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Olympic Torch Relay: Bearing the torch for child protection

The 2004 Olympic Torch Relay will be the first truly global journey for the Olympic flame: for the first time in history, the torch will visit six continents, travelling through 34 cities in 27 countries over five weeks.

This year’s Olympic Torch Relay is special in another way: In cooperation with the International Olympic Committee, UNICEF was able to select three torchbearers to participate, helping bring the issue of child protection to the world’s attention. Each of these torchbearers has a unique story to tell. Individually and collectively, their stories demonstrate the need for creating a protective environment for children, and illustrate how real-world solutions can be applied to accomplish that goal.

Young champion to carry Olympic flame in Moscow

Olympic Torch Relay visits United Nations headquarters for the first time ever

Child labour activist runs in Olympic Torch Relay



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