reportedly occupied’ by security forces in Myanmar, as Guterres condemns continuing brutality

Security forces in Myanmar have reportedly occupied more than 60 schools and university campuses across the country, marking a further escalation of the crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.  In a statement issued later in the day, the UN Secretary-General condemned the "continuing brutal violence" being directed at peaceful protesters as the death toll mounts. 

South Asia: Sharp rise in child and maternal deaths due to COVID-19

Severe disruptions in health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have resulted in an additional 239,000 child and maternal deaths in South Asia last year, United Nations agencies said on Wednesday. 

News in Brief 12 March 2021

  • UN health agency backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine amid blood clot concerns 
  • Nine in 10 Syrian children need help after a decade of war: UNICEF  
  • Somalia water shortages displace 83,000 people since November – OCHA 
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Syria war: Average of one child injured or killed every eight hours over past 10 years - UNICEF 

The grim ten-year anniversary of the war in Syria has left 90 percent of the country’s children in need of help, as a triple crisis of violence, economic misery and the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed families to the brink of despair, UNICEF reported on Friday.  

Regression on ‘virtually every indicator’ of progress for children: UNICEF

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, progress has gone backward across virtually every key measure of childhood, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, revealing a “devastating and distorted new normal” for the world’s children.