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The Arabic nomads in central Chad always have moved from place to place, following the rains with their camels and cattle. But in that parched stretch of Africa, some nomads have stopped moving, saying the droughts now come too often.

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Social media campaign to save Sahelupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 07:03:00

CNN's Phil Han takes a look at the one day social media campaign to help save millions in the Sahel region of Africa.

Cafe tells customers 'pay what you want'updated: Mon Nov 28 2011 17:02:00

In an effort to fight hunger, a cafe ditches prices and tells customers to "pay what you want."

How to make an impact on hungerupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 17:02:00

The world produces enough food to meet the needs of its population, yet nearly one in six people suffers from chronic hunger according to the United Nations' Committee on World Food Security.

Lucy Liu: Heroic kids not giving upupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 14:54:00

Actress Lucy Liu is an ambassador for UNICEF, an organization that gives children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood.

Lucy Liu helps impoverished childrenupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 14:54:00

As a UNICEF ambassador, actress Lucy Liu is committed to improving the lives of impoverished children worldwide.

Stop the scourge of child traffickingupdated: Thu Nov 03 2011 16:02:00

My commitment to the cause of stopping the exploitation of children was born from a humbling experience. In 2002, I witnessed the horrors of human trafficking as we rescued three trembling girls living on the impoverished streets of India. Preventing these girls from falling prey to this horrendous crime was a personal awakening. Alexander Wolff: When it comes to promoting sports for peace, U.S. lags far behindupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 12:55:00

I spent the better part of a year working on this week's SI package on the burgeoning movement to use sport as a tool to save the world. The assignment was by turns astonishing, humbling and inspiring. But the deeper I delved into the cause of Sport for Development and Peace, or SDP, the more persistently I was struck by the United States' lack of leadership in the field.

A child's killing freeze-frames Syria's tragedyupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 11:42:00

One video showed the tiny face of the slain girl wrapped in a shroud.

Syrian child caught in crossfireupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 11:42:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the death of a child in Syria, as her family attempted to flee their home.

Bullying grabs global attentionupdated: Fri May 06 2011 06:06:00

The guilty pleas of students in a Massachusetts school harassment case this week thrust the spotlight back on bullying in the United States, but the issue is also drawing more attention beyond America's borders.

Barcelona sign huge sponsorship dealupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 12:19:00

Spanish football giants Barcelona have confirmed they have signed a huge new shirt sponsorship deal with the non-profit Qatar Foundation -- the first time they have received money to display a logo on their jerseys in the club's history.

Fast-moving African polio outbreak kills 97, spurs vaccination driveupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 18:15:00

World health agencies plan to launch a massive polio vaccination in three West African nations, following a fast-moving and especially virulent outbreak that has already killed 97 people.

UNICEF reports sexual violence in the Congo regionupdated: Sat Nov 06 2010 16:05:00

The long-running conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed hundreds of sexual violence victims in the past two months as women and girls continue to be prime targets of retaliation between rival militias along the country's porous borders, according to aid agencies.

Many Yemeni children suffering acute malnutrition, UNICEF saysupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 10:49:00

Nearly half the children in Yemen's troubled northern province are suffering from malnutrition, the humanitarian agency UNICEF warned Wednesday.

377 dead in African flooding; more than half of Benin under waterupdated: Tue Oct 19 2010 15:10:00

Torrential rains in recent weeks have led to widespread flooding in central and West Africa, leading to at least 377 deaths and affecting a total of 1.5 million people, according to the United Nations.

Maternal deaths drop by a third, report saysupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:34:00

The number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by a third in the past two decades, according to a report out Wednesday from four world bodies including Unicef and the World Health Organization.

Returning home to nothingupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 07:42:00

A Pakistani couple returns home to see the damage caused by the floods.

Why the world must help Pakistanupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 07:42:00

From the sky, the massive inland sea of water stretches beyond the horizon -- flashbacks from a different disaster with a puzzlingly different response to the same desperation.

