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October 2016: "The roofs and tree branches flew away. Water started coming in, things were flying everywhere".

September 2016: Having risked all to get to Europe, many refugee and migrant children find new obstacles on their path to asylum. 

June 2016: The internet brings opportunities for expression online, but opportunity and risk often go hand-in-hand.

May 2016: One of the worst droughts in decades continues to threaten the futures of children across Ethiopia.

April 2016: Bound by violence, and freed by dreams.

December 2015: Tackling undernutrition in Asia and Africa through a global EU-UNICEF initiative.

December 2015: Early diagnosis, treatment, and care ensures long, healthy lives for those diagnosed with HIV.

November 2015: Refugees and migrants seeking safe passage in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

September 2015: Education is every child's right. These 10 photos show how learning is universal.

August 2015: For two adolescent boys, 15-year-old Fares and 18-year-old Fahed, practising parkour helps them cope with life in Gaza.

May 2015: Usher, who has a physical disability, is attending a UNICEF-supported inclusive school in Guinea-Bissau.

March 2015: Orphaned by Ebola, Mercy starts anew in the loving home of a foster family.

December 2014: Reuniting Ebola-affected children in Liberia with family or caregivers is of utmost priority.

November 2014: Photographs by typhoon-affected children portray recovery and healing one year after the storm.

September 2014: Sierra Leone aimed to reach every household with life-saving information to prevent the further spread of Ebola.

September 2014: Health workers and relief organizations are struggling to keep up with the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

June 2014: Ten newborn babies die every minute, but the majority of these deaths are due to preventable causes.

December 2013: A European Union and UNICEF initiative aims to improve nutrition security and fight under-nutrition in Asia.

May 2013: Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of children living in institutions is conservatively estimated at 240,000.

December 2012: Adolescent participants in a UNICEF-supported project digitally mapped HIV risks in two Port-au-Prince neighbourhoods.

July 2012: UNICEF recently launched a four-year nutrition security initiative, supported by the European Union.

June 2012: 'Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed' was launched by the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the USA.

March 2012: Children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan documented their recovery.

December 2011: Children faced poverty, conflict and climate change in 2011 but also saw improved services.

August 2011: Some 1.3 million children grow up in alternative care settings in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

May 2011: In Zambia, programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV are proving effective, inexpensive and life-saving.

May 2011: As Côte d’Ivoire’s post-election conflict ends, lingering instability and ruined health systems continue to exact a toll on children.

February 2011: In late 2010, mass immunization efforts were launched in the wake of a deadly polio outbreak in the Republic of the Congo.

January 2011: Despite global support after the January 2010 earthquake, continued dislocation and new crises are challenging recovery.

September 2010: More than 8 million children are among the 18 million people affected by Pakistan’s worst flood crisis in living memory.

July 2010: An estimated three million African girls undergo female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) every year.

June 2010: UNICEF held a photography workshop with 20 students in South Africa’s poorest province.

June 2010: The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 also deepened the crisis of maternal health care in the country.

June 2010: Part II of II: UNICEF held a photography workshop for 19 young people in the Gaza Strip of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

May 2010: Nineteen of Mongolia's 21 provinces continue to face emergency conditions caused by heavy snow and extreme cold.

February 2010: Each year UNICEF and partners respond to over 200 emergencies worldwide.

January 2010: Thirty Bangladeshi adolescents in rural communities joined a Government- and UNICEF-supported photography workshop.

November 2009: Zambia's programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV are steadily expanding.

November 2009: Endemic poverty, the global economic downturn and recurrent natural disasters are deepening a nutrition crisis in India.

November 2009: The global economic downturn, growing poverty, conflict and rising food costs are deepening a nutrition crisis for Pakistan.

July 2009: Since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, countries have created national laws to help implement the treaty.

July 2009: Children in Gori, Georgia participated in a photography workshop to document the impact of the 2008 conflict over South Ossetia.

June 2009: Since its creation in 1992, ECHO has worked with UNICEF to meet the needs of children affected by conflict or natural disasters.

May 2009: Over 2 million people are fleeing conflict in Pakistan, amounting to the largest and fastest-growing displacement crisis in recent years.

