Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:33

SIERRA LEONE: Wounds of war heal slowly

 

15 November 2012 -  Sierra Leone goes to the polls on November 17 and is making a recovery ten years after the civil war. But former child soldiers still suffer from trauma and their surviving victims are still waiting for compensation.

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Monday, 08 October 2012 12:49

MALI: Northerners fight to learn

 

5 October 2012 - Teachers, the Ministry of Education and aid agencies are scrambling to provide catch-up classes to thousands of displaced children who fled northern Mali for southern towns to help them graduate this year, while those teachers and families who stayed in the north are doing the same

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At first sight the group of children playing in a shaded courtyard in Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital Abidjan seem carefree. But when a defunct car exhaust blasts, they tremble. When a soldier walks past, they shudder. And they become anxious when an unknown adult approaches them.

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Hundreds of children in Côte d’Ivoire were separated from their parents when people fled their villages during post-election violence in 2011, but nine months after the conflict formally ended only a quarter of those children have been reunified with their families, says the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Children with disabilities must not be forgotten during crises and conflict, UNICEF said at an international conference.

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The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the report of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on how that country is implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on children involved in armed conflict.

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A partnership of humanitarian organizations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has helped demobilize thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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On 7 January, nearly a year after conflict broke out in Libya, more than 1.2 million children returned to school, many for the first time in many months.

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A partnership of humanitarian organizations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has helped demobilize thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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Reports from Afgoye town, 30 kilometres south of Mogadishu, a stronghold of Al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist group opposing the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia, indicate that militia leaders are forcing the youth to join their fighters in the jihad (holy war).

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