Afghanistan, 2009: A girl sits near a baby donkey in Bamyan Province. Children around the world have an intuitive connection to animals and their natural environment. In Afghanistan, donkeys are often the only source of transportation in rural communities. They are also used by UNICEF and partners to deliver vaccines, school supplies, emergency relief and other aid to hard-to-reach parts of the country.
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Students study during classes in a hut in the al-Zailaea village of the western Yemeni province of Houdieda, March 11. Some 300,000 children in Yemen have been denied access to quality education as a result of last year’s conflict, according to the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF). In Houdieda province, the enrolment rate for primary education stands at 57 percent for girls and 68 percent for boys, according to 2010 statistics.
A boy played near houses destroyed during recent fighting between government forces and rebels in the northwestern Yemeni city of Saada, on Friday, Feb. 3. Saada has been the scene of several waves of battles between the national army and Shiite rebels in recent years.
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A child and his mother rest in Tunggyi, the capital of Shan state on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Derided as a well-choreographed sham in one of the world’s most authoritarian countries when it opened a year ago, Myanmar’s parliament began a third session on Thursday with feisty stirrings of democracy, under pressure to accelerate economic and political reforms that could soon convince the West to lift decades-old sanctions.
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On This Day in 2009: When Palestinian children returned to school for the first day of classes since Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza ended, not all pupils showed up. Some students had to be excused for not attending after being killed by the Israeli army during its three-week bombing campaign of the besieged strip.
Signs replaced the once-occupied seats at al-Fakhura School in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza; names of victims written under the word in red: ‘Martyr’, 24 January, 2009.
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A Palestinian boy trying to play soccer wiped his face after accidentally crossing through a cloud of tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers toward a group of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank village of Nabi Salah, Jan. 20, 2012.
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Passengers wave from a window of a train as they depart at the Shanghai’s railway station, January 19, 2012. Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the biggest of two “Golden Week” holidays, giving migrant workers their only chance of the year to return to their home provinces with gifts for their families. More than 200 million people are expected to take to the railways over this year’s holiday, the biggest movement of humanity in the world.
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