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Children suffer most as Niger slowly starves

Aug 02, 2010 11:10 AM

About 80 per cent of people in Niger − nearly 12 million people are now have as little as 10 days' food left. There are fears that many will starve without urgent aid.

Women protest against Uganda’s lack of Aids drugs

Aug 02, 2010 04:58 PM

Hundreds of women with Aids protested in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, against the current shortage of Aids drugs for Aids patients.

Women’s rights group calls for legal abortion in the Philippines

Aug 02, 2010 06:35 PM

Women's rights groups today (Monday) called for the abortion to be partly legalised in the Philippines after reports that an estimated half a million turn to unsafe procedures each year.

More than 1 million children need aid in Pakistan

Aug 03, 2010 09:36 AM

The United Nations children's agency UNICEF today said more than a million children need emergency aid as the worst floods in living memory devastate Pakistan.

Uganda’s under-age drinking ‘time bomb’

Aug 03, 2010 03:01 PM

Health experts in Uganda have warned the spread of underage drinking among the country’s children is a time bomb that could cause lasting damage to a generation.

Help for families with HIV in Angola

Aug 03, 2010 04:40 PM

An estimated 190,000 people are living with the virus in Angola, including 110,000 women. Staff in hospitals and clinics in 16 districts in Angola are being trained in preventing mother-to-child transmission and the United Nation Children’s Fund, Unicef is running country-wide education campaigns.

Children and elderly uprooted in Russia wildfires

Aug 04, 2010 09:30 AM

Hundreds of children and elderly hospital patients have been evacuated from deadly out-of-control forest fires sweeping Russia.

Cholera alert as floods hit Cameroon

Aug 05, 2010 09:53 AM

Heavy rains and flooding are fuelling a growing cholera outbreak in northern Cameroon.

Roma families face eviction

Aug 05, 2010 11:30 AM

At least 70 Roma families living in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, face being left homeless, because the city authorities want to demolish homes in the area.

Naomi Campbell set to give war crimes testimony

Aug 05, 2010 12:10 PM

Naomi Campbell is today due to answer questions in court about whether she was given a blood diamond by a former warlord.

Spurs fans help raise thousands for SOS Children

Aug 05, 2010 04:45 PM

In May, Spurs FC launched their “Spurs in South Africa” World Cup t-shirt, which proudly declares the team's support for SOS Children. Buy a shirt and profits go towards our work.

Children from cut -off native communities have been found starving in one of the world’s richest countries.

Aug 06, 2010 10:56 AM

Child protection workers have said the situation in Australia’s Northern territory was so bad that international aid was needed.

SOS Children opens crisis centre for women in Belarus

Aug 06, 2010 12:23 PM

The recently opened SOS Children's Village Mogilev has an unusually significant impact as it also features the country's first shelter for women offering long-term protection from domestic violence. Tatiana Burova of SOS Children's Villages Belarus explains the centre's work.

Naomi Campbell, blood diamonds and the Sierra Leone war

Aug 06, 2010 03:48 PM

The spectacle of supermodel Naomi Campbell testifying at a war crimes court about her alleged gift from Liberia's ex-warlord has put 'blood diamonds' back in the media spotlight.

Rotavirus vaccines save poorest children

Aug 07, 2010 02:33 PM

A vaccine for preventing a disease that kills more than half a million children worldwide is safe and works, new studies show.

Child Labour in India’s cotton corridor

Aug 07, 2010 03:40 PM

At just 12 years-old, Mani was forced to leave school. For two years, she stooped beside 15 other girls and boys at a farm in the Indian state of Karnataka.

150 million milestone in treating river blindness

Aug 09, 2010 09:34 AM

International blindness charity Sightsavers has just treated its 150 millionth person against tropical disease river blindness.

Warlord gave Naomi ‘huge diamond’

Aug 09, 2010 02:40 PM

An ‘excited’ Naomi Campbell was given a ‘huge diamond’ from former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, actress Mia Farrow today told his war crimes trial in The Hague.

Africans’ sexual health at threat from Western campaigners

Aug 09, 2010 04:02 PM

Western-based anti-abortion campaigners are jeopardising work to improve sexual and reproductive health education in Africa, international agencies say.

