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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 September - 13 October 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt


 Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

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In Tanzania, empowering girls, fighting HIV

By Sandra Bisin

A leadership training programme in Tanzania aims at reducing the vulnerability of out-of-school adolescent girls, who are at high risk for HIV, gender-based violence and unwanted pregnancy.

DAR ES SALAAM, United Republic of Tanzania, 20 October 2014 – Fatuma Djamali was born in 1996 in Ruvuma region, in Tanzania’s southern highlands. Since she was in primary school, her life has been dominated by solitude and fear.

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Canadian Leadership Helping Protect Children’s Futures in Iraq

Minister Paradis announces Canada's leading role in launching the No Lost Generation initiative in Iraq

October 17, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report 7th - 13th October 2014


  • During the reporting period, an estimated 180,000 people have been internally displaced from Heet City and surrounding areas in Anbar Governorate .

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Breaking Social Barriers to Reach Marginalized Communities

TAIZ, 15 October, 2013 - In an unprecedented move, UNICEF Yemen along with government partners today launched a package of social protection interventions targeting the Muhamasheen communities in Taiz. The muhamasheen represent the dark skinned Yemenis who are locally referred to as ‘Akdam’. The launch event included a presentation of the results of the first ever household survey on Muhamasheen communities reaching some 10,000 households in nine districts in the Taiz Governorate. This served as a critical baseline for social inclusion of these marginalized communities.

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Deuxième enquête démographique et de santé (EDS-RDC II 2013-2014)

Après la première enquête réalisée en 2007, la République Démocratique du Congo vient de terminer sa Deuxième Enquête Démographique et de Santé, confirmant ainsi son insertion définitive dans le programme international d’Enquêtes Démographiques et de Santé (Demographic and Health Surveys–Measure DHS). Cette deuxième enquête répond globalement aux mêmes objectifs que la première, à savoir produire des indicateurs fiables et à jour pour l’élaboration, le suivi et l’évaluation de la mise en œuvre des programmes et politiques sectoriels du pays.

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UNICEF - Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #56, 15 October 2014


  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 11 October 2014, 320 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola and 4 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia.

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UNICEF Sierra Leone Humanitarian Situation Report – Reporting Period 9 - 15 October 2014


  • As of 15 October 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 2,977. The number of confirmed deaths is 932 with 571 survivors.*

  • Of the EVD confirmed cases, around 22% are children and youth (0-17 years). To date, 1,965 children have been identified as being affected by the Ebola crisis (972 girls and 993 boys), including 568 children who have been orphaned.**

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Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

By Anne Boher

After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school.

KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 16 October 2014 – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago.

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 9 October 2014


  • In Gaza, Eid al-Adha holiday started on Saturday. Eid is normally celebrated with time off from school and work to enjoy food and gift giving; this year it came in the aftermath of the conflict.

  • With UNICEF support, all 130,000 children in grades 1-9 in MoEHE schools have received school bags and stationery sets and all schools have been supplied with teaching aids and recreational kits.

  • A female died of wounds sustained in the 50 day conflict.

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UNICEF Guinea: Ebola Situation Report, 8 October 2014


  • As of 8 October 2014, Guinea has recorded a total of 1199 cases and 739 deaths according to WHO.

  • 178 children (0-18 years) are among the cases (140 confirmed, 30 probable, 8 suspected). Of the total cases, 112 children have died according to the Guinean Ministry of Health and WHO.

  • Nearly 60 metric tonnes of medical supplies and equipment arrived in Conakry this week. This was the first of several shipments funded by a World Bank grant.

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For policy, suffer the little children of Mozambique

By Dr. Koenraad Vanormelingen, UNICEF Mozambique Representative

MAPUTO, 13 October 2014 - Mozambique needs to invest in its children if the resource curse is to be transformed into a mineral wealth dividend.


“I need more food, blankets, clothing, and support for schooling. I need more of everything”, says Melina*, who is in her late 70s. She fends for her three grandchildren, aged between two and 10, whose parents died in 2010.

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Bangui violence threatens – but cannot stop our work

The capital city of Central African Republic – Bangui – has been on virtual lockdown for the past five days. Intercommunal violence has again flared up, with at least 10 people killed including three children.

Respect for humanitarian space has been compromised countless times since December 2012. We knew we would continue to be challenged, as hostile gangs targeted UN vehicles and convoys. But in this chaos, some of our UNICEF colleagues and NGO partners ventured out into streets blocked by barricades to continue their work.

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Manual sobre estándares internacionales de derechos humanos aplicables a los niños, niñas y adolescentes migrantes

I. Introducción

El impacto de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño (CDN) ha sido muy importante: es el tratado de derechos humanos que goza de mayor aceptación y reconocimiento internacional, con 194 ratificaciones por parte de los Estados y cercano a la ratificación universal.

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UNICEF Yemen Situation Report September 2014

Key focus: Conflict in the Capital, Sana’a


  • Around 75,000 children in Sana’a had their education disrupted as their schools were in or around the conflict zones. Escalation of conflicts led to the suspension of all schools in the city.
  • 27,840 children are benefiting from the distribution of 9,280 benches and tables to the 32 Global Partnership for Education (GPE) schools in Sa’ada, Sana’a, Mareb and Aden Governorates

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Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence

Alarming levels of acceptance of violence against girls

NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.

The compilation incorporates a selection of global data released throughout the year, detailing the very real impact violence has on adolescent girls, their futures, and that of their communities and countries. Key statistics include:

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Près d’une adolescente sur quatre est victime d’actes de violence physique

Les niveaux d’acceptation de la violence contre les filles sont alarmants

NEW YORK, 10 octobre 2014 – À l’approche de la Journée internationale de la fille, l’UNICEF publie une nouvelle compilation de données qui révèle l’ampleur de la violence envers les adolescentes ainsi que l’existence alarmante de mentalités perpétuant une telle violence.

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UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #55, 08 October 2014


  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 3 October 2014, an additional 41 probable cases and 7 new confirmed cases of Ebola as well as 83 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia.

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UNICEF Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Humanitarian Situation Report #26, Issued on 10 October 2014


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

  • September was National Mass Immunization Month. UNICEF and WHO supported the Department of Health to vaccinate 13 million children under 5 years in the Philippines. UNICEF provided 3 million doses of measles-rubella vaccine, 1.2 million doses of polio vaccine and $7.8 million in cold chain equipment.

Situation overview & humanitarian needs

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Podcast #98 – Day of the Girl 2014 – Empowering adolescent girls: ending the cycle of violence

Changing the World for Girls is a collaboration of the Beyond School Books podcast series and United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). In this series you will find discussions on the lasting impact education has on girls, communities and nations around the world.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 10 October 2014 – The theme this year for International Day of the Girl Child is ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence’.