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(Foreground) Howa (age 10) was paralyzed by a growth on her spine – an outcome that could have been prevented through surgery had her condition been diagnosed in time. She sits with family members in Ras Kamboni, Lower Juba Region. Decades of conflict in Somalia have destroyed vital infrastructure that is critical to ensuring children and their families have timely access to basic services.

© UNICEF/Kate Holt

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography

A return to school, scarred by violence

At Gaza City’s Um al-Qura school, little girls walk through a playground littered with debris and glass, nervously peering at the damage. They were happy to go back to school, but have found a pockmarked landscape in which even the most familiar sights have taken on haunting aspects.

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/oPt_66501.html

VIDEO REPORT: In Haiti, a project that brings mobile libraries to the most vulnerable neighbourhoods opens minds - and connects children to their community, and to the world.

Learn more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/haiti_66400.html

UNICEF supports Syrian refugee families

UNICEF correspondent Guy Degen reports on how Syrian refugee families are faring in Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan.

For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/jordan_66330.html

Nothing like a little football practice, then getting to hang out with Shakira.
 
That’s what a few young people who play in a UNICEF-sponsored league in Azerbaijan got to do recently. Shakira spoke with the teens on how sports leads to a healthier lifestyle and empowerment across all aspects of life, but especially in education.

How do you use what you learned on the playing field in other areas of your life? Please share.

Also…you can learn more about Shakira’s visit here: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/azerbaijan_66180.html
 
© UNICEF Azerbaijan/2012/Pirozzi

Today is World Teacher’s Day!
 
This year’s theme is, “Take a stand for teachers!”

Tell us about your favourite teacher. How did they inspire you?

Pictured, a girl writes on a blackboard with help from her teacher in southern Sindh Province, Pakistan.

© UNICEF/Asad Zaidi

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Vintage UNICEF!

1979 - A group of girls dressed in their national costumes embrace at the United Nations in New York City.

© UNICEF/Shelley Rotner

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 24 September 2012

Marian [NAME CHANGED], 16, shows scars and abrasions on her arms, in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines. “My mother hits me because I don’t go home,” she explained. “But why would I go home if I get beaten up?” Feeling unsafe at home, Marian live mostly on the streets. An estimated 250,000 Filipino children live and work on the streets, increasing their risk of being trafficked or enduring other forms of exploitation and abuse.

©UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

To see more: www.unicef.org/photography

A girl toddler is carried by an adult in Méguet Village in Ganzourgou Province in Plateau-Central Region of Burkina Faso. The village is ruled by a ‘Naba Saaga’ (the traditional Mossi chief of an area), who supports the EU-assisted UNICEF WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) pilot project, including to build latrines and provide safe water in the area. The Mossi are the country’s largest ethnic group.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1750/Leonie Marinovitch

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Children enter Sumeiah Primary School in the remote, desert village of Muredifeia in Hodeidah Governorate in Yemen. As is typical in the area, more boys than girls attend the overcrowded, thatched-hut school. UNICEF supports the school with books, learning materials and other supplies.

© UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

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