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What families eat for breakfast around the world.

Some breakfasts are hot, some are cold. Here’s what breakfast looks like for children in 10 countries around the world.

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©Unicef/UN068180

BANGLADESH Mother Zohra smiles as she feeds her two-year-old daughter jackfruit seeds. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and it is rich in fibre. The large seeds are boiled and roasted before eating.

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©Unicef/UNI212664

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC) A girl hands her little brother some cassava for breakfast in Mbandza, a small indigenous village. There are more than 250 ethnic groups in DRC and breakfast dishes often include corn, rice, sweet potatoes, yam, taro, plantain, tomatoes, pumpkin, peas and nuts.

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©Unicef/UN077431

CAMBODIA It’s all smiles as Phan Bopha eats her breakfast before school. A typical Cambodian breakfast is bobor, a porridge made with rice, lots of water and then mixed with beef, shredded chicken, or dried fish. 

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©Unicef/UNI193311

ETHIOPIA Nine-year-old Zahara Ali is a pro at cooking flatbread in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia. Another popular staple in Ethiopia is Injera – a large, thin pancake which food is piled on top of.

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©Unicef/UN0342488

MALI Farmer Moussa Dembele and his family are eating bouilli for breakfast, a sweet milk and cereal dish which is like a runny rice pudding. Food is eaten with the right hand and meals are often finished with strong, sweet tea.

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©Unicef/UNI218141

PALESTINE After finishing his daily chores on the sheep farm, ten-year-old Mohammed (centre right), enjoys breakfast with his siblings in the village of Ibziq.  In Palestine, breads, dips, and soft cheeses are often found in the centre of the table alongside boiled eggs, olives and freshly sliced tomatoes and cucumber.

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©Unicef/UNI312959

MALAWI 18 month old Elia tucks into his sweet potato porridge for breakfast. The orange-fleshed sweet potato is rich in Vitamin A, a crucial vitamin for young children. If you leave the skin on the sweet potato, you’ll get a boost of fibre and potassium as the goodness is hidden just under the skin.

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©Unicef/UNI176313

PAKISTAN Mother Shagufta Shehzadi, a skilled birth attendant, eats breakfast with her family. In Punjab Province, paratha, flatbread is traditionally paired with lassi, a popular yogurt-based drink.

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©Unicef/UN0239834

INDONESIA According to a UNICEF study, around half of Indonesian teenagers skip breakfast, but not this young girl in Palu. While rice dishes are a popular choice for breakfast, noodles, roti nanas and bubur ayam (shredded chicken) are also favourites on the breakfast menu.

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©CODYREDDIE

NEW ZEALAND Although some Kiwis are partial to Weet-bix or scrambled eggs, JJ starts his day with bread and his favourite spread. Will that be Marmite or Vegemite? Although there have been several nationwide polls to determine which spread Kiwis prefer, the results are always close!


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