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Nearly Half Of Cyclone Idai’s Victims Are Children

Nearly Half Of Cyclone Idai’s Victims Are Children

The U.N. children’s fund reports nearly half of the 1.7 million people affected by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa are children. The official number of deaths across the region has now risen to over 700. But this figure is expected to increase once the waters have receded and the bodies of those who have drowned […]

Five Pupils Feared Dead As School Building Collapses In Lagos

Five Pupils Feared Dead As School Building Collapses In Lagos

At least eight people have been killed after a three-story school building collapsed in a densely populated area of Lagos. Thirty-seven people have been rescued from the rubble, but dozens are feared trapped. Emergency crews are scrambling to rescue dozens of schoolchildren trapped under debris after a three-story building collapsed in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, […]

LOUD WHISPERS : There Are No Strangers Here

LOUD WHISPERS : There Are No Strangers Here

Brenda staggered through the streets, her eyes smarting from the smoke of the vehicles and tyres burning around her. The sounds were so loud and piercing, after a while, she did not hear them anymore. ‘Maybe this is what the end of the world feels like’ she thought as she was shoved by a screaming […]

Somalia, UN Agency Launch Major Nutrition Survey For Children, Women

Somalia, UN Agency Launch Major Nutrition Survey For Children, Women

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Somali health ministry on Wednesday launched the first major nutrition survey in the country since 2009. Both the ministry and UNICEF said in a joint statement issued in Mogadishu that the Somali National Micronutrient Survey will be carried out in the next four months. Fawziya Abikar, minister of […]

Solar-Powered School Bags Changing Cote d’Ivoire’s Education

Solar-Powered School Bags Changing Cote d’Ivoire’s Education

Evariste Akoumian, a 37-year-old Ivorian, invented the “Solarpak”, a schoolbag with a solar panel and a lamp, to improve the education of young schoolchildren from rural, non-electrified areas. Using the lamp, children can now comfortably study after dark. Trained lawyer and former computer retailer turned tech-entrepreneur, Evariste Akoumian made note of the lack of electricity […]

This Counselling Session With Madam K : Our House Is Too Hot For Me

This Counselling Session With Madam K : Our House Is Too Hot For Me

Welcome to the counselling room with Madam K. As usual, we will read stories from survivors, people who have been through the odds and have stood against the odds. I am sharing these stories to awaken us, to make us know that people are going through a lot of inhumane treatment. I was in the […]

Know Your HIV Status

Know Your HIV Status

Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status. But we still have miles to go, as the latest UNAIDS report shows, and that includes reaching people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensuring that they are linked to […]

UNICEF Develops Story-Books For Children

UNICEF Develops Story-Books For Children

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF Zimbabwe), in collaboration with local writers, photographers and graphic designers has developed 16 story-books for children under the age of six. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education provided guidance to the creation of the curriculum content, which is centered on family values. UNICEF Chief of Education […]

We Need Special Help For Women Raped In “94 Genocide – CNLG

We Need Special Help For Women Raped In “94 Genocide – CNLG

Women who were raped and some even infected with HIV during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi should be given ‘special status’ to help them cope with the traumatic experience they went through, a parliamentary commission heard Thursday. The call was made by the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide […]

Malnutrition Is Creeping Into Our Communities…

Malnutrition Is Creeping Into Our Communities…

One could barely hear the cry of Aisha Alhassan, a seven month old girl who is suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), and the reason is not far-fetched, Aisha’s mother died of severe bleeding a day after she was born, and as such, she never had the taste of breast milk. She was left with […]