Field stories I 2010
CHAMPIONING ALL CHILDREN, EVERYWHERE
Child-friendly centres help young victims of floods and conflict in north-western Pakistan
KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA PROVINCE, 29 November 2010 – The floodwaters may have receded in the Band Koray village, but the troubles of families returning home have multiplied. Here the situation remains dire for millions who have lost what little they had.
UNICEF and partners in Pakistan conduct ‘Mother and Child Days’
SWAT VALLEY, 28 September 2010 - The scenic Swat valley in Pakistan is facing a complex emergency situation. Since May 2009, conflict has ravaged the area and in July 2010 floods came, affecting some 3.8 million people and devastating thousands.
Community health workers help save lives in Pakistan
AGHA ALI JATOI, 15 September 2010 – Scattered around a village in Pakistan’s Sindh province are stagnant ponds of dirty water and remnants of destroyed homes. In the clearing, a group of mothers and children listen intently to a lady health worker.
Temporary learning centres established in Pakistan
SUKKUR, 13 September 2010 – Over the past weeks, monsoon floods in Pakistan have displaced millions and destroyed or damaged some 1.8 million homes and over 9,000 schools. The latest UN estimates place the total number of people affected at 20.5 million.
A firsthand look at the devastating floods in Pakistan's Punjab province
ISLAMABAD, 3 September 2010 - UNICEF Communication Specialist Patrick McCormick recently toured relief camps in the flood-devastated Punjab province of Pakistan together with UNICEF Executive Director. He shares his experience with us.
UNICEF Executive Director visits Pakistan's flood-stricken Charsadda district
CHARSADDA DISTRICT, 31 August 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake’s two-day visit to Pakistan, which wraps up today, has reflected the unprecedented scale of emergency the country faces, with more than 17 million people affected by the floods.
In Pakistan, a doctor fights back flood waters to save his family
ISLAMABAD, 23 August 2010 – “Wake up and help me get the children!” my wife was screaming. “We have to leave the house immediately.” I woke with a start and looked out the window. There was water everywhere.
Thousand homeless and millions reeling in Pakistan's Punjab province
MUZAFFARGARH DISTRICT, 23 August 2010 – Flood waters flowing south from northern Pakistan have devastated the province of Punjab. Millions of people have been affected in 12 districts across the province, with thousands of homes destroyed.
Urgent scale-up of interventions are urgently needed in flood-affected Pakistan
CHARSADDAH DISTRICT, 19 August 2010 – Flood waters have left behind a trail of destruction affecting some 20 million people in Pakistan, according to government estimates. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the floods have affected millions of children.
Flood-affected women and children in north-western Pakistan urgently need aid
PESHAWAR, 10 August 2010 – “I spent four nights on top of a tree,” says Araba Bibi, 70, a widow from Jala Bela village on the outskirts of Peshawar in north-western Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
Indigenous leaders in Panama promise a better future for their children
YAVIZA, 29 July 2010 – In the small remote community in Panama’s Darién province, the ‘caciques’ – leaders of the communities in the Emberá Wounáan Indigenous Territories – gathered together and promised that they would become a ‘child-friendly’ area.
Investing in protection for children living with HIV and AIDS
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 July 2010 – Thirteen year old Aina is determined to be a filmmaker when she grows up. “Women can make good filmmakers. As for me, I’m going to make feel-good films because sad stories are simply too tiresome,” she said.
In tea country, Indian mothers learn the importance of breastfeeding
DIBRUGARH, India, 24 June 2010 – Durowpadi Bedia, an ‘Angawadi’ community health worker at the Nahortoli Tea Estate in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, takes her job very seriously.
Creating a Haiti fit for children, three months after the earthquake
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 9 April 2010 – As Haiti slowly moves forward after the 12 January earthquake, UNICEF is set to release a comprehensive report taking stock of humanitarian efforts on behalf of the children of Haiti.
Games and toys ease transition to normalcy
JACMEL, 6 April 2010 – When the earthquake shook the mountains outside this port city in southern Haiti on 12 January, rural schools throughout the area were destroyed or damaged.
A nationwide call to return to school brings hope to children in Haiti
JACMEL, 5 April 2010 – Almost three months after the massive 12 January earthquake that devastated the country, the Haitian Ministry of Education, with the support of UNICEF and its partners, has issued a nationwide call for children to return to school.
Camp's children excited about going back to school in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 31 March, 2010 – You only have to mention the word 'school' and a sparkle comes into Taïma Celestin's dark brown eyes. It's not hard to understand why.
A young Haitian earthquake survivor dreams of normalcy
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 March 2010 – When the earth began to shake on 12 January 12, Rachel Lunique, 17, sprinted out the door of her family's apartment. Rachel was just a few steps from the safety of the street, when she heard the desperate cries of a woman.
Tent schools provide a refuge for quake-affected Haitian children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 15 March 2010 – In and around Haiti’s devastated capital city, UNICEF-supported ‘tent schools' are opening for children affected by the 12 January earthquake.
Children central to recovery and development after the earthquake in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 9 March 2010 – At the Automeca Hyundai lot, tarpaulins and cloths slung across wooden sticks compete for space with the damaged shells of sedans and SUVs. What was once a car dealership is now an encampment for more than 15,000 Haitians.
A month after the quake, massive aid effort continues for Haitian children and families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 12 February 2010 – A month after the 12 January earthquake that levelled densely populated areas of Haiti, UNICEF Director of Emergency Operations Louis-Georges Arsenault travels by helicopter over Port -Au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel.
Delivering essential supplies to Haiti’s most vulnerable children
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 9 February 2010 – Four weeks after the quake, Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport never sleeps. Supply flights arrive 24 hours a day with essential aid for those left homeless including orphaned and separated children.
Immunisation campaign launched in Haiti quake zone
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 3 February 2010 – Magalie grimaces as the needle pierces her skin and her four-year-old son screams as it pierces his. Despite the pain, this needle has the potential to save both of their lives – and right now, their lives are precarious.
Haiti's orphans hope for a bright future
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 January 2010 – Evelyne is an eleven-year-old girl with bright eyes and a dazzling smile. Her favorite subject in school is math and like most kids these days, she wants a cell phone. Evelyne’s dream is to one day become a doctor.
Helping Haiti's orphaned and separated children find their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 January 2010 – Rodrigue wipes away his tears and carries on talking. It's an astounding act of bravery for the 12-year-old Haitian boy, who saw his parents die in the 12 January earthquake here.
How do you explain the horror in Haiti to a five-year old?
PANAMA CITY, 28 January 2010 – After a week in Port-au-Prince immediately following the earthquake, it was time for me to return home. Entering the city had been an ordeal; leaving was just as stressful.
A young Haitian earthquake survivor uses art to cope with disaster
NEW YORK, 23 January 2010 – Until their home was destroyed in last week’s earthquake, Bruno Rene, 18, lived with his mother in the Haitian port city of Jacmel. Since then, Bruno has been working on art projects to cope with the impact of the disaster.
Sebastien’s story: A young Haitian earthquake survivor speaks
NEW YORK, 21 January 2010 – The earthquake in Haiti has wiped out the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people and crippled essential services for some 3 million Haitians from all walks of life – ranging from the desperately poor to middle-class.