UNICEF / STOP ATTACKS ON CHILDREN

14-May-2018 00:01:55
In a statement released today (15 May), UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said attacks on children in conflict have continued unabated during the first four months of the year as parties to conflicts continued to blatantly disregard one of the most basic rules in war, the protection of children, with little remorse and even less accountability. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / STOP ATTACKS ON CHILDREN
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: RECENT – VARIOUS LOCATIONS
SHOTLIST
03 JANUARY 2018, BALUKHALI CAMP, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

1. Tracking shot, boy walking through camp
2. Med shot, boy drawing
3. Close up, boy drawing
4. Close up, boy’s eyes

10 OCTOBER 2017, SHAFIULLAH KAT, UKHIA, BANGLADESH

5. Wide shots, families queuing to receive cholera vaccination
6. Close up, health worker opening cholera vaccination
7. Close up, child receiving cholera vaccination
8. Med shot, child receiving cholera vaccination

DECEMBER 2017, KUTAPALONG CAMP, COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH

9. Close up, baby being fed RUTF
10. Close up, baby smiling
11. Various shots, kids playing on road in camp


7 FEBRUARY 2018, YAMBIO, SOUTH SUDAN

12. Wide shot, child soldiers lined up for marching drill
13. Close up, boots child soldiers lined up for marching drill
14. Med shot, child soldiers marching and parading
15. Wide shot, child soldiers marching and parading
16. Close up, rifle on child soldier’s shoulder
17. Close up, rifles on child soldiers’ shoulder
18. Close up, children holding notebooks and school supplies
19. Med shot, children lined up with UNICEF rucksacks
20. Wide shot, children looking with “Child, Not Soldier” sign in background

NOVEMBER 2017, ALMAHDAR SCHOOL, SANA’A, YEMEN
21. Wide shot, children gathered for morning assembly
22. Med shot, children gathered for morning assembly
23. Med shot, children walking up stairs
24. Med shot, boy writing in his notebook

DECEMBER 2017, SANA’A, YEMEN

25. Various shots, children filling jerry cans with water
26. Various shots, baby in hospital being treated for malnutrition
27. Various shots, houses and buildings damaged from conflict

23 AUGUST 2017, AREESHA CAMP, HASSAKEH, SYRIA

28. Med shot, boy being examined and treated for malnutrition
29. Med shot, boy being examined and treated for malnutrition
30. Close up, boy being examined and treated for malnutrition
31. Wide shot, Areesha Camp
32. Med shot, UNICEF banner outside tent

12 JUNE 2017, KARAMA CAMP, RAQQA, SYRIA

33. Wide shot, supplies being distributed to refugees
34. Various shots, refugees gathering water from water truck
STORYLINE
In a statement released today (15 May), UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said attacks on children in conflict have continued unabated during the first four months of the year as parties to conflicts continued to blatantly disregard one of the most basic rules in war, the protection of children, with little remorse and even less accountability.

Fore said no method of warfare has been off-limits, including indiscriminate attacks on schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, abductions, child recruitment, besiegement, abuse in detention and the denial of humanitarian assistance.

The UNICEF Executive Director said children in Gaza were killed and injured in protests since March, with reports on Monday of more child casualties in what is said to be the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war. In Yemen, more than 220 children were allegedly killed and over 330 were injured since the beginning of the year as a result of the conflict, and nearly 4.3 million children are now at risk of starvation, a 24 per cent increase over 2017 levels.

Fore said hopes for peace in Syria remained dim with more than 70 attacks on hospitals and health facilities verified during the first three months of the year, denying children and families vital health services, and over 300 education facilities being attacked since the beginning of the conflict. She said some 5.3 million children have been internally displaced or became refugees, and nearly 850,000 children continue to live in besieged or hard-to-reach areas. She added that more than 400,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh who survived recent atrocities in Myanmar were also in need of humanitarian assistance especially as the monsoon season approached and brought with it the risk of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Fore said UNICEF and its partners are doing everything they can to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable children in conflict situation around the world, but stressed that humanitarian aid alone is not enough. She said children need peace and protection at all times and reminded parties to conflict that the rules of war prohibit the unlawful targeting of civilians, attacks on schools or hospitals, the use, recruitment and unlawful detention of children, and the denial of humanitarian assistance. The UNICEF chief said when conflicts break out, these rules need to be respected and those who break them need to be held to account.
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