GENEVA: United Nations appealed for $1.28 billion to fund its 2012 humanitarian operations in more than 25 countries including Pakistan. While the crisis in Somalia and across the Horn of Africa accounts for nearly one-third of the total amount, the list of countries includes many long-standing or "silent" emergencies.

Launched in Geneva, the UNICEF 2012 Humanitarian Action for Children report says: "Throughout the world, millions of children are living amidst crises that persist for years. While some of these emergencies attract significant media and political attention, others never reach international awareness, and many become silent emergencies in which deep humanitarian need, existing far from the public eye, is too easily and quickly overlooked."

"In the Sahel, we are facing a nutrition crisis of a larger magnitude than usual. In addition, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic, to name just a few, are all emergencies requiring funding if their most vulnerable people, children and women, are to survive," said Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, at the launch of the report.

The UNICEF report describes the daily situation of some of the world's most vulnerable children and women caught up in emergencies across the world and the funding required to meet their immediate and long-term needs.