In Sub-Saharan Africa, more and more children are prosecuted for witchery

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AU Delegates Say Dying Mothers and Children Shame African Leaders

21 July 2010, Kampala — Delegates to the 4th African Union pre-summit on Gender met on July 19 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala to discuss "Maternal, Infant and Child Health: African Youth Call for Action".The three-day discussion ending July 21 sought solutions to the failure by African countries to attain targets set by Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to protect the lives and health of women and children. Improving maternal health and reducing child mortality are some of the eight MDGs adopted by the international community at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000.According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) Maternal Mortality Report of 2005, every day 15,000 women die fr...

ZIMBABWE: A third of children chronically malnourished

16th July 2010, Harare - Tinashe, a single mother of three living in Mbare township in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, regularly misses a meal so as to stretch her US$90 a month income, and occasionally gives her children food left over from her employers' meals at the middle-class household where she is a domestic worker."My children are at the stage when they should be growing tall, but that is not the case - they are underweight," said Tinashe, who did not want her surname used. Her wages pay the rent and the school fees, but there is never enough money to put regular meals on the table, she told IRIN.Many households endure the same experience. "Nearly 12,000 child deaths each year may be...

SWAZILAND: Children still share jail cells with adults

14th July 2010, Mbabane- Swaziland's judiciary is concerned by an absence of detention facilities for children, which forces them to share jail cells with adult criminals."Do we have facilities for keeping a minor?" enquired presiding High Court judge Thomas Masuku during the recent trial of a 16-year-old boy, when it became apparent that the accused was being held in the same cell as adults in the northern town of Pigg's Peak."Why should children be kept with adults? It is not right for children to be kept in custody [in such circumstances]. I have to repeat it over and over," Masuku said from the bench.Correctional Services spokesman Luke Malindzisa acknowledged that two minors - one aged ...

Save the Children and South African Minister launching project to assist unaccompanied migrant children in South Africa

South Africa, 09 July 2010 - Speaking at the launch of the Save the Children Project to assist unaccompanied migrant children at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday, Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya said all communities should be involved in the protection of children. "It needs all of us to work together," the minister said.The Save the Children project is aimed at assisting vulnerable children on the move in Musina on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. It also focuses on ensuring that systems are in place to assist unaccompanied migrants and other vulnerable children to protect them from exploitation, abuse, ...

UN Agency Allocates Funds for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Projects in Lesotho

Lesotho, July 12, 2010 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has signed a cooperation agreement with two organisations in Lesotho under which it will allocate over $1.2 million to boost an integrated social protection system for orphans and other vulnerable children in the country. The groups - World Vision Lesotho and Sentebale - will use the funds for projects that contribute to the achievement of Lesotho's vision for a society in which all vulnerable children are free from discrimination, live in dignity and have their rights and aspirations fulfilled. The agreement signed last week falls under the overall umbrella of the Government of Lesotho, European Commission and U...

Dakar to host meeting on the Youth and Child Mobility Project

12th July 2010, Dakar- A regional meeting on the project of the Youth and Child Mobility in West and Central Africa project will take place from July 27-30th in Senegal’s capital city. The objective of the meeting is to further deliver joint analysis and recommendations, prepare the production of the second regional synthesis document and evaluate the first phase of the project in order to plan the next phase. The Youth and Child Mobility in West and Central Africa project was launched in 2008 by eight organisations engaged in the protection of child rights in West and Central Africa, namely: International Labour organization (ILO), African Movement of Child and Youth Labour (MAEJT), Int...

NIGERIA: Gearing up to fight food shortages

7th July 2010, Gombe - State authorities and aid agencies in northern Nigeria are scaling up their food security and nutrition responses in the light of coming food shortages.Seven Nigerian states along the edge of the Sahel - Yobe, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa and Bauchi - received poor and erratic rains in 2009, as did the neighbouring countries of Chad and Niger, and northern Cameroon.This year, rains are again expected to arrive late and end soon. "Already pockets of [food] problems exist," said Alhassan Nuhu, deputy planning director of the Nigeria Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)."We are facing an unsteady situation," he told IRIN. NEMA warned that 12 million people across...

A call for children to be involved in the process of understanding their rights in Nigeria

Lagos, 6 July 2010— Project Director of Cares Global Network, Mrs. Omolola Anne Famuyiwa, has appealed to all stakeholders to assist in getting the youth involved in the dissemination of information, education and media advocacy aimed at effecting attitudinal changes in the protection of the Child Rights. She stressed the need for children to be involved in the process of understanding their rights, saying that it was unrealistic to expect them to become patriotic, democratic and responsible citizens, without prior exposure to skills and responsibilities.Famuyiwa who made this call recently, said it was imperative to effect attitudinal change in the protection of Child Rights through adeq...

 

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