UNICEF Issues $2.8B Appeal To Assist Children In Emergencies, Conflicts In 2016

News outlets report on various aspects of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2016, which calls for $2.8 billion in aid.

Agence France-Presse: One in nine children globally live in conflict zones: UNICEF
“Some 250 million children — one in nine children worldwide — live in countries affected by violent conflicts, UNICEF lamented Tuesday, saying it needed nearly $3.0 billion this year to help the most vulnerable of them…” (1/26).

Associated Press: UNICEF seeks $2.8B to help kids in world emergencies in 2016
“…UNICEF Geneva’s director of emergency programs, Sikander Khan, says about a quarter of that appeal will target education, which the agency considers a ‘life-saving measure for children’ when war has shuttered many schools…” (1/26).

Deutsche Welle: UNICEF: one in nine children live in conflict zones
“Conflict and severe weather are forcing tens of millions of children from their homes and subjecting them to food shortages, violence, disease, abuse, and lack of education, UNICEF said on Tuesday…” (1/26).

The Guardian: UNICEF warns of severe child malnourishment in North Korea
“About 25,000 children in North Korea require immediate treatment for malnutrition after a drought cut food production by a fifth and the government reduced rations, UNICEF has warned. The U.N.’s children’s fund is asking for £12.6m ($18m) in donations for its North Korea work as part of a global £1.9bn humanitarian appeal for children…” (Holmes, 1/26).

International Business Times: Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s Children Suffering Severe Malnutrition Need $18M In Aid Immediately, U.N. Says
“…UNICEF is asking for $8.5 million for nutrition, $5 million for water and sanitation, and $4.5 million for health care to meet the needs of the North Korean children. This includes money for lifesaving medication, immunization, prevention and treatment of diarrhea and pneumonia, therapeutic food, and access to safe drinking water…” (Winsor, 1/26).

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF launches $2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
“…Noting that its Humanitarian Action for Children 2016 has doubled since this time three years ago, UNICEF is warning that the twin drivers of conflict and extreme weather are forcing growing numbers of children from their homes and exposing millions more to severe food shortages, violence, disease, abuse, as well as threats to their education…” (1/26).

VOA News: UNICEF Seeks $2.8B to Aid Children in Conflict Areas
“…The U.N. agency says climate change is a growing threat, with hundreds of millions of children living in areas prone to heavy flooding or severe drought. UNICEF’s director of emergency programs, Afshan Khan, told VOA children in Africa’s Sahel region are particularly vulnerable…” (Schlein, 1/26).

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