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The State of the World's Children


In Bangladesh, a project to support parents of children with disabilities
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 6 June 2013 – Hridoy, 9, and Bristi, 10, are trying hard to keep up with the beat of the music as they dance with other children in the drop-in centre in the Koratitola suburb of Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.

School of Hope brings education to Malian children with hearing impairments
BAMAKO, Mali, 5 June 2013 – Discrimination against hearing-impaired children is declining in Mali, says Moussa Sanogo, headmaster of the School of Hope in the capital, Bamako. “We started the school in 1994 with 19 pupils whom we, the teachers, found by going out on the streets of Bamako,” he says.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a wheelchair makes Meshak more mobile
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 3 June 2013 – UNICEF has made a sound investment, in a country characterized by both challenges and tremendous potential – the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A young South African woman's path to making social change
PRETORIA, South Africa, 4 June 2013 – The young woman takes one final look in the mirror before she leaves for class. Her braids are neatly swept back into a bun, and she is wearing a bright red blazer to protect her slender frame against the chilly weather. Her fingers move quickly to tie the shoelaces of the trendy trainers she will wear to class today.

In Viet Nam, a welcoming centre for children with disabilities helps provide new opportunities
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 31 May 2013 – In central Viet Nam, on the edge of the city of Da Nang, a small group of children await their morning bus pickup. It’s a scene that could be encountered anywhere in the world, but what might appear commonplace is not.

In Jordan, refugee children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable
AMMAN, Jordan 31 May 2013 – When Abdullatif’s neighbour was killed, and his own house destroyed and farm animals lost, the decision was made simple. He had to flee the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic to save his family. But the journey and challenges that lay ahead were anything but easy, especially with two children with disabilities.

Amid Haiti's reconstruction, a chance for a more inclusive approach
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 May 2013 – When the 2010 earthquake struck, Jean Saint-Phar was buried and knocked unconscious by the collapsing walls of the classroom where he was studying engineering. After he woke up, hours passed with no sign of rescue. He feared he might die like the lifeless student beside him.

In Lebanon, a Syrian boy copes with disability and loss
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 30 May 2013 – Imagine you are a healthy 13-year-old boy from a prosperous family. One day at school, you witness the death of your classmates in a horrific bomb blast, and you realize one of your legs is missing. Suddenly forced to leave your home and your belongings behind, you walk across the border into a new country. You settle in a makeshift camp, living in poverty. And living with a disability.

Launch of report celebrates children's abilities
DA NANG, Viet Nam and NEW YORK, United States of America, 30 May 2013 – UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children report focuses this year on the potential of children with disabilities and the contributions they can make to society.

Flagship report urges seeing the child - before the disability
NEW YORK, 30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities have a much greater role to play in societies, according to UNICEF’s annual The State of the World’s Children report.

Two Ugandan children are - children, with support from their community
GULU DISTRICT, Uganda, 30 May 2013 – Beatrice Adong and Sony Kinyera were victims of the brutal fighting in northern Uganda involving rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that ended in 2006.

In Viet Nam, a new start for a new generation of victims of Agent Orange
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 30 May 2013 – For children at the Da Nang Association for Victims of Agent Orange, the end of a daily two-hour journey has turned into the beginning of a new life: doing things they have never done before.

Syrian children with disabilities struggle with life in a refugee camp
ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 29 May 2013 – Rania dreams of one day becoming a teacher. Every morning, her mother and brother wake up at dawn to help her get to school. Although it’s only a short walk, Rania is unable to make it on her own. White gravel surrounds the tents and caravans in the camp where they live, and Rania needs to be carried to the main road where her wheelchair will work.

High in the hills of Ecuador, a boy with a genetic disorder dreams of flight
QUITO, Ecuador, 29 May 2013 – It’s a chilly morning high in the hills on the outskirts of Ecuador’s sprawling capital city, Quito. In the working class neighbourhood of Venceremos, 8-year-old Richard Herrera is getting ready for school.

Vietnamese girl uses her talent and determination to inspire others
HANOI, Viet Nam, 28 May 2013 – Nguyen Phuong Anh was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or ‘glass-bone disease’, a genetic disorder causing fragile bones. “My bones have broken 30 times or more,” she says. “We stopped counting because we thought that it didn’t matter anymore.

In Mongolia, centre helps children with disabilities learn new skills
Tsagaannuur, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia, 28 May 2013 – Tumenjargal is a kindergarten teacher in northern Mongolia. She’s also a wife and mother of four. The family live in the small village of Tsagaannuur, about an hour from the Russian border.

"It's about Ability!" for young filmmakers in Viet Nam
HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam, 14 May 2013 – Against the hustle and bustle of city traffic, a young boy is quietly putting up a large poster on an empty wall next to a restaurant. While he brushes on the glue with his one good hand, some local boys pull a trick by pouring water on him from the roof of the building.

Youth video contest winners reflect equal rights for children with disabilities
NEW YORK, United States of America, 24 May 2013 – Twenty-year-old Yun Han has always been hesitant about voicing her dreams. “Growing up, I had many big dreams, but I never had the guts to speak them when I was asked…because I can’t help envisioning that people are laughing at me.”

In Mexico City, community centres provide learning opportunities for indigenous children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 23 March 2012 – The journey to the hospital begins early for 13-year-old Lucía Argüelles.

Programmes offer assistance to children living in the violence-plagued slums of Caracas, Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela, 6 March 2012 – Every evening, as soon as the sun goes down, 14-year-old Fernando Herrera and his family lock all the doors to his house, lower the blinds and hunker down for another night of random shootings and violent fights in the street. Yet Fernando does not live in a war-torn country; he lives in a poor neighbourhood in the city of Caracas.

