Child marriage on the rise in Horn of Africa as drought crisis intensifies

Girls as young as twelve are being forced into child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at “alarming rates” in the Horn of Africa, as the most severe drought in forty years pushes families to the edge – warns UNICEF.


Staggering scale of grave violations against children in conflict revealed in new UNICEF analysis

Between 2016 and 2020, average of 71 verified grave violations against children every day

Between 2005 and 2020, the United Nations verified over 266,000 grave violations against children committed by parties to conflict in more than 30 conflict situations across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, UNICEF said today in a new report. This figure is a fraction of the violations believed to have occurred, as access and security constraints, among others, and the shame, pain, and fear that child and family survivors suffer often hamper the reporting, documentation and verification of grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict.


Ukraine reconstruction is a ‘long road’ but it must start now: Guterres

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At a hospital in western Ukraine, doctors managed to remove a four-centimetre-long fragment of shrapnel and save a 13-year-old boy’s life after he was seriously wounded by shelling in eastern Ukraine.


Tai Ji Men’s Bell of World Peace and Love Rung by IRF Summit 2022 Co-Chairs

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett and Amb. Sam Brownback pray for world peace as well as justice and religious freedom for everyone

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From left, Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze and Amb. Sam Brownback hold hands to show solidarity for the promotion of love and peace in the world after Dr. Swett’s and Amb. Brownback’s ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love.


417 World Leaders Ring the Bell _ Tai Ji Men promotes a culture of conscience worldwide

The 25th Eurasian Economic Summit brought together hundreds of distinguished guests from over 40 countries. Dr. Hong Tao-Tzie(center, second row), Zhang-men-ren of Tai Ji Men, was invited to the event.


More than 70 grave violations against children caught up in war, being recorded daily: UNICEF

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Lyudmila kisses her 13-year-old daughter Sofia's hand who is recovering after surviving a shell attack, at the specialized children's hospital ‘Okhmatdyt’ in Kyiv.


STOCKHOLM +50 calls for urgent action and follows the guidance of conscience

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze (center), H.E. Donald Kaniaru (right), former Director in the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation at UNEP, and Qaiser Nawab (left), Director of Business Development for the Middle East, with the volunteers.


Seafarers' Day honours maritime journeys and voyages

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A trainee chief mate pilots a ship in China.


Global hunger crisis pushing one child into severe malnutrition every minute in 15 crisis-hit countries

Ahead of G7 summit, UNICEF appeals for US$1.2 billion to meet urgent needs of 8 million children at risk of death from severe wasting

Almost 8 million children under 5 in 15 crisis-hit countries are at risk of death from severe wasting unless they receive immediate therapeutic food and care – with the number rising by the minute, on June 22, UNICEF warned as world leaders prepare to meet at the G7 summit.


UN agencies rush to aid Afghanistan following deadly quake

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Damage is seen in the Spera district, in Khost province after a devastating earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan in the early morning of 22 June 2022.