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Published: Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:00:57 -0500

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:58:40 -0500

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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.

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.

In Yemen, a young girl overcomes adversity to excel in school

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:20:51 -0500

ADEN, Yemen, 1 May 2017 – Thirteen-year-old Hosson is a ninth grade pupil at 26 September School in Malla district, Aden. She is one of the top performing students in her class, and loves to teach younger children maths. But despite her academic success, she is regularly bullied by her classmates. They call her “Al-Barsah”, which means “leper”.

Displaced Syrian mothers confront hardship with determination

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:36:59 -0500

DARA’A, Syrian Arab Republic, 28 April 2017 - Nada and her family fled their hometown of Al Shajarah after it was overtaken by warring parties more than three years ago. Now they have taken shelter, along with 40 other internally-displaced families, in a former school in the nearby city of Dara’a.

In Romania, a teacher’s care helps shape her students’ future

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:24:36 -0500

BUHUȘI, Romania, 26 April 2017 – At the Orbic school in the Romanian town of Buhuși, many of the students come from disadvantaged homes where they don't receive educational support. One teacher is helping give these children the care and attention they need to succeed in school and in life.

In Namibia, a new mother brings early childhood development to her community

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:38:21 -0500

MASIDA VILLAGE, 25 April 2017 – The year 2013 was a positive turning point for Vivian Ndungati from Masida village, in north-east Namibia’s Zambezi Region. At the age of 23, Vivian gave birth to her first child and soon discovered a passion for helping children get a good start in life.

Malawi hunger crisis forces teenage girls to sell sex

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:29:14 -0500

MANGOCHI, Malawi, 21 April 2017 – It is the start of the rainy season on the shores of Lake Malawi, and the landscape is now a lush green. Streams and rivers flow where before there were dry, dusty river beds. Fields of maize, as tall in places as the mud huts of farmers, tower over the children who run past them.

In Cuba, getting children back into classrooms after Hurricane Matthew

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:07:05 -0500

GUANTANAMO, Cuba, 20 April 2017 – Cuba is under the permanent threat of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and drought, and is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The country’s policies prioritize disaster risk reduction and environmental education, with particular emphasis on creating a culture of prevention among its youngest citizens.

In Damascus, water cuts and crumbling sewage systems pose serious health risks

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:29:27 -0500

DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 13 April 2017 – For 37-year-old Kawthar and her eight-year-old son Mohammed, life has become unbearable.