Children Under Attack

Today, UNICEF released its 2019 Humanitarian Action for Children report. The report highlights key results from 2018 and sets critical goals to save and protect vulnerable children in 2019. This year’s appeal seeks to raise $3.9 billion to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to 41 million children living through conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies in 59 countries.

In the first ten months of 2018, UNICEF’s humanitarian response provided:

  • 35.3 million people with safe water

  • 2.6 million children with treatment for severe acute malnutrition

  • 3.1 million children and caregivers with psychosocial support and counseling

  • 5.9 million children with education

This year’s report emphasizes UNICEF’s vital efforts to protect children from violence. “Today millions of children living through conflict or disaster are suffering horrific levels of violence, distress, and trauma,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “The impact of our child protection work cannot be overstated. When children do not have safe places to play, when they cannot be reunited with their families, when they do not receive psychosocial support, they will not heal from the unseen scars of war.”

You’ll find more details, as well as stories from the field in the 2019 Humanitarian Action for Children report. If you’re interested in learning more about UNICEF’s 2019 targets for a particular country or region, visit

Jennifer Dyer