Safe access is key to help child victims of Tigray conflict: UNICEF

Fighting is ongoing in Ethiopia’s Tigray, where the level of cruelty against women and children is “incomprehensible” and likely vastly under-reported.

That’s the disturbing assessment of the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, which is deeply concerned for the more than million people displaced by six months of violence.

Just back from the conflict zone, here’s the latest from UNICEF spokesperson James Elder, who’s been talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Traumatised and exhausted: The child victims of latest Cabo Delgado violence

Horrific events have been unfolding in northern Mozambique in recent days, where thousands of people have fled gunmen who’ve attacked the town of Palma, located in Cabo Delgado province, reportedly killing dozens. 

According to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF),  youngsters have been separated from their parents, and every single one desperately needs help. 

UNICEF’s head of communications in Mozambique, Daniel Timme, spoke to UN News’s Daniel Johnson from an aid hub in the provincial capital, Pemba.

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News in Brief 20 November 2020

  • WHO advises against remdesivir use
  • Humanitarian fallout continues in Ethiopia's Tigray
  • Unlawful killings in Syria's Idlib
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Violence, COVID-19, contribute to rising humanitarian needs in the Sahel

A surge in armed violence, coupled with the economic and social fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to worsening conditions for children in the Central Sahel, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported on Friday. 

Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece this year

Nearly 140 asylum seekers were relocated from Greece to Germany on Wednesday through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported. 

The global fight to keep schools open, and safe from COVID

Many countries still have COVID-19 related restrictions on social gatherings, but the UN system is fighting to ensure that as many schools as possible can stay open, citing the cr

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World’s richest nations must protect child well-being in COVID-19 fallout: UNICEF

Children in the world’s richest countries are grappling with mental health concerns, obesity and poor social and academic skills, according to a new study published on Thursday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 

Beirut blast: Helping children cope with catastrophe

For many children, their safest place is at home. In Beirut, last month’s huge explosion that devasted the port and surrounding neighbourhoods, changed that forever.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, child protection officer Roula Abi Saad, describes what UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is doing to address their fears, in safe spaces dotted around Lebanon’s capital city.

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First Person: Fighting anti-vaccination rumours in Pakistan

Polio, a deadly, debilitating, yet easily curable disease, is eradicated in most countries, but is still endemic in Pakistan, partly due to a reluctance to vaccinate amongst some parts of the population. Dennis Chimenya, a health worker with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is part of a team trying to counter misconceptions, and save lives.

Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique: a UN Resident Coordinator blog

The COVID-19 disease has added to longstanding challenges in Mozambique which have threatened the southern African country’s most vulnerable people. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, with IOM Chief of Mission, Laura Tomm-Bonde, and Samuel Chakwera, UNHCR Resident Representative, explain how the United Nations is supporting national efforts to protect the people of Mozambique from multiple threats