2016 in Numbers
“The children had faced so many difficulties in their lives; some had been abused, others abandoned, but despite their traumas, they played and laughed with us. It moved me” — Shelsia, 14.
Shelsia Maite, 14, a child radio reporter, is in no doubt when asked to name her favourite radio production that she participated in last year. She immediately mentions a live broadcast from a children’s home in the capital, Maputo. “The children had faced so many difficulties in their lives; some had been abused, others abandoned, but despite their traumas, they played and laughed with us. It moved me.”
Indeed, many of the children in communities throughout the country featured in the stories in this annual report exemplify the type of resilience displayed by the children who impressed Shelsia.
In 2017, UNICEF support continues to focus on empowering such communities to make them more resilient so that they can continue to play a role in ensuring each child accesses their rights wherever they are and whoever they are, including in emergencies such as drought and floods. Priority for UNICEF support will be given to the most disadvantaged children, namely those living in multidimensional poverty and in remote rural areas, and the most vulnerable children, such as orphans and those living with disabilities.