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October 2010

Volcanic eruption in Indonesia: SOS Children mourns the death of one of its volunteers, SOS helps Benin flood victims, Oscar-nominated actress visits SOS Children's Village Alibaug, Mumbai, SOS Children formally adopts UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, Ninth SOS Children's Village opened in Nepal

Winter looms for homeless in Kyrgyzstan

Oct 01, 2010 09:59 AM

During the violence which broke out in Kyrgyzstan over the summer between the Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities, more than 400 people died and over 2,000 houses were destroyed.

Storms threaten Haiti’s homeless

Oct 01, 2010 10:04 AM

As regular storms continue to pound the Atlantic basin, agencies are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of the Haitian refugees living in tents. The hurricane season is due to run for another two months and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US has warned that this year is likely to prove a particularly bad one.

40,000 girls trafficked as sex slaves

Oct 01, 2010 10:10 AM

Thousands of Nigerian girls have been forced into prostitution into nearby Mali, Nigerian officials said.

Congo abuse victims speak

Oct 01, 2010 11:41 AM

Victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo today told a United Nations hearing about what happened to them.

Mudslides bring more misery to Mexico

Oct 01, 2010 03:59 PM

Storms and torrential rain continue to heap misery on Mexico. On Wednesday, a hill collapsed around the remote town of Amatan in the state of Chiapas. 16 people were killed (8 adults and 8 children) in this poor coffee-growing area.

Zimbabwe: Up to 20,000 at risk of forced eviction

Oct 01, 2010 04:09 PM

Some 20,000 people who live in an ultra-poor shantytown in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare could be forced out of their homes.

Eight killed in bombings at Nigeria’s jubilee

Oct 01, 2010 04:22 PM

Eight people were killed in two car bombings in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, near to a parade celebrating the country's 50th anniversary of independence.

Malaria drugs stolen from Africa's poorest

Oct 04, 2010 12:03 PM

Families turning up at Uganda’s hospitals are being sent away to buy their own anti-malarial drugs because widespread government corruption and theft of drugs.

Report details hundreds of Congo atrocities

Oct 04, 2010 12:12 PM

Hundreds of human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo are laid bare in a new, controversial United Nations report

President’s shock at Namibia’s levels of drink and drug abuse

Oct 04, 2010 12:20 PM

Namibia’s president has called for urgent action on drink and drug abuse, saying he is “disturbed” by the country’s rate of alcohol and drug abuse.

Global joblessness threatens mass social unrest

Oct 04, 2010 12:28 PM

Growing mass protests and riots are feared as a United Nations work agency forecasts employment will not now recover until 2015.

Africa lets human rights slide

Oct 04, 2010 04:43 PM

Africans are healthier and wealthier than before. But a slip in democracy across the continent undermines its progress, said a report out today.

More money needed to fight malaria

Oct 05, 2010 09:41 AM

At least £3 billion is needed in the battle to control malaria, say British and Kenyan experts.

Bangladesh leads way in preventing deaths by drowning

Oct 05, 2010 09:51 AM

In August, a ceremony was held in Dhaka to launch the International Drowning Research Centre, Bangladesh (IDRC – B). This is the first centre of its kind set up to carry out research and develop effective ways of preventing children from drowning.

Pakistan lobbies to be defined as “particularly vulnerable”

Oct 05, 2010 10:00 AM

The current phase of the Kyoto Protocol treaty on climate change expires in 2012 and representatives from countries worldwide are meeting in Tianjin, northern China to discuss possible steps forwards from 2012.

Kids in Care - a better way?

Kids in Care - a better way?

Oct 05, 2010 11:10 AM

In 1949 the very first SOS Children’s Village was built in Austria. Sixty-one years later, there are 505 Villages in 124 countries worldwide, caring for more than 78,000 children and reaching out to thousands more in the community.

Update 5th October: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Update 5th October: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Oct 05, 2010 02:50 PM

Update on the Flood Relief Programme in Pakistan, 5 October 2010

Africa United billed as the new Slumdog

Oct 06, 2010 02:50 PM

A new film shining a new light on the real Africa is tipped to match the success of Slumdog Millionaire.

Millions of lives hang on Global Fund pledges

Oct 06, 2010 03:12 PM

For the past 12 years, Sibongile Mavimbela has been living with HIV. She has been taking anti-retrovirals for the past seven.

How international policies affect Haiti

Oct 06, 2010 03:19 PM

In a new report, Oxfam is calling on the USA to make radical changes in its policies towards Haiti.

