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Published: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:00:23 -0500

Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:38:26 -0500

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Poverty drives child labour in Gaza

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:24:00 -0500

GAZA, State of Palestine, 20 July 2017 – When morning comes, 13-year-old Ahmad* does not go to school like other children his age. Instead, he goes to work.

Families in despair as cholera outbreak spreads across Yemen

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:40:25 -0500

ALHESN, Sana’a, Yemen, 18 July 2017 – A whirl of dust and wind sweeps through Alhesn, a village perched atop Sana’a’s highest hill. A young girl and her little brother slowly climb up the steep stony path leading to the village, carrying half-filled jerry cans of water. Nearby, a shepherd herds his cattle through the walled entrance of this hamlet, which is home to 70 families.

Landmines pose the latest threat to children in Raqqa

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:58:53 -0500

QAMISHLY, Syrian Arab Republic, 11 July 2017 – When 10-year-old Khaled and his family fled their home in Raqqa in the middle of the night two weeks ago, they were seeking safety after living through months of heavy fighting and in constant fear. They had already been displaced on three occasions, each time forced to flee with only the clothes on their backs.

Fathya and the army of volunteers combating cholera in Yemen

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:23:43 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 5 July 2017 – It was in late April that cholera and acute watery diarrhoea broke out in Yemen, spreading rapidly across the country. By the end of June, the number of suspected cholera cases had surpassed 200,000 with over 1,400 deaths.

UNICEF Ethiopia and Somalia join forces to reach severely malnourished children with life-saving treatment

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:04:24 -0500

DOOLOW, Somalia, 30 June 2017 – Faisal Bule sits with his daughter, 18-month-old Dahran Faisal, at the nutrition centre in Doolow, a town in southern Somalia on the border with Ethiopia. Dahran is one of the newly admitted patients at the centre’s Outpatient Therapeutic Programme.

Thousands of community health workers bring lifesaving services to mother and baby in rural Sierra Leone

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:46:01 -0500

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 29 June 2017 – It’s Tuesday evening and Nancy Tucker has finished tending her plot of potatoes and okra. She packs her tools and heads back to the village. Once there, she’ll see to the community’s latest crop – of newborn babies. Nancy has been serving her community as a volunteer community health worker since 2008.

Falling through the cracks: Yemen’s forgotten children in a cholera crisis

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:59:20 -0500

SANA'A, Yemen, 23 June 2017 – Worried parents wait outside the cramped paediatric emergency ward in Ma’abar hospital, 100 kilometers south of Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. Helpless and unsure how to save their suffering children, they look expectantly at the few doctors and nurses on duty who hurriedly move in and out of the ward, wearing scrubs and masks.

In Angola, a refugee centre offers new hope for a boy who lost his family

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:49:11 -0500

DUNDO, Angola, 20 June 2017 – "My dad was a police officer. He was working that day and returned to the city to pick up mom and me on a motorcycle. It was there that the militia arrived, and I do not know what kind of magic they did, but the motorcycle could no longer work... and that's where my parents were beheaded. I just ran away."

Annual Session of UNICEF Executive Board closes with focus on field visits and equity

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:12:37 -0500

NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 June 2017 – The Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board ended late last week, bringing to a conclusion three days of presentations and discussions on major programme, policy and oversight issues.

Meet a health surveillance assistant with a heart to serve in Malawi

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:42:27 -0500

CHANTHUNTHU, Malawi, 27 June 2017 – Nearly a decade ago, health surveillance assistant Noah Chipeta arrived at his new posting in Chanthunthu, situated in Malawi’s Kasungu District. He didn’t think he would be staying long. The small community of 11 villages is isolated – wedged between two rivers, which during the rainy season can cut off the entire area from the outside world.

Lives improved, lives saved: UNICEF Executive Board reflects on progress made and challenges ahead

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:05:38 -0500

NEW YORK, United States of America, 14 June 2017 – The year 2016 was one of tremendous challenges. More than 125 million people needed humanitarian assistance as a result of conflict, displacement, natural disasters and profound vulnerability.

Violence and displacement stalk children in Raqqa

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:08:27 -0500

RAQQA, Syrian Arab Republic, 7 June, 2017 – Reem, 19, thought long and hard before making the courageous decision to flee Raqqa almost three weeks ago. It was just before midnight when she grabbed her 10-month-old baby girl and a few belongings, and started a journey that would bring them more misery.

