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    Children face worsening nutrition crisis as South Sudan fighting intensifies 27 May 2015The lives of nearly a quarter of a million children are at significant risk as food and nutrition security rapidly deteriorate in parts of South Sudan, Unicef said today. The crisis comes as a result of ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a shrinking economy.

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    UN experts call for the universal ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child Yesterday the world celebrated the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC). 26 May 2015

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    Northeast Nigeria: Alarming spike in suicide attacks involving women and girls More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by Unicef.26 May 2015

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    One month on from first Nepal earthquake, malnutrition a growing threat for children One month after the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal, an estimated 70,000 children under five need urgent nutrition support so as to prevent a deterioration of children’s nutrition status - according to Unicef. 25 May 2015

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    Statement on situation in Yemen "The toll seems to grow higher by the day. Reports that two more children have been killed and six more children injured in the escalating conflict in Yemen underscore the urgent need for action to protect children -- and to bring an end to the hostilities that are devastating their lives and futures."24 May 2015

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    Cholera outbreak triggers Unicef cross-border relief operation Unicef has rushed relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi, in response to a devastating cholera outbreak among 50,000 Burundian refugees gathered on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.21 May 2015

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    Unicef and ARM Unleash Technology to Transform Children’s Lives Unicef and ARM have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. The partnership’s first action is to collaborate with global product strategy and design firm frog on a ‘Wearables for Good’ challenge to generate ideas for new and innovative devices that tackle maternal and child health needs in emerging economies.19 May 2015

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    Children killed, abducted and raped in South Sudan attacks Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State over a two-week period, according to eyewitness accounts received by Unicef. 18 May 2015

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    Tens of thousands of children flee violence in Burundi Approximately 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom are women and children, have fled violent clashes in Burundi to neighbouring Great Lakes countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The number of refugees is expected to rise, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile.16 May 2015

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    Nepal Earthquakes: 12 babies born every hour without basic healthcare in worst hit areas Around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare in the areas of Nepal worst hit by two powerful earthquakes, according to Unicef, following massive damage to maternity facilities. The children’s organisation warns that over the next month the lives of almost 18,000 babies and mothers could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore key healthcare systems.15 May 2015