3 000 child soldiers released in South Sudan

2015-01-27 13:59

At least 3 000 children will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the UN children’s agency says, after a group of 280 children were freed.

Unicef: Not a good year for children

2014-12-08 19:07

Millions of children have suffered under extreme violence, destruction and forced displacement in 2014, the UN Children's Fund says.

Genital cutting continues in Kenya

2014-11-12 19:51

Draped in animal skin and covered in white paint, four teenage girls squat over large stones in a remote western Kenyan village after being circumcised.

Home care kits highlight gaps in W Africa's Ebola response

2014-10-21 11:16

With the number of Ebola cases spiralling in West Africa, health workers fighting one of the world’s deadliest diseases are being forced to improvise.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone starts school by radio

2014-10-08 05:00

Sierra Leone has launched an ambitious schooling effort for more than a million children denied their education due to the Ebola epidemic.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

2014-09-20 09:00

Sierra Leone confined its six million people to their homes on Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Ebola taking 'heartbreaking' toll on Liberian kids

2014-09-12 22:52

The murderous Ebola outbreak ripping through west Africa is taking a devastating toll on children, with at least 2 000 orphaned in worst-hit Liberia alone, the UN says.

Violence part of life for world's youth

2014-09-04 22:18

A UN report says homicide, sexual violence, violent discipline are part of life for many of the world's youth.

40 Iraqi children killed after jihadist attack - UN

2014-08-05 17:08

Forty children from northern Iraq's Yazidi minority have reportedly died as a result of a jihadist attack on the Sinjar region.

2 million under-5s die each year in central, west Africa

2014-06-23 11:34

Two million children under five die each year in central and western Africa, accounting for almost a third of all deaths worldwide in that age range, the UN says.

Measles threatens children in Somalia

2014-06-10 16:35

Thousands of children in war-torn Somalia are facing death or disability due to an outbreak of highly contagious measles.

Israel puts more kids in solitary confinement - report

2014-05-13 05:30

Israel is placing increasing numbers of arrested Palestinian children in solitary confinement, an international children's rights group says.

Militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan kill 8

2014-04-22 12:41

Two militant attacks in northwestern Pakistan have killed eight people, including five policemen, officials say.

Guinea scrambles to contain Ebola outbreak

2014-03-24 19:57

Aid workers and public health officials are battling to contain west Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as tests on suspected cases in Conakry allayed fears that it had spread to the capital.

Rains bring misery for Central Africa's displaced

2014-03-04 21:05

An early start to the rainy season in Central African Republic has worsened the plight of hundreds of thousands of people sheltering from religious violence in makeshift camps, raising the risk of malaria and dysentery.

Zanu-PF: We want total removal of sanctions

2014-02-18 15:13

President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has dismissed the easing of EU sanctions against Zimbabwe as a “non-event”, after the veteran leader and his wife remained blacklisted.

CAR children killed, mutilated

2014-02-14 12:56

The UN children’s agency says it is horrified at how children are being maimed and killed, including by beheadings, in the sectarian violence engulfing the Central African Republic.

Unicef blasts S Sudan over looted school packs

2014-02-03 21:10

Unicef is "extremely concerned" over the looting by South Sudan government troops of school supplies and backpacks.

Leaders to pile pressure on CAR president

2014-01-09 14:08

African leaders are meeting to tackle the sectarian violence ripping apart CAR at a summit set to pile pressure on embattled President Michel Djotodia.

Children new targets in CAR conflict

2014-01-04 10:36

In the latest violence to rock the crisis-prone Central African Republic, children have become deliberate targets of armed gangs, mainly because of their family's faith, aid workers say.

Sudan children 'hostage' to warring parties

2013-12-13 10:26

The medical needs of 165 000 Sudanese children are being held "hostage" by the warring parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the United Nations says.

Katy Perry puts Twitter army on standby

2013-12-05 16:35

Katy Perry says she is the world's Twitter leader because she does not preach and she is ready to unleash her "terrifying" social media army.

Mass vaccinations for children hit by Haiyan

2013-11-27 13:31

A mass vaccination programme has been launched in Philippine communities that were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan to protect children against measles and polio UN agencies say.

China's 'Peace Ark' leaves for Philippines

2013-11-21 12:53

A Chinese hospital ship known as the Peace Ark has set sail for the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, as Beijing seeks to promote its aid effort nearly two weeks after the disaster.

UN: 21 nations take up polio emergency

2013-11-13 22:16

Some 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions have jointly made the eradication of polio an emergency priority, the World Health Organisation says.


Shakira is hosting another World Baby Shower for baby No 2

2015-01-20 14:59

Shakira and Gerard Pique - who are expecting their second child - are hosting another World Baby Shower to benefit UNICEF.

