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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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For World Children’s Day 2018, UNICEF Yemen and Power of 20 worked together with Yemeni children and youth to produce a series of short films about life – and conflict – in Yemen.


The conflict has made Yemen a living hell for children. Over 11 million children – 80% of all children in the country – require humanitarian assistance. But thanks to donors, UNICEF is on the ground, and working hard to reach as many children as possible with life-saving support.


Nearly 50 million children at risk as conflict and disaster engulf 48 countries


Bayan Yammout grew up in war-torn Beirut, experiencing first-hand the hardship conflict places on children – and the life-saving support UNICEF provides. Here are her thoughts on the current situation in Syria.