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Real Lives takes you behind the facts and figures, to discover the impact of UNICEF-supported programmes on women and children in Sudan. Through the eyes of our staff on the ground, and in the words of those UNICEF aims to assist, the true stories and experiences of children across Sudan come to life.

Out-of-school children registration campaigns encouraed the people of Um Gumaree village, North Kordofan State - Sudan, to register their daughters in the school
June 2013 - Fatima Hussein Abdel Rahim, Director of Girls' Education Department - Ministry of Education in North Kordofan State, explained how the national school enrolment campaign had mobilized and encouraged the community in Um Gamaree locality.

The Country Programme Action Plan (2013-2016)
May 2013 - The Government of the Republic of Sudan and UNICEF have signed a new programme cooperation agreement today with a total value of US Dollar 284.38 million for the period 2013-2016.

Vaccination Week 24 – 30 April 2013
May 2013 - The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) was established in Sudan in 1976 in a few states but it eventually expanded geographically to cover the whole of the country.

Sudan Students Apply Innovation to Solve UNICEF’s Challenges in Sudan
18 March, 2013 – There was an unusual buzz in one of the lecture halls at the Sudan University for Science and Technology today. Students were following closely the findings of a small group of colleagues who’ve been hard at work to help UNICEF.

Zalingie pregnant women and 5 years children protected against Malaria through UNICEF maternal and child health support
March 2013 - Aziza Omer Ahmed, 27 year old pregnant in her ninth month from El Karanik area, Zalingie Central Darfur, Aziza has only one child aged 3 years, she lives with her husband and her mother.

Japan Contributes $37.7m to Support Sudan; UNICEF to Receive $8m
6 March 2013 - The Government of Japan decided to contribute 37.7 million US dollars in total to the UN and other international organisations to support consolidation of peace in Sudan.

Dubai Cares, UNICEF Sudan & Government of Sudan Partner For Better Primary Education
Feb 2013 - Dubai Cares, a UAE-based philanthropic organization, working to improve children's access to quality primary education in developing countries, partnered with Government of Sudan and UNICEF to improve basic education standards in four states.

Accelerating Development through Innovation – Snapshots from University of Khartoum and Sudan University of Science and Technology
13 January 2013 - Last week witnessed seminars delivered by Innovation teams at Khartoum and Sudan Universities on their work to develop real-time data monitoring systems that utilise mobile technology to support national programmes.

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Milestones in Advancing the Rights of Children with Disabilities in Sudan
4 December 2012 - UNICEF Sudan, along with national and international partners are working together to advance the rights of children with disabilities in Sudan.

Revolutionary Jerry Can road tested in Sudan
October 2012 - Collecting water is a backbreaking job that takes up many hours of the day. In Sudan the task usually falls to girls and women who skip school and risk their own safety to make long journeys to fetch water.

Giving life a leading cause of death for women in Sudan
23 September 2012 - Like many women in Sudan, Fawzia Ibrahim Ishag relied on traditional birth attendants to help deliver her babies at home. There were complications during 5 deliveries for which the attendants had neither the training nor the equipment.

Disability no longer an obstacle to education in Krinding
September 2012 - Accessing education is a challenge for many children living in Darfur, but especially for youngsters living with disabilities.

A dream that refuses to die – Yaqeen’s pursuit of an education
August 2012 - When you ask Yaqeen (13) about her dreams she will consistently mention learning how to read and write. When she was a young child, Yaqeen would walk her sister to school every day and try to enter the classes with her, but she was sent home

Improving learning environments for children in Sudan
July 2012 - Isra is a 6th grade student in Ali-Al Amin school in Kassala, East Sudan. Her favourite subject is English, because she believes it will help her to continue her studies to become a doctor one day.

Nutrition center triumphs over traditional healers in West Darfur
July 2012. Mornei Village was once an ideal place to live. Set at the foot of a mountain, in the savannah of western Darfur and surrounded by miles of sparsely wooded flatlands, Mornei comfortably sustained its population.

Separated children find home and happiness in South Sudan
4 June 2012 - Stella Khamis Philip (16) and her four younger siblings live with their aunt and uncle on the outskirts of Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Her uncle, Joseph Tombura, runs a stall in the market nearby and every day she attends school.

