These photographs show that the children’s stories of 2016 have no Happily Ever After.

Bloodied bodies in ambulances. The faces of kidnapped schoolgirls. Little lifejackets washed up on the shore. Tiny hands taught to hold weapons. Aching limbs walking halfway around the world.

From the Boko Haram insurgency of Nigeria to the devastated, earthquake-hit communities of Nepal and the Syrian refugee camps, millions of boys and girls are condemned to child marriage, child labour and trafficked as children when every one of them should be at school and in the safe haven of a classroom.

These are children’s stories from the real world. Grim not Grimm.

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