April 2009: The welfare of Namibia's children is threatened by poverty, violence and a raging HIV/AIDS pandemic.

April 2009: In June 2008, 15 children who have lived on the streets in the Central African Republic participated in a UNICEF photography workshop.

March 2009: Part I of II: In West and Central Africa, millions of children die annually of water-borne diseases.

January 2009: 410 children have been killed and 1,855 injured since the start of the Israeli military incursion into the Gaza Strip.

December 2008: Children continue to suffer amid renewed fighting in North Kivu Province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

October 2008: World-renowned pianist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lang Lang launched a new foundation to help support young musicians.

April 2008: To raise awareness about malaria and explore its impact on their community, 20 children participated in a photography workshop.

April 2008: The Countdown to 2015 is a global partnership for renewed action in achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals.

February 2008: ‘Albania Reads’ is a UNICEF and IKEA-supported Government initiative to restore a culture of reading among the country’s youth.

February 2008: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Sierra Leone to draw attention to the issue of child survival.

January 2008: 'The State of the World’s Children' 2008 proposes key strategies to reduce under-five mortality by 2015.

November 2007: Two 9-year-old girls in the hard-hit Barisal District work to ensure their families’ recovery.

August 2007: The government’s 'Go to School' initiative has increased enrolment to over 850,000, with over one-third of all students being girls.

April 2007: In 2007, 25 years into the epidemic, children are still largely missing from the global HIV/AIDS agenda.

March 2007: Part IV of IV: Despite advances, gender violence and discrimination is still on the rise.

March 2007: Part II of IV: Education is essential for the elimination of discrimination and violence against girls and women.

February 2007: The Krishnamurthy sisters are still recovering from the death of their mother in the 26 December 2004 tsunami.

December 2006: Two years after the tsunami, much has been rebuilt, but children's recovery from the trauma is far from complete.

December 2006: The State of the World’s Children 2007 focuses on the gains for both women and children of gender equality.

November 2006: Part IV of V: The Convention on the Rights of the Child becomes international law, establishing State obligations to children.

November 2006: Part II of V: UNICEF joins the UN-led partnership to jumpstart global development.

October 2006: The EYE SEE II project features photographs by 160 Pakistani children affected by the 2005 devastating earthquake.

September 2006: All children have a right to safe water and basic sanitation - and to the health they sustain.

August 2006: 'Child-friendly’ schools offer free, quality education in safe environments that promote gender equity and diversity.

July 2006: In late 2005 in Iran, 125 children, including Afghan and Iraqi refugees, took part in a UNICEF-supported photography competition.

June 2006: After decades of war, Southern Sudan’s new government has launched an ambitious ‘Go To School’ campaign.

May 2006: In early 2006, several students at Amar Jyoti School in New Delhi, India, participated in a UNICEF photography workshop.

April 2006: Bangladesh reports that 99 per cent of children under 10 were vaccinated against measles in a major immunization campaign.

February 2006: Children in Somalia have already survived war, hunger, floods and forced dislocation.

December 2005: Since its adoption, countries have created national laws to help implement The Convention on the Rights of the Child.

November 2005: The Convention on the Rights of the Child celebrates childhood and codifies in international law the rights due every child.

September 2005: Recapturing lost momentum is vital if reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – MDG 4 – is to be achieved.

August 2005: One year after the armed takeover of School No. 1, Beslan children express their continuing pain and sorrow through photos.

June 2005: Six months later, children and their families continue to recover from the loss of loved ones and the destruction of their worlds.

June 2005: UNICEF supports health & nutrition services for children and women in camps hosting some 1.8 million people.

April 2005: National Immunization Days (NIDs) against polio targeted 14.7 million children under the age of five.

April 2005: The 28 March 2005 earthquake off Indonesia’s western Sumatra Island follows the devastating December 2004 tsunami.

March 2005: "Africa Live: Roll Back Malaria Concert" in Dakar, Senegal, supports a global reduction in malaria deaths.

March 2005: UNICEF helps to provide shelter, education, special protection and other basic services to Darfur's displaced people.

