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UNICEF Photography advocates for the world’s most vulnerable children, offering visual evidence from 194 country offices in support of children’s rights everywhere. Founded in 1946, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. For more information, please visit:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 12 November 2013 -- UNICEF and humanitarian partners are supporting continued emergency response in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on 8 November. The disaster has affected some 9.8 million people countrywide, including over 659,200 who have been displaced. ©UNICEF/Jeoffrey Maitem Learn more:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 27 September 2013 --- Since the last school year, almost 2 million Syrian children have dropped out of school. As Syria and neighbouring countries prepare for a new academic year, UNICEF is boosting efforts to ensure that children safely return to learning. In Jordan, these efforts include a Back to School campaign to promote enrolment. Children attend class in Za’atari, now the world’s second-largest refugee camp. ©UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

CAN YOU SEE ME? Shilpi (age 10) --- Shilpi (left) and a friend embellish a luxury saree with beads in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shilpi attends a local UNICEF-supported school in addition to spending three to four hours each day on embroidering, helping to ease the workload of her mother, who struggles to provide for her five children. Each of Shilpi’s siblings work in an informal garment factory – also play a vital role in the family’s survival. © UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 28 August 2013 --- One million child refugees have now fled the escalating war in Syria. Fatima, 10, and her parents escaped Syria’s conflict-affected Baba Amr district of Homs and now live in an enclosed room atop a roof in Mafraq, Jordan. “We don’t have water. I get it from the neighbours,” she said. Sometimes her family is also without food. “I miss Syria. I was very happy...My school was very beautiful.” Fatima dreams of one day becoming a doctor. ©UNICEF/Lucy Lyon

CAN YOU SEE ME? Firimin Kouassi (age 13) carries palm nuts on his uncle’s cacao plantation in Bas-Sassandra Region of Côte d’Ivoire. Like half of eligible children in the region, he does not attend school. Most of the children help their parents work, and those who do go to school usually work on days when they are not in the classroom. UNICEF supports initiatives to improve access to basic education and strengthen child protection networks. © UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 5 August 2013 --- Baka women at a market in Impfondo, the provincial capital of the Republic of the Congo. The majority of indigenous Baka live in and around the forest. Amid other widespread discrimination, the destruction of large parts of their natural habitat from actions such as logging and poaching threatens their way of life. UNICEF is working with the government to promote the rights of indigenous children. ©UNICEF/Graeme Williams

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 17 July 2013 -- A family uses a rudimentary log bridge to cross a stream on their way to the village of Tebe-Zinho, Guinea-Bissau in order for the children to receive vaccinations and other health services. Political instability and deep poverty continue to limit economic and social development in Guinea-Bissau. UNICEF works to support a variety of programmes, including in health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2113/Roger LeMoyne

CAN YOU SEE ME? --- Ahmed (age 6) and his toddler brother, Basheer, have lived for the past seven months in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees in Iraq, sharing a tent with their parents and two other siblings. “I like to go to school; it is the only place I can play. But I don’t like the tent,” said Ahmed. By July, over 1.7 million people had sought refuge in nearby countries after fleeing the violence in Syria. Of these, more than 159,000 had settled in Iraq. © UNICEF/Salam Abdulmunem

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 3 July 2013 --- Up to 1.5 million children live with disabilities in Viet Nam, 1 of 155 countries that has signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Though challenges remain, resource centres to provide support in education and social protection as well as the Government’s commitment to inclusive policies are helping children with disabilities reach their full potential. Pictured: Nguyen Thi Anh, 14, who is deaf, in Da Nang. ©UNICEF/Ehrin Macksey

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 25 June 2013 --- State of Palestine: (Centre) Mohammed [NAME CHANGED], 17, has worked in underground tunnels to help support his family since he was 14. The passageways are used to smuggle goods across the Gaza Strip’s severely restricted border with Egypt. He earns up to 120 shekels (about US30) per shift, significantly more than he might earn at other jobs. © UNICEF/Iyad El Baba To see more:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK - 17 June 2013 --- Iraq, 2013: Every minute eight people flee their homes to escape conflict, persecution or natural disaster. Annually on 20 June, World Refugee Day draws attention to the struggles of over 43.7 million refugees and displaced people around the globe. In Iraq’s Domiz camp, Syrian children and women register for food rations. The ongoing war in Syria has sent over 1.4 million refugees outside the country. ©UNICEF/Salam Abdulmunem

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 10 June 2013 --- Children at a quarry, Bombali District, Sierra Leone. -- Globally, an estimated 215 million children are involved in labour. A violation of children’s basic rights, labour that is detrimental to health or that otherwise impedes development must cease. Children who work rather than go to school are also more prone to a lifetime of poverty. The World Day against Child Labour is held annually on 12 June. ©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

