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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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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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A Lesson from Girl Scouts on World Thinking Day

Global Citizenship Fellow Mandy Sharp Eizinger, left, talks to the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois about the School-in-a-Box on World Thinking Day. Photo: Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois.

— Aarti Singh and Mandy Sharp Eizinger are Global Citizenship Fellows with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. World Thinking Day is a time when Girl Scouts around the world honor each other and dedicate the day to reflecting on global issues. This year’s theme aligned with Millennium Development Goal 2 — […]

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How Your Dollars Turn Into Clean Water

Children fill containers and wash their hands at a UNICEF-supported water access point in Togo. ©UNICEF/Togo2013/Essi Fafa Soulé

— Stephanie Adickman is a proposal writer in the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Global Programs & Field Engagement team. In a world where 768 million people do not have access to clean water, the challenges may seem daunting. But with the help of a network of engaged supporters, UNICEF is on the ground empowering governments, communities […]

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The Most Dangerous Place in the World for a Child

— UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake spoke with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour last week about the devastating impact of the conflict on Syria’s children. As March 15 marked the third anniversary of the civil war, UNICEF released a report illustrating the need for humanitarian assistance: 5.5. million children have been affected by the conflict 10,000 children have […]

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