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Youth affected by juvenile justice share their voices through videos
GENEVA, Switzerland and BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 21 September 2012 – Two years ago, Aramais, from Yerevan, Armenia, was accused of rape. He pleaded innocent. But the investigation took more than six months.

Ensuring Palestinian children the right to a quality education
YANOUN, occupied Palestinian territory, 18 September 2012—For many of the 1.2 million students living in the occupied Palestinian territory, returning to school last week was an enjoyable experience.

Programme aims to protect vulnerable children and reunite them with their families
KABUL, Afghanistan, 14 September 2012 - When Suraiya was 6 years old, her older brother eloped with a neighbour's daughter. In an attempt to buy peace, Suraiya's parents gave her to the neighbour's family.

Child Care Centres in the Workplace
SERI KEMBANGAN, MALAYSIA, 11 September 2012 – On a Monday morning, 5-year-old Lyana is getting ready for pre-school. Like many others, she comes from a dual income family, and like many others, they rely on out-of-home child care.

Fragile newborns survive against the odds
TAMALE, Ghana, 7 August 2012 - Awintirim Atubisa spent the first two months of his life tied to his mother's chest in a cloth 'pouch', just like a baby kangaroo.

In Ethiopia, more HIV-positive mothers deliver babies free of the virus
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 1 August 2012 – Adanech* rushed to the Saris Health Centre in Addis Ababa when her labour pains started.

Providing maternal and child health care in South Sudan
TORIT, South Sudan, 29 April 2012 – It was a busy morning in the maternity ward of Torit Civil Hospital. Three newborns were welcomed into the world, all in good health. Surrounded by family members, Lugina Michael let out a sigh of relief.

Protection and assistance for children working in DR Congo's diamond mines
BAKWA TSHIMUNA, DR Congo, 19 April 2012 – “I loved to go to school, but when my father died I couldn’t pay the fees anymore. That’s why I came here,” said 15-year-old Niak, a front-line worker in one of Lupatapata’s many diamond exploration teams.

Helping children of plantation workers get a quality education
LAHAD DATU, 12 March 2012 – Under the vast oil palm canopy of the Hap Seng plantation, on the eastern edge of Malaysian Borneo, Maria Rafael hacks away dead branches with her machete while supervising the progress of several other female migrant workers.

In Chad, clean and sustainable water and sanitation systems keep families safe from disease
N'DJAMENA, Chad, 17 February 2012 – While N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, bakes in the midday heat, Aisha Adoum uses the harsh sun to dry tomatoes, ochre and berries for the market. It is the dry season here, with dust coating everything.

Bilingual education offers hope of a better future
SA PA, Viet Nam, 6 February 2012 - Lô Thị Ghenh (7) eagerly listens to her teacher at Lao Chai Primary School. She more attentive as she is learning in her mother tongue, Mong, part of a mother tongue-based bilingual education model, supported by UNICEF

Back to school for undocumented children in Sabah
KG NUMBAK, 1 January 2012 – In a village built above water little feels permanent. Children spend their days exploring alleyways of wooden planks above the South China Sea. Education is not taken for granted since many are born without birth registration.



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