MANGOCHI, Malawi, 21 April 2017 – It is the start of the rainy season on the shores of Lake Malawi, and the landscape is now a lush green. Streams and rivers flow where before there were dry, dusty river beds. Fields of maize, as tall in places as the mud huts of farmers, tower over the children who run past them.
GUANTANAMO, Cuba, 20 April 2017 – Cuba is under the permanent threat of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and drought, and is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The country’s policies prioritize disaster risk reduction and environmental education, with particular emphasis on creating a culture of prevention among its youngest citizens.
DAMASCUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 13 April 2017 – For 37-year-old Kawthar and her eight-year-old son Mohammed, life has become unbearable.
KOYA, Iraq, 11 April 2017 – A group of children run onto the pitch. The warm spring air is full of shouts and whistles as the first team takes to the field.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine, 7 April 2017 – The emotional wounds and trauma of living through more than three years of conflict are an everyday reality for hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers in eastern Ukraine.
KONSHO, Sierra Leone, 5 April 2017 – Bakey Kamara is eight months pregnant with her third child and has just walked two miles under a hot sun for one of her last antenatal check-ups. Nonetheless, she’s visibly excited on arrival at Konsho Community Health Post, a centre that’s just had an upgrade, including a new maternity facility.
GAZA, State of Palestine, 6 April 2017 – For 13-year-old Ahmad, the idea of drinking water from the tap did not make sense. “I have never drunk tap water because it is not clean, and it could make me sick,” he says. “My parents told me that they used to drink tap water at home, but it must have been many years ago, before I was born.”
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 3 April 2017 – Two years ago, amid intensifying violence, ten-year-old Nasrallah and his family fled from their home in Idlib. “Fearing for our children’s lives, we had no choice but to flee to West Aleppo,” says Nasrallah’s father, Basel.
MOYALE, Kenya, 31 March 2017 – Dust mercilessly cuts its way through the air, meandering across the pathways of Badanrero Village, Kenya, located 100 km from the border town of Moyale near Ethiopia. The terrain is flat and desolate, with nothing but dried up shrubs for miles.
SANA’A, Yemen, 27 March 2017 – Vaccinating children against life-threatening diseases in the middle of an intense conflict can be a tough challenge. Over the past few weeks, polio vaccinators in Yemen have braved rough terrains and crossed hostile frontlines, criss-crossing valleys and mountains to reach children, some of whom have been displaced by the conflict.
Famine is looming in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and beyond, as nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year.
CARAPONGO, Peru, 25 March 2017 - Nine-year-old Aldony Cabrera proudly admits to being a Star Wars fan. Carrying his plastic light sabre, he walks through the devastation in Carapongo - a community near Lima, the capital of Peru - caused by some of the worst flooding in decades.
SANA'A, Yemen, 26 March 2017 – One-year-old Khawla Mohammed lies on the bed in Al-Sabeen Hospital in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a with a tube running through her nose. She is suffering from malnutrition and is also battling a chest infection which has affected her breathing.
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 22 March 2017 – In Brazil, more than 84 per cent of the population lives in urban areas. In many of these areas, children and adolescents are yet to be guaranteed their rights to quality education, health and to a welcoming and protective environment.
AWEIL STATE, South Sudan, 21 March 2017 – In South Sudan, an estimated one million people are on the brink of starvation. Iman Diing’s baby daughter Alakii is one of them.
ALEPPO, Syrian Arab Republic, 21 March, 2017 – On a street in Aleppo lies a two-floor house with a bright green door. Surrounded by a tiny garden of jasmine flowers and olive trees, the pretty setting stands in contrast to what the children living there have been through.
AVDIIVKA, Ukraine, 16 March 2017 – The bell rings and the whole class visibly tenses. A moment passes and everyone relaxes, the bell is just marking the end of a lesson. Three rings would have meant time to take cover.
EAST GHOUTA, Syrian Arab Republic, 14 March 2017 – For some, the prospect of spending time underground in a dark, airless basement sounds dismal. But for children living under siege in the Syrian Arab Republic, basements offer shelter from the cold, a place to sleep, and a safe haven from violence.
JUBA, South Sudan, 13 March 2017 – Inside a Protection of Civilians (POC) site in Juba, South Sudan, several mothers sit closely in a group with their children at their sides.
MISRATA, Libya, 13 March 2017 – Sham is a Syrian girl, 10 years old, with large, dark eyes and a shy smile. She lives on the outskirts of Misrata, Libya, with her mother, father and younger brother Balal, who is 5 years old.
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