Violence pushes Syrian families to the borders
Recent escalation in northwest, Syria has devastated the region and displaced some 576,000 children since December last year. As conditions worsen, many families are choosing to face the harrowing journey to seek refuge and safety in Europe.
Many refugees are now concentrated on the border of Turkey and Greece. Families are facing harsh winter conditions and a severe lack of basic facilities.
UNICEF is on the ground, providing essential support to children and families including blankets, shelter, water, hygiene kits and other non-food items.
Conflict continues in Yemen
The world’s biggest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is still unfolding as the country enters its sixth year of fighting. The ongoing crisis has led to rising food insecurity, poor sanitation, lack of safe water and a collapse of essential services.
Children often face the harshest consequences of conflict. In Yemen there are currently over 360,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Mazen, 18-months-old, has grown up in the worst of the conflict. He suffered from malnutrition, skin diseases and another disease that resulted in losing one of his eyes. His health was rapidly deteriorating.
He was taken to a UNICEF-supported specialist hospital in the area. With attentive care given by doctors, Mazen is now on the road to recovery. He is responding well to nutrition treatment and he will soon undergo surgery to help save his eye.
Flooding causes devastation in Madagascar
More than 120,000 people have been affected by recent torrential flooding in Madagascar. Key roads have been washed away, schools have been damaged and many families in the region have been forced to leave their homes
Dolys,11, and his family were living in the area at the time. The family grabbed what few items they could carry and fled to a shelter site where thousands of others had also taken refuge.
"I was scared and tired because we didn't sleep through the night. My school supplies were damaged and the day after we left, our house was washed away," Dolys says.
As the country recovers and schools in the area begin to reopen, Dolys is excited to get back to learning. UNICEF is supporting Doly's and thousands of children to return to the classroom by providing essential school supplies.
One year on from Cyclone Idai
One year ago, cyclones Idai and Kenneth tore through Mozambique, affecting millions of people and leaving a path of destruction in the region.
UNICEF quickly coordinated emergency relief to the area, bringing much-needed support including nutrition, water and health programs to families that were affected.
A year on, challenges remain in the region. Recent floods and drought have exacerbated the situation.
Food shortages in the area have increased the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF has been screening and treating thousands of children for the condition, while also providing essential health services like vaccinations.
How a water pump can keep girls in school
For the community of Dialangou, Mali, the journey to access water used to be difficult and long. Residents were forced to walk a two-hour-round trip to access clean and safe water.
In the village, the responsibility to fetch water fell mostly on young girls. The trek meant girls were late to school, or in some cases, missed entire days.
In partnership with the Government of Mali, UNICEF is supporting the construction of more than 160 new water points in isolated, rural villages around the region.
For Dialangou, the newly built water point is not only bringing clean water right into the village, it's also improving children's health and helping girls to stay in school for longer.
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