Fighting famine in Aweil, South Sudan, as acute malnutrition rates continue to rise

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:33:24 -0500

AWEIL, South Sudan, 22 June 2017 – More than a hundred South Sudanese women, dressed in colourful flowing dresses, sit with their children and new born babies. Some have walked days through the burning heat to get to the only health clinic in Aweil North County, Northern Bar el Ghazal State that borders Sudan.

Palestinian children with disabilities are determined to learn

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:03:16 -0500

HEBRON, State of Palestine, 2 June 2017 – For 12-year-old Wi’am, attending the Blind Charitable Society School is a blessing.

Using data to improve education in Angola

Wed, 31 May 2017 16:38:11 -0500

CACULA/QUIPUNGO, Angola, 31 May 2017 – At Primary School n.231 in the municipality of Cacula, Huíla province, a young technician named Ernesto interviews the school principal by asking a series of basic questions. He inputs the answers into a tablet at an astonishing rate.

In Kyrgyzstan, girls lift shroud of shame on menstruation

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:36:44 -0500

VASILEVKA, Kyrgyzstan, 26 May 2017 – Menstruation is a taboo subject in Kyrgyzstan. Girls enter puberty without understanding what is happening to their bodies, and suffer in shame and despair as a result. Many do not attend school during their periods, affecting their educational performance.

One year on: a community in Darfur built from the ashes

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:11:30 -0500

SORTONY, Sudan, 25 May 2017 – “The site at Sortony is a cramped shantytown in the making. UNICEF, as part of the first multi-agency humanitarian team to come to assess the situation, is navigating a maze of families, of children scraping for food, of donkeys, and, in the absence of any facilities, of open defecation fields.

Children of Yemen are in the grip of the second cholera outbreak in six months

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:29:22 -0500

SANA'A, Yemen, 22 May 2017 – For Um Taha and four of her children, the past few days have been nothing short of harrowing. Camped in a little corner of the diarrhoea treatment centre at the Al Sabayeen hospital in Sana’a, the 39-year-old mother has spent sleepless nights trying to take care of her children, all of whom have been diagnosed with cholera. Her husband is looking after their other five children back home.

Myanmar children in a Kachin camp hope for peace

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:25:22 -0500

KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 22 May 2017 - Baum Myaw, 12, lives with her family at a camp for displaced people near Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, Myanmar.

A new life after spending teen years in Myanmar army

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:49:22 -0500

KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 22 May 2017 - Zwe Chit left school when he was in grade eight. He started hanging out with four older friends. They all wanted to join the army and pushed him to do the same. He was 16 years old when he was recruited.

Broken sanctuary: attacks on schools in Myanmar

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:14:09 -0500

KACHIN STATE, Myanmar, 22 May 2017 - Zau Seng, 11, is a student at Nam Ya Middle School, in Moe Nyin District, Kachin State, Myanmar. He likes studying Myanmar and maths, and enjoys working in the school garden and playing catch with his friends.

"Some days I just have to listen": A family therapist works with Syrian refugees in Turkey

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:25:55 -0500

IZMIR, Turkey, 16 May 2017 – As a family therapist, Zeynep Kapisiz regularly deals with anger, depression, fear and many pleas for help. Some days she feels overwhelmed. The problems she is trying to solve can seem intractable.

A Syrian physician brings personal experience to polio immunization campaign

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:34:07 -0500

HAMA, Syrian Arab Republic, 11 May 2017 – Dr. Majed contracted polio at the age of 7 months. He grew up determined to protect as many children as possible from this life-threatening disease.

Water, sanitation and hygiene: the basics of infection control in Sierra Leone

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:30:09 -0500

NGELEHUN, Sierra Leone, 8 May 2017 – Nurse-in-charge Elizabeth Kadie Momoh at the Ngelehun Community Health Post has just finished checking a pregnant woman in the facility’s labour room and heads to a sink to wash her hands. Clean water gushes out as she opens the tap.

In El Salvador, a teenager worries about raising her child in a climate of violence

Thu, 04 May 2017 13:08:04 -0500

SAN MARTIN, San Salvador, El Salvador, 4 May 2017 – Every word spoken by Patricia is preceded by the smile of a playful girl who is not old enough to take life seriously. But in three short months, she will assume the responsibilities of motherhood.