In Brazil, adolescents use UNICEF's new digital mapping technology to reduce disaster risks in the favelas
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 19 March 2012 – Ten years ago, Michael Gomes Correia used to love flying kites with his friends in the Prazeres community, one of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Now, the 18-year-old student is using kites – and mobile technology – to map the favelas’ socio-environmental risks and to improve the lives of children and families in his community.

Children living in Nairobi's informal settlements lack access to basic services and opportunities
NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 March 2012 – As his peers in Korogocho, an informal settlement in Nairobi, leave for school, 15-year-old John Kinuthia sets off too. But instead of heading to school, he walks half a kilometre to the city’s largest dumpsite to eke out a living.

In Brazil, the Platform for Urban Centres empowers youth to advocate for children’s rights
SAO PAULO, Brazil, 9 March 2012 – Alisson Rodrigues Cordeiro, 18, is determined to improve living conditions and reduce inequalities in his community in the Itaim Paulista district of São Paulo.

Experts discuss issues raised in UNICEF's flagship report at panel discussion in New York
NEW YORK, US, 8 March 2012 – For 15-year-old Shakora Townsend, growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City has made living with poverty, violence and discrimination a part of her daily life.

Fighting child marriage in the slums of Moradabad, India
MORADABAD, India, 7 March 2012 – “I wasn’t ready for marriage. No girl should be married at such an early age,” said Nargis.

Helping children living and working on the streets in Thailand
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 5 March 2012 – Poon* left home more than a year ago, escaping an abusive mother. She was an alcoholic, he said, and he thought life on the streets of Chiang Mai would be preferable to her regular beatings.

In Bangladesh, a new UNICEF-supported initiative helps poor urban children
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 2 March 2012 – Twelve-year old Mohammad Faisal Hossain works to support his family of four – himself, his mother, younger sister and brother. To meet their needs, he holds down two jobs on the packed roads of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka: selling newspapers in the early morning and working as a helping hand on a small minibus.

Podcast #53: Ensuring children’s right to education in rapidly growing urban areas
NEW YORK, USA, 1 March 2012 – More than one billion children live in urban areas according to UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’.

In Lagos, Nigeria, marginalized children face exploitation, trafficking and abuse
LAGOS, Nigeria, 1 March 2012 – Sex and drugs are readily available on Kuramo Beach, a stretch of sand along the Gulf of Guinea. Children play in the sand, not far from sex workers. Nearby, tough young men known as ‘area boys’ sit under battered beach umbrellas.

Getting at-risk children out of work and into school in the slums of Moradabad, India
MORADABAD, India , 29 February 2012 – From ages 8 to 10, Anas spent 10 hours a day, six days a week, working in a smoke-filled metalware workshop in the slums of Moradabad.

UNICEF launches flagship report in Mexico City, warns that cities are failing children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 29 February 2012 – UNICEF yesterday launched its flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’ in Mexico City, warning that rapid urbanization is leaving millions of disadvantaged children behind. At a press conference in the Presidential Palace, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and President of Mexico Felipe Calderón called for greater focus on children in slums and shantytowns who suffer from the greatest deprivations.

In Burundi, guaranteeing children's rights to protection and play
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 28 February 2012 – Dozens of children are gathered on a vast green field in Maramvya, a district of Buterere in the suburbs of Bujumbura, the capital. The children, including Joseph, 7, Emelyne, 8, and Jean-Claude, 9, are indulging in a once rare activity: play.

In Ukraine, providing holistic health care to sexually exploited adolescents and other at-risk youth
MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine, 27 February 2012 – Anya* does not talk much about her teen years in Mykolayiv, one of the most populous cities in southern Ukraine . She desperately wants to forget the days of fighting with her grandfather, who was her only surviving relative after her parents died, and what happened after she was thrown out of the house.

Home-grown solutions
MUMBAI, India, 24 February 2012 – One of the more promising developments in the effort to reduce urban poverty is the emergence of networks of grassroots groups in which women play a prominent role as agents of positive change in their communities and around the world.

A second chance at childhood for exploited and vulnerable children in Benin
COTONOU, Benin, 24 February 2012 – Bread seller Honorine Noudjèmèdji, 14, zigzags deftly through Dantokpa, one of the biggest markets in Benin's commercial capital. Loaves are piled high on a tray on her head, at customers’ eye-level.

UNICEF launches flagship report focusing on urban children
UNICEF’s flagship publication, 'The State of the World’s Children 2012' (SOWC), says that almost half the world’s children now live in urban areas, and it’s calling for greater emphasis on identifying and meeting their needs.

Out of sight, out of reach
AMMAN, Jordan, 23 February 2012 – Half the world’s population now lives in cities. Throughout history, urban life, so concentrated with humanity, has been a catalyst for trade, ideas and opportunities, making cities engines of economic growth. Today, living in a city is widely regarded as the best way to find prosperity and escape poverty. Yet hidden inside cities, wrapped in a cloak of statistics, are millions of children struggling to survive.

Speaking for Ourselves
NEW YORK, USA, 22 February 2012 – People all over the world hear stories, watch movies and see postcards of New York City. They recognize our skyline – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge – on sight. But New York City is not just about the big lights, the big buildings. There are the streets, and then there are the people who walk them, and when you live here you learn that New York is just like any city, filled with people who struggle to make ends meet.

A way home for children living and working on the streets of Rwanda
KIGALI, Rwanda, 21 February 2012 – Many children who had been living and working on the streets of Kigali are now returning home, thanks to the help of centres like Fidesco.

In Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, assisting children alone in the big city
ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 21 February 2012 – After a fight with his father, 9-year-old Junior Coulibaly left his house in a huff. It was a Friday afternoon in mid-January 2011. Nine months would pass before he would see his father again.




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