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2012 UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children

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UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 describes the daily situation of some of the world’s most vulnerable children and women in more than 25 countries and territories beset by emergencies and crisis.

The chapters include summaries of the key humanitarian challenges and the results of the organization’s interventions in 2011, as well as plans and associated funding requests for the coming year. The document also lays out the vital support to country operations provided by the seven UNICEF regional offices. Also included are the unique contributions and funding needs of UNICEF’s global efforts to coordinate emergency assistance.

UNICEF’s humanitarian actions in 2011

UNICEF’s capacity to meet the urgent needs of children and their families was put to the test from the very first days of 2011, as violence stemming from the November 2010 elections in Côte d’Ivoire led to the displacement of nearly 1 million people. The country’s damaged infrastructure and blighted education facilities left many more children vulnerable to protection failures.

The long-planned separation of South Sudan from the Republic of the Sudan left the new country to deal with conflict along the shared border, the displacement of 300,000 people and the return of nearly 350,000 South Sudanese.

By the middle of 2011, extreme hunger and famine were ravaging the Horn of Africa, affecting over 13 million people and killing tens of thousands of children in Somalia.

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