Focus on Urban Childhood

Children living in Nairobi's informal settlements lack access to basic services and opportunities NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 March 2012 – As his peers in Korogocho, an informal settlement in Nairobi, leave for school, 15-year-old John Kinuthia sets off too. But instead of heading to school, he walks half a kilometre to the city's largest dumpsite to eke out a living.
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In Brazil, the Platform for Urban Centres empowers youth to advocate for children's rights SAO PAULO, Brazil, 9 March 2012 – Alisson Rodrigues Cordeiro, 18, is determined to improve living conditions and reduce inequalities in his community in the Itaim Paulista district of São Paulo.
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Fighting child marriage in the slums of Moradabad, India MORADABAD, India, 7 March 2012 – "I wasn't ready for marriage. No girl should be married at such an early age," said Nargis.
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Helping children living and working on the streets in Thailand CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 5 March 2012 – Poon* left home more than a year ago, escaping an abusive mother. She was an alcoholic, he said, and he thought life on the streets of Chiang Mai would be preferable to her regular beatings
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In Bangladesh, a new UNICEF-supported initiative helps poor urban children DHAKA, Bangladesh, 2 March 2012 – Twelve-year old Mohammad Faisal Hossain works to support his family of four – himself, his mother, younger sister and brother. To meet their needs, he holds down two jobs on the packed roads of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka: selling newspapers in the early morning and working as a helping hand on a small minibus.
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Getting at-risk children out of work and into school in the slums of Moradabad, India MORADABAD, India , 29 February 2012 – From ages 8 to 10, Anas spent 10 hours a day, six days a week, working in a smoke-filled metalware workshop in the slums of Moradabad.
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In Burundi, guaranteeing children's rights to protection and play BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 28 February 2012 – Dozens of children are gathered on a vast green field in Maramvya, a district of Buterere in the suburbs of Bujumbura, the capital. The children, including Joseph, 7, Emelyne, 8, and Jean-Claude, 9, are indulging in a once rare activity: play.
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In Ukraine, providing holistic health care to sexually exploited adolescents and other at-risk youth MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine, 27 February 2012 – Anya* does not talk much about her teen years in Mykolayiv, one of the most populous cities in southern Ukraine . She desperately wants to forget the days of fighting with her grandfather, who was her only surviving relative after her parents died, and what happened after she was thrown out of the house.
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A second chance at childhood for exploited and vulnerable children in Benin COTONOU, Benin, 24 February 2012 – Bread seller Honorine Noudjèmèdji, 14, zigzags deftly through Dantokpa, one of the biggest markets in Benin's commercial capital. Loaves are piled high on a tray on her head, at customers' eye-level.
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In Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, assisting children alone in the big city ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 21 February 2012 – After a fight with his father, 9-year-old Junior Coulibaly left his house in a huff. It was a Friday afternoon in mid-January 2011. Nine months would pass before he would see his father again.
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A way home for children living and working on the streets of Rwanda KIGALI, Rwanda, 21 February 2012 – Many children who had been living and working on the streets of Kigali are now returning home, thanks to the help of centres like Fidesco.
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Oneminutesjr. videos

Oneminutesjr. are 60 second videos made by young people between the ages of 12 and 20 from around the world, through UNICEF-supported workshops. These videos have been selected to reflect some of the themes in SOWC 2012 report.

2 Lives: 2 Miles Apart

2 Lives: 2 Miles Apart is a series of films that highlights crucial issues impacting children in an urbanized world.

Youth Speak Out
(IMF Video)

Young people, hardest hit by the global economic downturn, are speaking out and demanding change. Coming of age in the Great Recession, the world's youth face an uncertain future, with lengthening job lines and diminished opportunities.