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Tomorrow, August 9, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Too many indigenous children are missing out on their basic rights to education and are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Let’s change that! #IndigenousDay

#Breastfeeding provides the best and most sustainable start in life – it’s a basic right of every child. Support breastfeeding mothers in your community! http://uni.cf/1o9u48U

“Another school in Gaza has come under fire, killing more children in a conflict where such an outrage has become commonplace. 

“For 23 days, too many children in Gaza have lived with fear and desperation. Water taps have run dry and raw sewage is running in the streets, while health workers try to save lives with little electricity and insufficient medicines. At least 245 children have been killed since the conflict began.

“For 23 days, children in Israel have lived with the threat of indiscriminate attacks targeting their homes and neighborhoods. 

“What hope is there for these children – and their societies – if adults no longer live up to their responsibility to protect them? What are these children learning about how to behave when they are adults?

“For the sake of children, all sides to this conflict must come to their senses, permit humanitarian workers to aid those in need, and agree to end these attacks. Now, before more innocent lives are lost – including the most innocent of all, the very young.” 

-Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director

168 children have died and over 1,100 have been seriously injured, maimed and even terribly burned. No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence. We are urging all sides to stop this violence for the sake of the children, who are suffering the worst.



Mary Pereira Mendes, C4D Specialist, UNICEF Iraq

What does your average working day look like?

There’s a blur between day and night at work. My job consists of actively interacting with people, organizing field visits to understand community-level issues, making sure that everyone is…

If you’ve ever doubted how sport can help us rise above pain and find strength, watch this video, shot on location in Namibia and set to BANKS’s powerful song, “Goddess.” http://uni.cf/U4w4UC #TeamUNICEF

“I never imagined my wedding day; I was completely devoted to study. I wanted to become a doctor. I was very good in school. When we left Syria, I tried to bring my textbooks. I thought I might go back again, and I could use the time in Iraq to study.” 

Like many girls facing poverty or conflict, Dilda was married to an older man to help make ends meet. “She had a nice dress, but no songs, no party,” says her father Abdul. “It would be very improper to have a party while our brothers and sisters are suffering and being killed in Syria.”

Together we can end child marriage within a generation. Be part of it: http://uni.cf/GS14 

“In my village there is one girl who is younger than I am who has not been cut because I discussed the issue with her parents. I told them how much the operation had hurt me, how it had traumatized me and made me not trust my own parents. They decided that they did not want this to happen to their daughter.”

Meaza was 10 when she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). She now campaigns to protect other girls from this harmful practice. FGM is declining in Ethiopia and many countries around the world, but still too many girls are at risk. We must do more.

Meaza is inspiration that by speaking up to say NO to this harmful practice, we can change attitudes and change girls’ lives. Add your voice: http://uni.cf/GS14

Play and sport are EVERY child’s right! Learn more at: http://uni.cf/team #TeamUNICEF 

Today is Day of the African Child! It commemorates the children who were killed while protesting for a better education in Soweto, South Africa in 1976. 

The road to quality education for all children is still long. Here’s one girl’s story, from northern Nigeria: http://uni.cf/1kYmsW4