UNICEF is a United Nations institution that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
Most of UNICEF's work is in the field, with staff in over 190 countries and territories.
UNICEF says it has negotiated the largest single release of child soldiers in South Sudan since 2015. Once reunited with family they receive three months of food aid and livestock.
In the Philippines, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has pledged to reinforce its commitment to end the recruitment of children. Can President Rodrigo Duterte also help? Ana P. Santos reports from Mindanao.
Aleppo has turned into the largest battleground since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011, according to the UN's head. More than 200 people have been killed since the Syrian army launched their latest siege of the city.
Rebels have retaliated by closing water pumps for government-held areas of Aleppo, affecting 1.5 million people. The UN has called on all parties to "stop attacks on water infrastructure," considered a war crime.
UNICEF and other aid organizations are trying to help children go back to school. Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has called on governments to do more, so that Syria will still have a future left when peace returns.
Children make up nearly half of refugees worldwide. DW's Kathleen Schuster spoke with the UNHCR's Babar Baloch about the perils that children face as refugees.
About 28 million children are homeless globally due to violent conflict. Almost the same number have had to abandon their homes in search of a better life, according to a new UNICEF report.
President Santos has announced the peace agreement with the FARC will be signed on September 26. The brutal insurgency left more than 220,000 people dead, while another 5 million were left homeless or displaced.
Both the government and the rebels use blackmail to coerce families into giving up their children to fight. The International Criminal Court considers it a war crime to recruit anyone under the age of 15 for combat.
The UN agency has published a new report on the dire conditions for the 250 million youths worldwide living amidst violence. Lack of education, child marriage and psychological trauma are just some of the consequences.
Some 69 million children will die by 2030 if nations do not act fast to tackle economic disparity, the report said. This was also the best way to prevent future crises, UNICEF wrote.
Attacks on children in Syria have become "commonplace," the UN body said. It called for the parties to the conflict to protect children, reporting that at least 6 million of them were in dire need of assistance.
Germany does not extend the same rights to refugee children as it does to native-born children, UNICEF has said. This was worrying for a group in need of special care, the children's organization has warned.
Unaccompanied children heading to Italy via Libya are at risk of sexual abuse and exploitation, said a UN official. More than 90 percent of the children arrived alone this year, UNICEF said.
UNICEF says the Islamist extremist group recruited more than 40 children to carry out suicide attacks in 2015. Three quarters of the youngsters used are girls, the United Nations (UN) children's agency reported.
The United Nations Children's Fund reports that nearly 87 million children under seven years of age know no life outside of conflict zones. Exposure to trauma can hinder a child's brain development.
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