Hungary declares a state of emergency over toxic sludge

Oct 06, 2010 03:22 PM

A state of emergency has been declared in three western counties of Hungary after an industrial reservoir burst its banks on Monday.

More children die from lead poisoning in Nigeria

Oct 07, 2010 09:57 AM

According to a statement from the United Nations (UN) this week, as many as 400 children in Nigeria have died this year from lead poisoning.

Mexico’s growing number of scarred children

Oct 07, 2010 10:05 AM

Drug-related violence in Mexico has lead to the deaths of nearly 30,000 people over the last four year and killings are on the increase.

Children traumatised by violence against schools in Thailand

Oct 07, 2010 05:24 PM

n recent years, the southern provinces of Thailand have seen an upsurge in violence.

Kenya fires 1,000 teachers for sex abuse

Oct 08, 2010 09:45 AM

A thousand teachers have been sacked amid allegations of sexually abusing school girls.

Schools in Egypt will drop sex education

Oct 08, 2010 09:54 AM

The Egyptian government has decided to remove all sex education from the school curriculum.

Esprit makes a big bang for SOS

Esprit makes a big bang for SOS

Oct 08, 2010 03:35 PM

In 2008 Esprit committed made a commitment to help children in India by supporting SOS Children's Villages.

HIV funding hole will cost lives

Oct 08, 2010 03:49 PM

In spite of the recession, the world body dealing with Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, was banking on donors promising much more money than they did at a New York meeting this week.

Ninth SOS Children's Village opened in Nepal

Ninth SOS Children's Village opened in Nepal

Oct 11, 2010 08:55 AM

Dignitaries from Austria and Nepal attended the opening of the ninth Nepalese SOS Children's Village in Lumbini, continuing the long-standing tradition of the organisation's work in the Himalayan kingdom.

Haiti calls for private investment to help development

Oct 11, 2010 09:45 AM

All agree the task to rebuild Haiti will be huge. 11 billion dollars has been pledged by donors since the devastating earthquake which levelled Port-au-Prince at the start of the year. But the current Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, has warned it will take much more than this aid to build a “better” Haiti.

Sex crimes against children in Uganda

Oct 11, 2010 09:50 AM

As Kenya sacks more than 1,000 of its teachers for sexually abusing girls, some organisations are highlighting the issue of sex crimes against children in Uganda.

World leaders call for a proper discussion on reproductive health

Oct 11, 2010 09:59 AM

Reproductive health and rights have slipped from the international agenda, say world leaders who are working to push the issue to the top of the development agenda.

Haiti earthquake update

Haiti earthquake update

Oct 11, 2010 10:05 AM

Following the earthquake on 12 January 2010, with your help, we raised a total of over £32 million to support the SOS Children Emergency Relief Programme in Haiti.

Quake-hit areas of Pakistan may miss out because of floods

Oct 12, 2010 02:44 PM

After the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, long term aid was promised. Now that the floods have caused wide ranging devastation, have the victims of the earthquake been forgotten?

Rural communities have to rebuild livelihoods in Zimbabwe

Oct 12, 2010 02:55 PM

Slowly but steadily, rural communities in Zimbabwe are rebuilding their lives. But there is still a long way to go.

One billion people go hungry in 2010

Oct 12, 2010 05:14 PM

More than one billion people worldwide are going hungry this year, alarming new figures reveal.

Safe green energy for South Africa shanty town families

Oct 12, 2010 05:16 PM

Four thousand families in South Africa’s largest and poorest township now have safe supplies of heat and light through a green energy project.

Central Vietnam struck by severe flooding

Oct 13, 2010 10:19 AM

Established in the year 1010, Thang Long or Hanoi as it’s now known, is marking its 1000th anniversary as Vietnam’s capital. Over 30,000 people have taken part in parades through the streets. But as the city dwellers celebrate, many Vietnamese further south have been struggling to cope with torrential rains and heavy flooding.

Flash floods bring misery to the east of Indonesia

Oct 13, 2010 10:44 AM

Across the eastern province of Papua in Indonesia, flash floods have caused the deaths of at least 145 people and forced over 4,600 to flee their homes.

George Clooney briefs President Obama on Sudan ‘time bomb’

Oct 13, 2010 10:56 AM

Hollywood film star George Clooney was last night due to brief US President Barack Obama about his recent trip to Sudan, on which he voiced fears of renewed war.

4,500 children at risk in Aids clinic closure

Oct 13, 2010 11:04 AM

As many as 4,447 children living with HIV and Aids will suffer as the Uganda Aids clinic caring for them threatens to shut.

