Africa

UNICEF: ‘Believe in Zero’ Campaign Aims to End Violence Against Children in South Africa

By at May 2, 2012 | 10:44 am

UNICEF: ‘Believe in Zero’ Campaign Aims to End Violence Against Children in South Africa

(UNICEF) PRETORIA, South Africa – UNICEF is calling on all South Africans to unite behind the goal of reducing violence against children to zero. In the run-up to Child Protection Week, which will occur from 28 May to 3 June, the newly launched ‘Believe in Zero’ campaign highlights the role that everyone has to play in the protection of children. Among the more...

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SIERRA LEONE: New Child Hotline Offers Hope to Children Affected by Civil War

By at April 12, 2012 | 10:41 am

SIERRA LEONE: New Child Hotline Offers Hope to Children Affected by Civil War

(MissionNewswire) The potential to help nearly 4,000 children made homeless due to the aftermath of Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war is behind the launch of a new, 24-hour telephone counseling hotline. The Child Hotline 116 is an around-the-clock counseling hotline staffed by social workers—along with other trained professionals—offering hope and prospects more...

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UNICEF Report: Despite Recent Improvements, Outlook for the Horn of Africa Increasingly Worrisome

By at April 11, 2012 | 9:40 am

UNICEF Report: Despite Recent Improvements, Outlook for the Horn of Africa Increasingly Worrisome

(UNICEF) The massive humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa in 2011 reversed the spread of famine and saved tens of thousands of children’s lives, but the outlook is increasingly worrisome, threatening the tentative gains achieved to date, according to a new UNICEF report. “Despite significant progress in the food security outlook for the Horn of Africa, the more...

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WORLD WATER DAY: Salesian Missions Highlights Programs that Provide Safe Water, Agriculture Training

By at March 22, 2012 | 2:22 pm

WORLD WATER DAY: Salesian Missions Highlights Programs that Provide Safe Water, Agriculture Training

(MissionNewswire) The international community celebrated World Water Day on March 22, which is recognized annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. World Water Day 2012 was coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Each year, more...

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BENIN: Salesian Care Center Offers a Path Away from Poverty

By at November 1, 2011 | 8:25 am

BENIN: Salesian Care Center Offers a Path Away from Poverty

(UNICEF) Two years ago, Eric N’Koue was nearly sold by his father to child traffickers. Fortunately, he was intercepted by police and brought to the UNICEF-supported Saint Joseph Center, a facility providing care and opportunities for vulnerable children in the eastern city of Parakou. Now seven years old, Eric is one of about 20 children for whom the center has more...

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HORN OF AFRICA: Salesian Missions Among USAID Partners, Ad Council Launches New “FWD” Campaign

By at October 27, 2011 | 8:21 am

HORN OF AFRICA: Salesian Missions Among USAID Partners, Ad Council Launches New “FWD” Campaign

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions is among the international humanitarian organizations working to save lives in the Horn of Africa, and is one of the official “FWD” campaign partners. The new national public awareness campaign is titled “FWD”—for famine, war and drought—which is an acronym for the three crises affecting the Horn.  The campaign was launched more...

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UNICEF REPORT: More Resources Needed to Maintain Relief Effort in Horn of Africa

By at October 21, 2011 | 7:46 am

UNICEF REPORT: More Resources Needed to Maintain Relief Effort in Horn of Africa

(UNICEF) The massive humanitarian response to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa has eased the suffering of thousands of people, but more resources are needed to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in famine-hit areas of Somalia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a progress report on the crisis released on Oct. 21, 2011. “We more...

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AFRICA: UN Chief Calls For Greater International Support to Northeast Africa

By at September 25, 2011 | 7:56 am

AFRICA: UN Chief Calls For Greater International Support to Northeast Africa

(United Nations / FOCUS News Agency) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said international assistance should be intensified to solve the increasingly worsened crisis that has been plaguing Northeast Africa, also known as the Horn of Africa. Ban's statement came at a ministerial mini-summit on humanitarian response to the Horn of Africa which was more...

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HORN OF AFRICA: Saving Lives Amid Unimaginable Conditions, “We Must Not Be Discouraged”

By at September 21, 2011 | 3:26 pm

HORN OF AFRICA: Saving Lives Amid Unimaginable Conditions, “We Must Not Be Discouraged”

(MissionNewswire) A famine of massive proportions threatens 12.7 million people in the Horn of Africa who are in urgent need of emergency assistance, according to the U.S. State Department. Aid agencies continue to sound the alarm, warning that the death toll could continue to rise—possibly reaching several hundred thousand in the coming weeks alone. The reality of more...

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SOMALIA: 4 Million People Currently in Crisis, United Nation Reports

By at September 14, 2011 | 12:36 pm

SOMALIA: 4 Million People Currently in Crisis, United Nation Reports

(UNITED NATIONS – OCHA) According to the latest report by the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU), 4 million people are currently in crisis nationwide—3 million in the south of Somalia. Of these, 750,000 people risk death in the next four months if efforts to respond to the famine are not scaled up. To date, six areas in Somalia are in famine, namely more...

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