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Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:01:06 -0500

Last Build Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:32:58 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2013, UNICEF

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

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 28 September 2017 – Since August 25 2017, more than 429,000 Rohingya refugees, over 240,000 of them children, have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar into Cox's Bazar district of 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.

Africa's first humanitarian drone corridor launched in Malawi

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:09:52 -0500

LILONGWE, Malawi, 23 August 2017 – As the drone buzzed over Thipa village in rural Malawi, young and old people alike applauded in amazement. The community demonstration came as the Government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the use of drones for humanitarian purposes – the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use.

Gaza children face acute water and sanitation crisis

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:28:26 -0500

GAZA, State of Palestine, 1 September 2017 – Eight-year-old Sawsan and her family live in a tin-roofed shack made from metal sheets. In summer, she cannot stay inside as it becomes unbearably hot. In winter, the place is flooded with rainwater mixed with sewage from the street.

Floods affect millions in Bangladesh, India and Nepal

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:26:59 -0500

SAPTARI, Nepal, 21 August 2017 – As the floodwaters receded, Asha Devi Raya, 30, came down from the roof of her house. She had spent the night up there along with her 28-day-old baby daughter, four other children, and her in-laws. Relentless rainfall across much of Nepal has resulted in monsoon flooding and landslides.

Mobilizing communities to fight a severe cholera outbreak in South Sudan

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:37:04 -0500

Kapoeta, South Sudan, 15 August 2017 – It started around 6 p.m. one evening, shortly after supper. Regina Lotem had been warned about it for weeks and even though she tried to prevent it, she knew it might happen. Her five-year-old son Juma had been vomiting and had severe diarrhoea for several hours. If not treated properly, she knew his life could be at risk.

Back to school: Afghan teenager in Serbia aims to fulfil her dreams

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:14:23 -0500

BELGRADE, Serbia, 15 August 2017 – “I sleep, you sleep, he sleeps... We sleep, you sleep, they sleep.” Shabnam, 13, slowly conjugates the verb in a language that until recently had been completely foreign and incomprehensible to her.

A Syrian doctor’s determination in the face of violence and displacement

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:01:37 -0500

LATTAKIA, Syrian Arab Republic, 18 August 2017 – Two years ago, an escalation of violence in the northern Syrian city of Idleb forced Dr. Khaled and his family to flee their home. It was only four days after the birth of his son.

Children under attack in Yemen: Hameed’s story

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:59:01 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 11 August 2017 – Twelve-year-old Hameed is lying on a bed at the Thula Public Hospital north of Sana'a. This is the second time he has been hospitalized in the last few weeks, both times to receive treatment for cholera.