A visual journey of COVID-19 and children across six countries
More than any crisis of the last decades, the COVID-19 pandemic has redefined childhood on a global scale. From its effect on mental health and increased vulnerability to abuse, to its disruption of education, the catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children must be fully examined and redressed. Across the globe, too many children remain in limbo, eager to move forward with their dreams but with little control over their present realities. While their struggles are undeniable, so is their resilience and desire to participate in rebuilding a better future for every child.
In collaboration with the renowned Magnum Photos agency, UNICEF presents an in-depth look at the pandemic experiences of children and young people across six countries. As UNICEF commemorates its 75th year, we are reminded that our ongoing global response to COVID-19 must match the needs and the hopes that we see in these stories.
The School of Stars
"In the [refugee] camp there were no cleaning and hygiene tips. I want to grow up so I can be useful for the community."
Unsettled in Istasyon
"I'm lucky I have phone and internet. I can continue with online education."
Carrying the Hope
Eastern Cape, South Africa
"We didn’t get infected by the virus but it has affected us in so many ways."
Before, I Was Different
"COVID-19 has left a very profound change in the way I live. I now fear physical contact, and I’m conscious that my reactions to the world have very much changed."
Waiting for Nothing
"Because there's no school, and I can't visit anyone, I spend a lot of time walking by myself. I also don't know what I want to become in the future."
Coming of Age, Paused
New York City, USA
"One good thing that came out of [the pandemic] was that the world literally stopped. I’m forced to deal with my anxiety and depression head on and learn things about myself."