16 October 2012 - Patrick Martin, 14, and his brother Mayeso, 15, are safely home for the moment with their mother and other siblings in Kasonya village, Phalombe District in southern Malawi, after they and 12 other children were rescued from being trafficked to neighbouring Mozambique last month by their father.

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Claims that Switzerland-based mining and commodities major, Glencore International AG, has benefitted from child labour at copper and cobalt mines in the DRC, have revived questions on the conduct of mining companies in Africa.

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This week, Malawi celebrates the start of a universal and compulsory birth registration process.

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The Malawi’s Special Law Commission has barred homosexuals from adopting children, according to recommendations in the report released by the special commission which was entitled to review the Adoption of Children Act.

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Akosua* is 16 years old. Her mother passed away, and she lives with her grandmother in Ajumako District in Ghana. Her school uniform is patched. She wears slippers to school. Akosua’s classmates began taunting her about her appearance, pressuring her to have sex with a man in her community in exchange for money and clothes. The harsh words hurt her feelings, but didn’t break her spirit.

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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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South Africa has been identified as a major human-trafficking destination for victims from within the country, the region and beyond, yet there is no legislation that specifically criminalises human trafficking and protects victims.

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While still in his teens, Felix Limbani decided to help establish what he called "a platform where young people's voices could be heard" in his native Malawi, where those aged 10-29 make up roughly 60 percent of the population.

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The future of many girls in Malawi is in jeopardy. Poverty-stricken parents are marrying their daughters off at a tender age, robbing young girls of their right to education and exposing them to gender-based violence and HIV and AIDS in a country with one of the world's highest prevalence rates.

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There are 91,000 children living with HIV in Malawi. A shortage of resources means that many do not receive proper treatment and care.

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