Issue

Children and Youth

Throughout the world, wherever there is conflict or poverty, it is most likely the children and adolescents who are the most vulnerable. Their lives are endangered; their education is interrupted, and their health is compromised. Many are left homeless. Safety, play, and recreation are foreign concepts.

Pulitzer Center journalists examine the challenges children face—and explore some of the solutions. They detail the lives of children in conflict and the rehabilitation of child soldiers, the struggle of girls to obtain an education coupled with their determination and perseverance, the risks young refugees take as they leave home—and the opportunities afforded to some.

 

Children and Youth

Drica: Resistance in the Quilombos of the Trombetas River

A young Brazilian activist is responsible for an association of six afro-Brazilian communities that face the threat of environmental destruction. Her story is the third in the "Rainforest Defenders" series, presenting five young leaders fighting to preserve the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

Joane: We Can End the Toxic Use and Burning of Plastics (Spanish)

This young Brazilian activist is fighting to change unsustainable practices in her community, asking that they stop littering and stop burning trash. This is the fourth story in the series "Rainforest Defenders," which presents five young leaders who are fighting to save the Amazon rainforest.

Drica: Defending Territory for Future Generations Means Resistance (Spanish)

Drica is responsible for an association of six communities of African descendants facing the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Drica's story is the third in the series 'Rainforest Defenders,' which presents five young leaders in the fight to save forests.

Ednei: This Is Maró Indigenous Land

The communities of Brazil's Amazon face challenges due to aggressive agribusiness activities encouraged by the new Bolsonaro regime. This series features five young leaders who defend the forest and its territory. In this chapter: Ednei.

A Life Against Hydroelectric (Spanish)

Indigenous and coastal communities of southern Brazilian Amazon are mobilizing to prevent the invasion of more than 138 hydroelectric plants in the Juruena River basin that would aggravate the deforestation rates of the region.

Declining Violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

A multimedia project about the psychology of violence. The project follows Diego, a former gang member, on his personal journey of reconciliation and redemption in Ciudad Juarez.

Children's Homes in El Salvador

More than 20 years after the end of its civil war, El Salvador remains plagued by violence and poverty. Kayli Plotner reports on what has happened to the country's children.

Niger: Baho's Last Fight

Poverty and unemployment have driven some youth in southern Niger to form violent gangs known as palais—attractive recruitment targets for Boko Haram. But one man is fighting back.

Privatizing Education in Africa

This week: for-profit schools in the most impoverished places; identifying bodies from the U.S.-Mexico border; and age-based asylum in Sweden.