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UNICEF Photography

Photo Essays: Child protection
Alternative care for Eastern Europe’s children

August 2011: Some 1.3 million children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia grow up in alternative care settings. Nearly half live in institutions, vulnerable to neglect and abuse. If appropriately supported, many could return home.

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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.