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In Gaza, children go back to school after a devastating summer

By Catherine Weibel

The joy of children starting a new school year is a welcome sight in Gaza, but for many the trauma and loss brought by the recent conflict will take far longer to overcome.

GAZA, State of Palestine, 16 September 2014 – Early on Sunday, Gaza woke at last to a familiar sight: streets crowded with children dressed in school uniforms.

Half a million students have returned to school this week, with memories still fresh of 50 days of violence that engulfed the coastal enclave this summer and delayed the start of classes by three weeks.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 15 September 2014

Highlights

  • Half a million children in Gaza returned to school on 14 September facilitated by a massive Back to School campaign led by the Education cluster, co-led by Save the Children and UNICEF. The first week of school is devoted to structured psychosocial support and recreational activities that ease the transition back to learning.

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Liberia + 10 others
UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa

About 8.5 million children and youth live in areas affected by Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia

GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,400 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $987.8 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.

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In Somalia, emergency airlifts supply towns unreachable by road

A major logistics operation is underway in Somalia to bring urgent aid to areas cut off from international help.

By Athanas Makundi

Cargo flights to previously cut-off areas of Somalia have enabled UNICEF to provide essential vaccines, therapeutic food and medicine for malnutrition, and school supplies for thousands of children.

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UNICEF Philippines Humanitarian Situation Report #25, Issued on 12 September 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners continue to provide life-saving and recovery assistance for children affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

  • UNICEF and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) launched an extended unconditional cash transfer (UCT) programme targeting 5,801 households in the most affected municipalities in Eastern Samar. Each household will receive around US$ 100 per month on top of the regular cash grants provided by the DSWD to poor households.

Typhoon Haiyan

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More than half a million Gaza students return to school after a shattering summer

GAZA, 14 September 2014 – More than half a million students are returning to school in Gaza today, with memories still fresh of 50 days of intense violence that engulfed the territory during July and August, say 11 members of the education cluster*. The violence – which ended with a ceasefire on August 26 - left more than 500 children killed, 3,300 injured and many thousands more distressed by their traumatic experiences.

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Ebola crisis in Liberia hits child health and well-being

Ebola has severely disrupted health services for children, caused schools to close and left thousands of children without a parent. Children are dying from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 11 September 2014

Highlights

  • The 2014 Gaza Crisis Appeal requesting $551 million in support of the vulnerable population of the Gaza Strip affected by the conflict was launched on 9 September in a joint press conference by the Deputy Prime Minster of the State of Palestine and the Humanitarian Coordinator. It focuses on displaced persons, the injured, the elderly, children, and women, as well as farmers and fishermen who have lost their livelihoods.

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L’analyse roulante de la situation des enfants et femmes en RDC est lancée

by FLAVIEN MULUMBA

Aujourd’hui a été lancée l’analyse roulante de la situation des enfants et des femmes en RDC 2014-2016 (ou SitAn, en bref). Eclairage.

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World + 8 others
Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia

New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain.

"More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.

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UNICEF Yemen Situation Report August 2014

Highlights:

  • 18,156 adults in Al Jawf were reached with awareness raising sessions on health, nutrition and WASH.

  • 1,000 more out of school children are being reintegrated into schools in Lahj and Al Dhale through non-formal education (NFE)

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report, 08 September 2014

Highlights

  • UNICEF locally procured 14,000 sets of clothes (each set containing underwear, t-shirt, pants, sandals/shoes) for newborns and children up to 17 years who fled from their homes with little more than the clothes they were wearing. Distribution of the clothes by DMC, with the support of UNICEF started September 3, to IDP children living in Bajid Kandala 1 and 2 and is ongoing.

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UNICEF provides emergency support to get Gaza’s children back in school

GENEVA/AMMAN/GAZA, 9 September 2014 - UNICEF is playing a key role in urgent preparations underway in Gaza ahead of the start of a new academic year on Sunday (September 14th).

The resumption of classes in 395 government-run schools across the territory was delayed as a result of the brutal 50-day conflict with Israel that ended in a ceasefire on August 26th.

Over the coming week, UNICEF’s team on the ground will be focusing on four key areas:

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South Sudan + 4 others
UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #39, 3 - 9 September 2014

Highlights

  • The total number of reported new admissions to the therapeutic feeding programme for the management of SAM stands at 54,573 children aged 0-59 months from January 2014 to date.

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UNICEF-Sierra Leone Ebola Virus Disease Weekly Update (1-7 September 2014)

This report provides an update on the UNICEF response to the Ebola emergency in Sierra Leone. All statistics, other than those related to UNICEF support, are from the daily Sit-Rep issued by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS).

Highlights

Situation Overview

  • The cumulative number of laboratory confirmed cases is 1,276 (157 new cases since last week). The number of confirmed deaths is 426 with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) based on confirmed cases of 33.4% (6th September 2014).

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World + 7 others
Pas de « rentrée des classes » pour 30 millions d’enfants touchés par des conflits et des crises, rappelle L’UNICEF

Une grave pénurie de fonds entrave encore davantage les efforts déployés pour que les enfants continuent à apprendre

NEW YORK, 8 septembre 2014 – Alors que les élèves un peu partout dans le monde retournent à l’école, un chiffre record de conflits et de crises privent des millions d’enfants de leur droit à l’éducation.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 8 September 2014

Highlights

  • After 50 days of fighting, an open-ended ceasefire brokered by the Egyptian government and agreed by the parties to the conflict on 26 August is holding. The ceasefire marks the end of the longest, deadliest and most destructive escalation in hostilities in Gaza since 1967.

  • Up to 110,000 people remain displaced in collective shelters and with host families. These IDPs include some of the 108,000 people now homeless in Gaza because their homes were destroyed during the conflict.

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World + 7 others
No “back to school” for 30 million children affected by conflict and crisis: UNICEF

A record number of emergencies means that more children than ever are at risk. Even though education is a life line in times of crisis, emergency education programs are severely underfunded.