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In Maldives, UNICEF is working closely with the government to address rising violence against girls and women
MALDIVES, 23 Oct 2012 – When Hawwa* was 17, five men raped her. The teenager knew three of the men. One had been her closest friend.

In Maldives, community involvement and the government play a critical role in addressing the needs of islanders
Maldives, 22 October 2012 - When Fainana Mohammad was 16 years old, she was married to a man in his fifties. Over the next four years, Fainana gave birth to four children.

In Maldives, UNICEF supports efforts by the government to fight malnutrition
MAAFUSHI, Maldives, 17 May 2012 – Fathimath Nafsa takes her 2-year-old son Ismail Nashiu to the local health center on Maafushi Island for a check-up. The doctors want to monitor his growth because he is malnourished and underweight. His mother is concerned that Ismail may not grow to his full potential.

Social services now reaching children in the Maldives
RAA ATOLL, Maldives, 29 December 2009 – Ahmed Hussain has a tough job. As a social worker in the closely-knit communities of the atoll islands that make up the Maldives, issues like child neglect or abuse rarely surface in conversation, especially with outsiders.

New homes for a tsunami-affected community in the Maldives
DHUVAAFARU, Maldives, 28 December 2009 – Approaching Dhuvaafaru by boat, you soon notice it is unlike many of the other atolls and islands which form the Maldives. All of the houses are new and organized into neat rows. Mounds of golden sand on the shoreline and the sounds of construction are omnipresent as workers build up the island’s defences against rising sea levels.

Child-friendly schools benefiting students in the Maldives
MEEDHOO, Raa Atoll, Maldives, 22 December 2009 - The session is interactive, spontaneous and fun. Led by a teacher who turns the pages on a book to reveal different animals, the children eagerly raise their hands wanting to mimic the sound each makes. This pre-school has, like so many other schools here, undergone a child-friendly transformation since the tsunami five years ago.

Social services now reaching children in the Maldives
RAA ATOLL, Maldives, 21 December 2009 -- Ahmed Hussain has a tough job. As a social worker in the closely-knit communities of the atoll islands that make up the Maldives, issues like child neglect or abuse rarely surface in conversation, especially with outsiders.

Youth 'Climate Ambassador' captures the stage at Copenhagen conference
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 9 December 2009 – Hundreds of United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) participants listened as newly minted UNICEF 'Climate Ambassador' Mohamed Axam Maumoon, 15, from Maldives, captured the stage here earlier this week.

Fighting drug addiction among Maldives youths
MALE, Maldives, 11 March 2009 – In the tropical tourists’ paradise of Maldives, beyond the waving palms and turquoise pools, lurks the ugly problem of youth drug addiction.

Maldives launches first-ever national drug abuse prevention campaign
MALE, Maldives, 3 January 2007 – A nationwide campaign on drug-abuse prevention invites every Maldivian to be part of the solution to the country’s growing drug problem.

Teacher Resource Centres give every Maldivian child a chance for quality education
RAA MEEDHOO, Maldives, December 2007 – Since the creation of the Teacher Resource Centre (TRC) on his island, Areesh Rasheed, 9, has found classes much more interesting than ever before.

Broadband revolutionizes education on remote Maldives atolls
RASHDOO ISLAND, Maldives, 26 November 2007 – In a historical event for the Maldives today, the country is launching 20 broadband-enabled child-friendly learning centres, which link 20 atolls.

The Internet connects classrooms across the post-tsunami Maldives
NILANDHOO ISLAND, Maldives, December 2006 – Online education is revolutionizing learning in the Maldives as UNICEF strives to ‘build back better’ after the tsunami.

Treating water sources in Maldivian islands hard-hit by the tsunami
MEEDOO, Maldives, December 2006 – Govindarajan Saravanan, a United Nations Office for Project Services engineer working on a UNICEF contract, moves from house to house on the small island of Meedoo checking for groundwater contamination.

Post-tsunami survey helps combat undernutrition in the Maldives
KUDAHUVADHOO, Maldives, June 2006 – Shafts of sunlight pierced the acrid wood smoke from the open fires. Inside the communal kitchen, lunch was nearly ready. And today, as most other days, it was fish and rice.

Maldives: UNICEF Representative speaks about the progress of rebuilding efforts
MALE, Maldives, December 2005 – UNICEF Representative in the Maldives Ken Maskall speaks about the challenges facing UNICEF and its partners in helping the people of the Maldives rebuild their lives after the tsunami.

Maldives: Day-to-day life in a temporary camp
KHULUDOFAR ISLAND, Maldives, December 2005 – My name is Ibrahim Shaqib and I’m 12. I’m living in a camp on Khuludofar island. Every morning I get up, I read the Koran and then do my homework. Then, before I go to school, I usually play a game with my friends called barballa."

Maldives: Preschools ‘built back better’ than before tsunami
LHAVIYANI ATOLL, Maldives, December 2005 - A ripple of excitement spread quickly through the little throng of 4- and 5-year-olds milling around the sandy school yard in the heat of the late morning. Their preschool teacher had picked up the hose pipe – and they knew what was coming. With a collective shriek, the water began to sprinkle down on them.

