According to a January 2017 UNICEF Report titled Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 (ISBN: 978-92-806-4864-5), nearly 50 million children are at risk from conflict and crisis and an estimated 7.5 million children face severe acute malnutrition across 48 countries, from the Syrian Arab Republic to Yemen and Iraq, from South Sudan to Nigeria, children are under direct attack, their homes, schools and communities in ruins with their hopes and futures in the balance.
In the Executive Director’s forward for the UNICEF report which states a US$ 3.3 billion appeal for 2017 titled “Humanitarian Action for Children 2017“, Mr Anthony Lake states that “Around 535 million. That is the number of children living in countries affected by emergencies – One out of every four children in the world today.”
The UNICEF report further states that many of these children are already vulnerable – living in poverty, deprived of adequate nutrition, out of school and at risk of exploitation. Such complex and protracted emergencies aggravate the risks these children face and exacerbate their needs. They also threaten their societies – potentially reversing hard-won development gains around the world.
In such a world of cascading crises, UNICEF response must not only meet immediate needs; it must also address long-term development challenges, recognizing how it responds in emergencies, how it lays the foundation for future growth and stability, and how it invests in development and helps build resilience against future emergencies.
The UNICEF report, Humanitarian Action for Children 2017, overview can be found here.
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