UNICEF Seeks US$3.3 Billion in Emergency Aid

New York, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today launched a US$3.3 billion appeal to provide emergency assistance in 48 countries around the globe.

“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,” noted the UN agency in a news release today.

UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children, launched today, sets out the agency’s 2017 appeal and its goals in providing children with access to safe water, nutrition, education, health and protection in some of the world’s worst conflicts and humanitarian emergencies.

The largest single component of the appeal is for children and families caught up in the conflict in Syria, which will soon enter its seventh year.

The UN agency is seeking a total of US$1.4 billion to support children within the country as well as those living as refugees in neighbouring countries, such as Jordan where, according to estimates, almost half of all refugee families have a child who is a breadwinner.

With enough funding, UNICEF hopes to provide 81 million people, including 48 million children with access to safe water, nutrition, education, health and protection.

The UN agency fears that an estimated 7.5 million children will face severe acute malnutrition across the majority of appeal countries, including almost half a million each in north east Nigeria and Yemen.

Source: Qatar News Agency