Rights of the child: Afa.

The Republic of the Maldives is in a state of transition.

The country –  found at the heart of the Indian ocean – has experienced an economic boom in recent years, with developers and the hospitality industry flocking to entice tourists to the atolls. This increase in business, however, has come at a profound environmental price.

When airport expansion threatened the mangroves of her island, activist and social influencer Afa Husayn wasn’t about to stand back and let it happen. Instead, the 22-year-old founded BeLeaf, an environmental NGO run for and by Maldivian youth. For UNICEF, our video portrait captures her efforts to protect a nation from climate breakdown – and guard a child’s right to a clean and safe environment.


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