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UNHCR: UNHCR increases aid as South Sudanese refugees stream into Ethiopia

By at April 15, 2014 | 1:02 pm

UNHCR: UNHCR increases aid as South Sudanese refugees stream into Ethiopia

(UNHCR) UNHCR announced on Tuesday it had begun airlifts and construction of new camps to help South Sudanese refugees fleeing to Ethiopia, who now total more than 95,000 and are growing at up to 1,000 a day. The UN refugee agency told reporters it was working with its partners to improve conditions in Ethiopia's western Gambella region– flying in new tents, more...

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REUTERS: Thousands Flee Gun Battle as Chad Withdraws From C. African Republic

By at April 15, 2014 | 9:23 am

REUTERS: Thousands Flee Gun Battle as Chad Withdraws From C. African Republic

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thousands fled a gun battle between Chadian troops escorting a convoy of Muslim civilians and local militia in Central African Republic, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday, as Chad completed a withdrawal of soldiers from its violence-ravaged neighbour. Central African Republic has descended into chaos since the mainly Muslim more...

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UNITED NATIONS: World Must Help People of Central African Republic ‘Not Tomorrow – Today,’ Declares UN Chief

By at April 14, 2014 | 1:09 pm

UNITED NATIONS: World Must Help People of Central African Republic ‘Not Tomorrow – Today,’ Declares UN Chief

(United Nations) More than 70,000 people are now living in horrendous conditions crammed into the Central African Republic (CAR) Bangui airport – the lucky ones under weather-beaten tarps just yards from the runway. Others are in the open. “Like its stranded airport refugees, the Central African Republic is in dire need of a ticket out of its misery,” United more...

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USAID: Ending Extreme Poverty with a New Model of Development

By at April 14, 2014 | 12:50 pm

USAID: Ending Extreme Poverty with a New Model of Development

(USAID) Tonight, 860 million people will go to sleep hungry. This year, 6.6 million children will die before their 5th birthday. And every day, 1.1 billion people around the world—more than the population of North and South America combined—live in extreme poverty on just a dollar-and-a-quarter a day. Even after adjusting for the relative price of local more...

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UNICEF: New Commitments in Water and Sanitation Will Transform Children’s Lives

By at April 11, 2014 | 12:44 pm

UNICEF: New Commitments in Water and Sanitation Will Transform Children’s Lives

(UNICEF) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today joined over 50 countries in setting concrete targets to reach the 2.5 billion people across the globe still without adequate sanitation, and the almost 750 million without safe drinking water. Children in particular will benefit from the new more...

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SOLOMON ISLANDS: Salesian Programs Offer Shelter to Homeless Recovering from Devastating Cyclones

By at April 5, 2014 | 10:27 am

SOLOMON ISLANDS: Salesian Programs Offer Shelter to Homeless Recovering from Devastating Cyclones

(MissionNewswire) The Solomon Islands are one of the poorest countries in the Pacific region with almost 40 percent of the population living in poverty, according to UNICEF. The majority of the country’s children live in remote areas where access to education is limited. Close to 25 percent of youth never attend primary school with 30 percent of those attending never more...

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INDIA: Salesians Offer Hope, Education to India’s Child Laborers

By at April 4, 2014 | 6:23 pm

INDIA: Salesians Offer Hope, Education to India’s Child Laborers

(MissionNewswire) India has the largest number of child laborers under the age of 14 in the world, according to UNICEF. Many are engaged in dangerous occupations and live life on the streets. In 2010, India passed a landmark law mandating that all children between the ages of 6 and 14 be in school, but according to UNICEF, millions of children remain in the workforce. more...

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MEXICO: Salesian Programs in U.S. Mexico Border Towns Help Youth Combat Violence, Provide Hope for the Future

By at April 4, 2014 | 6:22 pm

MEXICO: Salesian Programs in U.S. Mexico Border Towns Help Youth Combat Violence, Provide Hope for the Future

(MissionNewswire) The border between the United States and Mexico spans 1,969 miles and has more than 20 checkpoints along its route. Constant migration is taking place between the two countries with Mexican migrant workers traveling to U.S border towns seeking employment and immigrants from both countries crossing back and forth in addition to cases of undocumented more...

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CHILE: After Massive Earthquake, Salesian Missionaries Report Property Damage but No Injuries

By at April 4, 2014 | 10:28 am

CHILE: After Massive Earthquake, Salesian Missionaries Report Property Damage but No Injuries

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries report property damage but no injuries after a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 struck the northern coast of Chile 62 miles from the city of Iquique on April 1. The initial earthquake, followed by at least 10 strong aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 6.2, generated a tsunami and caused multiple deaths. A 6.9 more...

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LIBERIA: Donations Help Support Education and Health for More Than 2,300 Students and Families

By at April 1, 2014 | 5:42 pm

LIBERIA: Donations Help Support Education and Health for More Than 2,300 Students and Families

(MissionNewswire) Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world with 64 percent of its population of 3.5 million people living below the poverty line, according to the World Bank. The 2008 Human Development Index ranks Liberia in the bottom five of countries in the world. Still recovering from the effects of a 14 year civil war that ended in 2003, Liberians more...

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