NEW YORK, USA, 15 June 2010 – The second Millennium Development Goal calls for universal primary education for all boys and girls, and Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child says that all children with disabilities have the right to special care and support so they can live full and independent lives. But for many children with diabilities in developing countries – especially in rural areas – few opportunities for education are accessible.
MONROVIA, Liberia, 29 December 2009 – When Emmanuel Mulbah, 18, moved in with his uncle several years ago, they became very close. Emmanuel worked in his uncle’s shop, and would run it whenever his uncle was away.
TBILISI, Georgia, 23 November 2009 – A fine mist swirled around four-year-old Mariam's face as she breathed through a clear rubber mask during her nebulizer treatment. An asthma sufferer, Mariam was being treated free of charge at the new Child Development Centre in Tbilisi.
LEBAKENG, Lesotho, 18 November 2009 – Mapalesa Sebatanyane, 73, is the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, but she struggles to feed them with the small income she earns raising chickens in this remote village.
MOUSSORO, Chad, 12 February 2010 – Hameed (not his real name), 16, has a glazed look on his face when he talks about his life as a child soldier in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. “I’ve lost count of how many people I have killed, and I don’t think about it,” he says, shuffling his feet nervously.
PURULIA DISTRICT, India, 04 January 2010 – Jakir Ansari used to work in the circus as a clown, and his face and arms are studded with scars from where the knives that were thrown at him missed their mark. Today he works as a day labourer, earning about 1,200 rupees ($26) per month to support his family.
MONROVIA, Liberia, 11 January 2010 – As Liberia slowly recovers from a 14-year-long civil war, its educational system retains some of the lawlessness that reigned during the conflict.
HUYE, Rwanda, 07 January 2010 - Aphrodite, 14, and her friend Joselin used to spend their days working on a rice plantation. It was back-breaking work, toiling in the hot sun from dawn until dusk.
MONROVIA, Liberia, 24 November 2009 – When Lydia graduated from school a few months ago, her future should have been boundless. She had done well in school and was expecting good results on her university entrance exam.