UNICEF photographs the first babies of 2019 from around the world
by Adrian Brune
In an age of uncertainty and strife, a baby’s tiny feet and hands reaching out can draw in even the most hardened of hearts. Babies represent hope and new beginnings. They are the blank slate on which we place our aspirations.
On 1 January 2019, an estimated 395,072 babies were born. As life persisted at midnight on New Year’s Day, UNICEF dispatched 12 photographers in ten time zones to capture the world’s future.
(Above) Canberra, Australia, 4:06 pm: Lincoln Allen McDougall, a boy, 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs.), is kissed by mother Lilian at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. In Australia, Lincoln’s life expectancy is 83 years, but the surrounding island countries range from 73-66 years. That could change. In mid-December, a one-month-old baby in Vanuatu became the first child in the world vaccinated through drone delivery made possible by UNICEF, the Australian government and other partners.