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UK To Help Teens Tackle Mental Health Crisis Via Technology

UK To Help Teens Tackle Mental Health Crisis Via Technology

With new initiatives – some in school, others digital – professionals say they are now treating more children, reaching more minorities and, crucially, catching them all earlier For the British teachers grappling with a mental health crisis in the classroom, running a suicide watch or rushing psychotic pupils to the hospital can increasingly fall into […]

Young Eritreans Share Their Stories On Immigration

Young Eritreans Share Their Stories  On Immigration

Isaias was 16 when he escaped from Sa’wa, the military training camp for final-year high school students in Eritrea. His parents came to know of his whereabouts only a few weeks after. From Sudan, he tried to cross the Sinai to reach Israel. But he was kidnapped by bandits. His family paid a high ransom to save […]

Rant Of The Day – For The Love Of God

Rant Of The Day – For The Love Of God

Hello Readers,  Welcome to the rant column.  Please, Please and please I am appealing to young women and men to do what their totally comfortable with themselves and what makes them look good. If you want to wear ‘show me your back’ as a woman, please make sure the back is fresh, make sure we […]

Philippines’ HIV Dilemma: Too Young For A Test But Old Enough For Sex

Philippines’ HIV Dilemma: Too Young For A Test But Old Enough For Sex

When Rey* first got an HIV test, his mother went with him. He was 17 and her consent was required by law. “My mum and I are pretty close. She has no issues about me being gay and is really supportive. But I know a lot of my friends wouldn’t dare bring their mums with […]

Under The Shadow Of ‘Dirty’ HIV, South African Children Offered A Refuge

Under The Shadow Of ‘Dirty’ HIV, South African Children Offered A Refuge

In Edendale in KwaZulu Natal, which has the highest HIV rate of any province in South Africa, there are children who had believed, from when they were very young, that they were on daily pills for chronic tuberculosis. It comes as a shocking revelation to discover that they were born with HIV in a town […]

Kenyan Girls Get On Their Bikes In Pursuit Of An Education

Kenyan Girls Get On Their Bikes In Pursuit Of An Education

Jacqueline Nasimiyu used to wake in the early hours and, after making breakfast and fetching water, she would trek down valleys, push through bushes and wiggle under barbed wire fences to cover the 6km to Mahanga K secondary school in western Kenya. There were no school buses and no paved roads around her village of […]

Africa’s Urbanisation ‘Megatrend’ Needs To Deliver Growth, Says Report

Africa’s Urbanisation ‘Megatrend’ Needs To Deliver Growth, Says Report

More than half of all Africans are expected to live in cities by 2050, so policymakers must ensure this “megatrend” acts as a catalyst for development and growth, and does not result in millions of people eking out precarious existences in slums, according to the latest African Economic Outlook. The study (pdf), produced by the […]

‘They Think What They Did Was Normal’ – Central African Republic’s Lost Children

‘They Think What They Did Was Normal’ – Central African Republic’s Lost Children

Zoudam* sits on a bench and describes how she was raped by a rebel fighter two years ago in this village in Central African Republic. Her voice is flat, her head bowed, and her 12-year-old feet swing nervously above the concrete floor. “After the rape, he left me. I felt dizzy. I struggled home,” she […]