Amid rampant killings and economic paralysis, residents in parts of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan are eating “whatever they can find”, and have not worked in weeks, a youth in the northern district of Anyama told IRIN.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011 07:21

SOUTH AFRICA: Nation Failing Its Poor Children

 

South Africa's world-class government-led programmes are failing to reach poor children on the margins, according to child experts.

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The draft law that will establish the structure, organization and functioning of the National Children's Commission (NNC), has been forwarded to parliament.

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A new report launched today by The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) measures African government’s investment in children and confirms that a country’s commitment to child rights and wellbeing is not dependent on their economic status, but rather on political will and spending priorities.

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Southern Sudan’s promise to divest its army of all children by November has to be backed by a comprehensive strategy to give them opportunities in civilian life, say analysts.

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Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), yesterday said as irresponsible as Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima's marriage to an alleged 13-year-old Egyptian girl is, he cannot be prosecuted.

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Swaziland's judiciary is concerned by an absence of detention facilities for children, which forces them to share jail cells with adult criminals.

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Tuesday, 06 July 2010 08:41

SENEGAL: Out of school, into marriage

 

Twelve-year-old Rama* in Senegal’s Sédhiou region is still in school instead of wedded to a man in his 40s, after community members convinced her father to abandon the family’s plan to give her away.

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President Goodluck Jonathan has reiterated his administration's resolve to implement policies and programmes that would enable Nigerian youths to maximise their creative and productive potential.

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Mothers in Norway and Australia are living in the best places in the world, according to Save the Children's 11th annual "Mothers' Index", which ranks the best and worst places to be a mother.  Afghanistan ranked at the bottom of the list of 160 countries, which included 43 developed nations and 117 in the developing world.

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