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Japan hit by massive earthquake

  BREAKING NEWS UNICEF is closely monitoring the situation following a tsunami warning that has been issued for the entire Pacific basin, except for the mainland United States and Canada. Among the countries for which a tsunami warning is in effect are: Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mexico, … Continued

Emergency support for migrants on the Tunisia-Libya border

RAS JDIR, Tunisia, 9 March 2011 – Desperate to earn money for her family, Joy left her four-year-old son in her mother’s care in Nigeria two years ago and moved to Libya to work as a cleaner. Now, seven and a half months pregnant, she is sitting in a camp at the Tunisia-Libya border, waiting … Continued

Tunisia’s youth step up to assist thousands of migrants fleeing Libya

As violence mounts in Libya, the border is overflowing with fleeing migrants. In the last two weeks, more than 100,000 have crossed the Libya-Tunisia border on their way to their countries of origin. Report by Najwa Mekki Upon arrival at the border at Ras Jdir, migrants are received at a transit area where volunteers, the … Continued

UNICEF Highlights Promise of Adolescent Girls on International Women’s Day

On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, UNICEF draws attention to the 515 million adolescent girls in the developing world who can help their families, communities and countries to prosper if they are empowered with education and skills. Secondary education is critical to girls’ development, empowerment and protection. It contributes to greater civic participation, … Continued

UNICEF and partners accelerate humanitarian response to Libyan crisis

As tens of thousands flee into Egypt and Tunisia to escape the escalating conflict in Libya, UNICEF is sending relief supplies to help meet the immediate needs of women and children at risk. In support of this emergency effort, the organization is appealing for $7.2 million in additional funding. VIDEO: 3 March 2011 – UNICEF … Continued

Psychosocial support for children caught in violence on Egypt’s streets

UNICEF has launched a psychosocial support program for children who were affected by violence during the uprising in Egypt in recent weeks. Report by Hala Abu Khatwa. Following days of peaceful mass protests that started on 25 January, demonstrations turned violent when clashes broke out among demonstrators, police forces and counter-demonstrators. The last group reportedly … Continued

UNICEF dedicates ‘The State of the World’s Children 2011’ to adolescents

‘The State of the World’s Children 2011 – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity,’ UNICEF’s flagship report, focuses on the development and rights of more than a billion children aged 10 to 19 worldwide. This series of stories, essays and multimedia features seeks to accelerate and elevate adolescents’ fight against poverty, inequality and gender discrimination. Here … Continued

Mother-Baby Pack introduced

UNICEF’s Mother-Baby Pack can make HIV-prevention treatment available to mothers and infants who might not otherwise have access to it. UNICEF’s recently introduced “Mother-Baby Pack” is a take-home box containing all the anti-retroviral drugs and antibiotics needed to protect the health of one mother and child. Color-coding and simple graphics help mothers identify which of … Continued

Field diary: Fighting child trafficking on Haiti’s border

Gallianne Palayret is a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF Haiti whose work focuses on protecting children against child trafficking between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This past January, she visited two official and several unofficial crossings on the Haitian border to assess the protective environment for children. Field report by Gallianne Palayret PORT-AU-Prince, Haiti, 16 … Continued