She is only 13, but the hard set of her face tells the story of a much older person, one who has been to hell and back.

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Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, top Al-Shabaab militia's commander confirmed that his group is using underage children in their fight against Somali Transitional Government.

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Women in Kenya marked the 100th international day for women, on Tuesday, with calls to Members of Parliament to pass bills that would protect the rights and welfare of the girl child and women.

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If it wasn’t for Nimo Daher, a Child Protection Advocate in one of the settlements for displaced people in Hargeisa, a city in Somaliland, baby Hussein (not his real name) would have likely suffered neglect and abandonment.

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Only when rape in armed conflict becomes a liability for armed groups rather than a tool in the struggle for power – a war crime that will bring inevitable punishment – will progress be made in eliminating the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

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Monday, 31 January 2011 08:29

TANZANIA: 50% hits the Tanzanian road

 

50% of Tanzania’s population is under the age of 18. If we are to achieve our plans for development we have to invest in our children. The future is now.

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Popularly called boi-boi, omo odo inYoruba, dan aiki in Hausa, odibo in Ibo and a wide range of appellations in other languages in the country and worldwide, some of them highly demeaning and condescending, the fact remains that in many cases they are not only children or minors but also live in slavery and servitude.

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In an effort to help law enforcement agencies in southern Africa respond to gender-based violence effectively, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today that it has launched a handbook and a training curriculum to improve the capacity of national police forces in the region to combat the problem.

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A commission looking into allegations of child witchcraft in the Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom has commenced today in the city of Uyo in the country’s southeast.

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Childline is a non-profit making non-governmental organisation, established with the support of the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare for the purpose of providing children with a 24-hour toll-free crisis line.

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