Two hundred world-renowned writers come together for children’s rights

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Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb and Nuruddin Farah join writers around the world to pen ‘Tiny Stories’ highlighting the world they want for children. In Kyrgyzstan, Mar Baidjiev, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, Shailoobek Duysheev, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz and others join UNICEF’s initiative.

NEW YORK/BISHKEK, 14 November 2016 - Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face.  The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.

On 14-20 November, the short stories will be shared by some of the world’s most celebrated writers on social media with #ForEveryChild. The First Lady of Finland, Jenni Haukio, introduced the concept, which gained global momentum with writers joining from Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

In Kyrgyzstan, this initiative was supported by Mar Baidjiev, Vyacheslav Shapovalov, Shailoobek Duysheev, Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, Svetlana Suslova, Sultan Rayev, Nariste Alieva, Nikolai Shulgin, Bektash Shamshiev, Mihail Levantovskiy, Azamat Bolgonbayev, Diana Svetlichnaya, Olzhobai Shakir, Aygerim Turgunbaeva, Aysulu Kokoeva, Jyldyz Akaeva, Dmitriy Ascheulov and others. Their ‘tiny stories’ will be published on UNICEF Kyrgyzstan Facebook page.

The campaign comes at a time when there are increasing threats to child rights. Over 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, poverty and climate change and millions more are facing unspeakable violence in their communities. Around 263 million children are out of school and last year nearly six million children under five died from mostly preventable diseases.

“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,” said Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Spokesperson.

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A full list of authors and their Tiny Stories are available throughout the week here (they will also be shared on the author’s social media pages): www.unicef.org/tinystories

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In Kyrgyzstan, our office was established in 1994. More information: https://www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan/ru/;  Facebook and Twitter .