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Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:00:56 -0500

Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:14:57 -0500

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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.

Scoring goals for peace in Iraq

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:00:01 -0500

KOYA, Iraq, 11 April 2017 – A group of children run onto the pitch. The warm spring air is full of shouts and whistles as the first team takes to the field.

Healing emotional wounds from conflict in eastern Ukraine

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:14:55 -0500

MARIUPOL, Ukraine, 7 April 2017 – The emotional wounds and trauma of living through more than three years of conflict are an everyday reality for hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers in eastern Ukraine.

In Sierra Leone, new hospital facilities help save mothers' lives

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:10:17 -0500

KONSHO, Sierra Leone, 5 April 2017 – Bakey Kamara is eight months pregnant with her third child and has just walked two miles under a hot sun for one of her last antenatal check-ups. Nonetheless, she’s visibly excited on arrival at Konsho Community Health Post, a centre that’s just had an upgrade, including a new maternity facility.

UNICEF seawater desalination plant helps head off Gaza water crisis

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:00:03 -0500

GAZA, State of Palestine, 6 April 2017 – For 13-year-old Ahmad, the idea of drinking water from the tap did not make sense. “I have never drunk tap water because it is not clean, and it could make me sick,” he says. “My parents told me that they used to drink tap water at home, but it must have been many years ago, before I was born.”

Innovative cash transfer programme supports Syrian children with disabilities

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:04:34 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 3 April 2017 – Two years ago, amid intensifying violence, ten-year-old Nasrallah and his family fled from their home in Idlib. “Fearing for our children’s lives, we had no choice but to flee to West Aleppo,” says Nasrallah’s father, Basel.

In Kenya, severe drought threatens to leave 4 million food insecure

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:18:25 -0500

MOYALE, Kenya, 31 March 2017 – Dust mercilessly cuts its way through the air, meandering across the pathways of Badanrero Village, Kenya, located 100 km from the border town of Moyale near Ethiopia. The terrain is flat and desolate, with nothing but dried up shrubs for miles.

Unsung heroes: Vaccinators climb mountains to save children’s lives in Yemen

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:08:15 -0500

SANA’A, Yemen, 27 March 2017 – Vaccinating children against life-threatening diseases in the middle of an intense conflict can be a tough challenge. Over the past few weeks, polio vaccinators in Yemen have braved rough terrains and crossed hostile frontlines, criss-crossing valleys and mountains to reach children, some of whom have been displaced by the conflict.

Famine crisis – time is running out

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:17:18 -0500

Famine is looming in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and beyond, as nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year.

Hundreds of thousands affected by devastating floods in Peru

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:47:50 -0500

CARAPONGO, Peru, 25 March 2017 - Nine-year-old Aldony Cabrera proudly admits to being a Star Wars fan. Carrying his plastic light sabre, he walks through the devastation in Carapongo - a community near Lima, the capital of Peru - caused by some of the worst flooding in decades.

Amid conflict and food insecurity in Yemen, a young girl fights for her life

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:41:19 -0500

SANA'A, Yemen, 26 March 2017 – One-year-old Khawla Mohammed lies on the bed in Al-Sabeen Hospital in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a with a tube running through her nose. She is suffering from malnutrition and is also battling a chest infection which has affected her breathing.

Meet the teenagers in Brazil’s urban centres who are taking charge of their future

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:01:01 -0500

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 22 March 2017 – In Brazil, more than 84 per cent of the population lives in urban areas. In many of these areas, children and adolescents are yet to be guaranteed their rights to quality education, health and to a welcoming and protective environment.

Averting famine and saving lives in South Sudan

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:12:13 -0500

AWEIL STATE, South Sudan, 21 March 2017 – In South Sudan, an estimated one million people are on the brink of starvation. Iman Diing’s baby daughter Alakii is one of them.

A place called home - looking after Syrian children who have lost their families

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:09:13 -0500

ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 21 March, 2017 – On a street in Aleppo lies a two-floor house with a bright green door. Surrounded by a tiny garden of jasmine flowers and olive trees, the pretty setting stands in contrast to what the children living there have been through.

Sirens and bomb shelters: Going to school in eastern Ukraine

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:07:19 -0500

AVDIIVKA, Ukraine, 16 March 2017 – The bell rings and the whole class visibly tenses. A moment passes and everyone relaxes, the bell is just marking the end of a lesson. Three rings would have meant time to take cover.

Basement schools provide safety and vital continuity for Syrian children under siege

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:24:35 -0500

EAST GHOUTA, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 March 2017 – For some, the prospect of spending time underground in a dark, airless basement sounds dismal. But for children living under siege in the Syrian Arab Republic, basements offer shelter from the cold, a place to sleep, and a safe haven from violence.

Nyankena’s story: Fighting malnutrition and hoping for a peaceful future in South Sudan

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:26:44 -0500

JUBA, South Sudan, 13 March 2017 – Inside a Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Juba, South Sudan, several mothers sit closely in a group with their children at their sides.

“Wherever we went, death followed us”: A Syrian family’s tragedy

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:32:55 -0500

MISRATA, Libya, 13 March 2017 – Sham is a Syrian girl, 10 years old, with large, dark eyes and a shy smile. She lives on the outskirts of Misrata, Libya, with her mother, father and younger brother Balal, who is 5 years old.

Response and prevention: battling cholera in Haiti

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:13:26 -0500

SOUTH EAST DEPARTMENT/LA MONTAGNE, Haiti, 9 March 2017 - “Washing hands before eating and nursing the baby, washing hands after relieving myself, using Aquatabs to purify the water.” Miss Desloges, 64 years old, easily recites the actions that will protect her and her family from cholera with a calm, somewhat monotonous voice.

In Mali, preschool and super parents help young children flourish

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:55:01 -0500

SIBY-SIBY, Mopti region, Mali, 6 March 2017 – In the small farming village of Siby-Siby in central Mali, parents don't have a lot of toys for their children to play with at home.

Vitamin enriched flour to help prevent birth defects in Kyrgyzstan

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:08:26 -0500

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 3 March 2017 – Ever since Abdurahim* was born two months ago, his mother Alima has been struggling to understand why. Why her boy was born with spina bifida, a severe neural defect.

A look inside Belize’s first child-friendly family court

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:38:13 -0500

PUNTA GORDA, Belize, 2 March 2017 – It is a hot December morning in Punta Gorda, Belize. The sky is cloudless and the sun is dazzling. By 9:30 a.m. the immaculate white court building is buzzing with activity. As a line forms outside, Ms. Tricia Collins, the court’s Intake and Welfare Officer, waits patiently to greet each new person.

The dual threat of Boko Haram and malnutrition in north-east Nigeria

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:23:34 -0500

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, 28 February 2017 – Boko Haram killed Falta’s husband in the middle of the night. She was forced to flee into the forest. She was three months pregnant at the time, with three young children in tow.