Rohingya refugee children: UNICEF emergency response in Bangladesh
In the six weeks after violence erupted across Rakhine State on 25 August 2017, more than half a million people – almost equivalent to the population of The Hague or Manchester – poured across the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, children bear the brunt of Cyclone Roanu
BHOLAIKANDI, Bhola District, Bangladesh, 26 July 2016 – Swapna, 12, and her grandmother Bibi Hajera, 60, often come to a particular site on the bank of the Meghna River where their home used to be, searching for anything that can be used to build a new house.
In Bangladesh, a partnership to prevent malnutrition
NETRAKONA, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 –The signs of severe malnutrition were plain to see in 14-month-old Omi – an extremely bony appearance, low weight, infections and a distaste for food – but her mother, Lucky Akter, thought she was fine.
Bangladesh stages massive measles–rubella immunization campaign
TANGAIL DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 18 February 2014 – Sajib is 13 years old. He is in Grade 7 at Buruha high school, in Tangail district, Bangladesh. A couple weeks ago, as he cycled past the Charpara immunization centre, he saw the banner and stopped. He’d missed his measles–rubella vaccine, when it was administered at school.
In Bangladesh, learning why children stop learning
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 28 January 2014 – Jibon is 12 years old and works at a fish market in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. He lives alone with his mother, who works in a garment factory.
Capturing water fit for drink, in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 28 October 2013 – There’s so much water in Bangladesh that it is hard to imagine that, for much of the year, a lot of it is undrinkable.
In Bangladesh, children learn how to swim - and how to survive
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 9 October 2013 – Monsoon season in Bangladesh can be brutal. While bodies of water swell with bounty during the rain-soaked months, strong currents and floods threaten to bring catastrophe to the inhabitants of this riverine country. Drowning becomes a serious risk, and few are more aware of the danger than Belal Hossain, a father of three.
Simple solutions to keep girls in school in Bangladesh
MAULVIBAZAR, Bangladesh, 9 October 2013 – Imagine a school with just two toilets for 1,400 students, who wait in long queues just to use them.
Delivering essential newborn and maternal care to three upazilas in Bangladesh
TANGAIL DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 11 September 2013 – Alo Rani Pal’s days are quite hectic. Her work begins when the first villagers arrive in her courtyard, and, as the day progresses, she’s hardly free to do her own chores – until the last person leaves her home.
In Bangladesh, a project to support parents of children with disabilities
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 6 June 2013 – Hridoy, 9, and Bristi, 10, are trying hard to keep up with the beat of the music as they dance with other children in the drop-in centre in the Koratitola suburb of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.
Fighting malnutrition in Bangladesh with education
JAMALPUR, Bangladesh, 16 April 2013 – Monsoon rains lash down in northwest Bangladesh. The rising waters flood fields and rice paddies, turn dirt tracks and paths into muck.
Children make the news in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 27 February 2013 – “This is Shampa Islam reporting from the slums of Geneva Camp, Mirpur, Dhaka, for ATN Bangla.”
Striking at malnutrition and building resilience in flood-prone Bangladesh
Northwest Bangladesh, 19 February 2013 – “The water just came right through the village and through our houses,” says Shohiton Begum.
In remote regions of Bangladesh, community health workers break barriers to healthcare
SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh, 3 October 2012 – Rita Rani Boidda walks for miles every day in Sunamganj district, in one of the most remote regions of Bangladesh. She goes from door to door, navigating narrow lanes under the scorching sun, in the pouring rain, sometimes along a flooded terrain.
In Bangladesh, early childhood education is a strategic investment for the future
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2012 – Five-year-old Shawpona lives in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In this overcrowded urban community, row after row of straw and iron shacks are squeezed tightly together. Living conditions are difficult.
Swedish singer and songwriter Laila Bagge visits children living in the slums of Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 3 May 2012 – For Laila Bagge, the Swedish singer and songwriter, visiting the residents of T and T colony, a slum in Dhaka, was a life-changing experience. During her three-day trip, Ms. Bagge also visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space, a place for children to play and learn, and she spoke to children about their experiences growing up in urban poverty.
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.
