The UNICEF Photos of the Year 2019

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Photos made available by UNICEF showing prize photos of the UNICEF Photo of the Year 2019 which was won by the photo (see above)  titled ‘Philippines: Garbage, the Children and Death’ by German photographer Hartmut Schwarzbach of Argus Photo Agency and shows 13-year old Wenie Mahiya (C) and other children collecting garbage in the harbor of the Tondo district in Manila, Philippines, 24 June 2018 (issued 19 December 2019).

The children make a living by fishing plastic bottles out of the bay’s polluted water and selling them to recyclers. With a bit of luck, they can earn 50 Philippine pesos a day, about 90 Euro cents.

Although child labor is officially prohibited in the Philippines, this law is mostly ignored in the country’s largest slum in Tondo. A place where 70,000 people live in just one square kilometer.

Their shacks are made from corrugated iron, cardboard or waste wood and they have neither electricity nor drinking water. With Dengue fever, diarrhea, Leptospirosis and skin diseases running rampant, malnutrition widespread and life expectancy low, children also have to help earn a bit of money for their families.

UNICEF Photo of the YEAR 2019 - 2nd Prize
The Second Prize photo of the UNICEF Photo of the Year 2019 with the title ‘Afganistan: No medal for bravery’ by Australian photographer Andrew Quilty of Agence VU and shows seven Afghan children from a remote village in the district of Surkh Rod, Afghanistan, 11 October 2018 (issued 19 December 2019).

The children in the above photo were severely injured when an unexploded bomb detonated. All of them have lost one or both of their legs, which had to be amputated either above or below the knee. And all of them are from a single family and had to watch their mother and one of their sisters die.

UNICEF Photo of the YEAR 2019 - 3rd Prize
The Third Prize photo of the UNICEF Photo of the Year 2019 with the title ‘Burkina Faso: In the underworld’ by Spanish freelance photographer Antonio Aragon Renuncio.

The photo above shows a gold-seeking boy in Mankarga, Burkina Faso, 06 October 2013 (issued 19 December 2019).

For this boy, gold is not a promise – it’s a scourge. It’s not about large nuggets but tiny grains of gold for which men, women and children have to dig deep into the earth – hungry, thirsty, coughing. Every day and every night. Into an underworld that mining companies have long deemed depleted but which still provides a minuscule yield for the Mossi people in Burkina Faso.


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