News from the Field
December 27, 2012
Humming softly, Fatimatou cradles her healthy, smiling 9-month-old boy Sidiahmed in her lap. It’s been a long time since she could relax and play with him. Fatimatou is a single mother, and her son was born during the nutrition crisis in the Sahel. Just over a month ago, Sidiahmed was malnourished—and often unresponsive. Fatimou took her son to a nearby UNICEF-supported outpatient nutrition center. Here, the baby received treatment for malnutrition, and Fatimatou learned techniques to help stimulate her baby and aid in his development.
December 21, 2012
The massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 destroyed the water system of Petit Goave, a coastal city near the quake’s epicenter. Now, thanks to a UNICEF-supported effort, the water system has been rebuilt with new pipes and new safety measures to reduce the likelihood of future water shortages. One of the beneficiaries is Tayet Rousseau, a mother of three whose business selling small goods was destroyed in the earthquake. Rousseau now has a water tap that delivers clean, safe water to the front yard of her modest home.
December 20, 2012
Syrian Refugee Children Are Dying, They Are Hurt and They Need Healing, Says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore
The number of Syrian refugees has risen to over half a million. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore has made an urgent plea for additional humanitarian assistance for women and children who have had to flee their homes—especially as winter has presented even more challenges. Temperatures are quickly dropping, and many children fled their homes with only summer clothing, and very few belongings. “Children are paying the highest price,” says Sir Roger. “They are dying, they are hurt and they need healing.”
December 19, 2012
With Its Early Childhood Development Program, UNICEF Builds a Strong Foundation for Refugee Children in Rwanda
UNICEF and partners have inaugurated new Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers for children aged four to six in Rwanda. Learn more.
December 17, 2012
As the sun rises in northeastern Somalia, teams of vaccinators, monitors and others meet at different health facilities. Learn more about UNICEF's work.