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Child Marriage: Solving the consequences and policing the right policies

By Ebi Robert   A sure way to achieve peace is respect for human rights –                       Child marriage is malice to Humanity.

Growing child labour in India’s cities is just the tip of the iceberg, say activists

Cathal McNaughton/Reuters   By Anuradha Nagaraj Urban India is employing an increasing number of children – many under nine years of age – in producing everything from pickles to fireworks, working in tourism and labouring on building sites, a U.N. children’s agency report and campaigners said.

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan ‘hellholes’

Daniel Etter/WPPF/Reuters   By Lin Taylor Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and conflicts in Africa are being beaten, raped and starved in “living hellholes” in Libya, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Famine hits parts of South Sudan

Siegfried Modola/Reuters   By Male Daniel War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine has now been declared, three UN agencies warned.

UNICEF joins with Bangladesh apex court to strengthen child protection

Shehzad Noorani/UNICEF   By Sheuli Akter To strengthen the child protection system in Bangladesh and for effective implementation of the Children Act 2013, UNICEF has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Supreme Court Special Committee on child rights.

On the run from Boko Haram, Nigeria’s lost children hope to find families again

Kieran Guilbert/Reuters   By Kieran Guilbert Running his fingers over the wide scars on his knee and thigh, 13-year-old Usman recalled the moment he thought he would die.

UNICEF calls Bangladesh to allocate one-fifth of national budget for Children by 2020

Debasish Shom   By Sheuli Akter UNICEF has urged Bangladesh to increase the proportion of national budget allocation for child-related initiatives from 14 per cent in 2016 to 20 per cent by 2020.

Over 100 children released by armed groups in South Sudan

Sebastian Rich   By Peter Louis Armed groups in South Sudan last week released a total of 145 children. This is the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.

Bangladesh Launches Nationwide Coverage of ‘Child Help Line – 1098’

Andrew Biraj/Reuters   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has launched nationwide coverage of the country’s first toll-free ‘Child Helpline – 1098’  to provide a free telephone service to children who are facing violence, abuse and exploitation.

One girl under 15 married every seven seconds – Save The Children

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters   By Temesghen Debesai One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia.

Nigerian army faces new dangers in Boko Haram campaign

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Ulf Laessing Nigeria’s military has liberated large swathes of land from Boko Haram but a ride with an army convoy, all guns firing for fear of ambush, shows how far the northeast is from normality after a brutal Islamist insurgency that has displaced millions.

Abused and exploited, child migrants in Italy dream of a better life

Magda Mis/Reuters   By Magdalena Mis Isaac, a 17 year-old from Ghana, holds back tears and looks down as he tries to describe the six months he spent in a Libyan jail where he says not a night would pass without someone dying.

Agencies warn of an unprecedented level of food insecurity in South Sudan

Alissa/UNICEF   By Peter Louis Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan – well over one-third of the population – will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, as the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies have warned.

Children face beatings, rape, death trying to reach Europe – UNICEF

Kostas Tsironis/Reuters   By Stephanie Nebehay Migrant children making the perilous journey to Europe to escape war and poverty face possible beatings, rape and forced labour in addition to risk of drowning in the Mediterranean, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

Uganda receives emergency vaccine to combat yellow fever outbreak

By Gloria Nakiyimba Uganda has received 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine, worth 643,765 US dollars for an emergency reactive mass vaccination campaign in Masaka and Rukungiri districts.

Further allegations emerge of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers

Via Code Blue The US based Non Governmental Organisation AIDS-Free World has received leaked information that 41 additional cases of sexual violence by peacekeepers have been documented by MINUSCA, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), following interviews with victims in Dekoa, a remote town in the country’s Kemo prefecture.

Shocking new reports of peacekeeper sexual abuse in the Central African Republic

c. Stefano Rellandini Via Code Blue Sources have informed AIDS-Free World’s Code Blue campaign that the following information, based on newly received allegations of sexual abuse committed as recently as this week and as far back as 2013, is in the hands of the UN’s senior leadership:

Education Drive To Benefit Half A Million Out-Of-School Children In South Sudan

By Peter Louis An initiative to educate over half a million children in South Sudan was launched yesterday by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology with support from UNICEF.

7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights opens in Ghana

By Alpha Jallow The 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights opened in the Ghanaian capital Accra at the beginning of the week.

UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan

By Peter Louis With a rise in hunger at harvest time and a harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching, South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people – nearly 25 percent of the country’s population – remain in urgent need of food assistance, at least 40,000 people on the brink […]

Cricket, Children and Code of Conduct

By Sheuli Akter For dozens of disadvantaged boys and girls undoubtedly the moments were memorable because for the first time in life they saw the national cricket team players’ practice session, sitting on the sidelines. The moments will last long in their memories as they had the opportunity to talk to their heroes.

Children as young as seven working in perilous conditions in Democratic Republic of Congo mines

By Byobe Malenga Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung, Sony, Microsoft and Vodafone are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a major new report published last week.

Zimbabwean court criminalises Under-18 marriages

By Mathew Masinge Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court has outlawed the practice of marriage for minors under the age of 18, a ruling channeling progress towards ending child marriage in Southern Africa.

Polio-free Africa gets funding boost

By Adisa Amanor Wilks Poliomyelitis, popularly known as polio, is a highly infectious viral disease that attacks the nervous system and can lead to paralysis within hours of infection. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), since 1988, polio cases have decreased by over 99% – from an estimated 350,000 cases in more than 125 […]

300 children released from armed group in South Sudan

  By Peter Louis UNICEF and its associated partners are currently overseeing the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan.

South Sudan: International Day of the Girl

By Peter Louis South Sudan on Sunday marked the fourth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl under the global theme ‘The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030’, with a call to UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders to redouble efforts to empower adolescent girls as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Conflict in South Sudan leaves thousands hungry

  By Peter Louis Dablual of Mayendit County in the Unity state of South Sudan last week received aid from organisations after more than 35,000 people were reported to be facing food shortage. Mayendit, one of the counties south of Unity state has been one of the areas to witness repeated heavy fighting between government forces and […]

283 child soldiers freed in final release from armed group in South Sudan

  By Peter Louis 282 boys and 1 girl have been freed in the final release of children associated with the Cobra Faction armed group, in South Sudan.

3.9 Million People Now Face Severe Hunger; Tens Of Thousands On Brink Of Famine

By Peter Louis Un Calls For Immediate Access To Conflict-Affected Areas To Prevent Catastrophe In South Sudan Three UN agencies warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

World Food Programme provides assistance to thousands in South Sudan

By Peter Louis It has been nearly two years since conflict erupted in South Sudan. The fighting has seriously affected food security in the country, leaving it on the brink of a hunger catastrophe.