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No safe place for children as fighting breaks out in new areas of South Sudan

World Vision

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN (April 16, 2014) – Renewed fighting has broken out in several cities in South Sudan, including the border town of Renk where many internally displace people relo cated due to the stability in the area. Renk is also where the Government moved several administrative offices when Malakal was attacked and made unstable.

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Three Darfur children maimed after playing with bomb

Radio Dabanga

ANKA (16 Apr.) - Three North Darfur children were severely injured on Sunday when a bomb they found at the roadside exploded.

A relative told Radio Dabanga that Amina Abdulah Salem (12), her sister Hawa Abdullah Salem (10), and Khaled Issa Mohamed Musa (9) of Anka in Kutum locality found the bomb and began to play with it.

“When it detonated, Amina’s hand was blown-off. She also suffered severe head wounds. Hawa also lost a hand, and has multiple wounds over the rest of her body. Khaled also suffered severe head injuries.”

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Kidnapped Nigeria girls taken to Islamist stronghold

04/16/2014 21:54 GMT

MAIDUGURI, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said on Wednesday, as the military confirmed that 129 students had been abducted.

Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade, who had earlier given the figure of those kidnapped in northeastern Borno state late Monday, later said all but eight had been released, but that was disputed by sources in the region and could not be independently confirmed.

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Midwives Heed Call to Save Mothers

JUBA, South Sudan – Armed with a broad smile, Jennifer Ikokole ushers expectant mothers into a makeshift tent at the sprawling Tomping civilian protection camp in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. As the current crisis takes its toll on the population, the tent serves both as a maternity ward and a maternal and child health clinic.

Ms. Ikokole, 49, started working as a midwife 24 years ago in her native country of Uganda. When she joined UNFPA’s midwifery programme in South Sudan two years ago, she knew her work was cut out for her.

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UNICEF statement on school attack in Damascus, Syria


DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.

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Chad + 3 others
Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in Chad

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’Djamena, 16th April 2014 – This year’s second national immunization campaign against polio was launched Friday in the capital city of N’Djamena by Chadian health authorities, alongside representatives of lead UN operating agencies UNICEF and WHO. International funding partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were also present at the launch.

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UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria

Statement attributable to Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa

DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State on Monday night, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

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Vaccinating all children across Syria remains a challenge

By Viviene Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent

There were humanitarian issues in al-Hasakah governorate even before the conflict broke out in Syria. After three years of fighting, the situation is dire. Drought, severe winter conditions and low temperatures only make matters worse. One resident said that resources were hard to come by. “Last year, we cut the trees in order to warm ourselves and all the roads from al-Raqqah. Deir Ezzor and Aleppo were cut off causing a rise in food prices and a lack of fuel.”

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Cours d’alphabétisation en prison

Pour les mineurs incarcérés à la prison centrale de Mpimba à Bujumbura (Burundi ), vendredi 14 mars 2014 n’était pas un jour comme les autres. Pendant quatre mois, plus de 50 mineurs ont suivi une classe d’alphabétisation organisée par Terre des hommes (Tdh), en partenariat avec le Centre Jeunes Kamenge et avec le soutien de l’Union Européenne. La moitié d’entre eux, statistique prometteuse au vu des conditions initiales, ont brillamment réussi leur examen final et ont reçu, ce jour-là, leurs certificats.

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Literacy lessons in prison

For the young people held in the Mpimba Central Prison in Bujumbura (Burundi ), Friday 14th March 2014 wasn’t a day like the others. For four months, more than 50 youngsters had been attending a literacy class organized by Terre des hommes (Tdh) in partnership with the Kamenge Youth Centre and with the support of the European Union. Half the youngsters, a promising number in view of the initial conditions, passed their final exams with flying colours and received their certificates the same day.

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UNHCR and partners seeking $US274 million to meet acute needs of those fleeing the Central African Republic

Nearly 200,000 Central Africans, third country nationals and returnees who escaped violence in CAR over the past four months are struggling to restart their lives in Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Congo.

