Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria
April 23, 2014

(UNICEF) – Leaders of UN agencies issue a joint statement on the urgent need for action in Syria. “Thus far, diplomatic efforts designed to end years of suffering have failed.  What have not failed are the courage and determination of extraordinary Syrian civilians to survive.”

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‘Gunmen asked aid workers to leave children to be killed’
April 23, 2014

(Radio Tamazuj) - During the ethnic massacre carried out in Bor last Thursday, gunmen demanded that aid workers caught in the violence leave behind a group of women and children with whom they were hiding.

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Children of Kachin need protection and have a right to peace, says UNICEF
April 22, 2014

(UNICEF) - Recent fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army in the vicinity of Man Win Gyi and Momauk areas (Southern Kachin State) has forced thousands of people, including an estimated 1,000 children, to leave their temporary homes. ”The fighting and the associated displacement of families has increased the health risks that children face, including by reducing their access to safe, reliable water and sanitation facilities. ” said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar.

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South Sudan: UN says surging violence claimed lives of children, worsened malnutrition among survivors
April 22, 2014

(UN News) -  Confirming that children were killed in South Sudan during recent brutal attacks on displaced civilians or as a result of being recruited by armed groups, the UNICEF warned today that the surging violence is exacerbating an already “very dangerous” malnutrition crisis. “The exact numbers are currently being verified,” he said, adding that up to 23,000 people are currently sheltering at the UN base in Bentiu. Some of the children were killed either in direct attacks or as a result of being caught in the crossfire.

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Nigeria: Another Girls’ School Attacked
April 21, 2014

(Daily Trust) - Unidentified gunmen attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Yana, Bauchi State yesterday, where they set fire to staff homes and seized the principal’s car. The gunmen did not take any of the 195 final-year students who were around in the school for their senior school-leaving certificate examinations.

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Children killed in brutal South Sudan fighting
April 21, 2014

(UNICEF Canada) - A number of children have been killed in this week’s fighting in South Sudan – some in an attack on displaced civilians while others have been caught in the crossfire or died as a result of being recruited by armed groups and forces, UNICEF said today.

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SRSG Zerrougui Condemns Grave Violations Comitted Against Children in South Sudan
April 20, 2014

(SRSG-CAAC) - Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, strongly condemns the attack of Thursday on the Internally Displaced Persons sheltering at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Bor, in South Sudan’s Jonglei State.

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Nigeria abductions: Military admits girls still missing
April 18, 2014

(BBC) - There has been confusion about the number of girls missing after they were kidnapped from a boarding school in the north-east on Monday night. According to education authorities in Borno state, 99 girls are still missing and 30 in total have managed to escape.

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Joint statement on the abduction of school girls in Borno State, Nigeria
April 17, 2014

(SRSG-SVC) - Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui. 

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UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in north-eastern Nigeria
April 16, 2014

(UN News) - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday, and called for their immediate and unconditional release.

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