At Bangladesh drop-in centre, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake visits a bank operated by vulnerable girls
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 11 January 2012 – Masuda, 10, eagerly greeted UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake at the gate of a five-story drop-in-centre, a safe haven for girls living and working on the streets of Dhaka.
UNICEF launches Schools for Asia to improve education for millions
NEW YORK, USA, 10 January 2012 – UNICEF is launching Schools for Asia today, an international fundraising initiative to improve the access and quality of education for disadvantaged children living across Asia and the Pacific.
UNICEF plans to expand innovative pre-school programme
NEW YORK, USA, 9 January 2012 – A quality education is the cornerstone of every child’s rights, yet across the developing world millions of children’s futures are stunted because they don’t have the opportunity to learn.
In disaster-prone Bangladesh, a UNICEF-supported programme helps children stay in school
NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2011—Low-lying Bangladesh is one of the countries most affected by climate change, and the people who live in the Chars – small islands created by floods or erosion in the vast Ganges delta—are the most vulnerable of all.
Innovative programme brings pre-school education to the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, USA, 12 December 2011—Mohammad Azizul Islam, 28, is a trader in Chinipara, in the remote Rangpur region of Bangladesh. As a landless man, he has very few opportunities to make a living.
UNICEF report highlights need for doubling child budget in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 30 June 2011 – The children filed one by one to the front of the room, each grabbing hold of the microphone and, before a large audience, pausing thoughtfully before asking questions to the awaiting panel. “I have no parents and I live in a shelter,” said 13-year-old Mohammad Shajun. “There are many children like me. We want to know what the Government is doing to help us.”
Two years on, UNICEF Italy Ambassador Kledi Kadiu sees Bangladesh cyclone aftermath
KHULNA DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 2 June 2011 – It was midday when the speedboat carrying UNICEF Italy Ambassador Kledi Kadiu and his team reached the embankment of Srinagar village in the Dakop sub-district of Bangladesh.
Improving sanitation and hygiene in a slum area of Dhaka, Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 21 March 2011 – Before a small crowd, Dolly Ahkter, 22, unravels a large piece of brown paper covered in check marks and crosses, and begins to explain what the markings mean.
Bangladeshi girls pitch for more recognition and opportunities
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, 15 March 2011 – It’s rare to see young girls playing cricket in Bangladesh, but this was one competition where they dominated the field.
Olivia Harrison keeps George Harrison's legacy alive on visit to Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 15 March 2011 – Olivia Harrison, founder of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and wife of the late musician George Harrison, visited Bangladesh recently with a delegation that included US Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern and Apple Corps executive Jonathan Clyde.
New campaign in Bangladesh raises HIV awareness through the power of cricket
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 22 February 2011 – It is the final of the girls’ cricket tournament in Bangladesh. Demanding high levels of fitness, co-ordination and self-discipline, this trophy has been fiercely contested by teams from across this highly-populated country.
Children’s photos capture life on the street in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 1 December 2010 – Cities in Bangladesh are overcrowded with dense slums, squatter settlements and pavement dwellings, each home to thousands of children. In the absence of parental supervision, children who live on the street are forced to work long hours – sometimes in hazardous environments – in order to support themselves. Commonly deprived of their right to an education, they must fend for themselves in a predatory and unforgiving environment.
Striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goals with equity in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 25 October 2010 – How can Bangladesh achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals with equity? This question was at the heart of a recent national seminar jointly organized in Dhaka by UNICEF and the Bangladesh Economic Association, and attended by Minister of Finance Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and State Minister of Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.
Sports initiative in Bangladesh breaks down barriers to female participation
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 6 October 2010 – Outside her modest family home, made of bamboo and clay, Bappi Dey, 12, practices batting in preparation for a friendly cricket match in her neighbourhood, Hindupara. As an opener, her teammates always depend on her for good score.
New programme empowers Bangladeshi families to make more informed health choices
BANDARBAN, Bangladesh, 25 August 2010 – Chaity Tripura, 22, is the very picture of serenity as she stands outside her two-room home, cradling her one-month-old daughter in the warm afternoon air.
UNICEF supports efforts to end sexual harassment of girls and women in Bangladesh
NARSINGDI, Bangladesh, 21 July 2010 – Hundreds of people, many of them adolescents, rallied in the streets of Narsingdi district recently to call for an end to ‘Eve teasing’ – a term used to describe the public bullying of girls and women by boys and men.
