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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF MENA Regional Director.


Here is a real gift with a real impact. In Malawi, poor access to clean water is a real problem for many children. They are often the ones tasked with water collection, which can be long and difficult, leaving them less time for school. Moreover, the water collected is not always safe for drinking. To help with this major problem, UNICEF has installed dozens of water pumps in the Karonga District of Northern Malawi.


Seventy years ago UNICEF was founded to bring lifesaving aid, long-term support, and hope to children whose lives and futures are put at risk by conflict, by crises, by crushing poverty, and, increasingly, by the effects of climate change. UNICEF’s work for the most disadvantaged, excluded, and vulnerable children has never been more relevant, nor more urgent.


Nearly 2.2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished and require urgent care. At least 462,000 children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a drastic increase of almost 200 per cent since 2014. An additional 1.7 million children suffer from Moderate Acute Malnutrition.


“As violence continues to escalate in Aleppo today, thousands of children are suffering in silence, and coming under brutal attack as the world watches.




Learn more about children’s rights and how they were declared in the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. UNICEF is dedicated to ensure all children’s rights are recognized.



In 2016, the lives of millions of children were disrupted, upended or nearly destroyed by emergencies, including conflict, natural disasters and fast-spreading epidemics. Nearly 250 million children currently live in countries affected by conflict; millions more face risks from natural disasters and fast-spreading epidemics.


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