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Children killed in brutal South Sudan fighting

JUBA, South Sudan, 18 April 2014 – A number of children have been killed in this week’s fighting in South Sudan - some in an attack on displaced civilians while others have been caught in the crossfire or died as a result of being recruited by armed groups and forces, UNICEF said today.

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"We try to make the violence disappear": The challenge of teaching amid conflict

By Suzanne Beukes

In the Central African Republic, where an already weak education system has been further set back by prolonged conflict, one teacher shows her commitment to her pupils – and her country.

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ZonG and UNICEF join hands to defeat Polio in Pakistan

Islamabad, 16 April 2014: As the number of polio cases in Pakistan reached 49 so far this year more partners come forward to protect the children and rid Pakistan and the world of the menace of the this debilitating disease.

To create an enabling environment for polio eradication in Pakistan, ZonG and UNICEF signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening the use of mobile phone messages to ensure more children are vaccinated during the polio campaign.

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Nutrition Cluster Weekly Update, Region VIII, Philippines (April 16, 2014)

Last week* Nutrition Cluster Partners

  • Screened 12,199 children,

  • Admitted 35 children to OTP,

  • Admitted 77 children to tSFP,

  • Distributed MNPs to 12,749 children,

  • Counseled 5,377 PLWs on IYCF

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Yemen takes a major first step in reaching marginalized communities

SANA”A, April 15 - UNICEF in collaboration with the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MoSAL), today launched the mapping of muhamasheen communities (locally known as Akhdam) in Taiz Governorate. This survey, which is expected to reach some 10,000 households, is the first of its kind in Yemen, specifically targeting the most marginalized population.

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Liberia + 1 other
UNICEF-Liberia Ebola Outbreak: SitRep #16, 16 April 2014

Key Points

 One additional suspected case of Ebola was reported in Saclapea, Nimba County, raising the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases to 27, including 13 Ebola-related deaths, for a case fatality rate of 48%.

 The total number of confirmed Ebola cases stands at six.

 Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak. However, suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Lofa (10), Margibi (6), Bong (5), Nimba (4), Montserrado (1) and Grand Cape Mount (1) Counties.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #18, 14 April 2014

Highlights

 Over 3.7 million people in the country, including almost 740,000 children under five, are at high risk of food insecurity. Malnutrition rates are also on the rise, with partners estimating that the lives of as many as 50,000 children could be at risk unless nutrition programmes are urgently funded and scaled up.

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UNICEF statement on school attack in Damascus, Syria

Statement

DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.

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Chad + 3 others
Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in Chad

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’Djamena, 16th April 2014 – This year’s second national immunization campaign against polio was launched Friday in the capital city of N’Djamena by Chadian health authorities, alongside representatives of lead UN operating agencies UNICEF and WHO. International funding partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were also present at the launch.

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UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria

Statement attributable to Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa

DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State on Monday night, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

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Chad + 4 others
Central African Republic Regional Response Plan January - December 2014

This regional inter-agency appeal aims at mobilizing the emergency response for the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2013 to the Republics of Cameroon and Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (RoC).
Immediate priorities to support the preservation of lives include the provision of food, individual and family protection, health and nutrition, water and sanitation and shelter.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Consolidated Cluster Briefs, 11 April 2014

OVERVIEW

The Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster tracks and monitors displacement flows in all displacement sites in order to define caseloads, identify vulnerable groups, monitor and coordinate service provision in camps and advocate durable solutions for internally displaced people (IDPs).

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Solomon Islands Flooding – UNICEF Responds to Urgent Water and Sanitation Needs

UNICEF is continuing to coordinate its emergency response with partners and the Solomon Islands Government in order to reach the estimated 52,000 people affected by extreme flooding. With water systems still extensively damaged and almost 10,000 people in evacuation centres, UNICEF’s main concern is ensuring people have clean water and adequate sanitation to prevent the potential spread of disease.

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, March 31, 2014

Highlights

UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon – Far North, North, Adamoua and East – which have been facing recurring emergencies such as increased food insecurity after the dry season, widespread epidemics like Cholera and Meningitis, and floods), and the continued influx of refugees from CAR and Nigeria.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #4, 10-14 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal,
    Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement between 3 and 5 April 2014.

  • Two earthquakes (7.2 and 7.7 in magnitude) have shaken Solomon Islands in the last few days, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuations, but fortunately no tsunami.
    Rapid assessments have not revealed any visible damage, but relief efforts were delayed while people twice evacuated high risk areas.

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Child malnutrition in South Sudan could double, warns UNICEF

Ongoing conflict has pushed undernourished children to the edge - unless treatment is scaled up immediately, up to 50,000 children under the age of five are likely to die.

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Broken by Typhoon Haiyan, the cold chain gets up and running again

UNICEF’s work in restoring the cold chain and making it more resilient in the future will translate into increased coverage of routine vaccinations and protection of children in Dilene Cortez.

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Turkey + 1 other
Bilal smiles again thanks to music

By Ayberk Yurtsever

ADANA, Turkey, April 2014 – Youth worker Sevgi Biçer first noticed the boy at the opening of Adana Sarıçam Camp’s Child Friendly Space. “He was serious and aggressive, like an adult,” she said. “The other children were painting fabric, while he just walked around, watching.”

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Focusing on hard-to-reach children for polio vaccination campaign in Syria

By Razan Rashidi

Rural Damascus, 7 April 2014 – “One drop, two drops,” a mother counts along with a health worker at Dahiet Qudsaya health centre in Rural Damascus. Her three-year-old daughter cries at the unusual taste of the polio vaccine in her mouth, but the mother calms her down: “Now you will grow up healthy.”

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Keeping children safe from weapons of war in Syria

By Kumar M Tiku

Damascus, Syria, April 2014 - “Always keep an eye out for signs and clues that suggest the presence of explosive remnants in your neighbourhood,” says Nahid, the sports teacher at Al Adawi Al Mohadatha School in central Damascus. A class of twenty high-school girls listen attentively as Nahid describes the various forms of explosives and unexploded ammunition that children must be aware of, in order to stay safe.