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PM Nawaz says immunisation right of every child, vows to eradicate polio

By Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday that a comprehensive communication strategy was being evolved which would promote immunisation as the right of every child and also called upon every segment of the society to ensure that children were being given their due rights.

A ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House in relation to World Polio Day. On the occasion, the premier met polio-affected children and their parents.

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In northern Nigeria, a little cash goes a long way towards getting girls to school

By Patrick Moser

Tens of thousands of girls in north-western Nigeria will benefit from a cash transfer programme aimed at helping cover the costs of sending them to school. The newly launched UNICEF initiative is funded by the UK Department for International Development.

WURNO, Nigeria, 24 October 2014 – Since their father died a few years ago, Aisha and Asmau have had to contribute to their family’s income, hawking by the roadside.

The two girls live in a crude, single-room mud and tin hut with their younger brother, their mother and their grandmother.

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Katanga une vingtaine de maisons détruites après une pluie à Kongolo

Radio Okapi

Une vingtaine de maisons se sont écroulées à la suite de la pluie qui s’est abattue, mardi 21 octobre, dans les localités de Ngolo et Kahwebo, en territoire de Kongolo (Katanga). Selon des sources de la région, cette pluie torrentielle a également détruit une école primaire, empêchant ainsi 250 élèves de suivre les cours.

Le chef de groupement Bakwanyanyi indique que plusieurs dizaines de familles se retrouvent sans-abris à la suite de la destruction de leurs maisons par la pluie.

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Nigerian Refugees Report Boko Haram Atrocities

Voice of America

ABUJA, NIGERIA— Boko Haram militants have seized control of as many as 12 of 27 districts in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state in the past year.

Since Boko Haram militants captured the town of Bama on September 1, thousands of people have fled the area. Cellphone connections have been cut off, leaving only intermittent news. But recent escapees said militants there are ruling with an "iron fist," killing and jailing opponents.

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Syria air strikes kill 10 children, 5 women in Aleppo: monitor

10/24/2014 - 16:54 GMT

Ten children and five women have been killed in Syrian government air strikes in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Friday.

The children, aged from four to 10, and women were killed Thursday "in barrel bomb strikes by regime helicopters on a home and public hall in the village of Tal Qarrah in the north of Aleppo," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The bombing also destroyed civilian property and wounded several people, some of them critically, the Britain-based Observatory added.

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The survival struggle of a South-Sudanese single mother

Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, the inspiring story of Cuaca sheds some light on the bravery of the displaced South Sudanese population, who are surviving against all odds. Our partners at UNICEF bring her story.

The remoteness of Cuaca’s new home makes it a hard place to raise her three children. There are no roads, markets, hospitals or schools. Two of the four wells in the village are broken, while the population that depends on this water has doubled.

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Syria: ICRC delivers food to over 95,000 people in eastern rural Aleppo

Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, yesterday delivered urgently needed food and other essential relief items to over 95,000 people living in areas directly affected by fighting in opposition-controlled eastern rural Aleppo.

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Helping Mothers And Children Fight Malnutrition In Madagascar

In the south-west of Madagascar, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) work hand in hand to provide nutritional support and improve access to health services for pregnant and nursing women, as well as children under two.

Ambemasy lives in Itampolo, a village located in remote areas in southwestern Madagascar. This is a fishing village surrounded by thorny scrub.

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En la campaña para poner fin a la polio se han evitado 10 millones de discapacidades infantiles

NUEVA YORK, 23 de octubre de 2014 – Todos los días, alrededor de 1.000 niños han sido protegidos contra la discapacidad como consecuencia de un esfuerzo mundial de 26 años para erradicar la poliomielitis. La campaña mundial ha servido para inmunizar a millones de niños de todo el mundo que antes no recibían la vacuna, dijo UNICEF en la víspera del Día Mundial de la Poliomielitis.

