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Published: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:00:26 -0500

Last Build Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:06:55 -0500

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Back to school: Afghan teenager in Serbia aims to fulfil her dreams

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:14:23 -0500

BELGRADE, Serbia, 15 August 2017 – “I sleep, you sleep, he sleeps... We sleep, you sleep, they sleep.” Shabnam, 13, slowly conjugates the verb in a language that until recently had been completely foreign and incomprehensible to her.

Children under attack in Yemen: Hameed’s story

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:59:01 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 11 August 2017 – Twelve-year-old Hameed is lying on a bed at the Thula Public Hospital north of Sana'a. This is the second time he has been hospitalized in the last few weeks, both times to receive treatment for cholera.

In Turkey, country-wide vaccinations help Syrian refugee children stay healthy

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:52:32 -0500

Gaziantep, Turkey, 9 August 2017 – A crowd of mothers gathered early, parking their strollers in a neat row against the side of large, bright building. Amal Nabil, a 32-year-old Syrian refugee, had travelled for more than an hour to get there, first by bus then on foot.

A champion for breastfeeding in Côte d'Ivoire

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:19:46 -0500

ABOBO, Côte D’Ivoire, 7 August 2017 – “My strategy is my smile. With a smile people listen, and feel loved,” says Madame Bah.

A father from the start: Promoting early childhood development in Cuba

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:30:14 -0500

HAVANA, Cuba, 2 August 2017 – When Eduardo and his wife Margalys decided that they wanted to have children, he wasn’t sure what it would be like to be a father, but he was committed to being a good one. They attended family planning services together, and eventually prenatal sessions when they became pregnant.

In east Aleppo, clinics on wheels keep children healthy

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 12:14:23 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 1 August 2017 – In many cities, the sight of children and parents crowded around a big white truck on a hot summer day is not unfamiliar. Only in conflict-affected eastern Aleppo, it is not an ice cream truck gathering these children, but a UNICEF-supported mobile health clinic.

How promoting breastfeeding helped a village in Mali drastically reduce child stunting

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:28:48 -0500

YOROSSO, Mali, 31 July 2017 – "Show me how you breastfeed your child," says Aminata as she faces Batoma. A group of women look on, while sitting on a mat under the shade of a mango tree.

The Dominican Republic’s invisible children

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:09:17 -0500

SAN JOSÉ DE LOS LLANOS, Dominican Republic, 28 July 2017 – You won’t find the small town of San José de los Llanos in tourist brochures about the Dominican Republic. Rain runs through the muddy gravel streets and the water has crept into the home of Isabel, Jorge Luis and their son Brandon.

In search of safety: South Sudanese children travel alone to reach refugee camps in Darfur

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:52:48 -0500

EAST DARFUR, Sudan, 27 July 2017 – Fourteen-year-old Jonk Tonk Dack, and his brother Lowal, 9, are from Kair, Bahar Arab, South Sudan. The two boys recently fled their hometown alone, escaping both hunger and fighting. They were headed for Kario camp in East Darfur.

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.