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UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe. UNICEF is on a mission to reach every child and ensure their well-being, no matter where they are in this world. There’s no limit to the lengths UNICEF will go, the risks we’ll take or the depth of our commitment to save children’s lives. By plane, boat or foot, we reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world’s most inaccessible places, bringing them simple, life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water.

UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF's 36 National Committees. UNICEF Canada’s main office is in Toronto, Ontario.

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How Do I Tell A Child That Climate Change Is Destroying Her Home?

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2017 | 5:02 PM

Climate change is about much more than polar bears -- it is about the lives of millions of children around the world who are at risk of climate-related disasters. For Earth Day, we present you eight-year-old Aïta Abakar. Aïta had never heard of the shrinking Lake Chad issue. She used...

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For Displaced Syrian Mothers, Times Of Hardship And Determination

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2017 | 4:07 PM

By Monica Awad

Continued violence and insecurity in Syria have driven 6.8 million people from their homes. Amid the severe deprivation and uncertainty that come with displacement, mothers like Nada, 28, draw on whatever support they can get to meet their children's basic needs while aspiring for a better future....

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Children Of Besieged Madaya Trapped Between Two Realities

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 12:46 PM

By UNICEF Syria Staffer. The staff member and author of this blog participated in a United Nations, International Red Cross and Syrian Arab Red Crescent joint humanitarian convoy to Madaya on March 14, 2017.

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A member of the Syrian pro-government forces stands at the...

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Eat, Play, Love: Why A Child's First 1,000 Days Make All the Difference

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2017 | 4:48 PM

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When Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed their babies during mass at the Sistine Chapel, he sent a powerful message that young children deserve loving care wherever they are.

We all know young bodies need nourishment and physical affection to thrive but...

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Creating The World We Want Through Sport

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 1:05 PM

They say that home is where the heart is. For me, home was always where the pool was.
Growing up in Fort McMurray, Alberta and Waterloo, Ontario, swimming was my life. I planned my school around it. I planned my social events around it. There was little that...

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Syria's War Is The Shame Of A Generation

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2017 | 4:52 PM

Whether or not you try to ignore it, the six-year-old Syrian Civil War is the shame of our generation.

All people who, like me, are educated, are fortunate enough to live in peace and have access to information in real time, and are parents to tomorrow's generation, have a moral...

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Poverty, Hunger And Disease Cripple Childhood In Yemen

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 12:53 PM

As the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, families' coping mechanisms are being stretched to their limit, risking a total collapse in resilience. According to a new UNICEF report "Falling through the Cracks", more than 17 million people -- or 65 per cent of the population --...

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How Aleppo's Orphans Find A Place To Call Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2017 | 11:26 AM

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In Australia, your life changes when you turn 12.

You leave primary school behind. You look at children younger than you and feel a little more grown up. You pack your bag for high school, nervous and hopeful for what the year will...

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Famine Is Just The Latest Danger To Children In South Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2017 | 10:23 AM

It's now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world's youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.

The scale of the crisis engulfing the country is staggering....

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Water Is A Family Affair

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 1:30 PM

For millions of people around the globe, water, sanitation and hygiene conditions have improved. Still, in 2017, 663 million people are using unsafe drinking water. VII Photo's Ashley Gilbertson photographed in seven countries for UNICEF, making portraits of families and their daily water use. As part...

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What Drought Leaves Behind

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 11:20 AM

The dust mercilessly cuts its way, meandering across the pathways of Badanrero Village, located 100 kilometres from the border town of Moyale near Ethiopia. The terrain is flat and desolate, with nothing but dried up shrubs for miles.

As the dirt whirl picks up momentum, small children and goats...

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Children's Suffering In Syria Is At Its Worst

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2017 | 5:18 PM

Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim report of the conflict's impact on children, as the war reaches six years.

Verified instances of killing, maiming and recruitment of children increased sharply last year in a drastic escalation of violence...

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Famine Threatens 1.4 Million Children, But There's Still Hope

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2017 | 9:39 AM

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Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan and looms in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Every day children are dying and UNICEF is working...

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Going The Extra Mile To Vaccinate Children Trapped By Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 10:26 AM

In conflict-affected regions like northeast Nigeria, children miss out on life-saving vaccines.

Anyone with access to a TV or even a smartphone has unlimited access to images of the destruction that armed conflict causes around the globe. We can see details of the ways war and violence threaten and disrupt...

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6 Years Of War Have Given Syrian Winters A Chilling New Meaning

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 4:43 PM

For children and their families across Syria, winter used to bring joy. But after six years of conflict, childhood memories of getting cozy around the heater, playing in the snow and warm winter clothes are all but forgotten.

Six years of war have changed how winter feels for children in...

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The Many Faces Of Children In Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 1:56 PM

From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are affected by relentless conflicts and displacement crises, as well as devastation wrought by natural disasters. To reach those in greatest need, US$3.3 billion is needed by UNICEF to assist 81 million people in 2017, including 48 million...

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For One Child, Education Is The Solution To Yemen Violence

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2017 | 2:11 PM

The conflict in Yemen has resulted in more than two million children being out of school. UNICEF speaks to one child for whom education is not just a means to his dream job, but a way to prevent violence in the future.

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South Sudan Is A Forgotten Children's Catastrophe

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2017 | 1:17 PM

Three years of conflict in South Sudan have taken a massive toll on the lives of millions of children and women across the country.

As a result of the violence that erupted in December, 2013, nearly 3.1 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes, with children...

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Children Suffer As Taps Run Dry In Syria's Capital

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 1:25 PM

An estimated 5.5 million people, including two million children, have been cut off from running water for over three weeks in Damascus and its surroundings, the longest cut Syria's capital has seen.

Intense fighting damaged the water infrastructure for the two main drinking water sources for Damascus -- Ain...

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Early Childhood Interventions Provide A Fair Start In Life For Every Child

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 3:02 PM

The first five years of life significantly affect a child's health, education, well-being and future.

Early childhood provides an opportunity to offer nutrition, protection and the stimulation that comes with play to vulnerable children. But far too many children in the world are denied the right to adequate nutrition, protection...

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