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As Polio Spreads to Iraq , UNICEF & WHO Aim to Immunize 20 Million Children

10-day-old Mohammed receives his immunization against polio at a UNICEF-supported health center in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Iraq.

— Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt early this month, aiming to reach more than 20 million children. For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health in March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad. “The recent detection […]

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Orlando Bloom Visits Syrian Refugees in Jordan


— Christine Nesbitt is UNICEF’s Senior Photography Editor. In UNICEF’s Photo of the Week (above), taken by photographer Giovanni Diffidenti, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom shares a laugh with 12-year-old Esmaeil near his family’s two-room dwelling in the northern city of Irbid, Jordan. Esmaeil, his parents and his five siblings are refugees from the northern Syrian […]

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South Sudanese Flee Upriver to Escape Violence

Boys in Minkaman, South Sudan, launch their canoe into the Nile River. The fishing village now hosts the highest concentration of people displaced by the violent conflict.

— Christopher Tidey is a UNICEF communications specialist on mission to South Sudan. Up until a few months ago, Minkaman, a fishing village on the Nile River, had fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. Since South Sudan’s political crisis erupted on Dec. 15, 2013, the village’s population has swelled to 100,000, as more and more families have fled […]

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How UNICEF Text Messages Save Children’s Lives in Indonesia

A girl and her mother (partially visible) meet with a midwife at a UNICEF-supported clinic in Tanjona, Aceh Province, Indonesia.

— In Indonesia — where a child under five dies every four minutes of preventable causes — midwives are often responsible for children’s health in rural villages. Yet many of the country’s approximately 150,000 midwives have limited education and little access to current medical information. “The idea is simple — texting key health messages to rural […]

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Powerful Earthquake in Chile

— An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile just after 8:00 P.M. local time last night. The earthquake epicenter was offshore from the Chilean Region of Tarapaca (population 350,373). There are reports of structural damage and six casualties. The Government has declared two northern zones as disaster areas. Approximately 900,000 people were evacuated from coastal zones […]

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Readying the Emergency Landing Zone in South Sudan

A boy displaced by recent fighting in South Sudan stands near makeshift shelters in the town of Mingkaman, where humanitarian assistance is being provided.

— James Elder, UNICEF’s Regional Chief of Communication in Eastern and Southern Africa, is currently on mission in South Sudan. Here in Akobo, on the eastern edge of South Sudan near the border with Ethiopia, temperatures do not rise to 120 degrees—they sit there pretty much all day, every day. And yet when aid workers turn […]

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