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1 In 10 Children Are Living In Places Affected By Armed Conflicts

Unicef launched its largest ever appeal on Thursday, calling for $3.1 billion to fund its projects in 2015 and singling out Syria as the conflict zone where the most work is needed.

Last updated on January 29, 2015, at 7:03 a.m. ET

Posted on January 29, 2015, at 6:59 a.m. ET

One in 10 of the world’s children – or more than 230 million – are living in countries and areas affected by conflict, Unicef said in an appeal launched on Thursday.

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A Palestinian girl stands next to Palestinian militants of Hamas' armed wing on Jan. 27.

More than 5.6 million children in Syria, and an additional 1.7 million who have fled to neighboring countries, need support, the charity says.

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Children inspect damaged buildings in Syria's Idlib province on Jan. 21, 2015.

A year into the crisis in Ukraine, around 1.7 million of the country's children are living in conflict zones.


A boy holds a placard reading "I am Ukraine'' during a gathering in Kiev on Jan. 18 to pay tribute to 13 people killed after pro-Russian separatists shelled a bus.

In Nigeria, attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram escalated in 2014, causing at least 1.5 million people to flee their homes, mostly women and children.

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Children displaced as a result of a Boko Haram attack attend a class for internally displaced persons in Nigeria's Adamawa state on Jan. 13.

Unicef is also calling for funds for campaigns that last year fell short of the donations required in conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Palestine.

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A child waits to cross from Palestine into Egypt at the Rafah border gate on Jan. 21.

The charity says also that almost 10 million people under the age of 20 have been affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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A child stands outside a home quarantined to combat the spread of Ebola virus in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, in Oct. 2014.

Unicef's appeal calls for $3.1 billion to fund its 2015 projects, which aim to reach children living in conflict zones and caught up in other humanitarian crises. The biggest amount in the appeal, $903 million, was for Syria and the surrounding region, followed by $500 million for West African countries affected by Ebola. The full appeal and report are here.

The charity announced earlier this week that it had reached an agreement with a rebel group in South Sudan to release 3,000 of the children it had recruited as fighters.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.