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UN children agency seeks $3.3B in support for 2017

UNICEF appeals for $3.3 billion this year to help millions of children worldwide facing conflict, malnutrition and other humanitarian emergencies.

More funds needed to help children facing conflict, malnutrition, UNICEF says

A woman holds her malnourished daughter at a hospital in Yemen's capital Sanaa in July 2015. UNICEF'S annual appeal for funding reached $3.2 million last year, spurred by conflicts in Yemen, South Sudan and Iraq. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

UNICEF is appealing for $3.3 billion this year to help millions of children worldwide facing conflict, malnutrition and other humanitarian emergencies.

The UN children's agency says more than 40 per cent of the appeal would provide funds for children either displaced within Syria or who have fled abroad to escape the country's nearly six-year war.

UNICEF said its annual appeal announced Tuesday follows an initial request for $2.8 billion last year, which eventually grew to $3.2 billion amid escalating conflicts in Yemen, South Sudan and Iraq.

The single largest donor in 2016 was the United States, which contributed $407 million, followed by Germany at $250 million.

UNICEF emergencies director Manuel Fontaine said: "We certainly hope that the United States will keep with its tradition of helping us."

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