Keeping children safe in emergencies

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Amira walks among the dirt in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq UNICEF/SchermbruckerChildren are facing more devastating wars and disasters than ever before. In 2015, an earthquake in Nepal, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and conflicts raging on three continents have put children in terrible danger.

Protracted and violent crises in Syria, South Sudan, Iraq and Yemen have trapped children in emergencies of the severest and largest scale. Children have been forced to flee their homes in an attempt to save their lives and their futures; displaced in their own countries, living in refugee camps or making perilous journeys to Europe and other more developed regions.

One in 10 children now live in conflict-affected areas (an estimated 230 million children).

Last year, children made up half or more of those affected by natural disasters (some 50 million children).

In 2014 children made up just over half of all refugees around the world – the highest proportion for more than…

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