Children work to support their families in Gaza

Aug 09, 2010 05:10 PM

On 5 July, Israel announced details about the easing of the blockade on Gaza, where goods on a ‘list of controlled items’ would now be allowed into the region. This list included previously banned food like ketchup and chocolate, small goods like children’s toys and paper and larger items such as mattresses and washing machines. Goods listed as ‘dual use’, such as fertilisers, gas tanks, drilling and water disinfecting equipment, are still banned.

Schools and hospitals braced for South Africa strike

Aug 09, 2010 05:15 PM

Schools and hospitals were today making plans to prepare for tomorrow’s nationwide strike by an estimated 1.3m public sector workers.

South Africa must deliver on women’s rights, says president

Aug 10, 2010 02:51 PM

Just talking about women's rights is not enough, South African President Jacob Zuma has said, highlighting out how far the country needs to go to make good its goals for equality.

Britain urged to use aid to end Rwanda rights abuses

Aug 10, 2010 03:36 PM

Campaigners are pressing the UK government to use its overseas aids cash to end rights abuses that are ruining Rwanda’s reputation.

Escaping the shanty towns of Brazil

Aug 10, 2010 04:52 PM

In a book published last month, ‘Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge of Rio de Janeiro’, the sociologist Janice Perlman takes a look at life in the shanty towns of Brazil.

Swine flu pandemic over but pregnant women and children still vulnerable

Aug 10, 2010 06:05 PM

The World Health Organisation today declared the swine flu pandemic officially over.

Women’s access to health care in Argentina

Aug 11, 2010 09:32 AM

In a new report just published, ‘Illusions of Care: Lack of Accountability for Reproductive Rights in Argentina’, Human Rights Watch highlights the obstacles faced by many women and young girls in accessing the health care to which they’re entitled in Argentina.

Floods kill 100 in West Africa

Aug 11, 2010 10:20 AM

Nearly 100 people have been killed and thousands of homes and vital food crops wrecked as floods sweep West Africa.

Self-built toilets protect children in Malawi

Aug 11, 2010 01:52 PM

Thousands of children living in Malawi’s shanty towns are now less at risk of dying from diarrhoea-linked illnesses after people have learnt to build their own safe, hygienic toilets.

HIV cases increase in Thailand with Myanmar migrants

Aug 11, 2010 04:23 PM

There are an estimated 2 million people from Myanmar (formerly Burma) now living and working in Thailand, having crossed the border to escape the civil unrest, repression and economic woes of their country, which has been ruled by a military junta since the 1960s. Each year, thousands more risk their lives to enter Thailand.

Naomi Campbell could be charged over blood diamonds

Aug 11, 2010 04:29 PM

Naomi Campbell may be charged with possessing illegal uncut diamonds, say police in South Africa.

Mums queue for birth certificates in Angola

Aug 12, 2010 09:33 AM

Mothers are queuing up at hospitals to get their babies vaccinated and registered certificates, after Angola brought in free birth certificates for children under five.

Hundreds of children snatched by Uganda rebels

Aug 12, 2010 09:44 AM

Hundreds of children have been abducted and forced to kill by a Ugandan rebel group in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rights group claims.

Zimbabwe auction gems mined by child slaves, say rights groups

Aug 12, 2010 11:06 AM

Zimbabwe has auctioned rough gems from a diamond field where human rights groups say soldiers killed 200 people, raped women and used children as slaves.

Disasters threaten to spark food crisis

Aug 12, 2010 02:48 PM

A string of natural disasters − floods, fires, locusts and droughts – could send food prices around the world soaring over the next 12 months.

Locked up with mum: Zimbabwe’s child prisoners

Aug 12, 2010 04:40 PM

Babies and children are sharing prison cells with their mothers as they await trials ranging from murder to pick-pocketing.

Health care crisis in Romania

Aug 12, 2010 04:50 PM

A recent radio programme by the BBC has highlighted the crisis in Romania’s hospitals, after a nine-year-old boy, Cristian Grigore, died of an infection after being admitted for a broken arm.

UN calls for more donations to help Pakistan

Aug 12, 2010 05:50 PM

The United Nations (UN) has made an appeal for 459 million dollars to be donated towards helping flood-devasted Pakistan. Unless more help is forthcoming, the UN fears that a second wave of death will hit the stricken people of Pakistan, as survivors of the floods fall ill from diseases and food shortages.

Child victims of brutal rebel attacks

Aug 13, 2010 09:06 AM

About 200 children were abducted when a brutal rebel group stormed villages either side of the border between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rights group says.

