The Office for Child Protection in Tunis has recently released alarming figures according to which the number of children threatened by homelessness and abuse reached approximately 6986 during the year 2010.

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Poverty, abuse and cultural practices are preventing a third of Zimbabwean girls from attending primary school and 67 percent from attending secondary school, denying them a basic education, according to a recent study which found alarming dropout rates for girls.

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Government is to launch a National Council that will focus on child abuse, said Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister, Lulu Xingwana.

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Amina Shakir (not her real name) fled the drought and famine in Somalia for a better life in Kenya. But she did so illegally, placing her faith in the hands of a criminal network headed by Mukhalis or agents in Swahili. In the end her faith was misplaced as she was "sold" into employment upon finally reaching Kenya.

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The US Human Rights Commission report of 2010 states that in 2010 there were 800 reported cases of either child murder, rape or abuse in Namibia.

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The majority of children who live in extreme difficulties live in the developing world. More than a million of them live in Tanzania. There are about 2.2 billion children in the world. At least 1.9 billion of them live in the developing world where the quality of life is bleak. Some slog it out for a living in the worst form of labour.

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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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"Please God, make my breasts disappear." Joyce Forghab used to pray the same line every night during the month she was suffering from breast ironing. The shocking practice, carried out by a quarter of mothers in Cameroon, is meant to reverse female sexual development.

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The International Justice Mission (IJM) has announced its commitment to support the Rwandan justice system in developing a mechanism to protect children against abuse.

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Parents who mistreat their children risk losing them once two pertinent bills in Parliament are passed.

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