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Child-friendly spaces provide refuge for families in war-torn Libya

BENGHAZI, Libya, 20 May 2011 – Etaj, 11, and Hanni, 12, (not their real names), are taking their drawing very seriously amid the surrounding clatter of chairs and chatter of other children. Report by Rebecca Fordham For them, creating art at this child-friendly space is an opportunity to creatively express what they are feeling and … Continued

Thousands of displaced Ivorians return home to face new challenges

UNICEF’s Edward Bally reports on the return home of displaced Ivorian families who were forced to flee Côte d’Ivoire due to post- election violence. Reine Kpea Zehe, her husband and sister-in-law pack two heavy bags filled with cooking pans and clothes on to a small barge on the Liberian side of River Nuon, a 50-metre … Continued

In Côte d’Ivoire, schools re-open slowly in wake of post-election violence

This week schools have slowly started to re-open in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, Abidjan, and across the country. But many challenges remain. Report by Louis Vigneault  from ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 29 April 2011. “Schools are slowly re-opening in the south, but many children and teachers are still absent where insecurity is persistent,” said UNICEF Education … Continued

A light in the dark

For every SUNNAN solar cell lamp IKEA customers buy, one is donated from IKEA Foundation to UNICEF to give to children who cannot draw, write or read after sunset. Children in developing countries – especially girls – often struggle to keep up at school because their only opportunity to do homework is at night, after … Continued

UNICEF kicks off a post-crisis measles immunisation campaign in Côte d’Ivoire

Artists, youths, traditional and religious leaders, health personnel, volunteers and aid workers all joined the authorities and UNICEF to kick-off the measles vaccination campaign at an event on ‘Peace Plaza’ in the centre of the western city of Duékoué. After four and a half months of conflict, Côte d’Ivoire is finally getting back on its … Continued

Libyan children under increasing threat as fighting continues

It was the screams that made Mr Mohamed jump. Shrieks and cries had become frighteningly familiar for those living in the western Libyan city of Misrata, but this was a singular scream. This was Mr Mohamed’s son. Field report from UNICEF Communication Specialist James Elder, in Benghazi. He ran to the roof where nine-year-old Mufteh … Continued

Côte d’Ivoire: Health centers reopen in capital Abidjan

After weeks of virtual shutdown, Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital Abidjan is slowly recovering and health centers are progressively reopening. The population stayed in their home for more than two weeks and due to shortage of staff, drugs and supplies, most health facilities in the city had to close. UNICEF has started to deliver basic kits … Continued