World cities told to prepare for more disasters

Oct 14, 2010 09:32 AM

Cities across the world have been urged to put more money into emergency planning for the growing number of natural disasters.

Colombia faces an epidemic of dengue fever

Oct 14, 2010 09:36 AM

In Colombia this year, 115 deaths from dengue fever have been reported by the country’s National Health Institute.

Lebanon’s refugee camps

Oct 14, 2010 09:45 AM

Cheering crowds have greeted the arrival of Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Lebanon.

TB tests for all South Africa HIV patients

Oct 14, 2010 09:46 AM

Health officials in South Africa plan to bring in routine Tuberculosis tests for HIV patients as part of a new five year plan aiming to halve the number of cases.

Gaza’s children hurt in the crossfire between Israel and the Palestinians

Oct 14, 2010 05:26 PM

After a gap of 20 months, fresh peace talks were held between Israel and the Palestinians last month. But as the two sides argue, ordinary citizens continue to be caught in the crossfire between the two sides, many of them children.

Dance provides therapy for girls and women in India

Oct 14, 2010 05:29 PM

Dancing has always been a way for people to express emotions. As far back as the nineteenth century, the therapeutic benefits of dance became recognised.

Senegal welcomes Haiti students

Oct 18, 2010 09:53 AM

Scores of students from quake-hit Haiti started new lives as they stepped of a plane in Senegal.

Law puts girls at risk in Cambodia

Oct 18, 2010 09:56 AM

Across Asia, an estimated 10 million girls and women work in prostitution selling sex to around 75 million men.

Hopes for stability in Kyrgyzstan

Oct 19, 2010 09:19 AM

In April this year, a popular uprising in Kyrgyzstan ousted the authoritarian system which had ruled for almost two decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Pakistan’s long-term development

Oct 19, 2010 09:27 AM

As the international aid agencies continue to concern themselves with the distribution of emergency supplies in Pakistan and attending to the immediate needs of 14 million people, governments and banks are beginning to assess the long term impact of the floods.

Super typhoon Megi batters the Philippines

Oct 19, 2010 10:35 AM

In the Philippines rescue teams are on their way to towns on the island of Luzon, where typhoon Megi (known locally as ‘Juan’) made landfall yesterday shortly before noon.

UN-backed troops raping and killing in Congo

Oct 19, 2010 04:29 PM

Government soldiers backed by the United Nations are accused of raping, killing and looting in the same part of eastern Congo where gangs committed mass rapes two months ago.

Hopes for a better future in Sudan

Oct 20, 2010 09:34 AM

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has just reported success in gaining access to an area of northern Sudan which has been cut off from international aid since the start of the year.

Aid worker freed in Somalia

Oct 20, 2010 03:20 PM

A British aid worker kidnapped by masked gunmen in Somalia today said how happy he was at being released.

100,000 homeless in Benin floods

Oct 20, 2010 03:26 PM

Sixty people have been killed and 100,000 left homeless after devastating flooding in Benin.

 SOS Children formally adopts UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

SOS Children formally adopts UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Oct 22, 2010 09:27 AM

The International Senate of SOS Children’s Villages International has unanimously adopted the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children as a key framework for its work.

Bangladesh most at risk from climate change

Oct 22, 2010 09:53 AM

A panel of UN scientists has stated it is now ninety per cent likely that the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is largely responsible for the global warming which has happened over the last 50 years.

Deaths in India from malaria could be massively under-reported

Oct 22, 2010 10:10 AM

Across the world, malaria infects one in ten of the world’s population and kills over a million people annually.

Update 21st October: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Update 21st October: Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Oct 22, 2010 10:50 AM

Latest on SOS Children work in flood affected Pakistan

Suspected cholera outbreak in Haiti

Oct 22, 2010 03:28 PM

Haiti is facing its largest medical crisis since the earthquake in January with a suspected outbreak of cholera.

India introduces payment scheme for pregnant women

Oct 22, 2010 04:31 PM

The number of maternal deaths has fallen globally from around half a million in 1980 to fewer than 350,000 in 2008.

Corporate Social Responsibility conversation kick starts in Cambridge

Corporate Social Responsibility conversation kick starts in Cambridge

Oct 25, 2010 09:10 AM

The Cambridge Responsibility Forum was launched last Monday 18 October, kick starting the largest conversation about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Cambridge

Côte d’Ivoire villagers live in fear of rape and robbery

Oct 25, 2010 10:19 AM

Armed gangs are terrorising villagers in western Côte d’Ivoire, say human rights campaigners.