South Asian cricketers bowl UNICEF's 'healthy hat trick' for children
DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, 24 June, 2010 – Besides batting overs, taking runs and losing innings, South Asia’s top cricketers were bowling a hat trick of another kind during the Asia Cup – which wrapped up here today as India prevailed over Sri Lanka in the final match.
Measles and polio immunization campaign targets 20 million children in Bangladesh
PANCHAGARH, Bangladesh, 10 March 2010 – On a foggy February morning in Nayabari village, north-western Bangladesh, Johura Begum and her two grandchildren awoke at dawn. They dressed and went to a neighbour's house, joining some 30 other women and children for 'khesra teeka', or measles vaccinations.
Providing safe water for families in Bangladesh
BAGERHAT DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 24 February 2010 — Defying stifling heat and humidity, Maya Begum walks more than an hour from her village to fill two large plastic containers with drinking water for her family of four.
Young people in Bangladesh show their world through photos
DHAKA, Bangladesh , 20 January 2010 – As of three months ago, Rubaiya Akhter Shimu had never used a camera. Today, she is explaining the power of photography to a crowd of hundreds at the launch of a photo exhibition including several of her works.
Bangladeshi teenagers discuss impact of climate change in Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 3 December 2009 - Four Bangladeshi teenagers are now in Copenhagen to share their perspectives on climate change with 160 other young people from 44 countries. The Children’s Climate Forum, organised by UNICEF and the City of Copenhagen, is held a week prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It will culminate in the adoption of a resolution with recommendations for global action, which will be presented to world leaders at the conference.
Preventing bone disorders through better nutrition in Bangladesh
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 19 October 2009 – Five-year-old Jasmeen suffers from rickets – a preventable disorder caused by a form of malnutrition as a result of calcium deficiency which manifests as a softening of the bones. Her legs are severely deformed and bow the weight of her little body.
UNICEF supports swimming instruction to prevent child deaths in Bangladesh
SIRAJGANJ DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 3 September 2009 — A group of Bangladeshi children recently gathered at a local pond to receive a potentially life-saving health intervention: swimming lessons.
Surveying the needs of children and women in Bangladesh through ‘MICS’
BAGERHAT, Bangladesh, 4 August 2009 – It is hot and humid when Madhuri Samaddar, 28, reaches Boalkhali Bazar in Swarankhola, south-west Bangladesh. In the crowded neighbourhood, she walks to Sheresta Bari, a tiny slum with a few makeshift houses on a small strip of land.
‘Child-to-child’ programme fosters early learning for pre-schoolers in Bangladesh
LALMONIRHAT, Bangladesh, 14 July 2009 – In the sticky heat of early afternoon, the children of the Haribhanga Dargarpar Government Primary School – set amidst the lush green rice paddies of Sadar upazila – are bent over their school desks, drawing.
‘Empowerment of Adolescents’ programme helps people cope after Cyclone Aila
BARGUNA, Bangladesh, 29 June 2009 – Cyclone Aila swept through south-west Bangladesh on 25 May, reducing homes to rubble, destroying crops and leaving villagers without safe water or sanitation. In the weeks since, affected communities have been struggling to cope with the storm's impact.
Ensuring arsenic-free water for villagers in Bangladesh
NABINAGAR, Bangladesh, 23 June 2009 – No matter how hard Abeda Khatum – a villager in the community of Zinodpur – pumps the tubewell, no water comes out. The rainy season is about to start, but for now, the canal boats are stranded in the mud.
UNICEF helping families affected by Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 4 June 2009 – In the days since Cyclone Aila hit the fifteen coastal districts of Bangladesh on 25 May, the magnitude of the damage has begun to unfold.
'A silent emergency' as Bangladesh's poor suffer from economic downturn
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 8 April 2009 – There's a sense of urgency as health workers wind their way along tiny rickety alleys, past the washing, cooking and cleaning in Kachukhet Bazaar, one of Dhaka's sprawling slums.
