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I Have Rights

UNICEF launched a child writing project to provide children with an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of their own rights and to write about them in relation to their own life experiences.

 

Bustan for Child Media, UNICEF’s local NGO partner, coordinated the project with children from the eight governorates of Baghdad, Babil, Basra, Erbil, ThiQar, Najaf, Diyala and Anbar. Thirty adolescent boys and girls aged 12-17, including school children, out of school, working children, IDP and orphanage children/adolescents and children with disabilities took part in the initiative.

 

In their stories, the children expressed how they enjoy their rights to education, clean water and adequate sanitation, the right to health care, the right to protection from war, violence, and armed conflict and other rights, and whether those rights are respected or violated from their own experience.

Huda
A 15 year old girl from Baghdad who still looks forward to finishing school even though she is burdened with housework

Wissam
A 15 year old boy from Baghdad who had to leave school to work as a street cleaner and support his family

Fatima
a 14 year old girl from southern Iraq forced to leave school and marry an older man

Hawkar
A 14 year old boy from the North of Iraq who lost both his arms because of a landmine

Manhal
A 15 year old girl from Baghdad who still looks forward to finishing school even though she is burdened with housework

Haneen
Real Lives: Haneen's story

 

 
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