Cholera death toll rises in Haiti

Oct 25, 2010 10:44 AM

Over 250 people have now died from the cholera outbreak which has struck the central Artibonite region of Haiti. And over 3,000 cases of infection have been reported.

Educating Uganda’s children about HIV/AIDs

Oct 26, 2010 09:35 AM

Around 1.1 million people are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS in UGANDA, 120,000 of them children.

Tsunami kills villagers in Indonesia

Oct 26, 2010 02:47 PM

On Monday, a strong earthquake struck the ocean floor near the Mentawai islands off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Health risk to children in Benin floods

Oct 26, 2010 02:51 PM

Children hit by Benin's worst floods for half a century now face a growing risk of disease, aid workers warn.

Africa United Film Review

Africa United Film Review

Oct 27, 2010 09:20 AM

A film review by Helen Elmerstig, School Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator, SOS Children

SOS families evacuated after volcanic eruption in Indonesia

SOS families evacuated after volcanic eruption in Indonesia

Oct 27, 2010 09:38 AM

Many families of the SOS family strengthening programme in Yogyakarta (Lembang near Bandung) have been evacuated from the affected region in Indonesia where the Mount Merapi volcano erupted on 26 October.

Preventing cholera in Haiti

Preventing cholera in Haiti

Oct 27, 2010 09:45 AM

A cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed over 250 people and over 3000 have been infected. The SOS Primary School in Santo uses information as a prevention tool.

Polio campaign and new vaccine bring hope to Nigeria and the world

Oct 27, 2010 11:37 AM

This week, 15 countries across the African continent are launching a synchronised programme of mass immunization against polio.

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children: Esther and Tino find a new home with SOS Children

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children: Esther and Tino find a new home with SOS Children

Oct 28, 2010 09:25 AM

The moving documentary “Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children”, re-broadcast recently on BBC2 followed the daily lives of children growing up in the country as they struggle to survive in dire conditions.

Indonesia battles two natural disasters in a week

Oct 28, 2010 09:27 AM

As the human toll rises from Monday’s tsunami off Western Sumatra, with nearly 300 people declared dead and over 400 missing, the Indonesian government is trying to keep more lives from being lost in Java. Mount Merapi is one of Indonesia’s most volatile volcanoes and erupted on Tuesday, spewing out hot ash and gas.

SOS evacuates children after Indonesia eruption

SOS evacuates children after Indonesia eruption

Oct 28, 2010 09:40 AM

With volcano Mount Merapi in Indonesia still spewing ash and a lava explosion looming, SOS Children’s Villages has evacuated more than 300 children who are supported through SOS Social Centres.

Oscar-nominated actress visits SOS Children's Village Alibaug, Mumbai

Oscar-nominated actress visits SOS Children's Village Alibaug, Mumbai

Oct 28, 2010 03:15 PM

On 12 October 2010, Oscar-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and her husband Peter Sarsgaard, visited the SOS Children's Village Alibaug in Mumbai to celebrate its opening.

Highlighting injustice against the Dalits in India

Oct 28, 2010 04:59 PM

It is sixty years since India’s constitution banned discrimination along caste lines, but the millennia-old hierarchy still affects the lives of millions of Indians today. People of low caste, known as the Dalits or “untouchables” (the word ‘Dalit’ comes from the Marathi to mean ‘ground’, ‘crushed’ or ‘suppressed’) still face widespread discrimination and prejudice. A new exhibition of photographs, called ‘Being Untouchable’ has opened in London to highlight their plight.

200,000 face homelessness in forced evictions

Oct 29, 2010 09:51 AM

More than 200,000 people face homelessness as Nigeria goes through with plans to clear its waterfront shanty towns.

SOS helps Benin flood victims

SOS helps Benin flood victims

Oct 29, 2010 01:05 PM

SOS Children has launched an Emergency Relief Programme to support 500 children and families affected by flooding in Benin.

Volcanic eruption in Indonesia: SOS Children mourns the death of one of its volunteers

Volcanic eruption in Indonesia: SOS Children mourns the death of one of its volunteers

Oct 29, 2010 01:12 PM

SOS Children's Villages mourns the death of one of its volunteers who died while helping out people in the areas affected by volcanic eruptions of Mount Merapi.

Food supplies for Pakistan are running out

Oct 29, 2010 04:15 PM

In September the United Nations (UN) launched its largest ever emergency appeal to raise 2 billion dollars for the victims of the floods in Pakistan.

The Problem with Charities

The Problem with Charities

Oct 01, 2010 01:35 PM

An editorial reflecting on some of the recent news items and common problems people have with charities