According to info received by StampNews.com Magyar Posta issues a special stamp to welcome UNICEF operating in Hungary for forty years. On the stamp design a graphic work entitled "Children's Tree" can be seen, while on the first day cover the main aims of UNICEF are displayed. The stamp was released on 5 February and is now available for purchasing.
In the history of mankind World War II was the greatest armed conflict, in which 70 nations took part and more than 62 million civilians and soldiers died. Among the survivors there were millions of orphaned and severely traumatised children. In that world the victorious and the defeated both were in need of support.
Maurice Pate – who later became the first Executive Director of UNICEF – wrote the following to the US Secretary of State in his letter: "I need 100 million dollars to give 6 million children a glass of milk and a piece of bread." UNICEF was launched with this sentence. Its aim was to help freezing, starving and sick children, including Hungarian children, in post-war Europe.
However, following foundation they had to face the fact that it is not only wars that cause pain to children. All children in the world must receive the fundamental rights they are entitled to: the right to protection, health, education and equality. In 1965 UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "the promotion of brotherhood among the nations". UNICEF fights for these rights in Hungary as well.
According to global surveys there are between 500 million and 1.5 billion children who have suffered from some sort of violence. According to some estimates every tenth child is affected by violence in Hungary. UNICEF believes that child abuse could be prevented completely, and all children exposed to danger have the right to protection and must be given appropriate assistance. UNICEF launches campaigns in Hungary to help both adults and children understand children's rights.