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2011 in photos

As 2011 draws to a close, we offer some stunning reminders of the harsh conditions, inequities and challenges that children around the world must bear.

Violence from Ivory Coast to Yemen uprooted children and turned classrooms into garrisons. Environmental catastrophes took lives and livelihoods from Pakistan to Japan. Poverty stunts young lives from Moldova to Central African Republic.

In all of these places, UNICEF is on the ground working with partners to strengthen community networks that can help bring the fundamental protection, nutrition, health and education to the child facing the worst possible odds.

This photo essay depicts a cruel side of childhood — but it is important to remember that UNICEF’s mission is so much more serious than simply bringing a smile to a child’s face. We hope that these images help you, our supporters, see the human face behind our firm belief in ZERO. In everything UNICEF does, the most vulnerable children and countries in greatest need are to be given the highest priority.

By focusing on equity – aiding ‘without discrimination because of race, creed, nationality, status or political belief’ – we can and will reach a day when no child dies of a cause we know how to prevent.


  1. Posted January 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    it’s my first time to be a volunteer in UNICEF..
    and i really wish to personally help those in need with my warm heart for them…hope that it will be granted…
    For I hope that many people will support the UNICEF…
    God guide those in need and in weakness make them to be strong like you..Amen
    GOD BLESS us always..

  2. Posted January 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    This is one of the saddist things i’ve seen in my whole life

  3. Posted January 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I am from Sudan Republic where children of my own people on the border of South Sudan state face conscription by the rebel movement of SPLM-North . They express their hatred for other political contenders on their fleshes where wounds find a deep opening .

    Gamar Habany, The chairman of supreme childhood welfare Council in Sudan submitted a memo of protest to UNICEF representative of the home country office in Khartoum.

    My pupils have a gift for drawing so I organized a contest through which I encouraged them to draw any natural scenery that they like around them.

    I wanted to ingrain in them the value of keeping safe the landscape and offer them a good distraction from the trauma of war and drought .

    The 2011 in photographs is a panoramic view , a viable route to reach the genuine size of many disasters events impact in world’s children lives. These photographs get to the voice inside us to melt the salt of our indifference and enable us to illicit much greater support to meet the growing needs of affected children .

    I have been able to share through 2011 in photos the children their tragedies, each one of them is silent and waiting . I stared at those innocent pretty faces, seeing dreams and fears while diving with an agility of fish in rebel-seized Benghazi in an attempt to find freedom away from it is oppressive atmospheres in the depth of it is coastal water .

    Not only the children of Libya seem to be oblivious to surrounding risks , there is also another photo in which appear children passing by barbed wires
    I guess that scene was captured from Palestine.

    This year did not ring it is last bells with out a proud and defiant act of UNESCO that raised the Palestinian flag.

    Children need peace and freedom like any one else of a liberated and secured country where he doesn’t stand prone to bullets that snatch the breaths in a blink of an eye.

    One photo that I like and will keep t self fresh in mind is of the Pakistani man who saved a child by pinning up to his chest from drowning in the water logged ground. Behind him there is a tree bent in a venerative admiration of his work as a rescue boat for a childhood

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