Thursday, January 29, 2015

Changing the status quo for an HIV-free future

Neil, right, with a fellow health worker from the
Gingdao Rainbow Voluntary Service Centre, China
© UNICEF EAPRO/2015/S.Nazer
Chinese student Neil Mu, 23, sat next to me in a hotel in Bangkok, constantly looking down at a worn page in his hands, rehearsing his words in a whisper. Soon he would be asked to tell his story on camera. His response was typed out on a crinkled piece of paper, covered in handwritten edits. He told me he would only answer one question, about why he became a HIV activist, but once he told me his story I felt that was more than enough.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Youth leaders fighting HIV and AIDS

Youth activists from across the region met in Bangkok this week, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV and AIDS. They discussed what efforts they want governments and others to make to help adolescents combat HIV and AIDS. UNICEF's Simon Nazer caught up with some of the youth leaders to hear about their experiences and hopes.

Chin Gipolio, 28, Philippines
© UNICEF EAPRO/2015/Jingjai N.
"My first experience [as an adolescent at risk of HIV] was when I was having sex and wanted to explore myself as a transgender person and have new experiences. That's why I did sex work and worked in a bar. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Children in Tacloban sing ‘Imagine’

The city of Tacloban, in the Philippines, was the place hit hardest by Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Just over a year later, children from Tacloban recorded a cover version of John Lennon's classic ‘Imagine’ to express their hopes and dreams, with a little help from UNICEF Philippines.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tsunami +10: life is back to normal, but memories remain fresh

Nong Bee stands in front of a photo of Koh Phi Phi in the wake of the tsunami
© UNICEF Thailand/2014/Jingjai N.
On a sunny day in November, local residents, children and young people gather at Baan Koh Phi Phi School to play and compete in Phi Phi Island’s football tournament. Playing football had always kept 23-year-old Kwanrudee Kaphokla (nicknamed Nong Bee) and her teammates close. But what kept them closer was the difficult times they shared after the tsunami devastated their island 10 years ago.