Working to support families’ needs
December 2012 - Nine-year-old Hiba, a sweet, playful girl with cerebral palsy, participated in one of UNICEF’s focus groups for children with disabilities that took place in Abu Hijar, a rural area of Sinnar state.

Dreams of a former child soldier turned artist
May 28 2012: Issam has witnessed some terrible things, but in his art he paints the world as it appears in his dreams.

How the nomads of eastern Sudan came to recognise the importance of sending girls to school
May 17 2012: The value of girls in Sudan’s nomadic communities has traditionally been measured in their prospects for marrying well and the wealth that brings their families.

How clean water brought change to one Sudanese village
8 May 2012 - Before the war, in the village of Abu Dahya, collecting water would take up a large part of the day.

Against the odds, schoolgirls in conflict area of Darfur sit their exams
22 April 2012 - Fatima Adam Ali lives in an IDP Camp in Nertiti, a town in the rebel-controlled area of Jebel Marra in Darfur. Jebel Marra has been inaccessible to the humanitarian community since fighting in Darfur erupted in 2004.

Combating child malnutrition in Sudan
25 February 2012 - Getting a medical check-up is never the most pleasant experience, and one year old Yasmine is plainly not enjoying hers. She wails miserably as she is hoisted into a blue canvas harness and then suspended in mid-air for a few seconds.

Promoting girls’ education in Sudan
26 February 2012 - No-one quite knows how Qud al Haboob elementary school got its name. But its location, on the dusty outskirts of Darfur’s largest town, Nyala, makes the reference to the blinding haboob dust-storms that sweep periodically across.

Local champion helps UNICEF halt spread of HIV in conflict-torn S. Kordofan
February 2012 – Soft-spoken and understated, Zeinab Eltom is not the sort of person you would immediately connect with the daunting task of bringing vital life skills to thousands of children in a State stricken with armed conflict.

Long wait for journey home for southerners in Sudan
26 January 2012 - A raggedy doll is all that 18-year-old Sabina Saisa has left to remind her of her best friend, Jacqueline.

An unusual partnership helps tackle child malnutrition in Darfur
January 2012 - Abu Badriya is a soft-spoken man with a face that lights up when he smiles. A traditional healer or Faki by profession, he has become an unusual but important partner in the fight against child malnutrition in this part of Darfur.

UNICEF, CIDA helping young people make their voices heard
12 December 2011 – Ways of enabling young Sudanese to become more actively involved in resolving community and other issues set the agenda of a two-day workshop last week in Khartoum.

Protecting every child against the menace of polio in Sudan
6 December 2011 – Dressed in sunshine yellow apron and sky-blue hijab or headscarf, Rahma Sid Ahmed pores over a roughly drawn pencil map which she uses to locate children she can vaccinate against the crippling polio virus.

Mothers help make rotavirus vaccine a success in Sudan
October 2011 - It’s a hot and dusty morning as the women, wearing colourful traditional toubs (wraps), begin arriving at the clinic, their babies in their arms.

Rotavirus vaccine: One mother’s story
December 2011 - Samira, a mother of three, says: “When my first child, Ibrahim, was one year old, he fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting. I was so worried I immediately took him to a nearby clinic where they gave me some medicine".

Profile: Dr. Yousif Al Kouda, Islamic scholar in the frontline of Sudan’s efforts to abandon FGM/C
3 November 2011 - To explain how he became one of Sudan’s leading campaigners against the practice of female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), Dr. Yousif Al Kouda looks back to his beginnings, growing up in the eastern state of Kassala.

Soap can defeat the biggest enemy of Sudanese children, UNICEF chief tells handwashing event
15 October 2011 – “The biggest enemy of Sudan does not carry guns but lives on the hands of Sudanese children!” said Nils Kastberg, UNICEF Sudan Country Representative, addressing hundreds of enthralled children and others attending an event in Khartoum.

