The governments of the Republic of Congo and Benin have signed a land mark agreement to protect children from child trafficking, which in recent years has become a major problem in the Congo.

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At the age of 15, Nestor Tata watched rebel soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) kill his father and not long afterwards came home from school to find the murdered body of his mother. With no siblings or anyone else to turn to, he took his parent’s savings from their hiding place under a mattress, packed a small bag and fled.

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There are thousands of children living and working on the streets of Accra and other regional towns, and the number in Accra is growing by the day. The problems of streetism and child labour are complex and the phenomena have grown over the years.

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The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana, has expressed concern over the increasing number of orphans in the country.

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"Staying in a border town is a horrible experience for children who have lost both parents and are living in poverty. "There are too many nightclubs and bars and as such girls as young as 14 years are forced to engage in different activities that include prostitution and drug abuse.

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The Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has launched a data base for orphans and vulnerable children in the country.

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The vast majority of Swaziland’s primary and secondary public schools have not opened for the new term, after the government failed to settle the outstanding education fees of US$10.8 million for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

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The head of child rights in the Ministry of Labor and Human Welfare, Mr. Yemane Negash, called on the society to enhance participation in efforts to properly nurture orphan children under home-group care.

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is expected to announce a plan to address the plight of child headed households during the 18th Biennial Conference of the National Association for Child Care Workers (NACCW).

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The police and the Kampala Capital City Authority have rounded up at least 300 street children in an operation meant to reduce beggars and criminals in the city centre. The children were briefly detained at Central Police Station before they were transferred to Kampirigisa Rehabilitation Centre where they will be attended to depending on their age set.

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