February 2005: Recovery begins in Indonesia’s Aceh Province, the area which bore the brunt of the tsunami disaster.

January 2005: Children in two of the most-affected districts in southern Thailand photographed their communities’ efforts to rebuild.

September 2016: UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces provide a safe and protective environment, helping children cope in Bujumbura.  

June 2016: Deprivation in childhood touches every area of children's lives, compromising their health, safety and education.


June 2016: Children need protecting from online sexual exploitation in an online world that often reflects society-at-large.

April 2016: Almost two-thirds of all unvaccinated children live in conflict-affected countries.

January 2016: Education - a child's fundamental right - is most at risk during emergencies.

December 2015: Seven decades after World War II, refugees fleeing conflict continue to seek safety beyond their homelands.

November 2015: The movement of children and families across Europe is the largest since World War II.

October 2015: Arrivals by sea in Greece this year have now passed 500,000 - with over 153,000 in September alone.

August 2015: #WaterIs a family affair: Access and usage across continents.

June 2015: Despite significant gains, millions of the world’s most vulnerable children still need to be reached.

May 2015: A massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015 has devastated children and their communities.

March 2015: We aspire to a world where every woman and every girl is empowered to achieve her fullest potential.

December 2014: The year 2014 subjected children to a growing number of crises.

October 2014: Workers on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak are putting themselves at risk in an effort to control the disease.

July 2014: The CEE/CIS region shows one of the fastest increases in the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

August 2014: At Ahmadiya Muslim Primary School in Sierra Leone, the child-friendly model of education is driving better learning results. 

April 2014: Health workers rely on a system known as the ‘cold chain’ to ensure that vaccines remain potent, to keep children healthy.

July 2013: Violence affects children in every country and at all levels of society, but the problem is often invisible or shrouded in silence.

March 2013: An October 2012 immunization campaign against measles and rubella in Mongolia reached over 500,000 children.

October 2012: Pakistan is one of only three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world.

June 2012: Decades of conflict, deep poverty and recurrent drought continue to devastate Somalia's children.

May 2012: Crossing the borders offers an escape from poverty, along with possible exploitation.

January 2012: UNICEF’s 2012 Humanitarian Action for Children report appeals for support for vulnerable children affected by emergencies.

August 2011: Children express themselves through photography in a UNICEF workshop held in Bamako, Mali.

July 2011: Over a million people have fled ongoing conflict in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, and nearly 250,000 are internally displaced.

May 2011: Paediatric HIV infections are declining in Zambia, thanks to programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

March 2011: UNICEF's 2011 Humanitarian Action for Children appeals for US$1.4 billion to support emergency aid in 32 countries.

January 2011: Six months after record flooding devastated Pakistan – affecting 20 million people – the country struggles to recover.

October 2010: In Cameroon, the Government is leading a renewed campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

August 2010: Tens of millions of girls in the world are married while still children, many before puberty and often to much older men.

July 2010: Programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV continue to expand in Zambia.

June 2010: Pregnancy and childbirth remain perilous in Afghanistan, where maternal and child mortality rates are second highest in the world.

June 2010: Sierra Leone continues to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

June 2010: Part I of II: UNICEF held a photography workshop for 16 young people in the West Bank of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

March 2010: Five-year-old Sterling is reunited with her father after being separated during the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake.

January 2010: The 12 January earthquake killed an estimated 112,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless, many of them children.

December 2009: 26 December 2009 marks the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people.

November 2009: The photography book 'The Rights of Children' celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

November 2009: The global economic crisis, rising food prices, natural disasters and persistent poverty are deepening a nutrition crisis in Nepal.

November 2009: The global economic downturn, natural disasters and rising food prices are deepening a nutrition crisis in Bangladesh.

July 2009: The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most endorsed human rights treaty in the world.

July 2009: HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programmes are beginning to reverse the pandemic's growth in Zambia.

May 2009: The global economic downturn threatens to increase poverty for tens of millions and to wipe out recent gains in child survival.

May 2009: Zambia has 95,000 HIV-positive children under age 14 and one of the highest adult infection rates in the world.

