BANGUI, January 2014: We could not see inside the locked school room at St Charles Luanga displacement site in Bangui. Mattresses, suitcases, cooking pots, and buckets were piled up against the windows. To peer inside, my colleague Bart stepped onto the corner of a colourful mat where a family had set up home in the sprawling camp.… Read more →←
Two girls in an empty classroom, one of them sitting behind a desk while the other stands beside against the wall.
It is heartbreaking to see the devastation wrought on the people of South Sudan since the sudden outbreak of fighting there two months ago. More than 850,000 South Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes; family members have been killed and injured, homes and livelihoods lost. More than 150,000 have left the country altogether.… Read more →←
I know I wonder about the effects on my grandchildren of violent video games. Imagine the effects on the children of Syria – or the Central African Republic – or South Sudan – when the horrors and violence they see are not virtual, but real. Surrounded by such violence, Syrian children – millions of whom are without education or… Read more →←
February 3, 5.45am: Sunday morning at the UNICEF office in Central African Republic begins at 5.45am, when our team sees off three truckloads of supplies headed to Bouar in the north-west of the country. The UNICEF trucks joined a convoy of 67 lorries carrying humanitarian aid and other supplies, guarded by African Union forces. These… Read more →←
On 16 January UNICEF launched a groundbreaking new TV series, entitled Breaking Views with UNICEF. The series of 26 interviews began airing on prime time television from Thursday 16 January, on E News Channel Africa, (ENCA), across East and Southern Africa, and on BSkyB in the UK. The 7 minute TV interviews – with leading… Read more →←
More than 125 million women and girls in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East have experienced Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C). UNICEF released a report on FGM/C last year that revealed some thought-provoking attitudes about the practice. Here are five things about FGM/C that might surprise you 1. Boys and men state… Read more →←
Establishing and growing an online community is no easy feat. The concept of ‘community’ is difficult enough in the physical world, and in the online world it takes on new complexities – especially if it is global in nature and aims at engaging the most merciless of audiences – youth. Notwithstanding, the explosion of social… Read more →←