Largest ever appeal by UNICEF to help 62 million children

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Increasingly complex and destructive conflict have made UNICEF's job harder than ever, it said at the launch of its biggest ever appeal.

The UN agency plans to use the $3.1 billion to help people in countries directly affected by fighting such as Syria but also those out of the media spotlight, such as South Sudan.

In addition, UNICEF warns that funding is needed in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone not only to eradicate Ebola, but also to rebuild primary healthcare systems in the affected countries.

Daniel Johnson reports.

The UN children’s agency has launched its biggest appeal for funds at $3.1 billion amid a deadly cocktail of conflict, climate change and disease.

“More and more children are impacted..in the case of Syria, refugees moving into Lebanon and putting an extreme strain on limited basic social services in some of the poorest areas."

Afshan Khan, director of UNICEF’s emergency programmes.

The appeal – which is more than $1 billion higher than last year — aims to reach 62 million children at risk in 71 countries.

The biggest chunk of funding is for Syria, but other troublespots need help too.

These include north-eastern Nigeria which is in the grip the bloody Boko Haram insurgency, as well as neighbouring countries that host refugees.

Ms Khan said it was crucial that  aid money was used to give children a future where taking up arms wasn't their only hope.

Another $500 million is needed to continue fighting the Ebola epidemic in west Africa.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations

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