Archive | May, 2008

Rwanda’s Children, 14 Years After the Genocide

Young people comprise over half of Rwanda’s population, but poverty, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and the lingering effects of genocide continue to threaten children's welfare and dev.<br />© UNICEF/ HQ07-1367/Pirozzi

Young people comprise over half of Rwanda’s population, but poverty, food insecurity, HIV/AIDS and the lingering effects of genocide continue to threaten children's welfare and dev.
© UNICEF/ HQ07-1367/Pirozzi

By Gabrielle Galanek

NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2008 – Exactly one month ago, Rwanda commemorated the 14th anniversary of its genocide. By this time in 1994, half a million Rwandans had already been killed in an ethnic-cleansing campaign.

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Cyclone-affected children heading back to school in Myanmar

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0560/Naing</br>A teacher registers students for school on the first day of class since the cyclone, at State Primary School No. 32 in Hlaing Thar Yar Township

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0560/NaingA teacher registers students for school on the first day of class since the cyclone, at State Primary School No. 32 in Hlaing Thar Yar Township

By Angela Thaung

YANGON, Myanmar, 27 May 2008 – As many cyclone-affected children are preparing to head back to school next week, UNICEF and its partners have been distributing essential school supplies by everything from truck to boat.

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In the wake of violence, working to repair the damage done to children’s schools and confidence

© UNICEF/MENA02131/Pirozzi</br>A man teacher helps students, sitting three to a desk in a school is in the village of Al-Zuraiji. Like many in the area, it was damaged during the war.

© UNICEF/MENA02131/PirozziA man teacher helps students, sitting three to a desk in a school is in the village of Al-Zuraiji. Like many in the area, it was damaged during the war.

By Claire Hajaj

AMMAN, Jordan, 23 May 2008 – The Baghdad Girls Primary in Iraq’s Sadr City had only been occupied by students for a few months before violent clashes erupted between military forces and militia groups in the area.

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Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson sees progress for children during Sudan visit

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0200/Susan Markisz

© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0200/Susan Markisz

KHARTOUM/JUBA, Sudan, 22 May 2008 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson has been in Sudan this week, reviewing the progress which has been made for children’s rights since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005 that ended decades of civil war in most parts of the country.

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Somalia takes part in ‘World’s Biggest Lesson’ for equality in education

Girls attend class at a UNICEF-assisted school in Mogadishu, the capital.

Girls attend class at a UNICEF-assisted school in Mogadishu, the capital.

By Denise Shepherd-Johnson

NAIROBI, Kenya, 8 May 2008 – More than 7.5 million people from over 100 countries – including Somalia – joined together to simultaneously express their feelings about the importance of education last month, as part of a unique event called the ‘World’s Biggest Lesson’.

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