Mini microscope could save millions from TB

Aug 13, 2010 10:16 AM

A new microscope that runs on AA batteries can diagnose tuberculosis just as accurately as professional laboratory models.

Death toll mounts from landslides in China

Aug 13, 2010 11:54 AM

The death toll from landslides is mounting as rain brings further misery to China. The number of deaths caused by the weather is the highest the country has recorded since 1998.

Cameroon call for help to contain Cholera

Aug 16, 2010 10:05 AM

Cameroon has asked for emergency aid cash to contain the cholera outbreak that has killed 170 people and infected more than 2,000.

Displaced in Georgia require more assistance

Aug 17, 2010 10:40 AM

Georgia has been an independent nation for nearly two decades, following the collapse of communism in the USSR in 1991. In June this year, municipal elections went smoothly in Georgia, with balanced television coverage for opposition candidates and a new electoral code.

Niger hunger worse than 2005

Aug 17, 2010 11:43 AM

One in every five children is seriously malnourished in Niger, as the country suffers what aid officials are calling ‘the worst hunger crisis in its history.’

Economic crisis creating a ‘lost generation’

Aug 17, 2010 12:35 PM

As the United Nations’ International Year of Youth kicks off, one of its agencies is warning of a "lost generation" of young workers who can’t get decent jobs.

Pakistan’s children at risk in their millions

Aug 17, 2010 01:15 PM

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has visited Pakistan and declared the disaster “heart-wrenching” and the worst he has ever witnessed. He again urged countries around the world to offer more aid. Of the 460 million dollars needed to deal with the immediate needs, only 125 million has so far been pledged.

Major diamond traders ban Zimbabwe stones

Aug 17, 2010 02:35 PM

A major diamond trading network has banned its members from dealing in stones from Zimbabwe's Marange fields, where workers have been killed and children enslaved.

Dengue prevention in Sri Lanka

Aug 17, 2010 02:53 PM

In Sri Lanka, a massive campaign has been launched by the government to raise awareness about dengue fever, which is now seen as a national priority. Reported cases over the last decade peaked in 2009. And this year, the number of cases is running even higher up till the end of July, with 24,250 people being infected compared to 22,256 in the same period last year.

Ivory Coast mothers invest in girls' education

Aug 17, 2010 03:22 PM

Mothers in Côte d'Ivoire are clubbing together to raise cash to pay to send local girls to school.

Street children clampdown heavy handed and traumatic, says university

Aug 17, 2010 03:35 PM

A clampdown on South African parents who take their to take children with them to beg on the streets was unnecessary and traumatic, academics say.

Fears for Niger’s hungry as aid dries up

Aug 18, 2010 10:00 AM

Without more aid money, the World Food Programme fears it will not be able to help all eight million people going hungry in Niger.

Mudslides bring misery to Yunnan province of China

Aug 18, 2010 05:07 PM

Following the huge landslide which buried the town of Zhouqu in Gansu province over a week ago, leaving over 1,200 people dead or many hundreds more missing, a town in southwest China has been struck by another mudslide.

Lebanon allows Palestinian refugees to work legally

Aug 18, 2010 05:20 PM

Lebanon is a small, mountainous country which gained its independence in 1943. Long the refuge of persecuted minorities, the country has an extremely mixed populace, with over seventeen officially recognised religious sects.

Mango shortage leaves Senegalese families struggling

Aug 19, 2010 11:46 AM

Families in Senegal have less to eat and less cash to buy food with after a winter heatwave ruined this year’s mango harvest.

Cancer: the developing world’s silent killer

Aug 19, 2010 12:15 PM

Although Aids/HIV, TB and Malaria make more international headlines, a major killer in the world’s poorest countries is Cancer.

The problem of homeless children is highlighted in the USA

Aug 19, 2010 03:23 PM

In the past, those without a home in the USA were predominantly single adults. But over the past couple of years the number of homeless families has grown by 30%.

Poverty of the Roma in Hungary

Aug 19, 2010 03:38 PM

Almost 90% of Roma adults are unemployed and most are living below the poverty line. And with worsening racial attitudes, it is becoming even harder to find employment, especially since many Roma lack a decent level of education. Fewer than 10% of Roma students complete secondary school in Hungary.

