Everyday Voices

A portrait series featuring people telling their stories.
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“When I grow up and finish my education I want to help with the development of my country and encourage all the people to go to school. Education is good because you can get knowledge that allows you to help your family. You can even bring your family out of poverty." Khamisa John, 14, is a third grader in Bentiu Town, South Sudan. Photography, People, Beautiful People, Korean People, Tween, Unicef, Poverty, Family Outing, When I Grow Up
“When I grow up and finish my education I want to help with the development of my country and encourage all the people to go to school. Education is good because you can get knowledge that allows you to help your family. You can even bring your family out of poverty." Khamisa John, 14, is a third grader in Bentiu Town, South Sudan.
“I love art. It’s my hobby,” says Sabreen from Gaza. “Last year, I was nominated to represent my school in a big art exhibition. I participated along with famous artists and other hobbyists who were much older and more experienced than me. I was so proud that my work was appreciated by many. I even won an award. I believe that talent has no age and no limit.”  © UNICEF/UNI189627/El Baba Art, Artists, Portrait, Famous Artists, Art Exhibition, Artist, Famous, Exhibition, Big Art
“I love art. It’s my hobby,” says Sabreen from Gaza. “Last year, I was nominated to represent my school in a big art exhibition. I participated along with famous artists and other hobbyists who were much older and more experienced than me. I was so proud that my work was appreciated by many. I even won an award. I believe that talent has no age and no limit.” © UNICEF/UNI189627/El Baba
“I live in a tiny house in Khan Younis refugee camp. During summer, it gets very hot inside; and outside there is nowhere to play as it is very crowded in the camp. I love coming to the sea where I can play and have fun, but it is far from my home. I wish that my refugee camp will have a park and playground one day.” Maryam, 10, from Gaza. Summer, Concert, Crowd, The Outsiders, Palestine, Charity
“I live in a tiny house in Khan Younis refugee camp. During summer, it gets very hot inside; and outside there is nowhere to play as it is very crowded in the camp. I love coming to the sea where I can play and have fun, but it is far from my home. I wish that my refugee camp will have a park and playground one day.” Maryam, 10, from Gaza.
“In this grave lie my mom and my 4 brothers. They were all killed when an airstrike hit our home during last year’s war. I survived with a broken arm. I collected some flowers from the cemetery to put on their grave. I miss my family...now it is only my dad and I living together.” Rafah, 14, from Gaza. © UNICEF/UNI189367/El Baba Collection, Adolescence, Rafah, The World's Greatest, Mom, People Of The World
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“In this grave lie my mom and my 4 brothers. They were all killed when an airstrike hit our home during last year’s war. I survived with a broken arm. I collected some flowers from the cemetery to put on their grave. I miss my family...now it is only my dad and I living together.” Rafah, 14, from Gaza. © UNICEF/UNI189367/El Baba
“On the third day of Eid, I saw some children playing on a ferris wheel set up near my house and I heard them singing and shouting as it was rotating; I rushed to join them. When I was up in the air I saw my destroyed house which was hit by an airstrike. Some of the children were asking whose house that was. I did not say it was mine; I just kept playing and enjoying my time." Nora, 10, from Gaza. © UNICEF/UNI189368/El Baba Destroyed, The Voice, I Saw, Ferris Wheel
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“On the third day of Eid, I saw some children playing on a ferris wheel set up near my house and I heard them singing and shouting as it was rotating; I rushed to join them. When I was up in the air I saw my destroyed house which was hit by an airstrike. Some of the children were asking whose house that was. I did not say it was mine; I just kept playing and enjoying my time." Nora, 10, from Gaza. © UNICEF/UNI189368/El Baba
“My friends and I used to play in a park in Shejaiya, but it was bulldozed by the Israeli army during the war last year. Now we spend most of our time playing around destroyed buildings.” Sajda, 13, from Gaza. © UNICEF SoP/Eyad El Baba Kent, Take That, Village
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“My friends and I used to play in a park in Shejaiya, but it was bulldozed by the Israeli army during the war last year. Now we spend most of our time playing around destroyed buildings.” Sajda, 13, from Gaza. © UNICEF SoP/Eyad El Baba
“My happiest day this year was when I received my certificate for the 6th grade and realized that I got a 95% average! My parents were so proud; they gave me big hugs. All my friends and relatives were surprised that despite the war last year and partial destruction of my home I managed to get a better average than the year before, which was 90%.” Salsabeel, 11, from Gaza. Parents, Friends, Children, Average, Certificate
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“My happiest day this year was when I received my certificate for the 6th grade and realized that I got a 95% average! My parents were so proud; they gave me big hugs. All my friends and relatives were surprised that despite the war last year and partial destruction of my home I managed to get a better average than the year before, which was 90%.” Salsabeel, 11, from Gaza.
“We don’t know where to play, so we stay in what's left of our home and play there, amidst the rubble. My dad's bulldozer was destroyed and so was my grandfather's car, so we play there too. I know it’s not good to be here. I wish I could live like the other children in the world." Omar, 9, from #Gaza. Play, Bulldozer, Greats, Defender, Car, Left
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“We don’t know where to play, so we stay in what's left of our home and play there, amidst the rubble. My dad's bulldozer was destroyed and so was my grandfather's car, so we play there too. I know it’s not good to be here. I wish I could live like the other children in the world." Omar, 9, from #Gaza.