UN: Nearly 5 million in Mali are hungry

2014-11-15 16:04

A convergence of droughts, harvest failures, locust invasions and political conflicts in Mali have left nearly 5 million people without enough to eat, UN officials say.

UN: Violence kills a child every 5 minutes

2014-10-21 16:02

One child dies every five minutes as a result of violence, but only a minority die in war zones, according to a Unicef report.

Sierra Leone Ebola survivors to hold UN meeting

2014-10-14 15:23

Dozens of Ebola survivors, now immune to the deadly disease, will meet in Sierra Leone this week to see how they can help tackle the epidemic, the UN says.

UN: Ebola orphans 3 700 children in West Africa

2014-09-30 20:02

At least 3 700 children in West Africa have seen one or both parents die because of the Ebola epidemic, the UN Children's Fund says, and many are being rejected by surviving relatives out of fear of infection.

Gaza children return to school after war

2014-09-14 13:12

Half a million Gaza children have made a delayed return to school after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that damaged hundreds of school buildings.

One in 10 girls sexually abused worldwide: UN

2014-09-06 07:33

Around 120 million girls around the world, close to 1 in 10, have been raped or sexually assaulted by the time they turn 20, a new UN report has found.

Over third of SA population under 18 - Unicef

2014-08-12 18:06

Over one third of South Africa's population is expected to be under the age of 18 in 2015, according to a United Nations Children's Fund report.

Charity school ‘pimped’ out students to donors

2014-07-08 13:18

The Cambodian director of a school charity has been arrested for allegedly selling the sexual services of his teenage students to foreigners who disguised their payments as donations.

30 million African kids missing primary school

2014-06-18 08:05

The UN says at least 30 million primary school-aged children in sub-Saharan Africa are not in class, partially because of poverty and conflict.

Somali children need food aid

2014-05-27 18:33

Up to 200 000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition in Somalia by the end of the year unless the United Nations receives emergency funds.

Almost 750 million denied safer drinking water

2014-05-10 11:25

Nearly 750 million people, mostly poor and living in rural areas, still do not have access to safer drinking water.

More humanitarian aid to South Sudan

2014-03-25 21:12

The United States is increasing humanitarian aid to South Sudan to $411m, funnelling it through UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Syria says it freed 25 in exchange for nuns

2014-03-11 14:52

The Syrian government has freed only 25 prisoners – and not the 150 reported by foreign mediators – in exchange for 13 Greek Orthodox nuns who had been held by al-Qaeda-linked rebels, an official says.

Malala urges support to educate Syria's children

2014-02-19 21:43

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, urged the world to help Syrian refugee children receive a proper education.

Becks lifts survivors' spirits

2014-02-14 13:39

David Beckham has lifted the spirits of young Philippine typhoon survivors with a joke-filled game of football.

Unicef urges action to prevent CAR 'catastrophe'

2014-02-05 07:36

The head of the Unicef has urged the international community to do everything it can to prevent the "humanity tragedy" in CAR from turning into “a human catastrophe”.

CAR leader's future hangs in the balance

2014-01-10 09:18

The CAR president’s fate is hanging in the balance as regional leaders and his entire parliament gathers in neighbouring Chad in a bid to end a spiralling cycle of sectarian violence.

Unicef warns of 'disaster' in CAR

2014-01-08 21:43

Strife-torn Central African Republic is heading for a humanitarian disaster, Unicef has warned calling for urgent action to prevent deadly diseases from spreading.

First UN aid flight takes off from Iraq for Syria

2013-12-15 20:04

The first UN aid flight from Iraq to Syria has taken off after being delayed for several days due to bad weather, according to reports.

Sudan children 'hostage' to warring parties

2013-12-12 23:10

The medical needs of 165 000 Sudanese children are being held "hostage" by the warring parties in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the United Nations says.

Katy Perry is newest UNICEF goodwill ambassador

2013-12-04 13:42

Katy Perry says becoming a goodwill ambassador for the UN children's agency has made her realise that there's more to happiness than material possessions and social status.

Child soldiers in CAR nearly double

2013-11-23 07:47

Up to 6 000 children have been enrolled by warring militias in the Central African Republic, a senior UN official says.

Haiyan: Criticism increases China’s aid

2013-11-20 18:08

China will be sending an emergency response crew to the Philippines nearly two weeks after typhoon Haiyan's devastation, following criticism over its initial contribution.

Destruction hampers rescue efforts after Haiyan

2013-11-11 00:30

Rescue workers are struggling to reach ravaged towns and villages in the central Philippines to deliver aid to survivors of a powerful typhoon that killed an estimated 10 000 people.

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