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WHO, UNICEF declare end of polio outbreak in the Philippines

Jun. 11, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A polio outbreak in the Philippines has ended, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, which praised government efforts to fight the disease despite the coronavirus pandemic. The U.N. agencies said...

In Syria camp, forgotten children are molded by IS ideology

Jun. 03, 2021 02:16 AM EDT

AL-HOL, Syria (AP) — At the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeast Syria, children pass their days roaming the dirt roads, playing with mock swords and black banners in imitation of Islamic State group militants. Few can read or write. For some, the only education is from mothers giving them IS...

UN says bodies of 3 migrant children wash ashore in Libya

May. 31, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of three children who apparently were among Europe-bound migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya washed ashore in the North African country, the U.N. children agency said Monday. The bodies were found last week near the coastal town...

UNICEF says malnutrition spikes for Haiti kids amid pandemic

May. 31, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Severe acute childhood malnutrition is expected to more than double this year in Haiti as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, a spike in violence and dwindling resources, a UNICEF report said Monday. More than 86,000 children...

Myanmar's military disappearing young men to crush uprising

May. 05, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Myanmar’s security forces moved in and the street lamps went black. In house after house, people shut off their lights. Darkness swallowed the block. Huddled inside her home  in this neighborhood of Yangon, 19-year-old Shwe dared to...

UN: 125 Europe-bound children intercepted off Libyan coast

Apr. 30, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A total of 125 Europe-bound children were among those intercepted at sea this week by Libyan authorities off the Mediterranean coast, the United Nations child welfare agency said Friday, adding that most were brought to detention centers. The children,...

Syria receives batch of UN vaccines to speed up virus fight

Apr. 22, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian government received a batch of 203,000 COVID-19 vaccines Thursday, the health minister said, part of a push to speed up a sluggish inoculation process in the war-torn country. The arrival of the United Nations-secured jabs came as a new...

Report: Syrian government attack kills 7 in rebel-held area

Apr. 08, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces fired a missile at a civilian vehicle in a rebel-held village in the country's northwest on Thursday, killing seven people, including three children from the same family, opposition activists said. The attack took place near the...

Afghan officials: 3 women working in polio drive killed

Mar. 30, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attackers on Tuesday gunned down three women working to administer polio vaccine in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, a day after authorities launched a new campaign against the crippling children's disease. The women were killed in two...

UN: Increase in child migrants through dangerous Darien Gap

Mar. 29, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The number of child migrants passing through the perilous Darien Gap between Colombia and Panama has risen dramatically, the U.N. child welfare agency said Monday. While underage migrants made up only about 2% of those using the jungle corridor in...