UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 Report
The Humanitarian Action for Children report, previously known as Humanitarian Action Report is an annual publication by UNICEF which details the situation for children and women affected by emergencies around the globe. Each edition gives an overview of the emergencies and crises in regions and countries in that year, funding requirements for the current year, stories of individual's experiences, a review of emergency funding in the previous year as well as PDF versions of the Report, multimedia content and more.
As stated by UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake, "Whilst catastrophes don't discriminate, they most severely affect those least able to withstand them: The most vulnerable children, living in the poorest and most isolated places, subject to the greatest deprivations". The 2012 report describes the work undertaken by UNICEF, in collaboration with their partners, and the assistance offered to both individuals requiring immediate help from an acute crisis and those subjected to the effects of complex long term emergency situations. As detailed by the report, in 2011 this assistance was given in response to political violence in the Côte d'Ivoire which caused 1 million people to be displaced and left many children vulnerable to protection failures; the famine in the Horn of Africa, in particular Somalia where 108,000 children were treated by UNICEF for malnutrition and; the massive flooding in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan which forced many people to flee their homes and created a food security crisis disrupting children's access to health and education services and nutritional food.
The report also details the US$1.28 billion worth of resources required to respond to emergencies in more than 25 different countries throughout the world in 2012. For more information and to download the report in full see here.