Lake Chad conflict: alarming surge in number of children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year – UNICEF

DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today. “In the first three months of this year, the … Continued

Famine, drought and war: time is running out for millions of children

UNICEF needs $255 million for children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen *NOTE* Photos + videos http://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AMZIFDD22Q NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 28 March 2017 – More than a month after famine was declared in South Sudan, time is running out for more than a million children as drought and armed conflict devastate lives in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South … Continued

Famine threat in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen

*NOTE* UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power is available for interview *NOTE* For photos and video http://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AMZIFDD22Q DUBLIN/NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today. “Time is running … Continued

4.7 million children in vaccination campaign against measles in northeast Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria 26 January 2017 – In a major vaccination campaign concluding this week, 4.7 million children are being vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign is covering the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. … Continued

Tragic loss of life at a camp for displaced in Nigeria

Statement by UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes Manuel Fontaine on the tragic loss of life in the Rann camp for displaced people, northeast Nigeria NEW YORK, 17 January, 2017 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by the loss of life in Tuesday’s tragic incident in Rann, Borno State. Our thoughts are with all those who were … Continued

New polio cases in Nigeria underline risks for children in conflict

NEW YORK, 11 August 2016 – The sobering news that two children have been paralyzed by wild poliovirus in northeastern Nigeria underscores the urgency of eradicating the disease in conflict-affected areas, UNICEF said today. The Government of Nigeria and the World Health Organisation have confirmed an outbreak of wild poliovirus in conflict-ridden Borno state, where … Continued

Humanitarian convoy in Nigeria attacked, one UNICEF casualty

UNICEF statement on attack on humanitarian convoy in northeastern Nigeria NEW YORK, 28 July 2016 – Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA and IOM. The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance. UNICEF can confirm that a … Continued