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

Entries by UNICEF Canada

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


(Photo: UNICEF/UN028423/Esiebo)

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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How One Syrian Family Is Settling In To Their New Life In P.E.I.

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2017 | 2:31 PM

Basel Alrashdan, 11, and his family were the first Syrian family to be resettled on Canada's Prince Edward Island.

Nearly 50 million children worldwide have been uprooted  --  more than half of them by violence and conflict. The brutal Syrian conflict has forced over 2.2 million children...

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Drought Is Forcing Somali Families To Split Up Just To Survive

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 12:10 PM


Sitting in front of her new home in Rabaable Village -- a hut made of dried branches covered with rugs -- Khadija Muuse, 70, sings about a family forced to be apart.

Oh, you the deaf, let's move!
The boats...

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Syrian Winter Is The Latest Threat To Aleppo's Children Of War

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2016 | 11:29 AM

As people continue to flee the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, UNICEF is working to reach displaced families with the supplies they need to survive the brutal winter. Some children have lost or become separated from their families, leaving them even more vulnerable.

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It's Time For Children To Be Heard

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 5:56 AM

In the past year we saw new or previously inactive voters mobilize to decide Canada's federal election, the Brexit vote and the American presidential race. It's clear that now more than ever people want to have their voices heard when they believe that government policies affect their lives.


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How We Can Make Canada The Best Place For All Our Children To Grow Up

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 7:33 AM

Twenty-five years ago, on December 13th, 1991, Canada took on what is arguably the weightiest responsibility any nation can shoulder, and that is guaranteeing the well-being of its children.

When it ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Canada was essentially making a promise...

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Preparing For Winter In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2016 | 10:52 AM

Manar Mohammad Aziz is 34 years old and has eight children. Ahmed, 16, Aya, 15, Doa'a, 13, Mahmoud, 10, Khalid, nine, Sidra, seven, Adnan, four, and Lina, one. Married to Basil, a security supervisor at the local school, the family lives in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan.

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New Film Highlights Urgent Need To End Violence Against Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2016 | 7:40 AM

A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released on Monday to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.

During the film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on David Beckham's body. While Beckham's own tattoos were...

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From Pregnant And HIV-Positive Teen To Inspiring Young Mayor

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 5:01 AM


Livey Van Wyk, 31, has come a long way from pregnant and HIV-positive teenager to becoming a fulfilled mother and an influential and inspiring young mayor who is the pride of her native Namibia. Her life tells a powerful story of courage and...

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