BEOUA, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 June 2011 – “We arrived at school at 7:30 a.m. as we always do on a school day. At exactly 8:30 we could hear shooting coming from the direction of a neighbouring village,” recalls Pafait Guei, a 14-year-old boy in sixth grade, who usually attends Beoua village primary school in western Côte d’Ivoire.
NIMBA COUNTY, Liberia, 24 June 2011 – Forty-year old Philippe Cheugui used to teach history and geography at a school in Danane, a town in western Côte d’Ivoire. He was a successful teacher and public spokesperson, an inspiration to many.
Today, he finds himself seeking refuge under a tarpaulin shelter in Liberia’s Bahn camp. He watches his wife cook beside the tent with despair and relief in his eyes. He knows they are fortunate to have survived.
New York, USA, 15 June 2011 – With an estimated 53 per cent of its population under the age of 25, Kosovo is considered to be the youngest area in Europe. Twelve years after the height of the devastating 1999 conflict, Kosovo’s young people have witnessed significant progress. Towns and villages have been rebuilt, most of the people who fled violence now have returned home, and local institutions are functioning. Yet, the youth of Kosovo is coming of age in a society that is still ethnically divided, with the worst socio-economic, health and education indicators of Europe. According to UNICEF, more than 70 per cent of young people are unemployed, the majority of them unskilled.
“To Educate a Girl” Now Streaming on ViewChange.org, Broadcast Premiere Friday, 24 June 2011, at 7:00 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK, 22 June 2011 – A powerful and moving film supported by UNICEF and the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) on the struggles girls face daily to get an education in the developing world, will air for the very first time on Link TV’s broadcast network on Friday, 24 June at 7 p.m. EDT.
DONGO, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 June 2011 – “Children are the first victims of this conflict. We have a shared responsibility to build a better future worthy of them,” said UNICEF Representative in DR Congo Pierrette Vu Thi on a visit to Dongo in north-western Equateur province this week.
During the trip, Ms. Vu Thi and the Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and National Solidarity, Ferdinand Kambere, saw first-hand the effects of violence and ensuing displacement.