CAN YOU SEE ME? Ponduck (age 9) has lived her entire life in the Kakuma refugee camp, in Turkana District in Kenya. Her South Sudanese parents arrived there before her birth. She awaits a distribution of porridge outside the camp’s UNICEF-supported primary school. Increased regional instability and the ongoing Horn of Africa drought crisis have significantly increased student enrolment in the camp. © UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani To see more:

Photo of the Week - June 4, 2013 --- A health centre in Cobán Municipality, Guatemala. Gains for children in Guatemala include comprehensive vaccination coverage and improvements in birth registration. But widespread poverty is linked to other threats – high rates of chronic malnutrition and violence and low education levels among them. UNICEF is working with the Government to sustain achievements and address lingering challenges. ©UNICEF/Susan Markisz

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 14 May 2013 - Poverty reductions in Nepal have accompanied significant gains in child nutrition. But the poorest children, who have the least access to vital services, remain most vulnerable. Jamuna Saud, her family’s sole provider since the death of her husband, works all day to support her children in Biraltoli Village. A joint UNICEF/EU programme is providing nutrition screenings for children in the impoverished village. ©UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

CAN YOU SEE ME? -- Annie Sumo (age 13) laughs while walking home with a friend. Annie contracted a leg infection, during Liberia’s civil war, when medical facilities were inaccessible. Untreated, the infection caused a leg deformity. Annie and her friend live in Nyeamah Village, where UNICEF supports a range of services for children. The rebuilding of basic infrastructure has continued since the end of the country’s 14-year war in 2003. © UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 7 May 2013 --- A boy refugee near his family’s temporary home in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. --- Amid extreme volatility in Syria, over 1.2 million people have fled to nearby countries. Among them, Lebanon is currently hosting over 343,800 registered refugees. Ongoing UNICEF support includes psychosocial assistance and safe spaces for children to play. But the violence – threatens to scar an entire generation of young Syrians. ©UNICEF/Ramoneda

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 23 April 2013 --- A family in Quinara Region of Guinea-Bissau. -- The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes “that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.” UNICEF supports initiatives worldwide that help families provide optimum care for their children. ©UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne To see more:

CAN YOU SEE ME? --- (Left) Salome [NAME CHANGED] is HIV-positive. She is 7 years old and lives with her sister at the Turkana Outreach Orphanage in Kenya, run by Ruth Kuya, who was herself orphaned at age 12. Salome’s mother contracted HIV while she was a sex worker and died of AIDS-related causes. The Orphanage began in 1994 and now shelters 40 children, most of whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS; five are HIV-positive. © UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani To see more:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 26 March 2013 -- Jesmine Balboa Mendoza, 8, who is blind, lives at Hogar de Esperanza, a residential care centre in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The home provides shelter, education, healthcare and other support to vulnerable children. Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes the rights of children with disabilities to special care and a full and decent life in conditions that ensure their dignity. ©UNICEF/Noah Friedman-Rudovsky

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 21 March 2013 -- A girl in Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s poorest countries. To achieve equity for all children, current global, social and economic disparities that deprive children of the right to reach their full potential must be redressed. UNICEF seeks to address the root causes of inequity so that all children have the support necessary for their optimal development. ©UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne To see more:

CAN YOU SEE ME? Gabriela, age 6 --- Gabriela [NAME CHANGED], a survivor of rape, now lives at the Nidia White Women’s Centre, in North Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua. The centre is the only one of its kind in the region, sheltering children and women who have been sexually exploited or suffered other forms of abuse. UNICEF supports programmes that promote the protection of all children from abuse. ©UNICEF/Marco Dormino To see more:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 13 March 2013 --- Tent shelters in the Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan. Syria’s war is entering its second year, with no end to the conflict in sight. Over 1 million Syrians have fled to nearby countries, while inside Syria, some 4 million people – 1.8 million of them children – remain affected. Up to 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed. ©UNICEF/Salah Malkawi To see more:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 5 March 2013 -- A young woman passes a mural promoting healthy sanitation and hygiene practices, outside the UNICEF-supported Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. UNICEF supports social mobilization efforts worldwide – encouraging and enabling children, women and men to become active participants in improving their own communities. These efforts remain critical to overcoming lingering challenges and effecting truly sustainable change. ©UNICEF/Asselin

How did you get to work today? (Bet you didn’t use a reindeer ;) --- We’ll do whatever it takes to help children in the hardest-to-reach parts of the world. In Mongolia, this UNICEF health worker travels by automobile, hand-drawn ferry, by foot AND, in this case, even by reindeer immunize children. For us, no child is too far. We won’t stop until every child is protected. You can learn more by visiting: © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1735/BRIAN SOKOL