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UNICEF Photography

Photo Essays: Child protection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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