Maldives: Survey helps combat malnutrition
KUDAHUVADHOO ISLAND, Maldives, December 2005 – Shafts of sunlight pierced the acrid wood smoke from the open fires. Inside the communal kitchen lunch was nearly ready. Today, as most other days, it was the ubiquitous fish and rice.

Maldives: Fresh water from the sea
GURAIDHOO ISLAND, Maldives, 22 June 2005 – Saeeda Hassan and her children rush to the harbour of this tsunami-affected island every few days when the word spreads that the water boat is arriving.

Maldives: Healing the scars left by the tsunami
GAN ISLAND, Maldives, 21 June 2005 – “When is it going to happen again?” asks seven-year-old Aishath, holding tight to her mother’s hand. Like many children in this region, Aishath is coping with the trauma of having lived through the tsunami, which forced her and her family to flee their home.

Tsunami offers schools opportunities for change
RAA ATOLL, Maldives, 7 June 2005 – A classroom full of boys at Un’goofaaru Island School listen to an explanation about how an undersea earthquake hundreds of miles away happened to flood their homes the other side of the Indian Ocean.

Building new homes for Maldivians displaced by the tsunami
RAA ATOLL, Maldives, 19 April 2005 – From the air, Kan’dholhudhoo Island looks like a tiny but crowded city. Narrow streets are lined with houses, a large domed mosque and a red-roofed modern school dominate the skyline, and a concrete seawall surrounds the island. But a visitor arriving by boat is greeted by an eerie silence.

Maldives: Turning the sea into fresh drinking water
DHIFFUSHI ISLAND, Maldives, 22 March 2005 - All 1,015 inhabitants of this tiny low-lying island escaped with their lives when the tsunami crashed ashore on 26 December last year, but they immediately had to face another threat resulting from the tsunami. The fresh water table, just one metre below ground level, was flooded with sea water, rendering it unfit for drinking or cooking.

Water expert helps UNICEF restore supply on tsunami-affected islands
MALDIVES, 16 March 2005 - For over 30 years, Dr. Peter Wurzel has worked on rural water programmes throughout the world. He grew up in Kenya and worked most of his life in Zimbabwe. He has an impressive list of academic achievements, including undergraduate degrees in geology and chemistry, a doctorate in nuclear hydrology, and post-graduate degrees in medicine and surgery.

‘After The Big Wave’: Exhibition of children’s art and photos from the Maldives shows the impact of the tsunami
NEW YORK, 15 March 2005 - The impact of the tsunami on the Maldives and the subsequent UNICEF relief effort there has inspired an art and photo exhibition which is scheduled to tour Europe, Japan and Korea. The drawings are by schoolchildren from the islands. The photographs are by Giacomo Pirozzi, who has been covering UNICEF’s post-tsunami work.

Structures and lives rebuilt in Maldives
NEW YORK, February 2005 - When the Indian Ocean tsunami struck the Republic of  Maldives, located 416 miles southwest of Sri Lanka, the 1198 islands that form its archipelago were completely submerged for several minutes.  Even though many were partly shielded by coral reefs, 69 islands suffered significant damage and 20 had to be evacuated.

Displaced Maldivians struggle to recover from the tsunami
MALE, Maldives, 16 February 2005 – About five per cent of Maldives’ population of 300,000 have been made homeless by December’s tsunami disaster. Helping children and their families get back on their feet is one of UNICEF’s top priorities.

Maldives faces serious challenges in recovering after the tsunami
NEW YORK, 10 February 2005 - Although the acute emergency phase of the tsunami disaster and its aftermath has passed in the Maldives, the country faces grave challenges in re-establishing its economy and infrastructure.

Caring for the children of uninhabitable Gemendhoo
GEMENDHOO, Maldives, 14 January 2005 – On the approach to the Maldivian island of Gemendhoo, the first sign of the tsunami’s impact is a phone booth, resting on its side in the shallow water about 70 meters from shore.

Secretary General looks to the future of the survivors
MALE, Maldives, 11 January 2005 – United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is in the Maldives for a two-day visit, part of his tour of the countries hardest hit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

UNICEF relief supplies arrive
MALE, Maldives, 7 January 2005 - A cargo plane full of educational supplies and other emergency relief supplies arrived in the Maldives on Friday. The chartered flight carried more than 100 school-in-a-box kits, 694 basic family water kits, 83 recreation kits, and 260 weighing scales.

In Maldives the situation for survivors is bleak
MALE, Maldives, 5 January 2005 - The 1,200 coral islands of the Maldives were hit hard by the tsunami that struck on December 26. Both the islands’ inhabitants and ecosystems have been devastated. Some of the country’s uninhabited islands were completely washed away and over 100,000 people, one-third of the country’s population, have been gravely affected.

The struggle to reach remote islands in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives, 29 December 2004 - The 1,200 coral islands of the Maldives were devastated by tsunamis that struck after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake of December 26. Some of the country’s uninhabited islands were completely washed away.




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