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15 May 2017 description
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RABAT, 15 May 2017 – According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa [1], poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.

08 Mar 2017 description
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Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

14 Apr 2015 description
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Factsheet - Arabic version

OVERVIEW

The last decade has seen some progress. Pre-primary out-of-school rates have decreased, although they remain high, and primary rates have fallen to nearly zero. However, there has been no improvement at the lower secondary level.

In total, 119,022 children are out of school (7%), including 54,6095-year-olds who should be in pre-primary (30.3%), 15,033 primary school aged children (1.5%)and 49,380 lower secondary school aged children (10%).

14 Apr 2015 description
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Preface

In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.

26 Jul 2011 description
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By Christopher Tidey

BENGHAZI, Libya, 26 July 2011 – Aisha and Aya in Benghazi, Hassan in Al-Bayda and Haya from Nalut all tell me the same thing: They want to go back to school. In fact, virtually every child I speak with in Libya expresses hope for a return to the classroom as soon as possible.

Since the outbreak of conflict here five months ago, most of the country’s schools have closed, leaving the education of nearly 2 million children under the age of 18 in flux – and an academic year lost.

12 Jul 2011 description
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Reporting period (30 June - 11 July 2011)

Highlights:

  • The situation in Libya continues to be volatile. Anti-government forces push towards Tripoli continues slowly with some advances recorded in the western mountains. Slight advances have also been reported in the Misrata’s western front where opposition forces have fortified their position at 36 km west of the city.

30 Jun 2011 description
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Reporting period (15 – 29 June 2011)

Highlights:

 The fighting continues across western Libya, particularly in the Nafusa Mountains where NATO has now initiated attacks in response to government shelling in Nalut. Zintan has also been attacked in recent days, and fierce fighting has been taking place only 80 km south-west of Tripoli with opposition forces stating to be making a push for Tripoli. Due to the lack of access, humanitarian needs remain difficult to ascertain.

16 Jun 2011 description
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Reporting period (01 – 15 June 2011)

Highlights:

  • The conflict in Libya is now in its fourth month without any immediate signs of an end to the fighting between pro- and anti-government forces. Fighting has again intensified in western cities such as Misrata, Zlitan, and the oil-city of Brega. Fighting has also reignited in Zawyia, 30 km west of Tripoli.

02 Jun 2011 description
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Reporting period (19 May – 01 June 2011)

Highlights: - The general situation in Libya continues to be extremely volatile and insecure in certain pockets of conflict, such as the western Nafusa mountains, and Human Rights Watch reports that the Gaddafi forces are shelling towns on a daily basis. Reliable information is an ongoing problem however, and it is difficult to verify incidents. Serious protection concerns, particularly for women and children remain.

31 May 2011 description
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By Priyanka Pruthi

NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2011 – Their tents have been torched, their belongings looted and a temporary school for their children destroyed. Staying out in the open, amidst the charred remains of all they had left in the world, refugees in Tunisia’s Shousha camp are living in the shadow of fear and uncertainty.

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20 May 2011 description
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Reporting period (08 – 19 May 2011)

Highlights:

The general situation in Libya remains extremely volatile, tense, and uncertain. Despite reports of Misrata having been liberated from the 12-week siege, reliable sources confirm that the situation in Misrata is once again deteriorating. MSF and CNN report that at least 10 people were killed and at least 30 were injured in the last days due to heavy shelling.

UNICEF is consolidating its presence in Benghazi, and is intensifying advocacy efforts with local authorities and humanitarian actors in Benghazi.

12 May 2011 description
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By Natasha Scripture

RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 12 May 2011 – Gleaming in the sunshine, the white tent of the new UNICEF-supported school at Shousha camp in Ras Jdir stands like a beacon of hope.

This week it opened its doors to more than 150 children, all of whom are eager to study and participate in recreational activities after weeks of uncertainty along the Tunisia-Libya border, where thousands of people fleeing the Libyan conflict have been coming and going since mid-February.

New aspirations

11 May 2011 description
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Par Natasha Scripture

RAS JDIR, Tunisie, 12 mai 2011 - Les tentes blanches de la nouvelle école soutenue par l'UNICEF, dans le camp de Shousha à Ras Jdir, brillent sous les rayons du soleil et redonnent une lueur d'espoir aux populations.

10 May 2011 description
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AMMAN, 10 May 2011 – UNICEF said today that although a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have made considerable progress towards improving the health of mothers and children, disparities within these countries persist, making this progress inequitable.

27 Apr 2011 description
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By Ban Dhayi

DEHIBAT, Tunisia, 27 April 2011 – One month ago, Marwa, 11, was a fifth grade student at Nafousa school in western Libya, But when fighting came closer to her home in Nalut, schools closed and she was forced to stay home. Recent threats of shelling of her town left Marwa and her family with no other option but to join thousands of Libyans who have fled to neighbouring Tunisia.

Children in need

21 Apr 2011 description
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Reporting period (14 – 20 April 2011)

Highlights:

The situation in Libya has further deteriorated over the reporting period. Fierce fighting continues in the eastern city of Ajdabyia where more civilians are fleeing the already largely deserted city. Human Rights Watch reports the use of cluster munitions by forces loyal to Gadaffi in Misrata.

19 Apr 2011 description
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By Ban Dhayi

RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 19 April 2011 – For Sabeela, 28, fleeing the fighting in Libya was particularly hazardous. Heavily pregnant, the Nigerian remained anxious about giving birth while on the seven-hour bus journey from Tripoli to Ras Jdir in southern Tunisia.

“I kept praying all along the road to Shousha camp and was asking all the people in the bus to pray for us,” she recalls. “I was so worried about my baby as I was thinking of the uncertain future that awaits him.”

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14 Apr 2011 description
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  • The situation in Libya continues to be precarious with continued fierce fighting between the rebels and pro- Gaddafi forces. The city of Misrata continues to be under siege for the seventh consecutive week. The number of internally displaced persons inside Libya is reportedly rising, although no exact figures are available.