Across the road from the arrivals terminal was a car park littered with children. Islands of them. Not playing together. They were sitting on the ground: solitary and still. They were reading. Because, as Julien explained, that is one of the only safe places for them to learn. Here, there is electric streetlight for them to read by, and at night they don’t have do chores or to work. Some children walk for an hour just to sit on the ground in a car park to read.Tom Hiddleston’s Guinea field diary: Day 1

168 children have died and over 1,100 have been seriously injured, maimed and even terribly burned. No child should have to suffer the terrifying impact of such violence. We are urging all sides to stop this violence for the sake of the children, who are suffering the worst.

Lucy Liu: Child Trafficking Must End Now

No child should ever experience sexual violence, or any violence for that matter. Yet millions of girls and boys are trafficked into places where they are exploited, sexually violated and abused on a daily basis.

The expression “it takes a village to raise a child” is so true, particularly when it comes to violence against children. It takes an entire international community to create lasting change. Don’t get me wrong, there is real change happening in the world on the part of governments, individuals and non-governmental organizations, but we need to do more.

None of this is inevitable. It is preventable. Period.


UNICEF Ambassador Audrey Hepburn on her last UNICEF mission in war-torn Somalia, September 1992.

I walked into a nightmare,” she said. “I have seen famine in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, but I have seen nothing like this - so much worse than I could possibly have imagined. I wasn’t prepared for this. It’s so hard to talk about because it’s unspeakable." Between the worst drought in history and a horrifying civil war that had destroyed the country; most of the population was starving to death. "There’s nothing left,” Audrey said. “The cattle are dead, the crops are gone, whatever there was has been looted. Anarchy. It’s a country without a government." - AUDREY HEPBURN’S WORK WITH UNICEF