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Back to school in Kenya – a precious chance to progress

By Ivy Ndiewo, Communications Officer, Concern Worldwide Kenya

Life in a slum is precarious, with overcrowding, lack of utilities and services, and few opportunities to earn a living. Even the smallest misfortune can spell disaster for a family living on the edge.

Charles Aketch’s carpentry workshop brought in enough to provide them a home in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, put food on the table, and send seven-year-old Rosemary to primary school. His wife Priscah was pregnant with their second child.

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El Salvador + 1 other
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Expands Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children

Contact: Stacie Blake

Washington, DC
San Salvador, El Salvador

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Expands Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children

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Somalia + 4 others
Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update – October 2014

This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Mali, Somalia and Yemen. In particular, the update provides recommendations ahead of the African Union Mission in Somalia’s (AMISOM) expected mandate and logistical support package renewal.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
International Day of the Girl Child: ending the cycle of violence

Joint media release:

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
  • Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM

1 October 2014

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Michaelia Cash and Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja today reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls ahead of International Day of the Girl Child.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Desperate Demand for Ebola Treatment in Sierra Leone; Five People Infected Every Hour

Media Contact
Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Oct. 1, 2014) — The demand for treatment beds and nurses to halt the rapid spread of Ebola across Sierra Leone is far outstripping supply, according to Save the Children.

An estimated 765[1] new cases were reported last week — a rate of five every hour - while there are only 327 beds in the country. The critical shortage comes as untold numbers of children are dying anonymously at home or in the streets, meaning the scale of the problem is massively unreported.

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Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria [EN/AR]

Damascus, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.

“At least 17 people were killed and more than 40 were injured. Many of the casualties were children who were leaving the school after classes.

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Sange : les déplacés de Mutarule peinent à supporter la scolarité de leurs enfants

Radio Okapi

Les déplacés de Mutarule, réunis à Sange (Sud-Kivu), n’arrivent pas à prendre en charge la scolarité de leurs enfants. Le représentant de ces familles, Hatari Ruhigura Janvier, l’a affirmé mardi 30 septembre à Radio Okapi. Selon lui, ils sont plus de 500 ménages dépourvus des moyens financiers pour faire face à de telles dépenses.

Hatari Ruhigura Janvier appelle les autorités à venir en aide à ces familles qui, déjà, peinent pour trouver de quoi se nourrir tous les jours.

Radio Okapi:

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El Salvador + 3 others
Children in Central America to apply for US refugee status from home

The Obama administration is initiating a program to create in-country processing centers for US refugee status in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador for minors who qualify. It is an attempt to help stem the flow of young migrants making the risky journey north alone.

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Health authorities agree on the need to ensure that health is at the center of the post-2015 development agenda

Washington, DC, October 1, 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - Health authorities of the Americas agreed today on the need to ensure that health is at the center of the sustainable development agenda following 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by countries within the United Nations expire.

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WHO helps Central African Republic assess damage and restore its health system

WHO assessment sheds light on Central African Republic’s shattered health system

Tumult in this landlocked country was so extensive in the spring of 2014 that officials were not sure how much of its health system was actually functioning.

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Ukraine: Forces must stop firing on civilians after nine killed in Donetsk


Ukrainian and rebel forces are violating international humanitarian law by endangering civilians with indiscriminate attacks in residential areas. Strikes on a school and a bus in Donetsk killed at least 9 civilians.

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US restricts military assistance to some states that recruit and use children

The US government is continuing to exercise pressure through the application of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act (CSPA) by granting partial waivers to some states in order to end their unlawful recruitment and use of children in conflict. In its 2014 Trafficking in Persons report, the US Department of State listed nine states, namely the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Chad, this year, does not figure in the list compiled by the US State Department.

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ShelterBox distribute schooling supplies in flood-ravaged Zimbabwe


This year, Southeastern Zimbabwe has experienced the worst flooding for 40 years after a fractured dam caused over 20,000 people to abandon their homes. As one local farmer put it, ‘we are living like refugees in our own country’. ShelterBox has been helping for over six months to shelter families, and now to support their children’s education.

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On International Day of Nonviolence, World Vision calls on all to step up the protection of children

World Vision

Oct 2, 2014: As conflict scales up across the Middle East this month, aid agency World Vision says the protection of children from violence is more critical than ever.

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Bringing safe water to Ethiopia

Wells improve health, reduce distance from clean water

“Before this well was dug in our village … the water source was very dirty and full of mud.” Sept. 2014—You are thirsty. Now imagine walking six hours round trip, only to reach dirty water at your destination.

That’s what Semegn Mikir did every day just to acquire water for her family in Ethiopia. Mikir is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and lives in the rural Lay Gayint district in Taria Georgies village.

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Battle rages for Syria town as bombs kill 41 children

10/01/2014 19:33 GMT

by by Fulya Ozerkan with Sara Hussein in Beirut

MURSITPINAR, October 1, 2014 (AFP) - Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes were locked in fierce fighting Wednesday to prevent a key Syrian border town from falling to Islamic State group jihadists.

It came as 41 children were reported dead in twin bombings at a school in the government-controlled central city of Homs, which has been devastated by the three-year civil war.

Agence France-Presse:

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Only Men Go To Work On An Egg In Parts Of Lesotho

Improving nutrition and reducing stunting in children - low growth for age - is not easy. Part of the trick is getting people to understand what difference a healthy diet can make for them and their youngsters.

Semonkong - That a man can enjoy eggs while his wife and daughters endure a poor diet is commonplace is some parts of Lesotho.

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Guinea + 2 others
Afrique de l'Ouest : plus de 3.700 enfants ont perdu au moins un parent à cause d'Ebola - UNICEF

UN News Service

30 septembre 2014 – Au moins 3.700 enfants en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Léone ont perdu au moins un parent à cause de l'épidémie d'Ebola depuis le début de l'épidémie, et une grande partie d'entre eux ont été rejetés par leurs familles par peur d'être infectés, selon une évaluation publiée mardi par le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

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Ten killed in Ukraine's Donetsk on first day of school

10/02/2014 03:14 GMT

by Simon VALMARY with Maria ANTONOVA in Kiev

DONETSK, October 2, 2014 (AFP) - Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city of Donetsk was shaken by violence Wednesday as 10 people, including parents and teachers, were killed, the highest toll since a tenuous ceasefire was agreed.

Terrified children, arriving for the first day of school, were forced to shelter in the basement as the shelling yielded the highest single civilian toll since the ceasefire was struck between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists last month.

Agence France-Presse:

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ACT Alliance Alert: Food security situation in Malawi

ACT Alliance

Geneva, 1 October 2014

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact