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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:00:12 -0500

Last Build Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:14:17 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2013, UNICEF

Social services in Romania give a young mother a helping hand

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:29:46 -0500

ASĂU, Romania, 8 December 2016 – Andreea Ursaru has just come home from hospital with her baby Daria, but there aren’t any flowers to greet them. In fact, the 20-year-old Romanian mother of four hasn’t ever received flowers.

In the face of Hurricane Matthew, disaster risk reduction saves lives in Cuba

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:15:54 -0500

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, 6 December 2016 – Four years ago, Hurricane Sandy marked many of the children, teachers and families of Cuba for life. Some of them lost everything. Many feared they would relive the experience when Hurricane Matthew – one of the most damaging weather events of 2016 – struck in early October.

In Kyrgyzstan, promoting community care for children with disabilities

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:06:38 -0500

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 3 December 2016 – Guliza’s welcoming smile floods the room like the sun piercing through a long night. She hugs us, snaps a selfie, and breaks into a brash but pitch-perfect rendition of a hit by the popular American singer, Ariana Grande.

Foster families in Haiti: One girl’s story

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:07:07 -0500

LES CAYES, Haiti, 29 November 2016 – “I want to become a professor one day,” says Sabrina. The little girl is seven years old and has a smile that radiates from ear to ear. Full of energy, she lists her favourite topics at school – reading and maths – and her favourite movie – Walt Disney’s ‘Frozen’. Nothing in her sparkling demeanour hints at the shadows of her past.

Underground amusement park gives Syrian children chance to play

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:20:17 -0500

Syrian Arab Republic, 27 November, 2016 – Despite the escalating violence across the country, Syrian children are doing whatever they can to live normal childhoods, even if it means going underground.

Georgia’s children with disabilities struggle against stigmatization

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:46:43 -0500

TBILISI, Georgia, 3 December 2016 – Six-year-old Gabriel smiles broadly as he sips on his fruit juice, with his mother Tamuna watching as she relates his story. “His lip was cut; it was bruised and swollen, and he had injuries to his head.”

PrEP: Testing new solutions for better outcomes in HIV prevention

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:32:21 -0500

BANGKOK, Thailand, 1 December 2016 – In Bangkok, 18-year-old Kawee* lives in a single rented room with his mother, a supermarket cashier. His father abandoned them both when he was very young. When he was around 15, he found out he had HIV after several years of unprotected sex with older men.

From Boko Haram captive to children's teacher: Femi's inspiring story

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:25:34 -0500

BORNO STATE, Nigeria, 7 December 2016 – Last year, Femi's* father was sick. So sick, in fact, that Femi wanted to go and look after him. The 17-year-old left his school in the south of the country to travel to the north-east, to Borno state, where his father lived in a small village. Femi didn't anticipate being gone too long.

Youth are key actors for peace in Burundi

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:38:36 -0500

MUBANGA, Burundi, 22 November 2016 – “My life has been so hard. I have been living in fear all the time. Since the beginning of the previous war in 1993, me and my family had to move from one house to another. We just want peace.”

SMS reporting saves lives in Sierra Leone

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:43:43 -0500

PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone, 21 November 2016 - Nurse Kabiru Kargbo knows what to do. As soon as his health facility receives a delivery of supplies he pulls out his mobile phone and gets ready to report. He responds to some basic questions by SMS and sends the information back to the national level. Almost immediately the Ministry of Health and Sanitation knows its supplies have reached their destination.

Nigeria’s ‘Iron Lady’ of water and sanitation

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:30:16 -0500

BAKORI, Katsina State, Nigeria, 18 November 2016 – “They call me the Iron Lady, I don’t know why,” laughs Zainabu Abubakar. “I’m not ferocious or anything, I’m just doing my job.”

Syrian families flee fighting in Raqqa area, as humanitarian needs increase

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:00:29 -0500

AIN ISSA/DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 17 November, 2016 – Fatima woke in the middle of the night to the raging sounds of fighting and shelling in her village outside Raqqa. She grabbed a few belongings and led her seven children into the wilderness.