Stubborn flood victims refuse to leaveupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 11:35:00

Pakistanis devastated by flooding are refusing to leave their land for fear of losing it. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Do celebs like Jolie inspire voluntourism?updated: Tue Aug 10 2010 13:25:00

It's hard to think about humanitarian travel without picturing Angelina Jolie and other high-profile volunteers. But how much do celebrities contribute to the growing appetite for volunteering away from home and is it all positive?

Building better futuresupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:52:00

When it comes to building Madagascar's education system, sometimes the best solution is brick by brick.

Madagascar's children find safe havensupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:52:00

In Madagascar, primary school enrolment rates are nearly 90 percent, an example of the efforts being made to improve children's lives in the politically unstable country.

Eastern European street kids facing 'HIV epidemic'updated: Mon Jul 19 2010 13:29:00

Growing numbers of vulnerable children across Eastern Europe and Central Asia are at risk of dying from AIDS, with widespread drug use and the sex trade contributing to an "underground HIV epidemic," UNICEF warned on Monday.

Yemeni child bride dies of internal bleedingupdated: Fri Apr 09 2010 17:31:00

A 12-year-old Yemeni bride died of internal bleeding following intercourse three days after she was married off to an older man, the United Nations Children's Fund said.

Untold Stories: Wedlocked Pt 1updated: Fri Apr 09 2010 17:31:00

10-year-old divorcee, Nujood Ali talks to CNN in the shocking documentary on child Marriage in Yemen.

Haiti adoption damage controlupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 14:50:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Dr. Jane Aronson about the process of fixing the international adoption process.

Haiti's orphans: Why they remain in limboupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 14:50:00

There's nothing like images of infants and children in distress to make outsiders yearn to help, which is why the unfolding story of Haiti's orphans -- the most helpless of earthquake victims -- has kept people riveted.

Dozens of babies airlifted outupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 15:23:00

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell describes the incredible undertaking to bring dozens of Haitian orphans to the U.S.

Moved to adopt Haitians? It's not always best, experts sayupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 15:23:00

The images of Haitian children crying or injured or wandering the streets alone are heartbreaking. It's no surprise there has been a flood of well-intentioned people who want to adopt those children.

Painful plight of Haiti's 'restavec' childrenupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 12:16:00

For more than a week, Sende Sencil had gone without bathing, until two young American doctors at the hospital where she was being treated took the 9-year-old girl for a short walk outside to a shower to wash off the filth and grime.

Huge numbers of stunted children, says UN reportupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 07:53:00

Almost 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth, according to a new U.N. report. But surprisingly, in the Middle East, wealthier countries have more of a problem than some poorer nations.

UNICEF: Poor nutrition is killing children, stunting growthupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 11:08:00

Hunger is stunting hundreds of millions of children in the developing world, and more than 90 percent of them live in Africa and Asia, UNICEF says.

The mission to reclaim Sudan's lost child soldiersupdated: Fri Nov 06 2009 17:04:00

June 3 We arrive in the steamy small town of Awiel, with the various U.N. aircraft bringing us to this remote spot becoming progressively smaller with each segment of the trip. Now we will embark upon a multi-day road trip that will take us through three states in southern Sudan and close to the troubled areas of South Darfur in the north of Sudan.

Tea Leoni: A Heritage of Hopeupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 10:09:00

Actress Tea Leoni uses her voice to help advocate for children around the world.

How UNICEF became a Halloween treatupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 10:09:00

I grew up under the impression that I was the best trick-or-treater in the whole wide world, because my grandmother invented it!

Indonesian school deals with quake aftermathupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 00:00:00

The first school assembly since the earthquake was charged with emotion and grief.

Child tobacco farmers 'exposed to toxic levels of nicotine'updated: Fri Sep 25 2009 07:42:00

Hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are thought to be working full-time on tobacco farms, suffering from toxic levels of nicotine exposure and abusive labor conditions.

