20 November 2012 - Children and youth are among the most vulnerable groups affected by violence in armed conflict or massive abuses of repressive regimes.

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15 November 2012 -  Sierra Leone goes to the polls on November 17 and is making a recovery ten years after the civil war. But former child soldiers still suffer from trauma and their surviving victims are still waiting for compensation.

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16 October 2012 - Dandling her malnourished baby at a clinic in a Freetown slum, a Sierra Leonean mother says she has never heard of exclusive breastfeeding, but observes `banfa’ - a traditional practice where women abstain from sex as long as they are breastfeeding because they believe that sex during that period endangers the child’s health.

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18 July 2012 - State hospitals and health clinics across Sierra Leone are facing severe shortages of drugs that should be supplied under the free healthcare programme LINK because practitioners are diverting them for private sale, investigations by the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) show.

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The potential to help nearly 4,000 children made homeless due to the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war is behind the launch of a new, 24-hour telephone counseling hotline.

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In a rape treatment center here, I met a 3-year-old patient named Jessica, who was cuddling a teddy bear.

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The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says.

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No one can tell 64-year-old Fatoumata Kané anything new about the plants and tree bark around her town of Banamba in western Mali, but the traditional healer recently learned how to measure a child’s upper arm to detect malnutrition.

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On Apr. 5, the United Nations Children's Fund will launch a report on teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.

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More than 300,000 children under five in Sierra Leone are malnourished, UNICEF country representative Mahimbo Mdoe has said.

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