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When the earthquake hit Pakistan, many children had just started their school day. In all, 10,000 schools were destroyed in the quake and a staggering 35,000 children were killed—half of those children were caught under the rubble of schools that had collapsed.

Lucy visited what little remains of a school where tragically 200 students perished. Today, the surviving children study alongside a mass grave where many of their classmates are buried.

Despite these hardships, Lucy says that thanks to efforts by UNICEF and other organizations, the children are proving to be resilient. "The children just have a really great spirit about them," Lucy says. "I think when a disaster happens—whether it's Katrina or the tsunami or in Pakistan—what we try to do is … give the children a sense of normalcy right away. … [UNICEF] helps them get back to a place of what they do every day."
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Published on March 01, 2006

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