“I have no friends to play with and I feel lonely. All my close friends had to move somewhere else because their houses were destroyed. I cannot even make new friends because this area is full of rubble and debris of destroyed buildings and no children want to come to play around here." Obeida, 12, from #Gaza. Houses, In This Moment, Close Friends
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“I have no friends to play with and I feel lonely. All my close friends had to move somewhere else because their houses were destroyed. I cannot even make new friends because this area is full of rubble and debris of destroyed buildings and no children want to come to play around here." Obeida, 12, from #Gaza.
“'Love Not War’, these are the words written on the wall behind me. This is the message I wanted to deliver when I joined a community initiative to beautify this small public park in Gaza with lively colours." Karima, 17. War, Street Art, Public, Pink, Culture, Community
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“'Love Not War’, these are the words written on the wall behind me. This is the message I wanted to deliver when I joined a community initiative to beautify this small public park in Gaza with lively colours." Karima, 17.
“My friends used to visit me at home before the war. The house was nice, we were playing...we were happy. No one comes to my house anymore to visit me because our house was destroyed in an airstrike last summer. Our relatives also used to come but now they don’t, they are afraid the house will collapse on them. Our house has no windows, no doors, and no walls. I feel shy and have no privacy. Anyone can see me while I sleep. It’s as if I were living on the street.” Malak, 12, from Gaza. Then And Now
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“My friends used to visit me at home before the war. The house was nice, we were playing...we were happy. No one comes to my house anymore to visit me because our house was destroyed in an airstrike last summer. Our relatives also used to come but now they don’t, they are afraid the house will collapse on them. Our house has no windows, no doors, and no walls. I feel shy and have no privacy. Anyone can see me while I sleep. It’s as if I were living on the street.” Malak, 12, from Gaza.
“The most important thing to me is shelter. Our rental house totally collapsed,” says Sayera. She and her baby began living in an informal camp following the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, leaving over 7,000 people dead and destroying nearly 191,000 houses. Another earthquake – measuring 7.3 in magnitude – struck the country on 12 May, complicating recovery efforts that had only recently begun. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1066/Nybo Global Citizen, Children’s Rights, Nepal Earthquake, Shelter, Non Profit, Take The First Step
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“The most important thing to me is shelter. Our rental house totally collapsed,” says Sayera. She and her baby began living in an informal camp following the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, leaving over 7,000 people dead and destroying nearly 191,000 houses. Another earthquake – measuring 7.3 in magnitude – struck the country on 12 May, complicating recovery efforts that had only recently begun. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1066/Nybo
“I just want to be secure. I want to live.” Narayan, 14, sits on fallen bricks in the ruins of his neighbour’s home, which was destroyed in Nepal’s massive earthquake on 25 April. Narayan, whose home was also severely damaged in the disaster, is now displaced. In the areas hardest hit by the disaster, about 1.7 million children urgently require humanitarian aid - you can donate to our response at supportunicef.org/nepal © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1065/Nybo Earthquake, Disasters, Humanitarian Aid
“I just want to be secure. I want to live.” Narayan, 14, sits on fallen bricks in the ruins of his neighbour’s home, which was destroyed in Nepal’s massive earthquake on 25 April. Narayan, whose home was also severely damaged in the disaster, is now displaced. In the areas hardest hit by the disaster, about 1.7 million children urgently require humanitarian aid - you can donate to our response at supportunicef.org/nepal © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1065/Nybo
Chahana Dhami, 13, outside a tent shelter set up in a vacant field next to Nepal Army headquarters, in Kathmandu, following the massive earthquake. She and her extended family are sheltering in a large tent in the field after her home was damaged during the earthquake. “It’s tough to live here,” Chahana said. “I’ve never experienced anything so difficult. But this is what life is about.” Around 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the worst-hit areas. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1017/Nybo Indian, Kathmandu, Indian Natural Beauty, Cultural Diversity, Extended Family, Children's Rights, Youth
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Chahana Dhami, 13, outside a tent shelter set up in a vacant field next to Nepal Army headquarters, in Kathmandu, following the massive earthquake. She and her extended family are sheltering in a large tent in the field after her home was damaged during the earthquake. “It’s tough to live here,” Chahana said. “I’ve never experienced anything so difficult. But this is what life is about.” Around 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the worst-hit areas. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1017/Nybo
It was children’s day at Evelyn’s church when Boko Haram attacked her village in northeast Nigeria. She and her children fled the mountains, hiding there for a month and barely surviving on berries and swamp water. “I don’t know if he’s alive or dead,” Evelyn says of her husband, who remains missing. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0476/Esiebo Husband, Boko Haram, Dictator, Save The Children, I Don T Know
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It was children’s day at Evelyn’s church when Boko Haram attacked her village in northeast Nigeria. She and her children fled the mountains, hiding there for a month and barely surviving on berries and swamp water. “I don’t know if he’s alive or dead,” Evelyn says of her husband, who remains missing. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0476/Esiebo