Fun relief for children in north-east Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, north-east Nigeria, 30 December, 2016 – Just for a moment, Maimune could forget about her problems. It’s ‘Fun Day’ for children at Dalori camp for people who fled their homes because of violence in north-east Nigeria. It’s a day to play silly games and to make music with other children, to laugh and just be children.
Children displaced from east Aleppo: distressed, injured, alone
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 29 December 2016 – For the families who fled the fighting in Aleppo city, the arduous journey was full of chaos and horror. Terrified and alone, many of the children arrived in shelters unaccompanied or separated from their families, with many suffering from injuries.
After years of conflict, schools reopen and hope returns to Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq, 27 December 2016 – The walls of Fallujah are scarred with bullet holes. Six months ago, 85,000 people fled the city as bombs fell on their houses in the fight to retake the city. Many others had escaped earlier.
In Nigeria, newly accessible areas reveal scale of crisis
BANKI, Nigeria, 22 December 2016 – Less than 3 km from the Cameroon border is the Nigerian town of Banki in Borno State. The town's main street, once a thriving commercial area with cross-border trade, is now deserted and lined with buildings that have been destroyed during the conflict.
From shoemaker to student: Aleppo teenager goes back to school
TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 19 December 2016 – When a UNICEF team first met 14-year-old Wahid a few months ago, he was fetching water for his family in ‘1070’, a complex of unfinished apartment buildings in a neighbourhood of western Aleppo.
In Guinea-Bissau, teenagers sing the praises of handwashing
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau, 15 December 2016 – For any aspiring musician, hearing your song on the radio is a major milestone. This year, 19-year-olds Lizidória Mendes and Venâncio Cá got to experience this dream come true when their song “Laba Mon Ku Sabon” (wash your hands with soap) was chosen as the winner of a Global Handwashing Day song writing contest, organized by UNICEF.