Modu’s big dreams: Back to school in north-east Nigeria

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:42:27 -0500

MONGUNO, Nigeria, 17 November 2016 – Modu Umar is 13 years old and when he grows up he wants to be a doctor. Or maybe a policeman. Or possibly a lawyer. He hasn't quite made up his mind yet, but it's clear this little boy from Monguno in north-east Nigeria has big dreams. And he knows he'll have to work hard to achieve them.

Back to school in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:15:50 -0500

LES CAYES, Haiti, 16 November 2016 – “I am very happy to see my friends again and to be back to my school,” says Ashleina Jacques. She is a young girl, 10 years old, with bright eyes, and she cannot contain her joy. She has been waiting for what feels like such a long time.

First UNICEF-led interagency aid convoy reaches Mosul

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:34:01 -0500

MOSUL, Iraq, 15 November 2016 – I was talking to 10-year-old Maryam when a rocket exploded to our left. It was still a way off, but it was loud and I jumped.

Unconditional cash grants are a lifeline for a mother in Yemen

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:07:15 -0500

TAIZ, Yemen, 15 November 2016 – The Mahwa neighborhood in Taiz city is a slum packed with overcrowded shanties. It is not the kind of place suitable for a healthy living. But it is amazing how people survive here amidst disease and deprivation. It is said here, with irony, that empty stomachs are the only free space in Mahwa. At night thousands of families sleep on the ground under the open sky.

Water cuts add to the daily challenge of survival for Aleppo’s children

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:54:02 -0500

ALEPPO/DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 November 2016 – Being born in Aleppo was always considered a rich blessing in eight-year-old Huda’s family. That changed abruptly when violent conflict reduced the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city to rubble. To protect her five children from indiscriminate daily attacks, Huda’s mother Manal fled with them to a neighbourhood on the west side of the city, with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

From troubled past to bright future: A new start for vulnerable adolescents in Kosovo

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:37:00 -0500

PRISTINA, 10 November 2016 – G.P. was only 15 years old when he got into a serious fight with one of his peers. The conflict had started as a verbal disagreement, but in the heat of the moment, G.P. inflicted serious bodily injuries on the other boy. This type of physical altercation is considered a criminal offence by the Kosovo Juvenile Justice Code.

Small Grants initiative brings new ideas to life in eastern Ukraine

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:32:49 -0500

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine, 8 November 2016 – Oleksiy, 14, Karyna, 14, and Tetiana, 28, live in Rodynske, a small town near Pokrovsk in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk oblast. Although Rodynske is home to 10,000 inhabitants, including 3,500 children and young people, sports facilities are very limited.

Combatting severe acute malnutrition in Phnom Penh’s vulnerable communities

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:15:29 -0500

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 8 November 2016 – Yin Seiha is 15 months old. She lives with her mother Chea Sok in one of Phnom Penh’s slum communities, in a single room hut that floats on the Tonle Sap River. Smiling and playing with her one-year-old neighbour, it’s hard to believe that this is the same child that a month ago was struggling to live and in need of urgent treatment.

Iraqi families flee Mosul, seeking refuge across the Syrian border

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:48:00 -0500

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 7 November 2016 – Children in and around the city of Mosul in Iraq have endured extreme suffering for more than two years. Many of them have been forcibly displaced, trapped between fighting lines, or even caught in the crossfire.

Working with communities to curb malnutrition in Sierra Leone

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:32:30 -0500

PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone, 3 November 2016 – It’s a rainy morning in Gbombana village, Port Loko district, but several women – and some men – have braved the downpour to get to the health centre. They have come for the weekly meeting of the Gbombana Mothers’ Support Group, a community platform for parents to share experiences and advice on infant and young child nutrition.

Learning without limits: Inclusive education gives children room to grow in Cuba

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:16:31 -0500

HAVANA, Cuba, 2 November 2016 – Reinier has a rapid and forceful response to everything. At the age of 18, his curiosity for everything and everyone around him keeps him suspended between illusion and absolute uncertainty – as can happen with any teenager. But he is not concerned about the future; he knows that if he has managed to get this far, he can do anything.

School in a cave gives Syrian children a safe learning environment

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:24:25 -0500

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 November 2016 – In the Syrian Arab Republic, going to school for many children is fraught with danger. Every day, children and teachers risk their lives to reach a classroom, as schools continue to come under attack. Yet despite these risks they persist in doing everything they can to get an education that is rightfully theirs. Their stories are ones of determination and resilience.