Children interview newly elected Bangladesh Prime Minister on TV
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 1 April 2009 – Twenty children were on the beautiful sofas in the Prime Minister’s sitting room at her official residence in Dhaka. They had come to interview Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was elected in December 2008. Among them were children living on the streets, child workers, orphaned children and child journalists.
Teaching sanitation to the urban poor in Bangladesh
GAIBANDHA, Bangladesh, 25 March 2009—Mahmuda Akhter is an educated young woman in her 20s. This morning, she is rounding up housewives for an informal meeting. Her mission is to share lessons on personal hygiene, neighbourhood cleanliness, sanitation and using safe drinking water. She is working in a district called Driver Para – or drivers’ area – where low-income drivers’ families live.
A day in the lives of two homeless brothers in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 12 March 2009 – The sun had not yet risen when the two boys woke up. By 4 a.m., the port on the River Buriganga here in the capital of Bangladesh was alive and bustling. The ‘bed’ where Yusef,14, and his younger brother Smaile,10, slept was made of hard wooden planks on the pier.
New vaccine to prevent child pneumonia and meningitis in Bangladesh
KHULNA, Bangladesh, 12 February 2009 – One recent morning, the general paediatric ward of Khulna Shishu children’s hospital, southwest of Dhaka, was crammed with patients and their attendants. Among the 16 children under the age of five admitted there – some of them crying in pain and discomfort – 12 were suffering.
Cricket stars visit centre for drug users to raise AIDS awareness in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 15 January 2009 - Bilash regularly visits the UNICEF-supported Naya Bazaar drop-in centre, in Dhaka city, to receive help for his drug addiction. But even in his wildest dreams, the 11-year-old never expected to meet the captain of the Bangladesh national cricket team there.
A young Bangladeshi mother and her child survive a trafficking nightmare
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 8 January 2009 – Maleka’s intention was to provide a better life in India for her two-year-old daughter, Rasheda. At the time, she was just 16, and her job in a garment factory in Chittagong was difficult and paid very little. So she put her trust in a male friend who said that he could smuggle them across the border and find her better work.
Shetra’s story – the life of a sexually exploited child in Bangladesh
BARISAL, Bangladesh, 19 November 2008 – A recent study by UNICEF Bangladesh on the sexual exploitation of children found the average age at which surveyed children became involved in commercial sexual exploitation was 13.
Ban Soon-taek visits a UNICEF-supported school for working children in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 November 2008 – Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, visited a UNICEF-supported learning centre for working children in Bangladesh recently. The Jamuna 10 Learning Centre in Dhaka is part of UNICEF's ‘Basic Education for Hard-to-Reach Urban Working Children’ project, which is being implemented in six cities of Bangladesh.
German First Lady Eva Luise Koehler visits UNICEF-supported projects in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 24 October 2008 – “I have to choose between being hungry or going to school.” These sentiments, as expressed by a 12-year old girl who works in a rice husking mill in Bangladesh will never be forgotten by Germany's First Lady, Eva Luise Koehler.
UNICEF distributes biscuits to malnourished children during ‘rat flood’ food crisis
BELAICHARI, Bangladesh, 26 August 2008 – UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are distributing food relief in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of south-eastern Bangladesh, where a plague of rats is devastating crops and triggering a food crisis.
Hygiene promoters teach safe sanitation practices in Bangladesh
HATITILA, Bangladesh, 31 July 2008 – At the community development centre in Hatitila, a remote village in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, Athoi Marma, 19, teaches songs about safe hygiene practices to 20 pre-school children. The songs are in Marma, an indigenous language spoken by only around 150,000 people in Bangladesh.
Using theatre to raise awareness of bird flu prevention in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 22 May, 2008 – With its feel of suburban comfort, Dhour village in the Harirampur Union does not look like a typical Bangladeshi town. But, like many towns in Bangladesh, Dhour is home to many small poultry farms. In most households of this village, chickens are as much at home as the residents, roaming as freely inside the houses as they move in the backyards.
Symposium on poverty recommends child-sensitive social protection in South Asia
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 21 April 2008 – Policy makers and experts from eight countries met in Dhaka last week for a symposium to address poverty. The symposium focused on how expanded social protection could serve as a strategy to transform social policy and reduce economic and social vulnerability, especially for children.
