South Sudan rebels free 250 child soldiers: U.N.

Mar 23, 2015

South Sudan rebels free 250 child soldiers: U.N.

A South Sudanese rebel group has freed 250 child soldiers — including a girl as young as 9, the U.N. children’s agency said on Sunday, but warned that thousands were still being forced to fight. The rebel Cobra Faction is also set to release ...

More than 1,000 children living rough in Donetsk

Jan 28, 2015

More than 1,000 children living rough in Donetsk

About 1,100 children are living rough in underground shelters in Ukraine’s rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. “We were able to assess 12 bomb shelters where there are adults and parents with the children,” UNICEF’s representative in Ukraine Giovanna ...

Oct 6, 2014

UNICEF exec prods more Japanese to join international groups

Richard Bridle, director for human resources at UNICEF, is urging more Japanese to work in international organizations. “We would like to encourage more Japanese to come into international service,” Bridle said during an interview in Tokyo last week. “It’s not about money (for the ...

Sep 20, 2014

Conditions for kids worldwide

A new report from the United Nations children's agency reminds us that violence remains a leading cause of preventable injury and death among children worldwide.

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

Jul 17, 2014

UNICEF officer fights for children in S. Sudan

by Osamu Nakahi

Masumi Yamashina, 36, became a UNICEF officer in South Sudan with the hope of supporting the nation-building efforts of the world’s youngest country, but an unexpectedly harsh reality awaited her there. In February, Yamashina, who was stationed at a U.N. compound in the northeastern ...