In Sudan, a photo contest offers children an opportunity to document daily life
12 October, 2011 - A line of children walk to school; a group of men take shelter under a truck in order to escape the hot African sun; a child reads the Koran on a brightly-coloured prayer mat; a man leads a camel through the dust.

Sudanese police promise softer approach to Khartoum street children
6 October 2011 - A more sensitive approach to dealing with the plight of Khartoum’s street children is to be adopted by the city’s police authorities as the result of a UNICEF-supported training course now being implemented in the Sudanese capital.

A Pinch of Salt: tackling Iodine Deficiency Disorders among children in Sudan
31 August 2011 - This month saw a significant new step towards the goal of universal salt iodization (USI) in Sudan when the eastern state of Gadaref passed a new law prohibiting the sale of all non-iodized salt.

South Sudanese Children Call for Action on the Day of the African Child
16 June 2011 – Saad Rice, 12, takes to the podium with the confidence of a natural-born speaker. Dressed in a stylish white cap and dark sunglasses, he looks just as smart as the distinguished delegates who are gathered with him.

Exam results show impact of education programme for Sudanese nomad children
May 2011 - 15 year old Zahra Mohamed Ahmed has every reason to feel pleased with herself. She’s just received her results from the grade 8 exams she took in March 2011 showing that she got 239 marks out of 280.

Breaking the cycle of disease: How UNICEF’s water and sanitation programme is helping save children’s lives in conflict-affected Darfur
10 May 2011 – Amira says she is 15 but looks much older. In the last five months, her family has had to move three times because of the ongoing instability in North Darfur. Her mistrustful eyes hint at the hardships she has faced in her short life.

Weeks before South Sudan marks its independence, UNICEF is helping meet the longterm needs of children in troubled border areas
19 May 2011 - The bullet hole sits high on the whitewashed wall of what is in other respects a perfectly normal conference room, of the kind you might find in a UNICEF office anywhere in the world.

Drive to eradicate Polio gives hope to returnees in Southern Sudan.
22 February 2011- Norah Abdelnabi, a 24 year old mother couldn’t hide her joy when her two year old son, Steven Kulang received the ‘two drops’ of the Polio Vaccine for the first time.

Women vote for peace in southern Sudan’s referendum to give their children a bright future
10 January 2011 - Southern Sudanese are voting in a referendum to choose whether to remain united with the north or to separate and form their own country.

UNICEF partners with media to amplify children’s voices in Southern Sudan
November 2010 - Children’s views dominated the airwaves in Southern Sudan as they used radio dramas, jingles and talk shows to express themselves during the commemoration the 21st anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Managing Water, Preventing Disease and Improving Lives: UNICEF and IDP communities in Darfur
August 2010- The harsh realities of the dessert quickly set in as soon as one lands in Darfur, a region about the size of Spain. Here, under the scorching sun, it is easy to understand why water, which many of us take for granted, is a precious commodity.

Nutrition for East Sudan: CMAM in Action
August 2010 - As a fan whirs overhead, circulating the air in the hot, arid environment of Kassala State, Fatima Mohammed sits in the Um al-Gora health clinic with her child, Alawiya.

Teenage TV producer dreams of covering World Cup
2 July 2010 - Hakim Khamis, a 16 year-old teenager who participated in a five-day television production workshop, is determined to carry on his dream of one day filming and reporting on some of the world’s biggest events such as the FIFA World Cup.

Second Chance Examination for Grade 8 Children – East Jabal Marra, South Darfur
June 2010 - In early May 2010, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education in South Darfur witnessed the successful completion of one of their goals: to provide second chance examination for East Jabel Marra 8th grade students, who were affected by recent confli

Landmines – The easily forgotten memory of Sudan’s civil war
May 2010 – The head of a cylinder-shaped structure, a relic of war, is jutting out of Mrs. Kuir’s backyard vegetable patch. Deminer Deng Nyok watches over as a colleague carefully digs rain-softened earth out from around the object.

Former Child Soldier Champions Hope for Children Associated With Armed Groups in Southern Sudan
17 March 2010 - As the civil war in Sudan intensified around him, 12-year-old Abraham Kur Achiek left his home town of Bor in Southern Sudan with many other children. They were bound for Ethiopia where they hoped to find a better life.

