Finding hope

A Syrian refugee giving back. A child dancing after a devastating earthquake. A love-struck couple marrying after their village in Nigeria was attacked. Our work brings us to crises around the world, but these photos show that hope and resilience prevail, even in the most trying of times.

© UNICEF/UNI191062/Nyani Quarmyne

Munira plays with her baby daughter Lorentia, 2, at their home in Ghana. Encouraging children to play from an early age helps them develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

© UNICEF/UNI185676/Brian Sokol

A famous Nepalese actor dances with Jamuna, 9, at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Nepal. Following last spring’s devastating earthquakes, we reached children and families with critical aid including nutrition, hygiene kits and shelter.

© UNICEF/UNI191751/Ashley Gilbertson VII Photo

Mohammed, 5 from Syria, sprays water on his sister and cousins in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp. Six new schools opened at the camp this year to ensure enough space and resources for all 25,000 school-age children.

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“This lovely boy made my day with his nice smile. When everyone else was afraid, this boy was laughing.”

Kinan, 26, is a Syrian refugee who left home five years ago and lives in Belgium. He flew to Greece in September to give back and welcome newly arrived refugees off the boats.

© UNICEF/UNI196107/Andrew Esiebo

Newlyweds Ibrahim and Hauna married at a camp for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon. The couple planned to marry in their home village in Nigeria, but were forced to flee when Boko Haram attacked. They want to start a family despite the difficulties they’ll face.

© UNICEF/UN03231/Jiro Ose

Street children watch their peers perform skits at Child Restoration Outreach, an organization in Uganda committed to re-integrating them with family and rebuilding their lives. Street children are often exposed to exploitation and abuse — they have the right to be protected.

© UNICEF/UN06185/Lindsay Mackenzie

Dunya, 13, displaced in Iraq, opens a box of winter shoes in the Baharka IDP Camp in Erbil Governate. We’ve helped distribute warm winter clothing kits to nearly 2,000 children and pregnant mothers at the camp.

© UNICEF/UN03196/Jiro Ose

Swinging away! Children from South Sudan play at a child-friendly space in a refugee settlement in Uganda. For conflict-affected children, play is a crucial part of overcoming trauma.

© UNICEF/UNI200050/Tomislav Georgiev

Refugee and migrant children continue to arrive in Europe in record numbers — some travelling on their own. Pictured, teenagers play in the sun at a reception centre in Opatovac, Croatia.

© UNICEF/UNI197843/Ashley Gilbertson VII

Holding her up towards the sky, a father plays with his daughter at a transit centre for refugees and migrants in Serbia. The refugee crisis is a children’s crisis and we’re doing all we can to keep them safe.