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République centrafricaine : pour fuir, il faut pouvoir marcher

Alors que les combats faisaient rage en République centrafricaine, Mikaella, 9 ans, Djaffarou, 14 ans, et Zenabou, 15 ans, tous trois handicapés physiques, n’ont pas pu fuir avec leurs familles du village de Bossentélé (300 km au nord-ouest de Bangui). Après un long périple, ils ont finalement retrouvé leurs proches au Cameroun. Récit de Jeanne Djeukeng, membre de l’équipe du CICR au Cameroun.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon drying up

Deutsche Welle

The aid sources for Syrian refugees in Lebanon are threatening to dry up because of the multiplying crises around the world. Aid organization World Vision spoke to DW about the potential consequences.

DW: What is the current situation for Syrian refugees in Lebanon?

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UNFPA and Amref Health Africa seal Partnership to Boost the Health of Africa’s Women and Children

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today reaffirmed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa aimed at improving the health of women and children in Africa.

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UN: Rape Used as Weapon of War in S. Sudan Conflict

Voice of America

Lisa Schlein
October 23, 2014 3:47 PM

GENEVA— A senior U.N. official says rape is used as a weapon of war in the conflict between government SPLA and opposition forces in South Sudan. The official who recently visited this war-torn country says sexual violence against women and girls is rampant in camps for internally displaced people.

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The desperate struggle of Pakistan's polio 'martyrs'

10/24/2014 - 03:50 GMT

by Guillaume LAVALLÉE

Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio.

It was May 2013 and Sumbal and her friend Shirafat were vaccinating children against the crippling disease at a rough mudbrick house in the village of Badaber in the country's militant-plagued northwest.

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Wives not cows: Uganda dowry fuels domestic violence

10/24/2014 - 03:37 GMT


When Ugandan farmer's daughter Rose Akurut became engaged to a man from a village far from her own, her parents could not be more thrilled.

But the dowry she would bring -- cows, goats and cash -- soured the marriage and brought dark clouds over the partnership, a story repeated by many others in Uganda.

"I was very, very happy. Now I'd also benefit, the cows would come," said her mother Anna Amiti, 50, referring to the bride price or dowry, enshrined in Ugandan law, that the family received from their son-in-law.

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Community Health Worker in Guinea Stops Malaria in Its Tracks

Home visits save lives through testing and treatment

Oct. 2014—In Guinea, malaria is the leading cause of health consultations, and is responsible for 31 percent of hospitalizations and 14.2 percent of deaths. All people, particularly children under 5 and pregnant women, are at risk.

To achieve universal coverage of malaria prevention and case management consistent with World Health Organization recommendations, in 2012, the Ministry of Health adopted a malaria community case management strategy.

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Homme armés assiégés prés de Tunis : la police prépare l'assaut

Tunis, Tunisie | AFP | jeudi 23/10/2014 - 22:14 GMT

par Kaouther LARBI / Mounir SOUISSI

La police préparait dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi l'assaut d'une maison en banlieue de Tunis où des hommes armés sont retranchés avec des femmes et des enfants, alors que la Tunisie craint des attaques jihadistes avant les législatives dimanche.

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Kashmir Flood Carries Away Humble Dream

By Athar Parvaiz

Oct 23 2014 (IPS) - Rafiqa Kazim and her husband Kazim Ali had a simple dream – to live a modest life, educate their four children and repay the bank-loan that the couple took out to sustain their small business.

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In Burundi, ten thousand voices and counting

In Burundi, where infrastructure challenges abound, making sure children and young people can speak up about the issues they face can be an enormous challenge.

And in Burundi, making sure children can speak up means not only fulfilling a basic right of theirs, it’s also very logical. Youth under 18 make up 51% of the population here – meaning the average Burundian is a child.

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Health centre staff strike in Kass, South Darfur

Radio Dabanga


The personnel working at health centres in Kass locality, South Darfur, have been on strike since last week.

A displaced woman from Ardeba camp in Kass locality told Radio Dabanga that the medical staff embarked on a strike in protest against the non-payment of their salaries and financial dues.

“This seriously increases the suffering of the people in Kass locality,” she said. “In particular widows with children and the orphans in the Kass camps face many humanitarian and health problems.