SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq, 17 September 2013 – It’s over 40 °C in the new Arbat refugee camp in northern Iraq. But, the heat hasn’t stopped dozens of young Syrian refugee children from lining up for something they’ve been eagerly looking forward to – the first day of school.
AMMAN, Jordan 31 May 2013 – When Abdullatif’s neighbour was killed, and his own house destroyed and farm animals lost, the decision was made simple. He had to flee the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic to save his family. But the journey and challenges that lay ahead were anything but easy, especially with two children with disabilities.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 31 May 2013 – When the 2010 earthquake struck, Jean Saint-Phar was buried and knocked unconscious by the collapsing walls of the classroom where he was studying engineering. After he woke up, hours passed with no sign of rescue. He feared he might die like the lifeless student beside him.
HANOI, Viet Nam, 28 May 2013 – Nguyen Phuong Anh was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or ‘glass-bone disease’, a genetic disorder causing fragile bones. “My bones have broken 30 times or more,” she says. “We stopped counting because we thought that it didn’t matter anymore.
BUKUMANSIMBI, Uganda, 16 September 2013 – In Butenga health centre, 4-day-old Brian has become one of Uganda’s newest citizens. Five other babies were born here this week – that’s five times as many as just a couple of years ago.
ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 12 September 2013 – A group of young girls are striding out of the school gates with a purpose. The new school year is starting, and they’re on a mission to get their peers back to school.
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, 13 September 2013 – For a country that once made headlines for famine, poverty and war, Ethiopia is gaining a reputation as a development leader on the African continent. In just over 10 years, the country has slashed child mortality rates by half, rising in global rank from 146 in 2000 to 68 in 2012.