Clowns Without Borders
One of South Sudan's main prisons opened its gates to laughter this week by welcoming a troupe of clowns as a way of helping convicts with their healing process. This rare show, by three clowns who have been traveling the world, left many of the juvenile convicts at the Juba Central Prison amused and with a lighter heart.
Nearly 1.8 million Iraqis have had their lives uprooted due to unsuitability in the region. This group of refugees live in what has become a shanty town and are looking for solutions for a better life.
World Autism Day
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that can last throughout a person's lifetime. On April 2, the United Nations observes World Autism Day to galvanize international effort to promote greater understanding about autism.
Football Match Spurs Stampede
Cote d' Ivoire is overcoming crisis since rebellion. Football is helping locals ease memories of the past. Recently, a stampede killed 20 and 130 others were injured at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium during a match between the Ivorian team and Malawi.
South Sudan Refugees
Awaj Boyoy was at her home when Lou Nuer gunman attacked her community and killed her husband in front of her children. Stories like Awaj's are common as thousands of displaced people are living in this camp in Pibor County in South Sudan.
Uniting Haitian Children Through Capoeira
A project called "Drums for Peace" administrated by the Brazilian NGO Via Rio is uniting children involved in gangs through the martial art of Capoeria. In May 2007, Viva Rio negotiated peace accords between 11 gangs. For every month of peace, Viva Rio awards scholarships for three children in the territory to learn Capoeria.
Congo Violence and the Displaced
As violence between Congolese and Rwandan troops has stopped, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson visits the region. Years of fighting has forced many civilians into IDP camps. Johnson says that while she has been to many camps for displaced people during her life, she has never seen anything like this camp in Rutshuru. Johnson leaves the area optimistic but admits its too soon to tell if peace will hold.
A recent caterpillar infestation in Liberia has caused alarm. The caterpillars are being blamed for damage to crops and polluted drinking water causing villagers to flee their homes.
Your Power To Change The World
Now, more than ever, people look for solutions to the world's turbulent times. However, you may need to look within yourself, as solutions may not be as far of as you think.
The World's Young Girls
A new program is giving young girls in the developing world life skills so that they can be better equipped to start their own businesses and be competitive in the global work force. The aim is to give girls everywhere better choices for a better life.
Leprosy in Sudan
Leprosy is an ancient almost forgotten condition. In Sudan, leprosy still exists. Residents of this leprosy camp say the government may take over the camp, leaving them looking for a new place to live.
In Bangladesh, rats have caused major problems for farmers with over 90% of crops being decimated by the rodents. Now UNICEF distributes nutritional biscuits to help keep villagers healthy.
Haitian Voodoo Festival
Thousands of pilgrims come to Haiti to celebrate the festival of Saint Jacques. Catholics mingle with Voodoo practitioners while others have made the festival a profitable business opportunity.