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Children enter Sumeiah Primary School in the remote, desert village of Muredifeia in Hodeidah Governorate in Yemen. As is typical in the area, more boys than girls attend the overcrowded, thatched-hut school. UNICEF supports the school with books, learning materials and other supplies. © UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

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