Community outreach on hygiene for cyclone-affected families in Bangladesh
GABTALI, Bangladesh, 19 March 2008 – Pushi is very clean, washing her hands with water and soap whenever she uses the latrine and rinsing out the latrine pan when she is finished. Bulu, on the other hand, never washes his hands. After going to the latrine, he wipes them on his trousers.
Tatulia: A Bangladesh village in dire need of safe water
TATULIA VILLAGE, Bangladesh, 29 January 2008 – Tatulia, a small village at the bank of the Modhumoti river, is home to around 116 families. Last year, erosion from the river washed away one fourth of the village. Some people left the village altogether while others moved to safer locations.
Bringing good hygiene to rural Bangladesh through ‘Para Centres’
BARAICHARI, Bangladesh, 22 January 2008 – In a classroom made of tin in the Baraichari Village preschool, five-year-old Umenu Marma and her friend clap each other’s hands and sing along to the beat. However, this typical children’s game has a twist – these girls are singing a rhyme their teacher taught them about good hygiene, which translates as, “If you don’t brush your teeth regularly they will hurt, but if you brush regularly, you can eat anything.”
Goodwill Ambassador Shakira reaches out to cyclone survivors in rural Bangladesh
PATUAKHALI, Bangladesh, 21 December 2007 – Internationally acclaimed singer, musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira traveled to Bangladesh recently and met with women and children whose lives have been affected by Cyclone Sidr.
After the storm, Bangladesh cyclone survivors struggle through trying times
BAGERHAT, Bangladesh, 6 December 2007 – It was close to noon in Khuriakhali Bazaar, a market in the Sharankhola sub-district of Bagerhat, when the UNICEF team arrived after a long walk.
Child-friendly spaces provide a safe place to recover after Cyclone Sidr
PATUAKHALI, Bangladesh, 30 November 2007 – It is 7:00 in the morning, and approximately 200 children have gathered on the roof of a government office in cyclone-ravaged Subidkhali village. They are waiting for the doors to open on ‘Amader Jaiga’ (My Place) – a day care and safe space for child victims of cyclone Sidr.
UN Joint Mission visits cyclone survivors in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 23 November 2007 – A week after Cyclone Sidr pummelled Bangladesh, the survivors are struggling to pick up the pieces. A roof overhead, food, water and sanitation are the most critical needs.
Eyewitness account reveals devastating impact of cyclone in southern Bangladesh
BARISAL, Bangladesh, 19 November 2007 – The winds howled all night and the rain came down in sheets. The following morning, A. H. Towfique Ahmed set out to visit the local area. He found that cyclone Sidr had rocked the coast of Bangladesh to destruction.
Cyclone in Bangladesh: UNICEF and partners join emergency relief effort
NEW YORK, USA, 18 November 2007 – UNICEF and its humanitarian partners in Bangladesh are rushing emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of families in areas devastated by Cyclone Sidr, the deadliest storm to hit the impoverished nation in a decade.
A life lived in ‘exit mode’ – floods continue to bring destruction
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 21 September 2007 – Even as they are beginning to piece their lives back together, residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh are bracing themselves for a second round of flooding in as many months. Many houses have bamboo rafts tied close to their homes, symbolizing a life lived in ‘exit mode’.
Women and children still suffering the effects of monsoon floods
SIRAJGANJ DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 4 September 2007 – Last month, 45-year-old Amena awoke to discover that monsoon-related flooding was filling her home with rushing water. As if in a dream, she felt the strong pull of a hand as she was taken to the safety of a nearby embankment.
Relief supplies provided to flood-affected communities in Bangladesh
SIRAJGANJ DISTRICT, Bangladesh, 14 August 2007 – The devastation caused by the monsoon flooding of last month is visible throughout Bangladesh, but nowhere more than on the faces of the survivors themselves in Sirajganj, a flood-stricken northwestern district.
Millions affected by floods in Bangladesh face ‘a desperate situation’
NEW YORK, USA, 7 August 2007 – This year’s monsoon rains have caused unprecedented human suffering in Bangladesh. More than half of the country’s 64 districts are severely affected. Vast areas of land and crops are submerged, and millions of people have been left homeless.
