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Child kidnapping being used as warfare tactic in Mozambique, aid groups say

Armed groups in Mozambique are increasingly kidnapping children as a warfare tactic, putting victims at risk of sexual violence, early marriage and being used as fighters in the...

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Governments urged to boost cash grants to end pandemic-fuelled child labour

From brick kilns to carpet factories, COVID-19 has pushed children as young as eight years old into dangerous and abusive jobs, rights groups said on Wednesday, urging governments...

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Lack of clean water far deadlier than violence in war-torn countries, says UNICEF report

Attacks on water and sanitation facilities in conflict zones around the world are putting the lives of millions of children around the world in danger, and are a much greater threat...

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Traumatised by Israeli bombing, Gaza children 'scared of dying'

When an Israeli air strike targeted a security office near her home in Gaza this month, 10-year-old Zeina Dabous frantically scribbled a note and slipped it under her mother's...

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DR Congo: More than 170 children feared missing following volcanic eruption in Goma

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday that hundreds of children and families in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Goma district are at risk following the volcanic...

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Gaza children living in ‘hell on earth’, UN chief says, urging immediate end to fighting

The past ten days have witnessed a “dangerous and horrific” surge in deadly violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), particularly Gaza, and in Israel, the UN chief told...

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Syria: Prolonged violence, violation and abuse ‘bound to affect generations to come’

Millions of children trapped in protracted conflict in Syria continue to endure severe violence with little support for survivors, according to the UN Secretary-General’s third...

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Ceasefire needed now, to stave off disaster in Gaza says UNICEF chief, as UNRWA launches emergency appeal

At least 60 youngsters have been killed in Gaza and another 444 have been injured in less than 10 days of conflict with Israel, the head of UN Children’s Fund has said, in a call...

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Tanzania helpline calls time on child marriage and abuse

Child marriage continues to affect many young girls across Tanzania, in East Africa, but now a series of interventions supported by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) are allowing...

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Children bearing brunt of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians: UNICEF

More than 40 children have been killed in the current crisis in the Middle East, a senior official with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Saturday. The latest deaths occurred...

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Afghanistan: Top UN officials strongly condemn ‘heinous’ attack on girls school

Two senior UN officials on Wednesday, condemned in the strongest terms, a terrorist attack targeting girls and their families outside a high school in Kabul, the capital of...

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Pandemic's hard realities worsen Venezuelan child labor crisis

Twelve-year-old Moises Bracamonte knows how to prepare fertilizer and water the black beans and corn that his family grows in Venezuela’s western Tachira state. He says the most...

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UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives

The world is currently facing a shortage of around 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many have been redeployed to help plug vital gaps in other...

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Fears of exploitation grow for children stranded in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

Hundreds of children separated from their parents are at risk of abuse, exploitation and child labour after fleeing conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, aid agencies said...

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Lockdowns hurt child speech and language skills - report

There is growing evidence that the past year of lockdowns has had an impact on young children's language skills, according to research. Data from 50,000 pupils and a survey of...

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