Two years after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) promulgated the Law on Child Protection, an estimated 3,000 children remain in prisons across the country.

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“Children are sacred. People must understand that even if they are poor they can't throw them out like garbage," says Matondo Kasese, a former priest who works with street children.

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The United Nations envoy leading the world’s body efforts to eliminate sexual violence during conflict has welcomed the release of a new study on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that indicates the prevalence of the crime is much worse than previously reported.

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An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released today.

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It is critical to prevent conflict-related sexual violence before it happens, a top United Nations official stressed today, stating that the problem warrants continuous consideration by the Security Council as it deals with fighting in countries such as Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Friday, 08 April 2011 06:30

RWANDA: Youth Conference Opens in Kigali

 

The Minister of Youth, Protais Mitali, yesterday, appealed to youth from the region to spearhead peace and stability.

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The recent UN-negotiated action plan with the Afghanistan government - signed on 30 January and outlawing the use of child soldiers in armed forces - has not yet resulted in demobilization, but it has shifted the focus to the role state actors play in recruiting children.

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Friday, 17 December 2010 06:35

SOUTH AFRICA: Life After Human Trafficking

 

At Pretoria-based Tshwane Home of Hope, the jubilant young faces of the girls who live there hide the truth of the horrors they have encountered. On the premises is a trauma centre - aptly dubbed by one of the residents as "the hope sanctuary" - here the girls meet with a resident social worker and psychologist to share their stories, stories that will never leave the four walls of the room.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:25

WHO to launch cheap meningitis vaccine in Africa

 

More than 12 million people in Burkino Faso will be the first to receive a new meningitis vaccine as part of an Africa-wide immunisation plan, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.

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A Pneumonia Report Card released today by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) on behalf of the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia reveals where urgent efforts are needed to reach target levels of coverage for the life-saving interventions that can prevent, protect against and treat pneumonia in children.

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