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Understanding Gender Programming & Issues in Afghanistan, March 2014

BAAG's briefing paper was drafted ahead of our Getting it Right Gender Conference, held in London on March 26th & 27th.

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La participation des communautés, clé d’un meilleur accès à l’éducation


Problèmes d’accès à l’éducation en RDC

L’étude des enfants en dehors de l’école a révélé que les distances importantes séparant les écoles des communautés et la mauvaise qualité des infrastructures scolaires sont des facteurs d’exclusion scolaire. On chiffre à environ 7,5 millions les enfants de 5 à 17 ans qui n’ont pas accès à l’éducation en RDC.

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Nuevos compromisos sobre agua y saneamiento para transformar las vidas de los niños

WASHINGTON, DC, 11 de abril de 2014 – El Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, el Director Ejecutivo de UNICEF, Anthony Lake, y el Presidente del Banco Mundial, Jim Yong Kim, se unieron hoy a más de 50 países para establecer metas concretas a fin de llegar a los 2.500 millones de personas en todo el planeta que carecen todavía de un saneamiento adecuado y a los casi 750 millones que no tienen agua potable.

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Five children die, many wounded in East Jebel Marra ‘offensive’

Radio Dabanga

EAST JEBEL MARRA (15 Apr.) - At least five children have died and many other people injured during a large-scale attack, allegedly by government-backed Rapid Support Services (RSF) militiamen, on East Jebel Marra on Tuesday.

Witnesses fleeing the attack told Radio Dabanga that about 600 militiamen driving vehicles including Land Cruisers launched a large-scale offensive on the villages of Hashaba ,Kutto , Krafula , Kuijr, Tumu , Kadarik , Umm Triter, Abu, Umm Driseiya, Sharafa, and Dali.

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Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India

By Stella Paul

KANKER, India, Apr 15 2014 (IPS) - Early in the morning, 14-year-old Sumari Varda puts on her blue school uniform but heads for the village pond to fetch water. “I miss school. I wish I could go back,” she whispers, scared of being heard by her employer.

Sumari is from Dhurbeda village, but now lives in another, Bhainsasur, both located in central India’s Chhattisgarh state. She puts on her school uniform to fetch water because it is one of the few pieces of clothing she has.

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De nouveaux engagements en faveur de l’eau et de l’assainissement pour transformer la vie des enfants

WASHINGTON, États-Unis, 11 avril 2014 –Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, le Directeur général de l’UNICEF, Anthony Lake, et le Président de la Banque mondiale, Jim Yong Kim, se sont aujourd’hui joints à plus de cinquante pays pour fixer des objectifs concrets permettant de desservir les 2,4 milliards de personnes qui se trouvent toujours privées d’un assainissement décent et les près de 750 millions d’autres qui se trouvent sans eau potable.

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Pakistan + 1 other
Polio virus from Afghanistan found in Peshawar water

PESHAWAR/MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Sharam Khan Tarakai said on Sunday that polio virus from Afghanistan had been found in water samples in Peshawar and they had requested the federal government to ask the neighbouring country to take emergency steps to stop transportation of virus to the city which had recently been cleared of poliovirus.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

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Un nouveau don de 3,8 millions de dollars pour améliorer l’accès à l’éducation

World Bank

WASHINGTON, 13 avril 2014 – Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et le gouvernement de Djibouti ont signé aujourd’hui un accord en faveur du Projet d’amélioration de l’accès à une éducation de qualité. Ce don de 3,8 millions de dollars viendra appuyer les efforts du gouvernement djiboutien pour améliorer la qualité d’ensemble du système éducatif et en renforcer les capacités.

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WHO warns of malnutrition in flood-affected areas in Solomon Islands

Honiara, 15 April 2014- The people affected by the floods in Solomon Islands are at increased risk of acute malnutrition if there is lack of access to appropriate and adequate food, and reduced access to health and nutrition services, warns WHO.