Merline, 12, and Koko, 9, proudly hold their birth certificates in front of their house in the commune of N'Sele in Kinshasa, DR Congo. They have benefited from catch-up birth registration through vaccination services - a project supported by the French Government.

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TOP PHOTO: Merline, 12, and Koko, 9, proudly hold their birth certificates in front of their house in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Many children can’t go to school or get routine vaccines and other health care services because they never received a birth certificate. Fundraising for UNICEF USA helps support UNICEF-supported catch-up birth registration initiatives and other important programs to protect children and their right to live up to their full potential. © UNICEF/UN0729618/Mulala