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Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00:28 -0500

Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:57:42 -0500

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Fun relief for children in north-east Nigeria

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:33:02 -0500

MAIDUGURI, north-east Nigeria, 30 December, 2016 – Just for a moment, Maimune could forget about her problems. It’s ‘Fun Day’ for children at Dalori camp for people who fled their homes because of violence in north-east Nigeria. It’s a day to play silly games and to make music with other children, to laugh and just be children.

Children displaced from east Aleppo: distressed, injured, alone

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:40:16 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 29 December 2016 – For the families who fled the fighting in Aleppo city, the arduous journey was full of chaos and horror. Terrified and alone, many of the children arrived in shelters unaccompanied or separated from their families, with many suffering from injuries.

After years of conflict, schools reopen and hope returns to Fallujah

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:31:32 -0500

FALLUJAH, Iraq, 27 December 2016 – The walls of Fallujah are scarred with bullet holes. Six months ago, 85,000 people fled the city as bombs fell on their houses in the fight to retake the city. Many others had escaped earlier.

In Nigeria, newly accessible areas reveal scale of crisis

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:13:12 -0500

BANKI, Nigeria, 22 December 2016 – Less than 3 km from the Cameroon border is the Nigerian town of Banki in Borno State. The town's main street, once a thriving commercial area with cross-border trade, is now deserted and lined with buildings that have been destroyed during the conflict.

From shoemaker to student: Aleppo teenager goes back to school

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:09:46 -0500

TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 19 December 2016 – When a UNICEF team first met 14-year-old Wahid a few months ago, he was fetching water for his family in ‘1070’, a complex of unfinished apartment buildings in a neighbourhood of western Aleppo.

In Guinea-Bissau, teenagers sing the praises of handwashing

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:27:52 -0500

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 15 December 2016 – For any aspiring musician, hearing your song on the radio is a major milestone. This year, 19-year-olds Lizidória Mendes and Venâncio Cá got to experience this dream come true when their song “Laba Mon Ku Sabon” (wash your hands with soap) was chosen as the winner of a Global Handwashing Day song writing contest, organized by UNICEF.

Children design the school of their dreams in the Gaza Strip

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:18:13 -0500

GAZA, State of Palestine, 14 December 2016 – Two years ago, 50 days of armed conflict took an unprecedented toll on Gaza’s children and schools, with 258 of the latter incurring minor, partial, or severe damage. The destruction of schools had devastating consequences for the education system.

400,000 children in north-east Nigeria at risk of severe acute malnutrition

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:37:04 -0500

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 13 December 2016 – Fanna Mohammed is worried about her son. Seven-month-old Umara is thin and listless. He rests his head against his mother's shoulder as she carries him in her arms. It's impossible to get him to raise a smile.

Winter is the latest threat to children in conflict-ridden Aleppo

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:57:03 -0500

ALEPPO/DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 12 December 2016 – Five days ago, 10-year-old Ahmed arrived in Jibreen, an industrial district on the outskirts of Aleppo. Ahmed’s parents were killed in the vicious conflict engulfing the city. He and his four siblings have nobody to take care of them and help keep them warm.

Measles outbreak poses new threat to children in Somalia

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:41:10 -0500

KISMAYO, Somalia, 12 December 2016 – The cholera treatment centre at Kismayo General Hospital, the biggest hospital in Kismayo, hadn’t had any patients since the last outbreak was brought under control. But lately it has again been inundated with patients.

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.