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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

Dylan—A Venezuelan Child Fights Kawasaki Syndrome

Dylan was the first child treated for COVID-19 at Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos, the leading pediatric center in Venezuela. After the infection, the one-year-old boy developed kidney failure and an atypical form of Kawasaki syndrome. Doctors said he could die.

Broken Girls and Broken Boys—Trapped Under COVID-19 Lockdown (Part II)

Since the lockdown commenced in Nigeria, children experiencing abuse of all forms have been badly hit. Rescue centers haven’t been operating fully, places to escape are either non-existent in their area or too far away to run to, and many homes and shelters have refused to admit children for fear of contaminating the other kids with COVID-19 infection.

The Hidden Homeless

In 2016, the number of unaccompanied homeless youth reached 100,000 for the first time ever, and experts suggest official numbers are much higher. With school out indefinitely during the coronavirus crisis, the race is on to find these "Hidden Homeless" and help them.

At What Cost?

A Baltimore Sun investigation into Maryland’s child support system and the heavy price it exacts on Baltimore’s poorest families and communities.

Refugees in Colombia

With the recent announcement that all stateless babies born of Venezuelan parents would receive Colombian citizenship, the international community saw it as a victory, a brave response in the face of crisis. But these refugee families’ problems are far from solved.

Home and Away

What compels migrant families to flee their homeland and seek refuge in the United States? What do they experience once they arrive? “Home and Away” helps young readers make sense of the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border.

Growing Up Through the Cracks

When half the kids are in poverty, our fractured towns can offer no future. This project explore the causes and effects of concentrated child poverty—and what other communities are doing to address it.

Meet the Journalist: Jaime Joyce

What compels migrants to leave Central America? What challenges do they face at teh U.S. Mexico border? Meet Jaime Joyce, who traveled to Honduras and Tijuana to report on migration.

Meet the Journalist: Jessica Prokop

After Motel 6 gave the name of an undocumented immigrant to the authorities, his family was torn apart. The Columbian reports from the U.S.-Mexico border, where the family is navigating a life divided.

Meet the Journalists: Rich Lord, Michael Santiago, and Stacy Innerst

Journalists Rich Lord, Michael M. Santiago, and Stacy Innerst speak about their year-long exploration of child poverty—one that takes them to Scotland, where the national government, local leaders, and the health system work to ensure that by 2030, no more than 5 percent of kids will live in poverty.

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