Unicef

Focusing on Hard-to-Reach Children for Polio Vaccination Campaign in Syria

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

More than six months after confirmation of the first polio case in Syria, Unicef continues to support efforts to tackle the outbreak in all parts of the country. The April nationwide polio round which started this week aims to reach 2.8million children across Syria with a special focus on hard-to-reach children in conflict zones and besieged areas...

I Love South Sudan

James Elder | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
James Elder

Nyatut fled her village in South Sudan two months ago. Armed men burnt her home and killed her mother. From Syria to Central Africa Republic to S...

Charity Entrepreneurs - Do They Exist?

Michelle Wright | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

In a changing economic context, most charities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, but I'm coming across more and more CEOs that are tired of hearing the term and Chairs of Trustees that don't seem to know where to start. So what does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?

Delivering Life-Saving Supples to a Besieged Syrian Town

Razan Rashidi | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

We arrived at the Douma branch of Sarc to meet 35 volunteers who are working under very tiring circumstances. The city, with a population of 50,000, has been under a tight blockade for more than six months.

Is It a Case of Moral Duplicity in Syria?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Over the past three years, I have often commented on the events in Syria that have unfolded with cruel intensity. And during this period, I have also been struck by the sheer audacity of the regime and - later - by the barbarity of so-called jihadist elements that together have used the Syrian people as cannon fodder in pursuit of their objectives and interests.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

Shocking Facts About Child Poverty You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is speeding ahead with plans to redefine how child poverty is measured in Britain in response to a wave of criticism of his welfare ...

We Can Help Millions of Children Who Are Living in Danger

David Beckham | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
David Beckham

Right this second all around the world, millions of children are in danger. Huge numbers of children are caught up in emergencies, like conflicts in Syria and South Sudan and natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In the Philippines 1.7million children were forced from their homes when the Typhoon swept through their communities. I saw myself how children's lives have been destroyed and how they are slowly recovering with the help of UNICEF. As a father, it was a moving experience and the memories of the children I met will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Beckham Brings Cheer To Children-Survivors In Phillipines (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Sport

David Beckham has visited the storm-devastated Philippine city of Tacloban as part of Unicef's relief efforts. The central city is still struggling...

Thousands Benefit in Areha and Muhambel, Syria, as UN Supply Convoy Reaches Families in Areas Ravaged by Intense Fighting

Michele Al Kaae | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Michele Al Kaae

Last week, I was part of a UN inter-agency convoy that brought much-needed emergency supplies to the Areha district, including for nearby Muhambel town. It has been months since humanitarian assistance has been able to get through. Even now that the fighting has stopped in this area, the 22-truck convoy had to take a circuitous route to avoid active hot areas.

Changing the World With Data

David Bull | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Bull

Twenty five years ago the world made a promise to children - a promise enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We promised every child the right to survive and be healthy, the right to an education and the right never to be subjected to violence. Through the use of data, we can tell where and how far those promises are, and are not, being kept and identify what more needs to be done to fulfil them.

We Must Not Forget the Children of the Philippines

David Bull | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
David Bull

The generosity of millions of people has helped make our efforts possible and has brought hope to children who have had to face unimaginable suffering and hardship. We couldn't do it without you. As the card I was given as I left the Philippnes said - thank you to all those who have helped.

There's No Place Like Home - Bringing Syrian Children in From the Cold

Anita Tiessen | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Temperatures can fall to as low as minus six. In previous winters families have been known to burn their possessions just to stay warm. For little children, struggling against the cold and the wet, the brutality of winter could prove deadly.

Treating Typhoon Haiyan's Victims With Dignity

Kent Page | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Kent Page

For the two weeks since the typhoon, these bodies have been laying face up - staring into the alternating blazing sun and pouring rain. The smell of decomposition was overbearing, but I couldn't look away from the little girl in the white dress. It seemed so wrong for her to be left to the elements like that, and stared at by anyone passing by.

United Players And WAGS Attend Unicef Dinner (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Sport

Footballers, WAGs and singletons were out in force for Manchester United's annual Unicef gala dinner at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. David Moye...

Yemen Must Ban Child Marriage in New Constitution - Right Group

Emma Batha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Emma Batha

Child bride Nujood Ali made history when she sought a divorce in 2008 at the age of 10. She has since written a book in which she says she was raped...

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

The Education Emergency Facing Syria's Children

David Bull | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Bull

When we think of a humanitarian emergency, we don't necessarily think first of education. We think of immediate, life-saving needs, like clean water, health care and shelter. Of course, in Syria and across the region, these supplies and services are absolutely vital for children and families living with the daily consequences of conflict and displacement. However, learning is just as urgent. Almost two million Syrian children have been forced to drop out of school over the past year. For refugee children, being in school offers a safe space to remember that they are children, to feel hope for the future, to play and to begin the process of healing the emotional damage of all they have experienced.

Mulitlateral Agencies Should Renew Their Commitment to Basic Education

Pauline Rose | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

The support of multilateral agencies for basic education is slowing compared with other sectors and bilateral donors. Unless multilateral aid is increased, there is a danger that growing support to new areas such as skills development will squeeze the scarce resources for basic education even further, to the detriment of the most disadvantaged.

Young People Are Showing the Way to Battle Climate Change

Jon Snow | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK
Jon Snow

In contrast to the scepticism of us cynical and over-worked adults, the awareness amongst children of both the tenderness of our planet and the fatal threats from climate change is undiminished.

UN Mission Assesses Humanitarian Needs in Syria's Dara'a City

Mohamad Kanawati | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK
Mohamad Kanawati

I was part of a Unicef team that joined with five other UN agencies on a recent humanitarian assessment mission to Syria's south. The aim was to assess the situation in Dara'a, deliver emergency supplies, and meet with partner agencies.

Are We Failing Syria's Refugees?

Katie McQue | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie McQue

Unlike a military intervention in Syria, providing sufficient support to the country's refugees is something that should require no debate. The UN has appealed to the world to plug the $2billion shortfall of funds needed now to keep the seven million people displaced by the conflict safe and healthy.

Thirsting for Knowledge: The Challenge of Educating Girls

Frontier | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

From messing around in the classroom to bunking off with friends; education is a right taken for granted by many. Yet, it is also deprived to millions of children across the globe - 57 million at primary level to be precise.

Helping Syrian Children Displaced By Conflict Return to a Sense of Normality

Alma Hassoun | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK
Alma Hassoun

In a peaceful mountain area of rural Tartous, western Syria, the fighting and destruction affecting other parts of the country seems very far away... I was part of a Unicef team that visited a centre where psycho-social support is being made available to hundreds of displaced children in the area.