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One principal’s quest to support children’s education despite ongoing conflict.

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James (name changed) was abducted by an armed group in South Sudan, to serve as a soldier, and eventually was left for dead by the same group. Reunited with his family by UNICEF, he is facing life with confidence and a dream for the future.

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Syria’s nine year conflict has continued unabated, with all parties to the conflict intensifying military operations in Idleb, Aleppo, Hama, Eastern Ghouta and in the Northeast of the country. Despite the ongoing conflict, UNICEF has been working hard to provide essential supplies and support to children in the region.

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Twenty-four thousand children were killed or maimed in conflicts in 2018. This is the highest number ever reported by the UN since it began monitoring the six grave violations affecting children nearly 15 years ago. David Morley comments on the situation and how Canada must make children’s rights, safety and wellbeing a global priority.

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Like many children affected by the increased violence in central Mali, Hamadou had to flee from a raid on his village. He and his family are living in a settlement, but their father has been missing since the attack.

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With ongoing and unending conflict in Yemen, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate across the country. UNICEF is working around-the clock to save children suffering from disease – often caused by a lack of access to clean water.

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March 15 marks the 8th year-mark of the war in Syria. There are now millions of children living in Syria, and in neighboring countries, who have never known anything but war. This photo series takes you through the memories of Syrian children – now living in Za’atari Refugee Camp – and the objects they brought with them that encapsulate those memories.

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The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening by the day. More than 22 million Yemenis – that’s three-quarters of the population – need humanitarian assistance and protection. More than 11 million of them are children. The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for its children.


Every year, UNICEF releases a Humanitarian Action for Children report. It’s our annual global appeal that draws attention to the situation of millions of children living in the world’s most difficult crises, while requesting the financial support needed to help these children survive and thrive in the face of extraordinary challenges.

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In Yemen, an entire generation of children is growing up knowing nothing but war. They have been scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services including water, health care and education.