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January 2011

Former SOS child named first Jolie Legal Fellow, Côte d’Ivoire unrest results in project closure, Tunisia unrest: SOS projects safe, SOS to feature in BBC2 documentary, Colombia update: Emergency Relief for flood victims, NGO problems rebuilding in Haiti: a year on...
Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Gode, Ethiopia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Gode, Ethiopia

Jan 01, 2011 11:05 AM

A child sponsorship report from Gode, Ethiopia. Written in 2010.

UN vows to investigate Ivory Coast mass killings

Jan 04, 2011 09:18 AM

The United Nations has said it will do everything it can to investigate alleged killings and human rights abuses in The Ivory Coast as African leaders try to persuade the country's incumbent president to stand down.

Emergency aid increased to victims of Colombia’s floods

Jan 04, 2011 12:00 PM

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has stepped up provision of emergency aid to the many thousands of Colombians affected by the country’s devastating floods. Heavy rain has caused severe problems across 28 of Colombia’s 32 provinces, damaging buildings, closing schools and displacing families from their homes.

Women attacked by clothes police

Jan 04, 2011 12:13 PM

Women in south Sudan have been targeted in a string of abusive attacks by police cracking down on Western clothes.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bogotá, Colombia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bogotá, Colombia

Jan 04, 2011 12:46 PM

A child sponsorship report from Bogotá in Colombia. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nanchang, China

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nanchang, China

Jan 04, 2011 01:05 PM

A child sponsorship report from Nanchang in China. Written in 2010.

Haiti’s homeless express their feelings in letters

Jan 05, 2011 02:26 PM

In the north-western city of Gonaïves last Saturday, celebrations were held in Haiti to mark independence day.

Youth of Gaza vent their frustrations on the internet

Jan 05, 2011 02:32 PM

In December, a new round of Middle East peace talks ground to a halt, leaving the US Secretary of State no choice but to change policy and return to indirect talks with the two sides. Now a group of students have vented their frustration and anger with all those in authority on every side of the conflict.

Bangladesh begins new programme to tackle deaths from rabies

Jan 05, 2011 05:04 PM

Bangladesh has the highest per capita rate of human deaths from rabies than any other country in the world. According to government statistics, 100,000 people were bitten by a dog in 2009, resulting in at least 2,000 deaths from rabies.

Children in Nicaragua are the first to receive new pneumonia vaccine

Jan 05, 2011 05:06 PM

Vaccines have become a common tool to prevent infections, with many deadly diseases kept under control by a programme of childhood immunisation.

Global food prices hit record high

Jan 06, 2011 09:35 AM

World food prices last month climbed to their highest ever levels, said the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lumbini, Nepal

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Lumbini, Nepal

Jan 06, 2011 04:15 PM

A child sponsorship report from Lumbini in Nepal. Written in 2010.

The dangers of the road in Cambodia

Jan 06, 2011 04:32 PM

Nearly a quarter of Cambodia’s population (over 14 million people) now live in urban areas. The country’s economic growth and increasing urbanization bring benefits for people who migrate to the towns and cities, including easier access to services and health care. However, in Phnom Penh, residents face increasing danger from the overcrowded streets and surfeit of cars and bikes.

The health and environmental costs of industrial growth in China

Jan 06, 2011 04:46 PM

After last year’s fresh scandal over melamine-laced milk powder for babies, today reports are emerging from China of another case of child poisoning.

Sex workers blamed for Zimbabwe’s surge in teen Aids cases

Jan 07, 2011 09:42 AM

Teenage sex workers in Zimbabwe are being blamed for a spike in the number of HIV/Aids infections by failing to use condoms.

Vietnam shows that blindness from trachoma can be eradicated

Jan 07, 2011 03:08 PM

Cases of trachoma, the main cause of preventable blindness from infection have been decreasing, with Vietnam a leading example in tackling the disease.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bindura, Zimbabwe

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Bindura, Zimbabwe

Jan 10, 2011 10:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Bindura in Zimbabwe. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nelspruit, South Africa

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nelspruit, South Africa

Jan 10, 2011 10:55 AM

A child sponsorship report from Nelspruit in South Africa. Written in 2010.

Progress of development in Haiti one year after the earthquake

Jan 10, 2011 03:21 PM

It is now just under one year ago since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12th 2010, killing over 220,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless.

Cambodia sees reduction in parasitic disease

Jan 11, 2011 09:26 AM

In Cambodia, more than 80,000 residents living along the Mekong River are estimated to be at risk of schistosomiasis.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Isolo, Nigeria

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Isolo, Nigeria

Jan 11, 2011 10:15 AM

A child sponsorship report from Isolo in Nigeria. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sferai, Lebanon

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Sferai, Lebanon

Jan 11, 2011 10:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Sferai in Lebanon. Written in 2010.

NGO problems rebuilding in Haiti: a year on

NGO problems rebuilding in Haiti: a year on

Jan 11, 2011 03:40 PM

A year on and the population of Haiti is still suffering. More than one million people are marking the anniversary of the quake still living in refugee camps. BBC Radio 4 recently asked - quite rightly - how can that be when Haiti has attracted billions of dollars in donations and aid pledges?

Young people ignorant of smoking risks in Indonesia

Jan 11, 2011 04:42 PM

Last May, a shocking a video was posted on the internet showing a toddler in Indonesia who had become a tourist attraction for his chain smoking.

