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UNICEF: El Nino is over but impact on children worsens in Africa

Hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today.

And there is a strong chance La Niña – El Niño’s flip side – could strike at some stage this year, further exacerbating a severe humanitarian crisis that is affecting millions of children in some of the most vulnerable communities, UNICEF said in a report called It’s not over – El Niño’s impact on children.

SBW shocks with graphic photos

The two images, which Stuff has chosen not to publish due to their graphic nature, show young children lying on the ground with wounds to their heads, torso and legs. 

"What did these children do to deserve this?" Williams tweeted on Tuesday evening. 

This summer share a thought for the innocent lives lost everyday in war."

OFC & UNICEF renew partnership

Since the start of the partnership in 2013, Just Play – the Oceania Football Confederation’s sport for development programme – has worked alongside UNICEF on several projects, to reach thousands of children through the powerful medium of sport.

UNICEF: Climate change big threat to children

The organisation issued the warning to mark Universal Children's Day om Friday.

It says climate change is exacerbating and speeding up already existing challenges in low-lying countries such as Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands.

UNICEF says this threatens to undo development gains made over decades.

UNICEF calls for EL Nino costing

The El Nino has caused severe drought through much of the region including Vanuatu which is still recovering from Cyclone Pam.

UNICEF Pacific Representative Karen Allen says affected children are showing signs of malnutrition and diarrhoea which could lead to greater developmental issues in the future.

Dr Allen says although governments have said there is no need for any mass appeal, there is a pressing need to look at the potential costs of the system.

VIDEO: Tennis star Djokovic visits UN refugee camp in Serbia

He spent time with the youngsters at a UNICEF-supported "child-friendly" space in Belgrade on Tuesday

Djokovic, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, said he was hurt personally at seeing children who "don't know where they are going, where they are heading, what tomorrow brings."

Since the beginning of the year, 129,947 people have been registered in Serbia as asylum applicants, UNICEF said in a news release.

Global malaria target met amid sharp drop in cases

According to a new United Nations report: “Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the past 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”

Kiribati passes Juvenile Justice Bill

At present, there are 10 young offenders being held in adult prisons in Kiribati. These children and adolescents, and others before them, had to navigate the adult justice system, being held alongside much older offenders and tried as adults.