State-run media: Yemeni military kills 150 rebelsupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 05:21:00

Yemeni forces killed about 150 Shiite rebels Sunday in northwestern Yemen after the rebels tried to take over the presidential palace in Saada, breaching a recent cease-fire, state-run media reported.

Concern over conditions in Sri Lankan campsupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 20:34:00

Camps housing Sri Lankans displaced this year by fighting between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels are seriously overcrowded and at risk with the coming monsoon season, a British charity director said Friday.

Sri Lanka camp controversyupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 20:34:00

Sri Lanka's human rights secretary Rajiva Wijesinha and Amnesty International's Sam Zarifi on the country's refugee camp.

UNICEF official ordered to leave Sri Lankaupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 09:45:00

The expulsion of a U.N. official from Sri Lanka is final and he has to leave the country by September 21, the government has told the agency.

Sri Lanka expels UNICEF official, agency saysupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 03:15:00

The Sri Lankan government has ordered a UNICEF official to leave the country, accusing him of spreading propaganda supporting Tamil rebels, the agency -- the United Nations Children's Fund -- told CNN Sunday.

Tamil camp controversyupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 03:15:00

New concerns over camps for displaced Tamils. ITN's Nick Paton Walsh reports. Jenna Hager: Key to Marriage Is Being Supportiveupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 14:26:00

The former first daughter also says her parents have slowly joined generation Blackberry

Brooklyn teens still on mission to serveupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 11:35:00

Several of the kids who participated in "Journey for Change," a youth empowerment program founded by activist Malaak Compton-Rock, were asked to blog about their experiences last August when they traveled to South Africa. They have continued to blog about their journey and share what they've learned from their experiences after they returned home to Bushwick, Brooklyn.

UNICEF to reopen Baghdad officeupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 10:39:00

The United Nations Children's Fund is reopening its office in Baghdad six years after leaving because of the conflict in Iraq, the agency announced Tuesday.

Zimbabwe faces new cholera crisisupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 08:58:00

The worst cholera outbreak in Africa in 15 years has killed more than 4,000 Zimbabweans, and the crisis threatens to worsen when the rainy season hits, the U.N. Children's Fund said Thursday.

U.N. demands full access to Sri Lanka refugeesupdated: Wed May 20 2009 09:25:00

The United Nations is demanding full access to refugee camps that are home to an estimated quarter of a million people fleeing war in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Children's Fund said Tuesday.

Sri Lankan army renews attack on Tamil rebelsupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 21:35:00

The Sri Lankan army launched an operation against Tamil rebels in the country's north early Monday, the military said, claiming to have rescued thousands of civilians trapped in a government safe zone.

African villages denounce female circumcisionupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 07:08:00

Ten villages in western Niger have publicly denounced the practice of female genital mutilation, according to a UNICEF report.

UNICEF 'deeply concerned' about marriage of 8-year-oldupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 03:44:00

The head of the U.N. Children's Fund has expressed concern over a Saudi judge's refusal for a second time to annul a marriage between an 8-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man.

Commentary: When joy of pregnancy turns to heartbreakupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 11:21:00

Every day in the United States, thousands of women and families experience one of the most joyous occasions in their lifetime -- the birth of a child.

UNICEF: Children bearing brunt of Gaza warupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 12:01:00

Children are bearing the brunt of the conflict in Gaza as the Israeli offensive to flush out Hamas fighters leaves youngsters battling indelible trauma while threatening the lives of newborns and their mothers, a senior aid official says.

Improvements seen four years after the Indian Ocean tsunamiupdated: Thu Dec 25 2008 23:42:00

Four years since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake spawned massive walls of water that swept across the Indian Ocean, leaving more than 230,000 dead according to a United Nations estimate, improvements can be seen in many of the devastated areas, humanitarian groups said.

