The 2012 Draft Budget expenditures and grants of The Gambia government has captured allocation for expenses for a new Ministry of Children's Affairs to be established in 2012.

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It is widely assumed that few of the estimated 50,000 'talibés' in Senegal - boys in Koranic schools, or 'daaras', studying to become Islamic teachers - who roam the streets begging for money to support their religious leader ('marabout') will end up teaching, and most will become vagabonds, delinquents and robbers. Now, child protection experts say their future is not always so bleak - the skills that talibés develop on the streets can turn them into successful traders.

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Albinism is a non-contagious, genetically inherited disorder, affecting about 1 in 20,000 men and women around the world, regardless of ethnicity and geographical location. Sufferers are afflicted by a congenital absence of melanin, a pigmentation defect in the hair, skin and eyes that causes vulnerability to sun exposure and bright light. Many have very poor vision as a consequence and in tropical countries especially they can be vulnerable to skin cancers if unprotected from the sun.

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Authorities from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic, gathered  in Santo Domingo in a regional follow-up meeting to the UN Study on Violence against Children, adopted a strategic declaration to promote progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study.

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Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim has urged MPs to ensure that voices of women and children are taken into account in government policies.

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The Director General of Information in the Republic of South Sudan's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mr. Mustafa Biong Majak has urged media practitioners to be mindful of children in relation to what they air and publish as children constitute a great number of their audiences.

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The Cross River government has said that henceforth any child found roaming the streets or any public centre in the Calabar metropolis would be arrested.

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The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) in collaboration with partners released today a National Accelerated Plan for Scaling up Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Services in Ethiopia.

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Between 20 000 and 40 000 children work in artisanal gold mines in Mali, Africa's third-largest producer of the precious metal, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday.

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Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF today called on the global development community to focus greater attention and investment in helping children and young people with disabilities to realize their rights, and renewed the call for universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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