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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #33, Reporting Period 23 - 29 July 2014


  • The Executive Directors of UNICEF and WFP visited South Sudan from 24-26 June, warning that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action. “The world should not wait for a famine to be announced while children here are dying each and every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. Nearly one million children under five years old in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014.

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UNICEF-Sierra Leone Ebola Virus Disease Weekly update of 27th July 2014


  • The cumulative number of Laboratory confirmed cases are 458 whiles confirmed death is 153 with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) based on confirmed cases of 33.4% (26/07/14).

  • Eighty two (82) patients are currently admitted at the Kailahun and Kenema Isolation Units with cumulative discharges of 116.

  • Total number of contacts listed is 1435: Kailahun (728), Kenema (449), Port Loko (52), Kambia (10), Bo (79), Bombali (24), Bonthe (21) and Western Area (72). 547 have completed 21 days and are dropped off from follow up.

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UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable

Statement about attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 25 July 2014 – "Yesterday’s attack on Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-Ed A and D School – the third school hit this week – is proof that much more needs to be done to protect innocent children.

"Using or attacking school premises where children have taken refuge from the violence is unacceptable under any circumstances.

"UNICEF calls on parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of children and schools.

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No safe place for children in Gaza

As the hostilities enter their twenty-first day, the number of children dying is growing. More than 1,000 Palestinians have been reported killed so far, of whom around 230 were children.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #32, Reporting Period 16 - 22 July 2014


  • Although slightly improving, the nutrition situation in Bentiu Protection of Civilian site remains of concern. The number of new admissions to outpatient therapeutic programme (OTP) centres in Bentiu POCs decreased from 126 last week to 124 this week. Analysis shows that 60 per cent of registered deaths in the PoC have been children under 6 months old, indicating a need to reinforce infant and young child feeding practices and neonatal care.

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Children affected by crisis in Ukraine tell their stories in one-minute videos

LVIV, Ukraine, 25 July 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine today released the latest in UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr video series, featuring stories by 14 internally displaced children 6 to 17 years old from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The children, now living with their families in Lviv, all took part in a seminar led by UNICEF on telling their stories by video, and produced one video each. (See

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UNICEF Ethiopia South Sudanese Refugees’ Update SitRep #14 – (Reporting Period 1 – 15 July 2014)


  • As of 18 July, 173,752 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived in Gambella Region of Ethiopia. Nearly 90 per cent of the new arrivals have been relocated to refugee camps.

  • The SMART nutrition survey is completed in all the three camps. The preliminary findings show high level of malnutrition with GAM rates of 25.8%, 30.3% and 28.0% and SAM rates of 5.7%, 10.0% and 7.8% in Leitchor, Kule and Tierkidi refugee camps respectively.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 01 - 30 June 2014


Lubero, North Kivu: Following the advance of NDC-Cheka militia towards other localities of Ikobo and Bunyatenge groupings in South Lubero, populations moved towards localities along Masereka- Lukanga axis. Over 1,000 households were added to 3,000 initially recorded in other localities of South Lubero. The threat of this militia walking on Bunyatenge, a locality bordering recently affected Oninga (Walikale), worries populations and humanitarian workers.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report #3, 13 – 19 July 2014


  • UNICEF successfully advocated for humanitarian access to Khanaqin, Diyala and through its rapid response mechanism provided over 16,000 IDPs in three areas with life-saving materials. Given the dire situation of IDPs, activities have significantly scaled up in Khanaqin where over 40,000 people had taken refuge.

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Bolivia’s new Code on Children welcome, but concerns remain -- UNICEF

PANAMA CITY, 23 July 2014 – UNICEF welcomes Bolivia’s new Code for Children and Adolescents but remains concerned about two exemptions that leave children as young as 10 at risk of child labour.

Bolivia’s new Code states children and adolescents must be protected from economic exploitation or any work activities that interfere with their education, involve dangerous and unhealthy environments or threaten a child’s dignity or development.

The code also prohibits 21 forms of hazardous work to all children under 18.

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No hay tiempo que perder: Datos recientes de UNICEF demuestran la necesidad de tomar medidas urgentes contra la mutilación genital femenina y el matrimonio infantil

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LONDRES/NUEVA YORK, 22 de julio de 2014 – El Gobierno del Reino Unido y UNICEF acogen hoy la primera Reunión Cumbre sobre las Niñas, con el objetivo de cosechar el apoyo que permita eliminar más rápidamente la mutilación genital femenina y el matrimonio infantil, dos prácticas que afectan a millones de niñas en todo el mundo.

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UNICEF preocupado por las excepciones al trabajo infantil

Nuevo Código de Niñez y Adolescencia de Bolivia

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, 23 de julio de 2014 - UNICEF encuentra positivo, a pesar de las excepciones existentes en el nuevo Código de Niñez y Adolescencia de Bolivia, que dicha Ley se refiera, entre otros temas, a la eliminación de las determinantes de las actividades laborales, mantenga los 14 años como la edad mínima para trabajar y prohíba explícitamente las 21 peores formas de trabajo y explotación infantil.

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Nigeria CO Humanitarian Situation Report June 2014


  • UNICEF and partners have admitted 98,620 severely acutely malnourished children for treatment into 150 sites in conflict affected areas of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa from January to May 2014.

  • Master trainers (39) from 11 local government areas in Borno state including four from Chibok were trained by UNICEF in basic psychosocial skills to in efforts to scale up and reinforce access to psychosocial support services for children affected by conflict.

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Pas de temps à perdre : les dernières données de l’UNICEF appellent à une action urgente contre les mutilations génitales féminines et le mariage précoce

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LONDRES/NEW YORK, 22 juillet 2014 - Le Gouvernement britannique et l’UNICEF organisent aujourd’hui le premier Sommet international de la Fille pour mobiliser les soutiens nécessaires à l’accélération de la lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines/l’excision (MGF/E) et le mariage précoce, deux fléaux qui affectent des millions de filles à travers le monde.

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Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children

Joint release from the Commonwealth Games Federation, Glasgow 2014 and UNICEF

LONDON, 22 July 2014 – International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July to help UNICEF save and change the lives of millions of children across the Commonwealth.

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No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage


LONDON/NEW YORK, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.

UNICEF data released today show that while prevalence has decreased slightly over the past three decades, rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically, simply to offset population growth in the countries where the practices are most common.

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Gobierno de Honduras, municipalidades del Valle de Sula con el apoyo de UNICEF preparados para recibir a niñas y niños deportados

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 15 de julio de 2014 - El comisionado permanente de contingencias (COPECO) y las municipalidades del Valle de Sula continuaron con los preparativos para recibir a las familias, niñas y niños con carácter de deportados que retornan de Estados Unidos al país.

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A study on early marriage in Jordan 2014

Among Syrian refugees living in Jordan, the rate of child marriages has risen from 18 per of total marriages in 2012 to 25 per cent in 2013 and further increased to 32 per cent in the first quarter of 2014.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #31, Reporting Period 9 - 15 July 2014


• To date, 606,230 children under five years old have been screened for malnutrition, of which 41,677 (6.9%) were suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and 78,565 (13%) from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Twice as many children will need treatment for SAM this year than last, however, UNICEF has received only 32% of the funds it requires for its nutrition response.