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.

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WASHINGTON DC, 30 July 2015 - In response to the 2013/2014 Survey Research on Child Labor in West African Cocoa-Growing Areas Report, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) today issued the following statement, which underscores that reducing child labor is a shared responsibility:

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:56

LIBERIA: Children Face Bleak Future

 

18 September 2012 - A new survey just released has painted a gloomy picture of primary school age children in Liberia and elsewhere on the continent, suggesting that half of primary school age children living here and the sub-Saharan region will reach adolescence unable to read, write, or perform basic numeracy tasks.

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Senegal's new government should make it a priority to protect the estimated 50,000 children forced to beg each day on the country's streets, a coalition of Senegalese civil society organizations, Anti-Slavery International, and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Mariem Mint Ahmedou sits cross-legged on a worn-out carpet in a basic tent built with mud bricks and layers of sewn-together fabric. Her eight-month-old twins, Hussein and Hassan, lie weakly against her body. Both of them have been malnourished since birth, because Beydar, undernourished herself, cannot produce enough breast milk to feed them.

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today officially launched the Children's Law of Liberia to protect children and their right to participate meaningfully in their development.

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Leading chocolate maker, Hershey Company, has announced a scheme aimed at addressing the illegal use of child labour in the cocoa industry in West Africa.

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A new report on child migration in West Africa says thousands of children are being sold, exchanged or transported out of their communities each year in violation of internationally-recognized rights of the child, and calls on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to persuade governments to better protect these children.

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Even as the battle against hunger continues in the drought-hit Horn of Africa, another crisis has begun to unfold in eight countries across West Africa.

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“Millions of children in Africa continue to suffer physical and humiliating punishment.  Some countries in the region have adopted laws banning corporal punishment in schools but these laws are not enforced,” Plan’s Nathalia Ngende tells us.

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