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UNICEF teams up with writers for children's rights

UNICEF teams up with writers for children's rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Children's Fund has teamed up with over 200 prominent writers from around the globe to commemorate Universal Children's Day.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday that novelists, playwrights and poets have contributed tiny stories of around seven lines each for the campaign ahead of UNICEF's 70th anniversary on Dec. 11.

Nigeria's Chimamanda Adichie, Brazil's Paulo Coelho and Britain's Christina Lamb were among the authors who contributed stories on the theme: "What I want from every child."

The weeklong campaign, which was conceptualized by Finnish First Lady Jenni Haukio, ends on Nov. 20 — the anniversary of the adoption of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"As writers we are able to advocate through the simplicity of storytelling. With this worthy and necessary campaign, we advocate for the protection of the rights of precious children all over the world," Adichie said in a statement.

The campaign comes at a time when UNICEF says 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, poverty and climate change and 263 million children are out of school.

"It is shocking to see that the lives of many children are still so heavily impacted by the horror of conflict, inequality, poverty and discrimination. I hope these Tiny Stories can remind the world that we must sustain our commitment to all of these children whose lives and futures are at stake," UNICEF spokesperson Paloma Escudero said in a statement.


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