Birth Registration Day helps ensure basic human rights in Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 9 July 2007 – Last week the Government of Bangladesh officially observed national Birth Registration Day in order to highlight the importance of birth certificates for adults and children alike.
UNICEF doctor steps in to perform emergency caesarean at a rural hospital
CHAUGHACHHA, Bangladesh, 3 July 2007 – In rural areas of Bangladesh, surgery is never a straightforward operation. When 20-year-old Lipy arrived at the Chaugachha Upazila health complex, the doctors told her that she would require a caesarean section in order to save her baby.
Bangladesh and Bermuda cricketers stamp out HIV/AIDS stigma
ARANGUEZ, Trinidad, 23 March 2007 – ICC World Cup 2007 cricketers from Bangladesh and Bermuda teamed up with children and young people in Trinidad on Thursday to help break the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.
Rock-and-roll benefit concerts: Music to UNICEF’s ears
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – UNICEF has started many trends over the years. One of the most influential – the rock-and-roll benefit concert – began in 1971, when George Harrison and Ravi Shankar teamed up with UNICEF to raise money for children and families fleeing the war in what was then East Pakistan.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus honoured at UN for fighting poverty
NEW YORK, New York, 22 November 2006 – Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and the ‘microcredit’ principle, was honoured at the UN this week for his work to eliminate poverty and empower women worldwide.
Muhammad Yunus, microcredit pioneer and UNICEF partner, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
NEW YORK, USA, 13 October 2006 – This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, a pioneer in microcredit lending whose Grameen Bank has partnered with UNICEF on development projects benefiting vulnerable women and children.
The hard road home for young camel jockeys from Bangladesh
MOHESHPUR, Bangladesh, 18 September 2006 – On a dry rice field that has been transformed into a football pitch, 13-year-old Rubel and his 11-year-old brother Shumon struggle to control the ball against their older and taller adversaries.
Reducing arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh
MUNSHIGANJ, Bangladesh, 11 September 2006 – Salma Begum would lie awake at night, unable to sleep for worrying about who would take care of her children if she died of cancer. Although she hadn’t been diagnosed, what else could explain the discolourings on her arms, the pain and lesions, the feeling that her skin was burning?
Empowering girls by challenging the tradition of child marriage
CHAPAI NAWABGANJ, Bangladesh, 31 August 2006 – Less than a year ago, Mosamad Mounjera Khatun watched as her future was decided without her consent. Her parents had arranged for her to be married, though she was only 14-years old. Like most young brides, she would have been forced to drop out of school and work in her in-laws’ household.
Fighting AIDS and drug use in Bangladesh, one needle at a time
RAJSHAHI, Bangladesh, 25 August 2006 – Carrying a large umbrella to shield herself from the hot sun, Mosammat Sabera Yasmin walks along a narrow alley in a poor neighbourhood in this western Bangladeshi city. The young woman is visiting the house of a heroin addict who has just returned from rehab.
Opening school doors for girls and disadvantaged children in Bangladesh
NARSHINGDI, Bangladesh, 16 August 2006 – Down a warren of shanties built with corrugated steel and thatched wood, Morzina Begum and her parents live in a one-room shack, sharing a common kitchen and toilet with several other families.
Communities in Bangladesh unite to stop injuries, a top killer of children
RAIGANJ, Bangladesh, 7 August 2006 – As the day drew to a close, the entire village of Roha gathered to answer a difficult question. A week earlier, a four-year-old girl, Ashamoni, drowned in a pond. Her father was at work in a garment factory. Her mother was busy watching her four other children and didn’t notice that Ashamoni had decided to take a swim.
George Harrison honoured on 35th anniversary of ‘Concert for Bangladesh’
NEW YORK, USA, 1 August 2006 – Thirty-five years after George Harrison’s ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ raised over $15 million for UNICEF, the late Beatle has been inducted into the Madison Square Garden ‘Walk of Fame’.
Bangladesh launches mass immunization campaign after polio re-emerges
CHANDPUR, Bangladesh, 13 April 2006 – After a five-year absence, polio has re-emerged in Bangladesh, sending a fresh alert and boosting eradication efforts across the country. But the national initiative to stop the crippling waterborne disease came too late for nine-year-old Rahima Akhter in the town of Chandpur.
