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Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:00:38 -0500

Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:28:15 -0500

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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.

A race against time to stop the spread of polio in Nigeria

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:32:50 -0500

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 17 August 2016 – Six-month-old Ajeda received her first dose of polio vaccine today at a camp for displaced persons outside Maiduguri city, north-east Nigeria.

In Ghana, including all children in the classroom

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:23:27 -0500

ABREM ANKAASE, Ghana, 16 August 2016 – When the school year began, teacher John Sylvester Mensah noticed that Daniel, 12, struggled to read what was written on the board. After a chat with Daniel, Mr. Mensah moved him to the front of the class so that he would have access to what the other children were learning.

Transforming the lives of Indonesian children with early childhood education

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:53:08 -0500

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 12 August 2016 – A rare sound of children’s laughter can be heard at Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture, where normally Government staff and their partners focus on developing and implementing education policies. A little girl carrying a doctor’s kit declares that she wants to be a pilot. “I also want to be a doctor, and a teacher,” she proudly tells the high-level delegation of officials from the Governments of Indonesia and New Zealand.

A day in the life of a community midwife in Yemen

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:54:47 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 10 August 2016 – At 8:20 am, I arrived at the Bani Hushaysh District, due east of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a. The journey had started in the city at 7:00 am, and I was joined by UNICEF colleagues and staff from the Sana’a Governorate Health Office.

Preparing for the deluge, a camp in Iraq is quickly built from scratch

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:43:39 -0500

DEBAGA, Iraq, 9 August 2016 – On the outskirts of a dusty village in Iraq, a city is springing into existence. Hundreds of people arrive at Debaga displacement camp every day.

Averting a major health crisis in Yemen’s capital city

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 12:27:53 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 3 August 2016 – When conflict escalated in Yemen in March 2015, the resulting damage to infrastructure cut off electricity to a sewage treatment plant that turns human waste into harmless manure for fertilizing agricultural lands. Production at the plant ground to a halt, and raw sewage water streamed dangerously through Bani Al-Hareth, a district north of the capital, Sana’a.

In Guinea-Bissau, exclusive breastfeeding protects the lives of infants and mothers

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 16:36:00 -0500

BIANGA, Guinea-Bissau, 2 August 2016 – The village of Bianga is located in Guinea-Bissau’s Cacheu Region, near the Cacheu river that feeds into the Atlantic Ocean. It is nearly 100 km from the capital, Bissau, and accessed by a bumpy dirt road that disappears under the dense canopy of cashew and palm trees. The only sound to be heard is the call of birds and the drone of cicadas in the afternoon heat.

Children in Aleppo threatened by new intense fighting and denial of life-saving aid

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:41:01 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 2 August 2016 – Children in Aleppo city are again facing terrible threats from new intense attacks and fighting in the western parts of the city, while around 120,000 children are among the nearly 300,000 people cut off from life-saving humanitarian aid in the east. In the past few days, violence and fighting escalated with children in the line of fire.

In South Sudan, child malnutrition worsens as conflict hinders response

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:10:11 -0500

JUBA, South Sudan, 4 August 2016 – Before the fighting that shook South Sudan’s capital of Juba last month, staff at the Al Sabah children’s hospital were admitting about 30 children a day for the treatment of malnutrition. Today that number often surpasses 80.

In drought-stricken Ethiopia, stopping measles in its tracks

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:00:30 -0500

TIGRAY REGION, Ethiopia, 27 April 2016 – The little girls and boys line up at the Mereb Mieti Health Centre, rolling up their sleeves and baring their arms in turn as the nurse deftly administers the measles vaccine.