UNICEF Australia
01/20/2017 at 04:04. Facebook
These girls are doing much more than just having fun. When children play, they get the opportunity for their brains to be stimulated when they need it most. Too many children miss out on the chance to play because of poverty and prejudice but thanks to partners like IKEA Australia, UNICEF is there to make sure these girls are nurtured and protected in a safe place to play. IKEA's 'Let's Play...
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UNICEF Australia
01/19/2017 at 08:48. Facebook
This boy endured violence and loss that defy believe. And still, he has hope.
UNICEF Australia
01/18/2017 at 05:40. Facebook
One-year-old Khaled is happy in his warm new clothes, which his mother bought using a UNICEF e-voucher. Similar to an ATM card, it helps Syrian parents to buy jackets, beanies, gloves, boots and more for their children. “Winter is harsh here," says Khaled's mum. “We received this voucher at the right time."
UNICEF Australia
01/17/2017 at 06:39. Facebook
The winter months are particularly brutal for Syrian children. Without decent nutrition or healthcare, they’re at high risk of hypothermia and serious respiratory infections. And for families whose finances have been exhausted from years of conflict, displacement and unemployment, buying warm clothing and fuel for heating simply isn’t possible. That’s why UNICEF is working to reach 740,000...
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UNICEF Australia
01/16/2017 at 06:48. Facebook
UNICEF Ambassador Andy Murray warmed up for the Australian Open by having a hit with children from refugee families.

“Playing tennis as a kid brought me so much joy so it was great to have a game with the children. It’s great to know that organisations such as UNICEF are not only working hard to help keep refugee children around the world safe, but also helping rebuild their lives.”
UNICEF Australia
01/15/2017 at 06:28. Facebook
This is what freedom feels like. Aimamo and his twin brother Ibrahim enjoyed a swim in Trabia, Italy, after surviving an epic journey from Gambia. The 16-year-old boys had left home nine months earlier, when their father divorced their mother and left the family with no money. Aimamo and Ibrahim decided to move to Europe so they could earn a decent living and send money back to their mum....
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After months living under siege in Moadamiyeh, Syria, these girls had a reason to smile this week. They watched as UNICEF and partners delivered warm clothes, blankets, medicine and education supplies to 4,000 children like them struggling in the extreme winter cold. With many of the schools in their town damaged by fighting, students had brought blankets to cover broken windows and keep out...
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This newborn girl peeked out from her blankets with wide, curious eyes. She had just been born into South Sudan, where three years of brutal violence have forced entire communities into hiding and created a devastating food crisis. UNICEF helped her 17-year-old mother to give birth safely in the maternity clinic of a UN protection camp. But this baby knew nothing of war or hatred. With the...
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Twins Aya, Maya and their four-year-old friends are feeling cosy in new winter jackets. War in Syria forced the girls from their homes and left them exposed to freezing temperatures but UNICEF is there thanks to incredible supporters like Louis Vuitton. In the last year, the company and its clients have donated $3.1 million to provide warm clothes, safe water and other lifesaving humanitarian...
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10-year-old Zayneb chose rainbow facepaint to celebrate the opening of a 'child-friendly space' in Iraq. Many children here have witnessed unimaginable violence, experienced harsh persecution and missed out on school at a critical time in their development. Now, as these girls and boys flee into camps, UNICEF’s child-friendly spaces are helping them learn and play. Each tent is a safe and...
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Three-year-old Rafi was beaming as he hugged a brand new box of winter clothing in Iraq. Inside, he found a warm jacket, cardigan, trousers, beanie, scarf, boots and a raincoat. UNICEF’s Warm for Winter campaign aims to reach 300,000 children with these life-saving kits as temperatures plunge across the country.
“Immediately after the great earthquake, the island was covered in dust. People were buried in the rubble. My mother was in the house...I was in her belly. After the first shocks, my mother was taken to a tent. It was draughty, so cold air and rain came in and she became very sick. I was born 10 days after the great earthquake. That is when UNICEF came in. They brought us clothes and they...
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This family's incredible story proves hope is stronger than any earthquake.
This little superman was flying high as his parents celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary in Berlin. They had finally moved on from a life of violence and fear in Syria. The Raslan family escaped Homs in 2012, as tanks rolled down their street. “They were going house to house and killing people. Girls were raped in front of their families on the street,” said Amira, on the left. “We left...
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Drop by drop, UNICEF helped to vaccinate 3.5 million children against polio in Syria last year. Protecting these children is more important than ever. After more than five years of conflict, immunisation rates have dropped from 90 per cent to 57 per cent and only one third of the country’s hospitals are still functioning. UNICEF and partners have worked hard to stop the outbreaks of polio,...
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2.4 million children have now fled from Syria to live as refugees in surrounding countries. But having escaped the war, they’re still living with memories of horrific violence and the daily deprivations of life in overcrowded camps. Children need support to cope with their experiences, to get an education and to enjoy some semblance of a decent childhood.

This young boy was enjoying his time...
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