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The world is full of amazing children. Sometimes, we just have to take a moment to recognize one. Today, that child is is Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who carries on her culture’s tradition of hunting with a golden eagle. She may just be the only girl on the planet with this very unique skill.

Check out photographer Asher Svidensky’s jaw-dropping images of her on BBC News Magazine: http://uni.cf/1mcT252     

Sometimes the youngest can make the most noise.

A massive polio vaccination campaign aims to reach 20 million children in Syria, Iraq and Egypt – in only 5 days. Here’s how: http://uni.cf/QSkKKc

Thanks to UNICEF Middle East and North Africa for the image.

Meet Moossa, a 6 months old boy from Baghdad – and sadly, Iraq’s first victim of polio in 14 years.

“I never thought that my child could be paralyzed,” says his father, who deeply regrets not having his children vaccinated against this debilitating disease.

Since the detection of Moossa’s case, polio vaccination campaigns have begun in Iraq, Syria and Egypt to reach all children under 5. Read more in our latest blog post: http://uni.cf/1kJIAAk  

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Check out this rousing Ted Talk by Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, about why men must advocate for girls’ & women’s rights: http://uni.cf/PMd6jI

Above, an exchange between Malala and Jon Stewart on his show last year. Thanks to Stephen & Colbert for the gifs.

 

Hats off to these six Syrian artists who have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records – and given a Damascus primary school something to be proud of. They’ve fashioned the world’s largest mural made from scrap. Why? “Damascus is wounded and sad… and creating something beautiful from rubbish means that we can rebuild despite the destruction.” Read the article, via BuzzFeed: http://uni.cf/1kD8AgZ

Yesterday, Yehya, 18, became the 1 millionth Syrian to be registered as a refugee in Lebanon. Syrian refugees now equal almost a quarter of the resident population of Lebanon.


Yehya left the besieged city of Homs during the UN evacuation in February with his mother and two sisters. His father was killed early on in the crisis, and with his older brothers still in Homs, Yehya has taken responsibly for looking after his mother and sisters.


"I would really like to go back to school but here the living conditions are so hard… I need to work to afford rent," he says.


Thanks to UNHCR for the story. Photo: UNHCR/ A McConnell

How much a photo of a bedroom can tell us about a child. Check out photographer James Mollison’s compelling series, Where Children Sleep, featuring children and their bedrooms around the world: http://uni.cf/1fmcN8p

Find out why she’s so upset: http://uni.cf/1gh6Jdx 
 

Find out why she’s so upset: http://uni.cf/1gh6Jdx 

 

From 1988 to 2014, watch the battle to eradicate polio unfold.

Red means the country still has cases of wild polio, yellow means the country is in a region that still has cases of wild polio, and white means that the disease has been eradicated. 

Thanks to CNN for this great GIF! Check out the whole story here: http://cnn.it/1h0Mu3K 

#wateris scarce for as many people as roughly the population of Europe – that’s 768 million people who don’t have access to safe water.