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L.A.’s Global Citizens Help UNICEF in the Philippines

Ms. Salazar holds up a certificate of global citizenship awarded to Daniel Webster Middle School for fundraising on behalf of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Photo: Jamie Meyer.

— Annie Kim is a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Los Angeles, CA.  It’s been a little over three months since Typhoon Haiyan first struck the Philippines. Though the destructive super typhoon left immense devastation in its wake, the outpouring of international support showed the people of the Philippines that they […]

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South Sudan: As Many as 6 Million People Need Help

A health worker prepares to vaccinate a boy on a base of the United Nations  Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). © UNICEF/2014/Crowe

— UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake and other UN agency heads raised the emergency level for South Sudan on February 5, calling for immediate back-up response teams to be deployed to support UNICEF’s efforts in the conflict-ridden nation. As representatives from South Sudan’s factions engage in peace talks in Ethiopia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the […]

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A Mother’s Story — What Parents Need to Know About Trafficking

Jamie Chesman, mother of trafficking survivor and anti-trafficking activist Danielle Douglas, has worked with UNICEF USA'S End Trafficking project to raise awareness of human trafficking in the United States.

— This year, the End Trafficking project has had the honor of working with Jamie Chesman. Jamie’s daughter, Danielle Douglas, is a survivor of human trafficking and an anti-trafficking activist. Danielle was 17 years old, a freshman at Northeastern University, when she met the trafficker who forced her into two years of sex slavery. She shared her story of […]

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— A weekly news roundup highlighting the best of the FieldNotes blog and online coverage of UNICEF issues. Best of the FieldNotes Blog A brief pause in the Syrian conflict A cease-fire in Homs allows UNICEF to help children evacuated from the besieged city. Classrooms as refuge in the Central African Republic UNICEF opens temporary classrooms […]

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How Violence Plagues the World’s Poor

Photograph courtesy of IJM

— “The locusts of everyday violence have been allowed to swarm unabated in the developing world. And they are laying waste to the hope of the poor.” – Gary A. Haugen and Victor Boutros in their new book, ”The Locust Effect” While working in over 190 countries and territories around the world, UNICEF comes face to face […]

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More than 500 Syrian Children Evacuated from Homs

Women, children and the elderly make up most of the evacuees. This family, pictured in July 2013, gather for a meal at a shelter for displaced people outside Homs. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0548/Alma Hassoun.

— Following a cease-fire that went into effect on Friday, more than 1,000 civilians — including more than 500 children — were evacuated from the Old City in Homs, Syria’s third largest city and a center of violence in the ongoing crisis. Despite the cease-fire, humanitarian workers have been deliberately targeted, according to Valerie Amos, the […]

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