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Education brings promise to Malaysia’s remote interior
LONG LUTENG, 20 November 2009 – Meriam Anyie was born in the rainforest of Borneo. As members of the Penan ethnic group, a nomadic indigenous people, she and her family spent most of their life in the jungle, never living in a permanent home.

A “big sister” helps students cope with bullying
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 October 2009 – As Head Prefect, 17 year-old Dashenee Huthamaputhiran is a friendly face around Convent Sentul High School. If she spots any students teasing, harrassing or bullying each other, she steps in to help resolve the situation.

My future, my responsibility
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 August 2009 – If young people are the future of the nation and the world, then their voices should be heard today.

Helping young people overcome drug addiction
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 July 2009 – Sharkozy (not his real name) began living the 'high society' life 10 years ago, when he started experimenting with marijuana and Erimin-5 with the local boys in his neighbourhood.

Keeping children safe from bullies
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 July 2009 – Ivan Wong loves badminton and used to look forward to Saturday mornings, when he could go to school and play with his friends. But his love for the game could not withstand the incessant teasing by the older boys at school.

Malaysian teens reveal their lives and concerns through sixty-second videos
BANDARAYA MELAKA, 1 March 2009 – Qusyairi Zazili, 15, is a budding environmentalist with a concern he recently revealed at the first ‘OneMinutesJr’ video workshop hosted in Malaysia by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education.

UNICEF rehabilitating learning centres for adolescents in Gaza
JERUSALEM, 23 January 2009 – The recent and extreme levels of conflict in Gaza have affected the lives of 840,000 children and young people. Many have lost their schools, health facilities, play areas and even neighbourhoods.

Displaced families in Gaza face public health crisis
NEW YORK, 23 January 2009 – While the fighting in Gaza has stopped, tens of thousands of Palestinians remain in United Nations Relief and Works Agency emergency shelters. Thousands of others who fled their homes remain with friends or relatives.

‘Everything is destroyed’: Siblings describe destruction of their school in Gaza
NEW YORK, 22 January 2009 – When Gaza’s schools reopen in the coming days, Maram, 12, does not know where she’ll go. “I want to see what happened to my school,” she said in a telephone interview with UNICEF Radio.

As early recovery work begins, the toll of conflict on Gaza’s children is clear
NEW YORK, 21 January 2009 – Amira, 15, is a survivor. After her two siblings and father were killed during the conflict in the Gaza Strip, she crawled from her family’s home and was found three days later in a neighbour’s house.

‘We didn’t sleep at all’ – Gaza aid worker evacuates home
NEW YORK, 16 January 2009 – Shelling and bombing continued in the Gaza Strip yesterday, impeding movement into and within the territory and further damaging infrastructure and public utilities.

‘We cannot wait’ – Gaza aid worker’s wife about to give birth amidst crisis
NEW YORK, 14 January 2009 – The conflict in the Gaza Strip holds special terror for Sajy, one of 10 UNICEF staff members who have persevered in the territory throughout the current crisis. His wife is due to give birth any day.

UNICEF Project Officer and mother of three copes with Gaza crisis
NEW YORK, 12 January 2009 – Ten UNICEF staff have remained in Gaza, working under very difficult conditions to bring some relief to children in need. One of those workers, Reem, is a Project Officer with the UNICEF child protection team.

UNICEF mobilises emergency supplies for children at risk in Gaza
AMMAN, 9 January 2009 – As the conflict in the Gaza Strip continues into its third week, UNICEF teams are working to ensure that critical supplies are ready to reach women and children at risk.

As UN aid operations are suspended, a Gaza teenager describes life amidst conflict
NEW YORK, 8 January 2009 – As fighting in the Gaza Strip continued into its 13th day today, UN humanitarian assistance in the territory was suspended for an indefinite period because of the danger facing aid workers there.

Palestinian families endure 11 days of conflict in Gaza
NEW YORK, 6 January 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza to enable humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to the thousands of civilians flooding into hospitals and clinics in the territory.

Life in the midst of Gaza conflict, through the eyes of a Palestinian teenager
NEW YORK, 5 January 2009 – Ten days of aerial bombing on Gaza has caused extensive devastation throughout the territory and is threatening the health and welfare of many children.



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