UNICEF launches $3.3bn emergency assistance fund for IDP children
UNICEF donates over $3Billion to over 48million children in the world
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has launched a $3.3
billion emergency assistance fund for over 48 million children caught up
in conflict and other crisis around the world.
A statement made
available to newsmen in Kaduna by UNICEF Media and External Relations
Officer, Kaduna Field office, Rabiu Musa, said that an estimated 7.5
million children would face severe acute malnutrition across the
majority of African countries, including almost half a million each in
northeastern Nigeria and Yemen.
According to the statement, “48
million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and
other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from newly launched appeal
“From Syria to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria,
children are under direct attack; their homes, schools and communities
in ruins, their hopes and futures hanging in the balance.
“In total, almost one in four of the world’s children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster.
country after country, war, natural disaster and climate change are
driving ever more children from their homes, exposing them to violence,
disease and exploitation,” said UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes,
Humanitarian Action for Children sets out the agency’s 2017 appeal
totaling $3.3 billion, and its goals in providing children with access
to safe water, nutrition, education, health and protection in 48
countries across the globe.
“Malnutrition is a silent threat to
millions of children,” said Fontaine. “The damage it does can be
irreversible, robbing children of their mental and physical potential.
In its worst form, severe malnutrition can be deadly.”
said, “The largest single component of the appeal is for children and
families caught up in the Syria conflict, soon to enter its seventh
“UNICEF is seeking a total of $1.4 billion to support Syrian
children inside Syria and those living as refugees in neighbouring
“In total, working alongside its partners, UNICEF’s
other priorities in 2017 are: Providing over 19 million people with
access to safe water; Reaching 9.2 million children with formal or
non-formal basic education.
“Immunizing 8.3 million children
against measles, providing psychosocial support to over two million
children, treating 3.1 million children with severe acute malnutrition.”
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