DAKAR / NEW YORK / GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today.
25 January 2017 – Members of the National Commission for Childhood in Moral Danger, Delinquent or Abandoned yesterday, January 24, 2016 met during it's 2017 session to examine and validate a draft national policy document on the protection of children in Cameroon. While opening the session in the presence of other Cabinet Ministers, the Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Iréne Nguene, reiterated the importance of the document as it falls within government's goal to protect the right of children. Experts explained that the social, cultural and economic evolution of the society has brought a change in the family and society with a disorganization of life styles and traditional systems of child care, education and protection. As such, the family and community milieu which were in the first place traditionally supposed to ensure the protection of children can no more meet the challenges of the time. With the government is not able to meet all the needs of child protection, children find themselves in a situation where they have to adopt defensive or protective mechanisms which materialise in behaviours that jeopardise their future, that of the community and the nation.
MAROUA/BATOURI, 10 January 2017 - “My father forced me into marriage at the age of 14 – to a man I barely even knew,” Aminatou Bello, now 16, told UNFPA in Maroua, in the extreme north of Cameroon. The marriage quickly turned violent. “I was being beaten all the time,” she said.
6 October 2016 - MAROUA/YAOUNDE – “I was forced into marriage by my father at the age of 14,” Faouzia Yaya, now 17, told UNFPA. “My father insisted, even knowing I did not want it. I even ran away to my uncle’s place, but he still found me.”
27 November 2015 - The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and Finders’ Group Initiative (FGI, a Cameroon-based non-governmental organisation) have sued the Republic of Cameroon before the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), on behalf of a child who was alleged to have been raped by a wealthy and prominent man in Bamenda, North West Region of Cameroon.
13 January 2016 – Rotary has announced US$35 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, including $15 million to support polio eradication efforts in 5 African countries.
26 March 2014 - Three new polio cases have been confirmed in Cameroon over the past two weeks, making it the country’s first outbreak since 2011 and causing alarm among health officials who link the virus’s spread to weak vaccine campaign coverage and displacement following violence in neighbouring northeastern Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).
Youth drama Shuga: Love, Sex, Money which talks about the dangers of irresponsible sexual behaviour has been transformed to fit a radio audience, and beneficiary countries will include Kenya, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, South Africa and Tanzania.
At least one million children are at risk of dying of malnutrition in the central-western part of Africa’s Sahel region due to a drought crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, adding that more resources are urgently needed to help those in need.
Sahel states are bracing for a long, potentially deadly hungry season, many weakened by the return of people from Libya who are unemployed, armed and creating fresh strife in already-vulnerable countries.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.