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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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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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As the Rainy Season Approaches, A Rush of Aid to South Sudan

Children at the Tomping Protection of Civilians site in Juba are forced to walk through flooded passages following an early storm on March 7. © UNICEF/South Sudan/2014/CTidey

— Christopher Tidey is a UNICEF Communication Specialist on mission to South Sudan. He writes from the capital, Juba, where 27,000 people have taken refuge from months of violence. “I was sitting with my five brothers and sisters in the tent, playing a game, and then … boom, the rains came down so hard it was […]

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Children Caught in Central African Republic Inspire with Smiles

Sara, 11, cradles her sister outside her family's makeshift home. Photo: Kent Page.

— Kent Page, Senior Advisor of Strategic Communications for UNICEF, reached Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) on Jan. 11 as part of UNICEF’s Emergency Response Team, which is working to help the 2.3 million children affected by violence there. I’ve met so many wonderful, inspiring children in the Central African Republic during the past few days […]

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Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan

Frances, 10, shown here with guitar at a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space in Tacloban in December, fled with his family from their home in one of Tacloban's poorest neighborhoods just as Typhoon Haiyan was making its approach. He and his family took shelter in a sports stadium during the storm, which destroyed their home.

— The pain of loss still cuts deep in the Philippines four months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) killed more than 6,000 people, but there is also a growing sense that recovery is possible. A new UNICEF report, Four Months After [pdf], describes both the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead for Filipino children. Some highlights: 14.1 […]

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Infographic: Syria’s Children Under Siege

— Three years of conflict have turned Syria into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child. Learn more in this infographic. Click on the image to enlarge.

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