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“I want every child to go to sleep well-fed / And not worry about the next meal / Or the next,” writes the Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Chimamanda shares her beautiful thoughts in a beautiful campaign “Tiny Stories” conceptualized by the First Lady of Finland, Jenni Haukio, for the children’s right organization UNICEF. The idea of the concept is that each writer composes about seven lines that highlight the Universal Children’s Day and the injustice of the world’s poorest and disadvantaged children.
“Authors are opinion leaders and role models who are listened and appreciated. They have a unique ability to step into another person’s shoes and transfer the deepest feelings of humanity,” said Jenni Haukio at the opening ceremony of the Tiny Stories campaign in Helsinki. “Through the touching and moving stories people will stop to ponder on children’s rights, which deserve all the attention they can get.”
Over 220 authors from 45 countries have joined the campaign, including famous authors like Adichie and the Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho.
Haukio, who chairs the campaign in Finland, got the idea for the concept when she was thinking how to make the Universal Children’s Day even more popular.
According to UNICEF, 50 million children have been uprooted across the globe. 28 million are driven from their homes by conflicts and millions more are migrating to Europe in the hope of finding a better and safer life. In addition, some 263 million children and youth are out of school. This equals to about a quarter of the population of Europe. “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, in a bulletin .
“I want every child to have primary healthcare / I want every child to be protected by adults / And to take for granted the kindness of adults / And never to be treated like adults,” Adichie concludes her poem.
The Tiny Stories campaign will run until November 20, when we celebrate the Universal Children’s Day. More Tiny Stories can be read here.