Gunmen kill UNICEF worker in Somaliaupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 14:58:00

Three gunmen shot and killed a United Nations staff member in southern Somalia on Sunday, the U.N. Children's Fund said Monday. Salma Hayek: Actress, Tetanus Crusaderupdated: Thu Oct 02 2008 15:00:00

Hollywood mom Salma Hayek is lending her star power to a UNICEF campaign to eradicate tetanus

Giving something backupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 12:13:00

Making donations to charity is becoming an integral part of business travel. Airlines are bringing in vast sums through onboard donation schemes that gather unwanted foreign currency from travelers. And frequent fliers are even handing over their precious air miles to charities.

Making a change for goodupdated: Wed Oct 01 2008 12:13:00

CNN's Richard Quest shows us how small donations on flights is helping women in Tanzania help their children to live HIV free. UNICEF: Child Mortality Down 27% Since 1990updated: Mon Sep 15 2008 16:50:00

The U.N. Children's Fund said Friday the number of children who die before the age of five has declined by 27 percent over the last two decades, and the rate is expected to continue falling

Army rescues flood victimsupdated: Sat Aug 30 2008 02:37:00

The Indian army is doing everything it can to help flood victims. CNN's Sara Sidner witnessed one rescue.

Aid agencies scramble to help flood victimsupdated: Sat Aug 30 2008 02:37:00

The grinding misery triggered by the massive floods in a downtrodden part of northeastern India and across the border in Nepal persisted Friday, with government and aid agencies swinging into action to help the 2 million-plus people fleeing high-rising, fast-moving waters.

Flood rages through 1,000 Indian villagesupdated: Tue Aug 26 2008 14:05:00

Floodwaters raged through more than 1,000 villages unaccustomed to high water after a river in northeast India burst its banks, UNICEF India and government officials said Tuesday.

UNICEF needs helpupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 08:48:00

CNN's Anjali Rao speaks with UNICEF's Michael Bociurkiw about the need for more funds in Myanmar.

Nearly two-thirds of Africans have no toiletsupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 10:08:00

The vast majority of Africans have no access to a toilet, according to preliminary data from a World Health Organization report to be published later this year.

Kids' lives are nightmares in unstable nations, UNICEF reportsupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 10:08:00

More than 50 children have been abducted in Haiti since the beginning of the year, adding to a trend of kidnappings in countries affected by violence, according to a United Nations Children's Fund report.

Reaching out to othersupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 09:38:00

CBC's Stephanie Jenzer visits with a man who is reaching out to feed those affected by Cyclone Nargis.

Food costs strain efforts to save starving Ethiopian childrenupdated: Wed May 21 2008 06:37:00

A year of drought and soaring food prices has threatened the lives of tens of thousands of Ethiopian children.

Myanmar's young victimsupdated: Thu May 15 2008 08:14:00

Children may account for one-third of dead in Myanmar. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Kidnapped kids going back to familiesupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 09:47:00

The 103 Chadian children whom six French charity workers were convicted of attempting to kidnap will soon be reunited with their families, the United Nations' children agency said Friday. Gwyneth Paltrow Records PSA to Prevent the Spread of HIVupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 09:25:00

Gwyneth Paltrow has filmed a public service announcement for UNICEF to help raise money to prevent children being born with the HIV virus. David Beckham Visits Sierra Leone for UNICEFupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 16:45:00

David Beckham made a secret trip to West Africa's Sierra Leone last weekend on behalf of the international children's charity UNICEF.

Deadly cholera threatens Iraq's childrenupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 12:29:00

Cholera deaths at a Baghdad orphanage and deteriorating water and sewage systems are spurring fears of a larger outbreak of the killer disease, the United Nations children's agency said.

Congo militia releases 232 child soldiers updated: Sat Nov 17 2007 14:16:00

More than 200 children recruited to serve with militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been released by the fighters and are being returned to their families, an official for the U.N. children's agency said Saturday.

