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As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of our work for children, UNICEF invited writers from all over the world to pen a short story on the theme ‘what I want for every child’. More than 200 authors answered the call, 19 of them from Nigeria, weaving their vision of a world in which all children enjoy the right to survive and thrive, to learn and to grow up healthy and safe from harm.

Here is a selection of their tiny but powerful stories of courage, anger, love – and, most of all, for every child, hope.

Share the ones that inspire you, and join by sharing your own tiny story on Facebook, using the hashtag #foreverychild.

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Press release: Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights

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Tiny stories by Nigerian writers

Aha! Quality EDUCATION for every child!
by Betty Abah

For every child, the right to financial literacy
by Gbonjubola Sanni

A woman? too young to be; thirteen
by William Ifeanyi Moore

She made him kneel at the backyard and threatened to send him back to the village
by Ukamaka Olisakwe

I want every child to sleep with two eyes shut
by Toni Kan

I’m hoping for the child that becomes a dignifying leader
by Sumaila Umaisha

I want a world where the rights of children are recognized and upheld
by Chido Onumah

For every child, the right to dream
by Bolatito Ariyo Osoko

…quality healthcare
by BM Dzukogi

I want every child to be protected by adults....
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For every child, the right to a secure tomorrow
by Ifeoma Theodre Jnr.

For every child, the right against torture
by Ayo Sogunro

For every child, a right to dream
by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

For Every Child, the right to free, clean and potable water
by Wale Okediran

At ten years old, she simply ‘grew up’
by Seun Odukoya

A world where every child has a home, a sanctuary where their innocence is protected
by Sadeeq Dzukogi

Every child has to do their own growing up
by Kingsley Iweka

For every child, the right to learn from mistakes
by Constance Omawumi Kola-Lawal

I want every child to feel loved and secure, to have the basics of life
by Ayo Ayoola-Amale



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