August 13, 2015 - While the worst of the Ebola epidemic has passed, its impact is far from over for the orphans left behind. In Sierra Leone alone, a country of just over six million people, the Ebola epidemic has orphaned more than 12,000 children who have lost one or both family members, according to Street Child, a British charity.

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7 August 2015 - Adoption of children has long been in practice in the country. It is covered in the Child Rights Act 2003 enacted by the National Assembly. Among other things, the Act spells out the rights and responsibilities of a child in Nigeria and provides for child justice system administration and the care and supervision of a child, among other things.

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6 August 2015 - The Children's Amendment Bill and the Children's Second Amendment Bill currently before the Portfolio Committee on Social Development are expected to increase the number of social workers in the country, which could subsequently result in higher adoption rates.

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15 November 2012 - Emmanuel has had a terrible start in life: aged just three days old, he is already an orphan and a refugee in an area that lacks any sign of a lasting peace.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:46

Swaziland Aids orphans 'owed $10m' - IMF

 

Swaziland has the world's highest HIV/Aids rate, leaving some 69,000 orphans.

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Children from across the country have called on the government to be more responsive and proactive in addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), who are among the most affected by the collapse in the provision of social services.

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Orphans and vulnerable children from more than 80,000 households in Zimbabwe are set to benefit from a three-year government and donor-funded programme to cushion them from the worst effects of poverty.

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Tens of thousands of Zimbabwean orphans and otherwise vulnerable children will benefit from cash transfers, educational aid and protection services under a new Government programme launched in partnership with the United Nations and international donors.

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The Minister of State for Labour, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana, has expressed concern over the increasing number of orphans in the country.

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Kokobe Abate is a widow struggling to raise her daughter Almaz in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The death of her husband hit the family hard, but he had given up on life long before he died.

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