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Conference highlights plight of children affected by HIV/AIDS
KIGALI, Rwanda, 16 December 2008 — The Mashirika Theatre group opened the country’s annual Conference on Children Affected By HIV/AIDS. The performers and children are survivors of the 1994 genocide.

Fourth Annual Children’s Summit addresses the lingering effects of genocide in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 13 November 2008 – At the Fourth Annual Children’s Summit, attended by the nation’s highest leadership, the children of Rwanda re-emphasized to their leaders the importance of eradicating a lingering genocide ideology in the country.

UNICEF nominee Paul Farmer receives CDC Foundation Hero Award
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2008 – Dr. Paul Farmer, a tireless activist, researcher and public health practitioner whose organization, Partners in Health, provides community-based care for millions of people throughout the developing world, has received the 2008 Hero Award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.

UNICEF-supported schools win national award in Rwanda
RUBAVU, Rwanda, 2 October 2008 – UNICEF-supported schools have distinguished themselves in Rwanda’s first annual National School Awards ceremony as part of a campaign to encourage girls’ education and to help all children succeed.

Health Week keeps up momentum on improving child survival in Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 29 September 2008 – Rwanda recently celebrated its first-ever week to promote the health and well-being of its women and children.

Women parliamentarians lead major changes in African politics
NEW YORK, USA, 22 July 2008 – Several African countries are at the forefront of a growing trend to substantially increase female representation in parliaments around the world.

Child-friendly schools help young Rwandans rediscover childhood
NEW YORK, USA, 8 July 2008 – In Rwanda, which is still recovering from its 1994 genocide and now faces the spread of HIV, UNICEF and its partners have established child-friendly schools to help young students rediscover what childhood is all about.

Rwandan children learn and play to celebrate Day of the African Child
KIGALI, Rwanda, 17 June 2008 – At sports events, school assemblies and cultural gatherings throughout the nation, children and adults celebrated the Day of the African Child this week. The continent-wide holiday commemorates the spirit of the South African children who sparked the Soweto uprising of 1976 – many of whom gave their lives.

First Lady of Rwanda awards young women for their scholastic achievements
MUHANGA, Rwanda, 12 May 2008 – Earlier this month, 58 young women had their moment in the spotlight as Rwanda’s First Lady awarded them with prizes to celebrate their outstanding academic achievements.

‘Beyond School Books’– a podcast series on education in emergencies: Segment #7
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2008 – Exactly one month ago, Rwanda commemorated the 14th anniversary of its genocide. By this time in 1994, some half a million Rwandans had already been killed in an ethnic-cleansing campaign.

Rwandan and Liberian youths capture images of their lives at 'Eye See III' workshop
NEW YORK, USA, 24 April 2008 – Each equipped with a camera and a unique perspective, dozens of children in Rwanda and Liberia recently spent a week with internationally renowned photographer and frequent UNICEF contributor Giacomo Pirozzi for a series of training workshops called ‘Eye See III’.

Mourning the Rwandan genocide, 14 years on
NEW YORK, USA, 8 April 2008 – Marking the 14th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last night pledged to step up efforts aimed at stopping such tragedies from happening again.

Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka visits earthquake-affected Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 5 March 2008 – “I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka, describing how it felt to see UNICEF tents standing near crumbled school walls in southwest Rwanda.



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