Jul 9, 2015

UNICEF warns of child deaths in North Korea drought

A serious drought in North Korea requires urgent action to prevent the deaths of children already weakened by widespread malnutrition, the U.N. children’s fund, UNICEF, warned Thursday. “The situation is urgent. But if we act now — by providing urgently needed expertise and pre-positioning ...

Global first-responders to Nepal quake get in gear quickly

Apr 27, 2015

Global first-responders to Nepal quake get in gear quickly

There is still time to save lives — that’s why governments and aid agencies Sunday rushed doctors, volunteers and equipment to Nepal without waiting for the dust to settle. U.N. spokeswoman Orla Fagan, who is heading to Nepal, said preventing the spread of disease ...

Apr 15, 2015

Sierra Leone schools reopen as Ebola scare subsides

Sierra Leone’s 1.8 million children prepared Tuesday to return to school, eight months after classes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Classrooms have been empty since the government announced a state of emergency last July in response to an ...

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 ...