The Story of Asina and Her Five Children
January 2010 – In February of 2009, Asina, a 35-year-old woman from the Murle tribe, was abducted along with her five children by young men from the rival Lou Nuer village near Lukuangele in Pibor County.

Young people join the fight against HIV/AIDS in Southern Sudan
1 December 2009 - “HIV/Aids is a killer disease without a cure and it can infect anybody,” said 20-year-old Asenta Isaac today during the commemoration of World AIDS Day in Yambio, Western Equatoria State.

Motorbike ambulances help cut maternal mortality in Southern Sudan
July 2009 – Navigating a rough track of road east of the Juba in Southern Sudan, a motorbike ambulance driver tests a new vehicle with a ‘patient’ laid out on the sidecar stretcher.

Mary’s story: overcoming barriers to girls’ education in Southern Sudan
July 2009 - “My mother has always encouraged me to come to school and study hard,” says 17-year-old Mary, a Grade 8 student at the Deng Nhial Primary School in Rumbek, Lakes State.

Maintaining a nutrition lifeline in West Darfur
June 2009. In the aftermath of the decision by the Government of Sudan to expel 16 international non-governmental organizations and suspend the activities of three national aid agencies in March this year.

Supporting self-management in the camps for internally displaced in West Darfur
June 2009 - In Arabic, “taiba” means “kind”; perhaps, then, an unusual choice of name for this camp accommodating 7,000 people forced to flee their homes due to ongoing conflict in West Darfur.

Donkeys, soap and life-saving messages in a West Darfur camp for the displaced
June 2009. Amongst the group of people gathered in the shade of the tree, there seems to be a lot of talk about a donkey. There are plenty of donkeys close by.

An oasis for malnourished children in the Darfur desert
June 2009. The road – or path to be more precise – is bumpy and irregular and now and then the driver has to accelerate rapidly to avoid getting car embedded in the yellow sand.

Tackling meningitis amidst the many challenges of Darfur
June 2009 - The Darfur states in Sudan, already confronted by conflict and the displacement of millions of people, face another lesser-known challenge – their membership of the “meningitis belt” that stretches across sub-Saharan Africa.

Communities tune in for Child Health Weeks
29 April 2009 – The tune is from a traditional folk song and is old, older even than grandparents. It was recorded in a dusty village using only one microphone and the singing voices sound a little distant, as if from the past.

Bringing life saving services to places beyond the boundaries in Darfur
12 May 2009 - The three states of Darfur covering a vast area - approximately the size of France – in the west of Sudan comprise many rural villages scattered across their most isolated corners and often difficult to access.

Five communities pledge an end to female genital mutilation and cutting
6 February 2009 - Rahad District, Gedaref State. Eight years ago, only a few rural communities in three states in the north of Sudan were actively engaged in efforts to end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and cutting.

Our club, our programme - child leadership in South Darfur
4 May 2009 – It’s the school holidays and the empty school yard is baking in the midday sun. But in one dark classroom in the corner of Alsadaga School, Iman Musa is in fine vocal form.

Education brings hopes for a better future in Sudan’s South Kordofan‎
February 2009‎ - It is 9:00 am in the Sudanese village of Dhamba, 30 ‎kilometres west of Kadugli town, the capital of Sudan’s South Kordofan State. Children have ‎already started their day in the Dhamba village basic school that was recently built.

Seizing the opportunity to tackle HIV in Southern Sudan
1 December 2008 - “Every time she falls sick I am afraid that the time for her to die has finally come” says Rose, mother to 11-year old Mary, in Juba, the capital of Southern Sudan.

Wise counsel for women – prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and AIDS in Sudan
25 November 2008 - Fatima was well into her fourth pregnancy by the time anyone got round to telling her that a mother could pass HIV/AIDS on to her child.

Amidst chaos and confusion, education provides some sense of normalcy for Abyei’s ‎displaced children‎
3 October 2008 - Deng Ring, 18, is one of the many new students at ‎Juoljok Primary School in Agok, Southern Sudan, who fled their homes in Abyei, 45 km ‎to the north following fighting in the town.‎





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