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It is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and yet most people wouldn’t have heard of it, let alone being able to locate it on a map.

Hidden in the ghettos, scattered on the outskirts of this ancient turmeric-coloured city, and milling about in centres are hundreds of migrants, stranded, with dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams.

Having escaped persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are now at risk from the wild storms hammering the region.

New Zealand still isn’t immune from outbreaks of disease, and a lack of vaccination can still be a death sentence for kiwi children.

We want every one to be thinking about how we can reduce the rates of child poverty in our country, and we want every political party to be discussing this.

NZ is in the middle of a housing crisis with many sides - cost, quality and availability among them. But every child has the right to a safe and healthy home.

Every day in NZ, kids are turning up to school with no shoes, no coats and empty bellies. How can we ensure that every Kiwi kid gets a fair chance to learn?

If you want to see the impact of growing up in poverty, have a look in the emergency rooms of NZ's hospitals. Poverty and poor housing is making our kids sick.

Right now, one child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. But your desperately needed support can save a child's life.

The war in Yemen has taken a devastating toll on children. They urgently need food, clean water and medicine to survive.

Whether facing disasters, conflict or disease – you’ll be giving the most vulnerable children around the world the chance to survive and thrive.

Syrian children have suffered through seven years of horrific war. With no end in sight, they need help now more than ever.

Rohingya children survived extreme violence, but now they face a danger they can’t escape: monsoon season unprotected

As the world shifts its attention to the thousands of families fleeing war torn Syria, I feel obligated to write about the few who have returned.

Until poverty, unemployment and poor living conditions are addressed, Somali children will continue to live, and die, from the menace of hunger.

11-year-old Sabah has seen things no child should see. But even being confronted with violence on almost a daily basis, going back to school was her dream.

The impact of climate change on kids has increased spectacularly over the last ten years. It's now a concern that has huge ramifications for how families live.

19 year old Lyric Brooklyn has spent time living on the streets since his early teens. He talks about the challenges of being young and homeless in Wellington.

There has been progress in tackling poverty around the world but many children still miss out. These facts galvanise UNICEF to take action to end child poverty.

Marie-Pierre Poirier recently travelled the migrant route through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. She shares her story with us.

Toby Fricker shares his experience of meeting young children determined to keep learning while living on the frontline of Ukraine's violent eastern conflict.

Violence against children in the South Pacific is a silent plague that has the power to undo all the positive development efforts made in the region.

Last month New Zealand's approach to ensuring the rights of our children are upheld came under the scrutiny of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Kyla Reina is a Women's Refuge counsellor who works with children of women living in abusive relationships. She says that young people are victims as well.

When 19-year-old, award-winning shot putter Nathaniel is not training, he's helping out Kiwi kids as a teacher aide at a Hutt Valley kindergarten.

As violence escalates in the Syrian region of Raqqa, families have been fleeing their homes to poorly equipped temporary shelters and camps.

Shanthi Renuka Liyanage was thousands of kilometres away when she heard that her home had been washed away...

Malnourished and feeble, the infant had been suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting for close to a month..

There are children sprawled on the floor of wards, twisting and turning with discomfort upon their mattresses...

Hamish from UNICEF explains how the work he helps coordinate ensures a more prosperous future for kids growing up in the Solomon Islands...

These small island states in the Northern Pacific are remote, and their inhabitants, including many children, have been missing out...

Everyone knew when Zajhyn Eruera, 10, was unhappy. He would scream and shout at the teachers, flip over tables and then bolt for the door

Clouds of dust billow across the pathways of Badanrero Village. As the dust picks up momentum, small children and goats scurry for shelter...

The first light of morning brought bad news to Mohammed, in the small hospital room where he has been staying

Three-year-old Nur has been vomiting for three days, with severe diarrhoea, and now his father watches him, wondering if he waited too long to bring him in...

Eight times a day, the water arrives by bicycle, sloshing around in big, yellow jerry cans tied to a creaking bicycle frame.

“If this well dries up completely, I think we are going to be finished. This is the end of us.”

When Cyclone Winston hit Fiji last year, ferocious winds knocked down everything in their path and a tsunami-like storm surge removed almost all that remained.

Thirteen-year-old Ahmad doesn’t go to school. Instead, he goes to work. Hard, back-breaking work...

The Kingdom of Thailand wants every child in the country to receive an education, no matter where they come from...

We’ve all heard the horrors from Syria but far fewer people are talking about Yemen...

An unusual ally has been enlisted in the fight against polio in the war-torn mountains of Yemen: donkeys.

Every day we see the very worst of what people can do to one another, and the very worst conditions that people are forced to survive in

In Yemen’s war-torn classrooms, books and pencils are being replaced by mortars and automatic weapons.

Iman fled the violence in Syria with her four children, but when she thought they were safe – they came under attack from a threat they couldn’t escape: winter.

Schools are helping Syrian children overcome the horrors they’ve experienced. But freezing classrooms are driving countless children away from learning.

Syrian children have already been through so much. And now as a deadly winter looms, children face snow storms and the freezing cold.

In the night I wake suddenly, because I see the killing and the people who were shot. I see those things again...

Cox’s Bazar was once known for its fishing, its tourist attractions, and having the world’s longest beach...

For eight hours Camilia Nazerio hid in her bathroom with a 10-week-old baby, while one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded bore down on them.

It would be unconscionable for us to watch other countries suffer and drown while we reap the benefits of cheap labour from those same countries.

It was three years ago, on a Tuesday morning, when Boko Haram stormed Zara’s village, and the slaughter began...

Syrian children have had their childhoods torn apart by war. And now they face a threat they can't escape: winter.

Abdullah rubs the stem of a flying dragonfly toy between his palms, as if for warmth, and gasps with delight as friction shoots the colourful propellor...

When Ruba was born 1000 days ago, frail and underweight, her mother, Fawzia, was already sick and malnourished. Fawzia’s husband, Mastour, was struggling...

In an area plagued by gang violence, sport and recreational activities offer children a haven from insecurity on the streets of El Salvador.

In a crisis that has shocked the world with its scale, it is the number of children struggling to exist within that crisis that is truly staggering.

Find out what we're doing to help create a world where every child has the chance to survive and thrive.

Vaccines protect children against disease and death, saving up to three million lives every year.

Vaccines work. We're busting some of the most common myths around vaccinations so you can learn the truth.