April 2009: The Vietnamese Government, with support from UNICEF and IKEA, is working to improve primary education for ethnic minorities.

March 2009: Part II of II: West and Central Africa has the lowest improved sanitation coverage and highest under-five mortality rates in the world.

January 2009: UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action Report 2009 appeals for funds for children and woman affected by emergencies worldwide.

January 2009: The State of the World's Children 2009 examines the global maternal health crisis and outlines cost-effective solutions.

November 2008: The World Congress III against the Sexual Exploitation of Children seeks to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

May 2008: Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar’s south-west coast, killing an estimated 100,000 people and leaving 1.5 million more struggling to survive.

April 2008: In a recent photography workshop in Rwanda, children explored the impact of malaria on their lives and communities.

March 2008: The children and women of Yemen face severe challenges in a country often forgotten by the international community.

February 2008: Gaza’s children, inheritors of the world’s longest-running conflict, now also bear the brunt of new import and border controls.

February 2008: UNICEF’s annual Humanitarian Action Report appeals for funds for children and woman affected by emergencies worldwide.

December 2007: 'Progress for Children' in 2007 reports on progress towards achieving A World Fit for Children targets.

October 2007: Maternal health reflects the social status of women and is vital to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

July 2007: One year after the war between Hezbollah and Israel, instability and insecurity continue to impede children’s recovery.

March 2007: In March 2007, Nigeria launched the latest in a series of polio immunization campaigns.

March 2007: Part III of IV: Adolescence, the passage between childhood and womanhood, is a time of particular vulnerability to exploitation.

March 2007: Part I of IV: Despite significant gains, girls and women continue to face unique challenges and threats throughout their life cycle.

January 2007: Illicit drug use among adolescents in Maldives increased dramatically since the 26 December 2004 tsunami.

December 2006: Journalists and photographers shared their skills with children in Thailand through the InSIGHT Out! workshop series.

December 2006: Part V of V: Children are at the heart of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

November 2006: Part III of V: UNICEF launches the ‘Child Survival Revolution’ with low-cost health interventions that save millions of lives.

November 2006: I of V: On 11 December 1946, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund – UNICEF – is created.

October 2006: The workshops for Pakistani children affected by the 2005 earthquake introduced them to basic photography skills to document their lives.

September 2006: Millennium Development Goal 4 aims, by 2015, to reduce by two-thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

July 2006: Namibia completed the second round of a campaign to immunize all of its 1.8 million people in response to a polio outbreak.

July 2006: UNICEF continues to support Government recovery efforts more than a month after the 27 May earthquake.

June 2006: Before Medina Humed Ahmed started school, she was silent on the subject of her future. Now, she says, she wants to learn to fly.

May 2006: Good nutrition is the cornerstone of health – and vital to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

March 2006: Lack of safe water is a public health emergency for children and their families.

February 2006: More than 8 million people face starvation and disease in drought-stricken East Africa and the Horn.

December 2005: The State of the World’s Children 2006 focuses on the millions for whom global commitments remain unfulfilled.

October 2005: The five-year Global Campaign on Children and AIDS places children and their needs at the top of the AIDS agenda.

September 2005: The OIC, ISESCO and UNICEF call for a greater investment in the children of the Islamic world.

June 2005: Nine-year-old Sufrisa survived the December 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia’s Aceh Province. This is her story.

June 2005: UNICEF helps to provide safe water and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene education, for camp residents.

April 2005: In sub-Saharan Africa, AIDS has killed one or both parents of more than 12 million children under 15 years.

April 2005: Progress for Children reports that eliminating gender disparities is key to achieving universal primary education.

March 2005: Ninety days after the tsunami, UNICEF merges child-focused relief with long-term rehabilitation.

March 2005: Through art, children express their fears and sorrows caused by the December 2004 tsunami.

February 2005: After conflicts end, violence against women and girls can persist for decades.

February 2005: After securing basic shelter, food and medical care, a return to school and play are key to psychosocial recovery from trauma.

January 2005: UNICEF visited 225 camps to distribute supplies and demonstrate good hygiene and sanitation practises.