This year, as we mark the 70th anniversary of our work for children, UNICEF has invited writers from all over the world to pen a short story on the theme ‘what I want for every child’. More than 200 authors have answered the call, weaving their vision of a world in which all children enjoy the right to survive and thrive, to learn and to grow up healthy and safe from harm.
Here is a selection of their tiny but powerful stories of courage, anger, love – and, most of all,
for every child, hope.
Share the ones that inspire you, and join by sharing your own tiny story on Facebook, using the hashtag #foreverychild.
I want every child born anywhere to delight in what life offers these days. This includes immunization jabs; good schools during their childhood; peace and its dividends at home and out of the home; a comfortable enough life with little or no stress until they can look after themselves. I would want every child to enjoy these and other rights to peace, rights that confirm their dignity, safety and full humanity.
Nuruddin Farah, a novelist, playwright, and essayist was born in Baidoa, Somalia. He is the author of over a dozen novels and the winner of several major literary prizes. He divides his time between Cape Town, where he resides for much of the year, and Annandale-on-Hudson in upstate New York, where he teaches at Bard College in the fall.
For the Afghan child in rags who rummages through the garbage
For the hungry girl who stands at the traffic light begging for coins
For the little boy who hunches over a machine in a factory
For the girl-child who stands in the doorway with another child on her hip
For the baby who isn’t wanted because it's another mouth to feed
For the boys and girls who don’t go to school because it’s not safe
I want them all in a field of flowers, playing...
Bina Shah is a writer of English fiction and a journalist living in Karachi, Pakistan.
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