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Published: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:13 -0500

Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:37:35 -0500

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The heroes keeping the water flowing for families in eastern Ukraine

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:28:01 -0500

LUHANSK, Ukraine, 21 November 2017 – Inna Krasnyakova was born, raised and married in the small village of Artema, in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine. In June 2014, she was at work, operating a water pumping unit at the Petrovskaya pumping station, when conflict broke out.

How toilets are saving lives and money in Afghanistan

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:43:02 -0500

NILI, Afghanistan, 18 November 2017 – For 23-year-old Fatima, it took the death of one child to spark a simple but transformational change, to convince the whole village to start using toilets and improve the health of many young lives.

A warmer winter for refugee children in Serbia

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:27 -0500

DIVLJANA, Serbia, 14 November 2017 – As you watch 8-year-old Aya Rekani playing with her friends among the fallen leaves, it’s difficult to imagine how different her life was just a year ago.

Making childbirth safer in South Sudan

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:32:54 -0500

AWEIL, South Sudan, 9 November 2017 – Arek Yel Deng had given birth before but she had never experienced such pain. Her labour lasted a week and the pain was so severe she thought she was going to die.

Mothers fight malnutrition in Burkina Faso, one child at a time

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:58:02 -0500

YAKO, Burkina Faso, 8 November 2017 – In Yako, in Burkina Faso’s Northern Province, Awa slowly approaches the group of women, her twin toddlers draped one in front and one behind.

Striving for uninterrupted learning for every child in Mali

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:35:45 -0500

MOPTI, Mali, 7 November 2017 – “We fled because of the conflict,” says Aminata Haidara. She was only 10 when her family escaped from their hometown, Gao, in 2013.

Investing in better care during babies' first days is saving lives in Kyrgyzstan

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:40:51 -0500

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 November 2017 – “She is the daughter I dreamed to have,” says Nargiza. “When I reach into the incubator, I touch her hands, her legs, to give her my love.” Inside the incubator rests little Omurkal – Nargiza’s first child – who was born at 30 weeks.

Mobile medical teams provide a lifeline for children in Yemen

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:07:21 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 16 October 2017 – “He is very weak and cannot even walk anymore. He’s lost so much weight.” Muhammad, 50, is desperate when he reaches the mobile medical team. He came on foot, carrying his feather-light son, Yahya, 4, in his arms. Muhammad has seen other children in his village die from malnutrition and he’s terrified the same fate awaits his son.

Hurricane Maria aftermath: Children's education on hold in Dominica

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:49:09 -0500

DOMINICA, 13 October, 2017 – Deltin Eugene, 16, stares at the chalkboard at the front of what used to be his classroom at the Goodwill Secondary School. The only words written there are “Friday 15 September 2017”. It was the last day he and more than 18,000 other students in Dominica went to school.

Rohingya refugee children: UNICEF emergency response in Bangladesh

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:50:22 -0500

In the six weeks after violence erupted across Rakhine State on 25 August 2017, more than half a million people – almost equivalent to the population of The Hague or Manchester – poured across the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Agents of change: Children in Lesotho bring improved sanitation from classrooms to communities

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:08:01 -0500

QHOLAQHOE, Lesotho, 27 September 2017 – The road to Qholaqhoe High School, perched on an isolated mountaintop in northern Lesotho, is long and rocky. Here and there, a peach tree blossoms pink or white against the drought-parched yellow hills. Dotted between the aluminum-sided shacks and the round thatched-roof houses is the occasional backyard gravestone.

‘The night the sea rose’: Families from Barbuda and Cuba reflect on surviving Hurricane Irma

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:41:25 -0500

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and COJÍMAR, Cuba, 22 September 2017 – From 6–10 September, Hurricane Irma tore through the islands of the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The category 5 storm was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean.

Communities make children’s early learning possible in Timor-Leste

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:25:29 -0500

VIQUEQUE, Timor-Leste, 25 September 2017 – “Ida, rua, tolu, hat, lima, nen, hitu, walu. Se mak badinas ba eskola buka matenek to’o hetan. Haksolok ba, haksolok ba, hader dader saan ba eskola” (One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. We love to go to school to get knowledge. Be happy, be happy. Wake up in the morning to go to school).

The long and dangerous path to school in eastern Ukraine

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:22:19 -0500

DONETSK, Ukraine, 20 September 2017 – Every morning, 14-year-old Karyna Shvets walks 2 km past piles of rubbish, abandoned buildings and unexploded landmines marked with bright orange ribbons.

Ending child marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:15:29 -0500

KOIDU, Sierra Leone, 19 September 2017 – Last year, the course of 16-year-old Alice Ngaujah’s* life changed forever when she discovered she was pregnant. Disowned by her parents, she was quickly thrown into adulthood.

UNICEF Executive Board session closes emphasizing strong partnerships for every child

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:57:23 -0500

NEW YORK, United States of America, 18 September 2017 – The second regular session of the 2017 UNICEF Executive Board, which closed on Friday, culminated in the adoption of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, the framework that will guide the work of UNICEF over the next four years, 2018–2021. The Plan was developed in close consultation with a host of partners, including Member States, other United Nations entities, partners in the private sector and civil society, and children.

Cash assistance helps Syrian children with disabilities to pursue their dreams

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:58:35 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 September 2017 – Bashar is one of 2.8 million Syrian children forced to flee their homes because of the intense violence. For Bashar, life was already tough and being displaced added to his daily challenges.

Antiguans and Barbudans unite to recover from Hurricane Irma’s destruction

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:33:18 -0500

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, 13 September 2017 – When Miranda finally ventured outside the morning after hurricane Irma hit Barbuda, she was met with a scene of absolute devastation. All around her were the remnants of the homes of her friends and families, scattered like litter by the vicious winds and rains that battered the Caribbean island.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, families flee the ravaged island of Barbuda ahead of the next storm

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:05:10 -0500

BARBUDA, 8 September 2017 – It’s in a bath of sunlight that Sasha Lewis boards the Excellee, the vessel that will bring her from her home, Barbuda, to nearby Antigua.

In one of El Salvador’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, a father creates a brighter future for his children

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 21:34:52 -0500

SANTO TOMAS, El Salvador, 8 September 2017 – Shortly after Lupita Corena was born 11 years ago, her parents separated. They decided Lupita would stay with her father, David.

Nepalese communities confront flood aftermath

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:49:54 -0500

Rautahat, Nepal, 6 September 2017 – When Ram Patiya Mahato, 32, went to bed on Friday 11 August, she expected to go the next day to a medical facility to give birth to her fourth child. Instead, she woke to see her home flooded.

How a boy and inclusive education changed an entire community in Serbia

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:45:57 -0500

SUBOTICA, Serbia, 30 August 2017 – When Atila Komaromi was born 18 years ago, doctors feared for his life. His limbs were severely damaged, and his parents were told that his life was at stake.

Clean water changes lives in a town in South Sudan

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:56:00 -0500

BENTIU, South Sudan, 5 September 2017 – Imagine having to fetch water from a river every day and it taking more than an hour each time. Now imagine having to do that using a wheelchair.

4 things you need to know about water and famine

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:05:42 -0500

20 million people at risk of famine across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria – including nearly 1.4 million severely malnourished children at imminent risk of death. Increasingly the crisis is one not only of food insecurity, but also of clean water, sanitation and health care.

Child-friendly spaces offer respite for Raqqa’s displaced children

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:58:02 -0500

RAQQA, Syrian Arab Republic, 23 August 2017 – When 12-year-old Rahaf and her family fled from violence in their hometown of Raqqa, they got caught in the crossfire.