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January 21, 2014

UNICEF Airlifts Urgent Supplies to Help those Displaced in South Sudan

The first of two UNICEF charter planes, each carrying 35 tons of urgently needed supplies for women and children in South Sudan, landed this morning at Juba International Airport.

January 21, 2014

Central African Republic’s Children Urgently Need Healing, Hope and Funding, says UNICEF Chief Anthony Lake

Over the past 72 hours, senseless violence has resulted in many deaths and created tension throughout the Central African Republic in the lead-up to today’s vote to select an interim president of the country.

January 21, 2014

UNICEF Bridge Fund Receives Long-term Financial Commitment from Mariner Investment Group

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced today that its Bridge Fund has received a first-of-its-kind commitment from Mariner Investment Group, the global asset manager, to donate five percent of the management fee it generates from its management of two newly launched impact investment vehicles. The UNICEF Bridge Fund is an innovative financial tool designed to expedite lifesaving supplies to children in places affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises such as the Philippines.

January 17, 2014

Child Combatants Reported in South Sudan Conflict

UNICEF today expressed its deep concern about the use of children as combatants in the on-going armed conflict in South Sudan. Under both international and South Sudanese national law, no person under the age of 18 should be allowed to participate in armed conflict, whether as a member of a regular army or of an informal militia.

January 17, 2014

23 Children Released from Armed Groups in Central African Republic

Twenty-three children between the ages of 14 and 17 were released from armed groups in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days. The children released yesterday, six of whom are girls, were taken from a military base to a UNICEF-supported transit and orientation center that provides basic education, sports, vocational and life skills along with psychosocial support while the children’s families are traced and reintegration within their communities is prepared.

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