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Press Releases

Laughing boys in Indonesia | Photo © UNICEF/HQ05-0316/Josh Estey

April 25, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER’S SERGE IBAKA LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT KIDS IN THE CONGO

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced a new fundraising campaign with Oklahoma City Thunder power forward/center Serge Ibaka. The NBA player and recipient of the April Kia Community Assist Award, has pledged $315,000 to the “UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game” project for the renovation and expansion of two orphanages in Brazzaville, Congo. Ibaka, whose home country is the Congo, has also pledged a donation of $500 for every blocked shot he records during the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

April 25, 2014

Three Times More Children Treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition In Bangui Hospital Than This Time Last Year

UNICEF today announced that the number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in Bangui’s largest in-patient center during the first quarter of 2014, has tripled compared to last year.

April 23, 2014

Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance. As the fighting has intensified in recent weeks, at least one million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Aleppo alone. The road from Damascus to Aleppo - a vital lifeline – has often been cut. 1.25 million people are in need of food in Aleppo city and rural parts of the governorate.

April 22, 2014

UNICEF: Desperate Water Shortages Facing Children in Bentiu, South Sudan

Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one liter of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.

April 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER’S SERGE IBAKA RECEIVES APRIL KIA COMMUNITY ASSIST AWARD

Oklahoma City Thunder power forward/center Serge Ibaka received the April Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable contributions and generosity in his home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the NBA announced today.

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