U.N. reports cholera outbreak in northern Iraq updated: Thu Aug 30 2007 04:54:00

More than 2,000 Iraqis in the northern part of the country have contracted cholera, U.N. officials say, citing local authorities.

Millions face flood disease threatupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 04:22:00

The United Nations is warning of a massive "health crisis" in southern Asia, where 30 million people have been overwhelmed by the monsoonal rains and flash flooding sweeping across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Flooding devastates Indiaupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 04:22:00

Flooding devastates India

Millions marooned in floodsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 21:53:00

Millions marooned in floods

Millions flee 'worst ever' floodsupdated: Thu Aug 02 2007 21:53:00

Monsoon rains in South Asia have driven millions from their homes and caused what the United Nations says is the worst flooding in living memory.

Iraqi kindergarten: Smiles and vows to fightupdated: Tue May 22 2007 16:08:00

At a recent kindergarten graduation ceremony, young girls smiled behind their brightly colored princess dresses and the boys showed off their best dress shirts. They sipped on juice boxes, played on swings and jumped on and off seesaws.

Fortune: PROBLEM NO. 2: HUNGER AND MALNUTRITIONupdated: Mon Mar 05 2007 00:01:00

THE BACKGROUND More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the ...

Business 2.0: Problem no. 3: Hunger and malnutritionupdated: Wed Jan 24 2007 14:41:00

The background: More than 850 million people live in a state of hunger. Malnutrition kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. The majority of the hungry live in the developing world, especially in India and sub-Saharan Africa.

World's women work to find a better wayupdated: Tue Oct 10 2006 15:48:00

In Africa, 40 first ladies have banded together to use their positions to fight HIV and AIDS.

Cause celebre: Celebrities and their causesupdated: Tue Jun 20 2006 17:03:00

Refugees. Underprivileged children. Soldiers. Breast cancer. AIDS. Animal cruelty. Multiple sclerosis. Famine. Homelessness.

Indonesia quake: Where to donateupdated: Sun May 28 2006 03:19:00

International aid organizations are accepting donations to help victims of the earthquake in Indonesia. The groups include:

Rocket kills 2 U.N. workers in Afghanistanupdated: Fri May 12 2006 16:22:00

Two UNICEF workers were killed and another seriously wounded in a rocket attack Friday in northwestern Afghanistan, an employee of the United Nations Children's Fund said.

Quake zone goes to schoolupdated: Tue Apr 11 2006 18:47:00

Putting education first is common in Kashmir.

Relief effort under way for quake victimsupdated: Sat Oct 08 2005 08:30:00

The U.N. secretary-general has praised the international community for its response in assisting earthquake victims in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

On the trail of the celebrity activistupdated: Thu Aug 11 2005 10:08:00

(CNN) -- This month Richard's quest takes him on a journey to uncover the celebrity activist.

Exec. Director of UNICEF Carol Bellamy TalkAsia Interview Transcriptupdated: Mon Apr 11 2005 05:50:00

Airdate: March 19th, 2005

'Too soon' for Tsunami adoptionsupdated: Thu Jan 06 2005 09:32:00

Government and aid agencies say it is too early to consider adopting children who may have been orphaned by the tsunami disaster.

The most vulnerable victimsupdated: Wed Jan 05 2005 15:15:00

The children gather at a temple in Batapola, Sri Lanka -- laughing, playing and trying to forget.

Traffickers threaten Aceh orphansupdated: Tue Jan 04 2005 18:56:00

Indonesian authorities have taken steps to protect displaced or orphaned children from traffickers after last week's tsunami disaster, barring people from leaving the country with children under 16 from its hard-hit Aceh province.

Money Magazine: Keep the Change!updated: Sat May 01 2004 00:01:00

Our first reaction to this fund-raising appeal: Why'd UNICEF waste nickels that "could save a child's life"? A spokeswoman says it grossed $110,000 from the 275,000-nickel mailing. "More often than...

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