“Unicef photo of the year” shows boy from togo

Spanish photographer antonio aragon renuncio’s portrait focuses on the bravery and optimism of children despite the most difficult circumstances, the UN children’s fund said in berlin on thursday.

A photograph by bangladeshi-born turjoy chowdhury came in second: it shows a baby born stateless in a rohingya refugee camp, who are fleeing violence in their homeland of myanmar. Third place went to israeli photographer rina castelnuovo for her reportage on a palestinian boy from the gaza strip.

Two of the ten honorable mentions went to germany, to marlena waldthausen for her reportage "finally no longer teased" and to jesco denzel for his reportage "on uncertain ground".

The winning photo draws attention to a problem: according to unicef, disabled children in west africa are often rejected or even abused by their families. They find refuge in a center in northern togo.

Unicef patron elke budenbender emphasized that the photo of the little boy with the prosthetic legs tells of the self-evidence and hope with which he lives his life – despite poverty and discrimination. "His look is a real challenge to us: help so that every child gets a fair chance in life," said the wife of german president frank-walter steinmeier.

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