Newborn dies amid South Africa strike chaos

Aug 20, 2010 09:52 AM

A baby died yesterday(Thursday) while he was being rushed from a clinic shut down by South Africa's public sector workers strike hit hospitals, schools and courts across the country.

Children at risk as greedy traders hoard food while Niger starves

Aug 23, 2010 10:55 AM

Niger’s ‘silent child emergency’ is being worsened by hoarders stockpiling food as the country starves.

Breastfeeding confusion for HIV mothers

Aug 23, 2010 12:05 PM

HIV positive mothers in Uganda are not sure whether they can safely breastfeed their babies as new advice from the World Health Organisation fails to reach them.

SOS Children launches Christmas range 2010

Aug 23, 2010 03:00 PM

Launch of the SOS Children Christmas range for 2010, providing help for orphaned and abandoned children around the world this Christmas and beyond.

Changing attitudes to sanitation in Nepal

Aug 24, 2010 09:31 AM

With its ancient culture and the stunning landscape provided by the Himalayas, Nepal has a romantic image. The country became a republic in May 2008 and despite ongoing political tensions following a ten-year insurrection, tourists are beginning to return to this beautiful landlocked nation.

Progress against female mutilation in Ethiopia

Aug 24, 2010 03:03 PM

In Afar, a region in north east Ethiopia, over 90 percent of women are subjected to one of the severest types of genital mutilation. The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play a central role in communities, such as attending childbirths.

Pakistan may need 15 billion to rebuild

Aug 24, 2010 04:58 PM

According to Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Britain, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the cost of rebuilding his devastated country could be in the region of 10 to 15 billion dollars. This gives an idea about the scale of the disaster, which has affected 20 million people.

Global health warning over drug-resistant bacteria

Aug 25, 2010 09:29 AM

Amid the growing threat of antibiotic resistance the World Health Organisation is urging countries around the world to actively prevent against the spread of a multi-drug resistant superbug.

Tackling disease in Kenya

Aug 25, 2010 04:14 PM

In June, a national budget of 15 billion dollars was announced in Kenya to address climate-related issues. But a coalition of scientists, the Forest Action Network and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) believes more funding will be needed to tackle the growing threat to the nation’s health from warmer temperatures and unpredictable rains.

Third generation refugees make a life in Syria

Aug 25, 2010 04:35 PM

Following pressure from the United States, Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume direct negotiations for the first time in 20 months. The two sides will meet together in Washington on 2nd September and one of the key issues will be the resettlement of Palestinian refugees.

Aids patients suffer in South African strike

Aug 26, 2010 09:22 AM

Aids patients are not being treated in the country with the most people infected with HIV because of a nation-wide public sector workers’ strike in South Africa.

Worries ahead for Cambodia

Aug 26, 2010 11:36 AM

In Cambodia, government officials and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are sounding the alarm over late rains and record low water levels. In a country with a population of 14 million, over forty percent or some 6 million people rely on the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers for their livelihood.

SOS eNews: September 2010

Aug 26, 2010 04:35 PM

A summary of news from SOS Children from the last month and the weeks ahead.

Nigeria battles cholera outbreak

Aug 27, 2010 09:28 AM

Nigeria is on a nationwide alert after at least 352 people died during the last three months in a cholera outbreak.

Peacekeepers struggle to explain mass rapes 19 miles from Congo base

Aug 27, 2010 11:20 AM

The United Nations Security Council yesterday spoke out against the mass rape of nearly 200 women by rebels in eastern Congo while the organisation's top officials struggled to explain how its peacekeepers failed to prevent the attacks.

Floods swallow more of Pakistan

Aug 29, 2010 11:08 AM

The surge of flood waters along the Indus River continues to swallow up more and more land in Pakistan.

I am Slave: TV drama highlights Britain’s slave trade

Aug 31, 2010 10:29 AM

Modern day slavery was highlighted in a powerful new drama following the plight of a young girl kidnapped in the Sudan, transported to London and kept as a slave.

Clean water for one million people in Africa

Aug 31, 2010 12:36 PM

Shoppers in British supermarkets are providing fresh, clean drinking water for one million people in Africa.

The young shanty dwellers of Columbia

Aug 31, 2010 05:05 PM

During the last 30 years in Columbia, between 4 to 6 million people have been displaced from rural villages by the violence of armed groups. Though the paramilitaries have ended their political struggle, many groups still roam the rural areas, forcing villagers from their homes and using the land for criminal activities and drug-smuggling.