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Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:00:48 -0500

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:07:09 -0500

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Yearning for a better future in the Syrian Arab Republic

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:34:57 -0500

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 21 October 2016 – For 14 year-old Jaffar, going back to school will never be the same.

Protecting children from violations and abuse in Gaza

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:06:48 -0500

GAZA, State of Palestine, 21 October 2016 – Seventeen-year-old Ahmad* has spent much of his childhood living in fear. Growing up in the Gaza Strip, he has witnessed three major rounds of armed conflict since 2009, and nearly ten years of blockade.

Meet the uprooted children and families of Borno State, Nigeria

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:59:11 -0500

BORNO STATE, Nigeria, 19 October 2016 – Since 2014, the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency has caused insecurity and massive displacement in north-east Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. An estimated 2.6 million people are internally displaced – more than half of whom are children.

In eastern Aleppo, going to school is a challenge

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:11:10 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 October 2016 – In late September, the new school year started in several areas across the Syrian Arab Republic.

A day in the life of a teacher in Ethiopia

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:30:48 -0500

BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Ethiopia, 5 October 2016 – Bek’elech Merga wakes up every morning at 6:00 a.m. to prepare for her classes. As a young elementary school teacher, she teaches grade 5 at ShimelaKono School in Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region in the western part of the country.

In Yemen, a mother’s determination keeps her children in school

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:48:25 -0500

SANA'A, Yemen, 3 October 2016 – Meet Um Osama, a fighter in Yemen but with a different kind of cause. Armed with nothing but hope for a brighter and safer future for her children, the mother of two is determined that her children continue their education in spite of the ongoing fighting.

Community leaders unite against malnutrition in Burundi

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:52:34 -0500

MUGINA, Burundi, 30 September 2016 – “I don’t know what is happening with my little child. She is not eating well and has lost her appetite little by little. We are worried and I don’t like to see her suffering,” says 34-year-old Donavina Ndereyimana, a mother of five. She lives in Mugina, a poor community in the province of Cibitoke, and is one of the many mothers there who knows the anguish of having a child with severe acute malnutrition.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, protecting and empowering children with albinism in schools

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:49:30 -0500

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 26 September 2016 – "I had to fight to get here, but mostly against myself," says Michel Mualaba as he overlooks the city of Brazzaville from the terrace of his brand new offices. Michel, a 35-year-old lawyer and financial affairs expert, was raised in a supportive, middle-class family. But he has faced discrimination his entire life because he has albinism.

What next for Nigeria’s children?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:07:41 -0500

GWOZA, Nigeria, 23 September 2016 – Ajija is as frail as you possibly can be when alive. The four-year-old should be actively playing with friends but she can barely stand. When she is checked by a health worker, she is unsurprisingly registered as severely malnourished. 

Preventing measles and rubella in Namibia's remote communities

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:54:15 -0500

ZAMBEZI REGION, Namibia, 21 September 2016 – For the next three weeks, Jackson Muhanda, his wife Rosemary and their three infant grandchildren will camp together along the shores of Lake Liambezi in Namibia. They will be joining hundreds of other men and women who rely on this huge body of water to make a living.

Executive Board reflects on results achieved in 2016, with an eye towards Agenda 2030

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:06:32 -0500

NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 September 2016 – The 2016 second regular session of the UNICEF Executive Board came to a close last Friday, 16 September. Over the course of the two-and-a-half-day session, the topics discussed ranged from financial reports to updates on humanitarian action and new country and multicountry programmes.

Executive Board session opens with Executive Director’s call for a focus on results

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:22:46 -0500

NEW YORK, United States of America, 16 September 2016 – The UNICEF Executive Board opened its second regular session of 2016 on Wednesday.

A healthy start for babies born in displacement camps in Iraq

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:55:16 -0500

DEBAGA CAMP, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, 16 September 2016 – On a late summer morning, Debaga camp is thronged with people. The camp was built to house around 5,000 individuals, but the population has grown to more than 36,000 in less than six months as displacement increases from villages and towns near the city of Mosul.

From sitting on the floor to the top of the class in Yemen

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:42:44 -0500

ADEN, Yemen, 15 September 2016 – Rania, currently in Grade 8 at Al-Seddek School in Aden, is an incredible 13-year-old girl. Despite many challenges and pressures such as marginalization and poverty, she has continued to attend school, even in the throes of Yemen’s ongoing conflict. Although she is called names by other students and sometimes has to sit on the floor when the room is full, she is currently top of her class.

With 10 new stations, radio reach expands in rural Guinea

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:19:05 -0500

CONAKRY, Guinea, 14 September 2016 – Radio, the conventional wisdom goes, is the best way to reach the peoples of Africa. I heard this time and time again while working at United Nations Headquarters – usually before the launch of some global campaign. “Don’t forget about radio,” someone would say. Everyone would nod.

In Namibia, ‘Little Bugs’ brings early childhood development to the desert

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:09:58 -0500

SOSSUSVLEI, Namibia, 12 September 2016 – Thirteen years ago, Jeanette Swartbooi, 38, relocated to Sossusvlei, in the middle of the Namib Desert. This move was in response to a breakthrough in employment opportunities in the booming tourism industry. The testimony of her life today demonstrates the paradox of how this employment opportunity has resulted in her children being excluded from essential social services such as schools, health facilities and even shops.

In Greece, a family split apart by border closures in desperate bid to reunite

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:55:01 -0500

ATHENS, Greece, 6 September 2016 – Word finally came after months of anxious waiting from her father, Kasem Alsabsabi, in Bebra, Hessen, Germany – he had arrived, had an operation, was on radiotherapy treatment, had found a place to live and was now ready and desperately keen for his beloved family to join him.

Life returns to parts of conflict-ridden Borno

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:03:31 -0500

GWOZA/KONDUGA, Borno, Nigeria, 29 August 2016 – The Mandara mountains appear ominously on the horizon through the cockpit window. Clouds hang over the ridge that cuts across Nigeria’s north-east border with Cameroon.

When cleanliness nears godliness in Bhutan

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:01:09 -0500

CHHUKHA, Bhutan, 28 August 2016 – As we veer off the Thimphu-Phuentsholing highway and ascend the rough road towards Pagar in Chhukha district, dark red chilies drying out in the fields provide a glimpse of the hues we will soon encounter as we mount further.

The miracle of Dzawandai, Cameroon

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:17:29 -0500

DZAWANDAI, Cameroon, 25 August 2016 – When asked about his age, Francois Sakotai smiles. “I don’t know, he said, maybe 70, 80? The only thing I can say, is that I am old. I am old and I was lonely, until Elisabeth, Delphine and Waibai came to my home.”

Education under fire: Schools in Aleppo damaged in renewed fighting

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:17:43 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 22 August 2016 – The life of a child in Aleppo has become even more dangerous in recent weeks, as intense attacks and fighting escalate across the city. At a time when children are at even greater risk of bombardments and fighting in the Syrian Arab Republic, education has become another casualty. Schools in Aleppo have come under attack, with many occupied by fighters and left destroyed or damaged.

'Xô Zika!' Children on the front line of Zika virus vector control in Campina Grande, Brazil

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:55:11 -0500

CAMPINA GRANDE, Paraíba State, Brazil, 18 August 2016 – “I told him that I thought I might have a solution,” says Iolanda Barbosa, Secretary of Education in Campina Grande, the capital city of Paraíba State in north-east Brazil.