Shamima’s story: Bringing clean water and hygiene to a Bangladesh slum area
New York, USA, 11 April 2006 – Shamima Shetu, 17, goes door to door in her home community of Comilla, Bangladesh, armed with a set of simple instructions and a watercolour painting. The painting has two sides depicting two versions of the world – one where water is dirty and sanitation practices are unhealthy, the other where water is clean and community sanitation is very good.
Girls transform slum area in Bangladesh by educating their neighbours on hygienic living
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 15 March 2006 – Dolly Akter has a simple theory: “Life is for help.” The 16-year-old will have a chance to help and influence many people this week when she takes part in the Children’s World Water Forum in Mexico City.
Children’s news agency changing the face of Bangladeshi media
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 2 February 2006 – It looked like any other press conference in the capital, but there was one big difference: on this particular day it was Bangladesh’s top newspaper editors on the receiving end of pointed questions – from children.
Bangladesh prepares to conduct the world’s largest-ever measles immunization campaign
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 17 February 2006 – Some 33.5 million Bangladeshi children are the target of the world’s largest-ever measles immunization campaign. The government – with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners – is preparing supplies, health workers, volunteers and the public for the start of this unprecedented three-week campaign, which begins on 25 February.
Public information plays key role in Bangladesh measles campaign
SARIAKANDI, Bangladesh, 22 September 2005 – This sleepy outback community by the banks of the Brahmaputra River is located about 200 km from the national capital, Dhaka. Sariakandi’s people are accustomed to dealing with problems: erosion, floods, poverty and unemployment.
Camel jockeys coming home
DHAKA, 16 August 2005 - A bus full of children is on its way to a shelter here in the Bangladeshi capital. The children, some as young as four years old, look tired and are unusually subdued. After spending years working as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates, they are home at last following an agreement between UNICEF and the UAE Government.
Child injury occurs every two minutes
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 4 August 2005 – It seemed just like any other day. Thirteen-year-old Rahman was at home when his father returned with a bottle of kerosene he had purchased from a local grocery store. As dusk approached, Rahman poured some kerosene into a lamp and lit the wick. No one could have imagined the result – a deadly explosion.
Bangladeshi TV’s account of a real-life hero is nominated for international award
DHAKA/NEW YORK, 15 November 2004 – In 1996, nine-year-old Abul Khair averted a train accident in Bangladesh, saving the lives of hundreds of people. He warned the driver of the train about a dislocated rail track, by waving a red piece of cloth tied to a stick. Abdul’s actions were depicted in a 25-minute documentary made for the 2003 International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB).
Vitamin A campaign reaches 18 million to help recover from flood
DHAKA, BANGLADESH/NEW YORK, 10 November 2004 - More than 18 million children in Bangladesh have received potentially life saving Vitamin A capsules after floods this year destroyed crops and left large parts of the country without food. One million children already face acute malnutrition and the crisis could continue for another year unless further action is taken.
Bangladesh launches new website
2 November 2004 -- The brand new UNICEF Bangladesh website is launching today.
Children face year of food shortages after floods wreck harvests
NEW YORK, 29 September 2004 – Recent floods have destroyed crops in Bangladesh, leaving large parts of the country without food. One million children are already facing acute malnutrition and UNICEF warns the crisis could continue for a year if urgent action isn’t taken.
Children’s lives threatened as latest floods hit Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 24 September 2004 - More than a million children in Bangladesh are facing acute malnutrition after the heaviest rainfall in 50 years caused widespread destruction. This is the second flood to devastate the country in recent months, and vital crops have been destroyed.
Floodwaters threaten lives of children in Bangladesh
DHAKA/NEW YORK, 28 July 2004 – Overflowing sewers mixing with floodwaters are putting the health of millions of children at risk in Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka.
11 million hit as floods worsen in Bangladesh
NEW YORK, 21 July 2004 – More than 11 million children and adults in Bangladesh have now been affected by severe floods sweeping across South Asia. It is believed that around 100 people have died.
Deadly floods displace millions in Bangladesh and across South Asia
NEW YORK, 15 July 2004 – As the monsoon season continues in full force in South Asia, nearly five million children, women and men in Bangladesh have been directly affected by extreme flooding resulting from very heavy rainfall.