Archive | August, 2013

Aya – one child, one of one million Syrian refugee children

By Priyanka Pruthi

Devastating conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has forced one million children to flee their homeland. Eight-year-old Aya is one of them.

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon, 22 August 2013 – Her smile is contagious. Her energy is infectious. She’s playful, she’s sporty, she’s talented.

Eight-year-old Aya loves to talk, she loves to sing and she loves to learn. Every day, she takes lessons in reading and writing from her older sister Essaf in the makeshift tent in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley – a valley crowded by a steady stream of Syrian refugees – that’s been their home for far too long.

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One family’s struggle, echoing across a region

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Children in a child friendly space in Irbid, Jordan, show their drawings to UNICEF Director of Communication Paloma Escudero.

By Melanie Sharpe

Families fleeing the violence of the Syrian crisis are now scattered across the region, and the challenge of supporting them is ever greater as the conflict carries on.

IRBID, Jordan, 21 August 2013 – Every day is a struggle to survive for Noura and Muhammed and their six children, refugees of the continuing violence in the Syrian Arab Republic. None of their children have been attending school, and their 15-year-old son goes to work to help support the family.

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Podcast #81: “If something is wrong around you, if something is not working in your community, act”

By Rudina Vojvoda

Listen to the inspiring story of two women who are changing the world and sharing their motivation.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 16 August 2013 – 19 August marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to pay tribute to men and women whose actions make the world a better place.


© Save the Children Zimbabwe/2013/Mukwazhi Dr. Tererai Trent laughs with children at the Matau Primary School in her hometown in Zimbabwe.

To commemorate the day and learn how each of us can promote human welfare and inject social change in our communities, UNICEF’s podcast moderator, Alex Goldmark, spoke with two women who have done just that: Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is a professor at the University of San Francisco and is the founder of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator investing in high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds; Dr. Tererai Trent is a Zimbabwean woman who, despite all odds, managed to educate herself, realize her dreams and help other girls in her community realize theirs.

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Podcast #80: On International Youth Day, young activists share their views on the role of education in building peace

By Rudina Vojovda

Youth activists share their views on the importance of education in laying the foundation for a peaceful society.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 12 August 2013 – International Youth Day is celebrated on 12 August every year to raise awareness about issues affecting young people and to celebrate their achievements.

To commemorate the day, UNICEF podcast moderator Alex Goldmark spoke with three young activists about their understanding of peace and how education can help them build peaceful and democratic communities.

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Rapid route to reuniting Congolese refugee children in Uganda with their families

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Two boys wait to be offloaded from a truck carrying more than 100 Congolese refugees who arrived at the Bubukwanga transit centre in Bundibugyo District, Uganda. As rebels and government troops clash, fleeing children are sometimes separated from their families.

Meet Rosete, Birungiste and Samuel, three children who fled conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, only to wind up separated from their families in a Ugandan transit centre. See how an advance in technology can speed locating their families.

By Tanya Accone

BUNDIBUGYO, Uganda, 5 August 2013 – Ten-year-old Rosete Simanyi’s dream was to attend school. But her family could not afford to send her and her three younger sisters. Rosete* was needed for household chores, such as fetching water and firewood and helping to do the washing.

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Syrian children in Turkey build bridges to the future

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Syrian children express their feelings through art as part of a UNICEF-supported programme in the Osmaniye and Sarıçam camps in Turkey.

By Yonca Yıldırım

A safe space, discussion about the arts – and art, supplies, a hopeful theme. What will the participants of the new art classes in Turkish refugee camps for Syrians explore, and what will they create?

OSMANIYE AND SARIÇAM CAMPS, Turkey, 2 August 2013 – “Expressing my opinions without pressure; living in freedom and safety.” This is how one Syrian child, displaced by war and living in a camp in Turkey, defined the rights of the child during an art class organized with the support of UNICEF Turkey.

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