February 23, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
UNICEF on Saturday condemned the abduction of young boys by an armed group in South Sudan. A UNICEF team found that 89 children were abducted by armed soldiers in an Upper Nile State community. According to witnesses, boys over the age of 12 were taken by force. UNICEF urged the immediate release ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday issued a joint press release detailing the adverse effects increasingly brutal and intense conflicts have had on children. The press ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN officials on Friday called for an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), including the medicalization of the practice. Officials were reminded of the reality of the "deeply harmful" nature of the practice on February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a press release Friday declaring 2014 "a devastating year for children" citing the 15 million children affected by violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, the State of Palestine, Syria and Ukraine. Beyond the newly erupted ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, ...[read more]
January 19, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The UN reported on Friday that more than 6,000 child soldiers may be involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR). According to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson Marixie Mercado, recruitment of child soldiers is happening on all sides of the conflict, which has taken on ...[read more]
December 30, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a report on Monday describing horrific attacks against children that have occurred in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the last month. The UNICEF report stated that at least 16 children have been killed and 60 injured since the outbreak of ...[read more]
August 3, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Friday once again reiterated demands for an end to the Syrian conflict, noting the increasingly grave conditions for civilian populations and lack of access for humanitarian aid. UNICEF estimates ...[read more]
August 1, 2013
by G. Redd
Philippe Duamelle, the UNICEF representative in Egypt, expressed concern Tuesday that children are being used as symbolic witnesses and subjected to violence in the recent unrest. This comes amid escalating political violence in Cairo, as Duamelle already released one statement in March warning ...[read more]
July 23, 2013
by G. Redd
Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is on the decline around the world, according to a comprehensive new report released Monday by UNICEF. FGM/C refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non- ...[read more]

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