Young footballers are a symbol of triumph over adversity in Haiti

Jan 12, 2011 09:29 AM

On a dusty football pitch near Cite Soleil, the largest slum area in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, two teams of young footballers were training for a match.

Fifty die in Tunisia joblessness protest

Jan 12, 2011 10:30 AM

Schools and universities were closed after at least 50 people died in Tunisia during days of youth protests against high unemployment and rising food costs.

India’s Youth Day reminds the young of their moral, cultural and spiritual duties

Jan 12, 2011 12:02 PM

‘Stick to truth and we shall succeed. Fifty centuries are looking on you; the future of India depends on you. Work on...’ These are words spoken by the revered Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda and on the 12th January each year, India commemorates his birth with ‘National Youth Day’.

Haiti remembers its dead

Jan 12, 2011 03:57 PM

Yesterday Haiti’s President, Rene Preval, launched two days of remembrance by laying a wreath on a hill just north of the capital Port-au-Prince.

Fresh violence as armed groups clash in Ivory Coast

Jan 13, 2011 10:05 AM

A new outbreak of violence is likely in The Ivory Coast after the disputed election, rights activists warned last night (Wed) as some of the worst armed clashes to date erupted in the former capital.

Jordan moves to alleviate pressure on poor from higher food prices

Jan 13, 2011 04:46 PM

The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation has announced that worldwide food prices have hit a record high, outstripping levels reached during 2008.

Muslim women in Uganda call for condoms to prevent Aids

Jan 13, 2011 04:54 PM

A new HIV prevention programme for Muslims in Uganda should push condom use, women have said.

Malaria jab could save hundreds of thousands of lives

Jan 14, 2011 02:17 PM

A vaccine that almost cuts in half a person’s chance of catching malaria could save hundreds of thousands of people a year, say scientists.

Plight of refugees highlighted in Colombia

Jan 14, 2011 04:45 PM

Last month the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, visited Colombia to see for himself the plight of rural Colombians displaced by violent gangs.

Flash floods in Brazil cause huge loss of life in Serrana region

Jan 17, 2011 11:53 AM

The new President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has described flooding and landslides in the South East as the country’s worst natural disaster in several decades.

Colombia update: Emergency Relief for flood victims

Colombia update: Emergency Relief for flood victims

Jan 17, 2011 03:50 PM

The torrential rains which have hit Colombia over the past few months have now affected nearly 2 million people. More than 240 people have died and hundreds of thousands have had to flee their homes in the worst flooding seen in the country in over three decades.

Poor families struggle with higher food prices in India

Jan 17, 2011 04:36 PM

After announcing food prices had reached record levels last week, the United Nation’s (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is now trying to play down concerns about shortages.

Morris Minors travel 10,000 miles to raise money for SOS Children in South Africa

Morris Minors travel 10,000 miles to raise money for SOS Children in South Africa

Jan 14, 2011 02:10 PM

Update: Unfortunately the trip has been cancelled – Brian Clarke's vision was to raise money for SOS Children by driving his Morris Minor from the UK to South Africa.

United Nations launches appeal for flood victims in Sri Lanka

Jan 18, 2011 09:24 AM

As many news reports concentrated on the dramatic flooding in Australia, a larger disaster has been unfolding in Sri Lanka.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Choluteca, Honduras

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Choluteca, Honduras

Jan 18, 2011 09:45 AM

A child sponsorship report from Choluteca in Honduras. Written in 2010.

Arsenic found in drinking water in Vietnam

Jan 18, 2011 04:05 PM

New research findings show that many communities in Vietnam are still at risk from high levels of arsenic in their drinking water.

Food shortages in Liberia as refugees from Ivory Coast strain supplies

Jan 18, 2011 04:33 PM

Talks are being held with both political factions in the current standoff in Ivory Coast. However, African mediators say progress is slow.

Protecting children from mines in Sudan

Jan 19, 2011 04:36 PM

Early reports issued today from Juba suggest that the people of South Sudan have voted overwhelmingly for independence.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Hampolol, Mexico

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Hampolol, Mexico

Jan 20, 2011 11:28 AM

A child sponsorship report from Hampolol in Mexico. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Iloilo, Philippines

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Iloilo, Philippines

Jan 20, 2011 11:34 AM

A child sponsorship report from Iloilo in the Philippines. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from St Petersburg, Russia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from St Petersburg, Russia

Jan 20, 2011 11:53 AM

A child sponsorship report from St Petersburg, Russia. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Kakiri, Uganda

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Kakiri, Uganda

Jan 20, 2011 12:32 PM

A child sponsorship report from Kakiri in Uganda. Written in 2010.

Thousands screened in India after Congo fever deaths

Jan 20, 2011 04:30 PM

In the state of Gujarat, health authorities have begun screening thousands of villagers since a deadly virus killed three people.

Aid workers help flood victims in the Philippines

Jan 21, 2011 09:22 AM

Unseasonal rains in the Philippines have brought misery to large areas of the eastern coast, causing flooding and landslides in more than 170 towns and 17 cities.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Gabu, Guinea-Bissau

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Gabu, Guinea-Bissau

Jan 21, 2011 10:01 AM

A child sponsorship report from Gabu in Guinea-Bissau. Written in 2010.

SOS to feature in BBC2 documentary

Feb 28, 2011 09:55 AM

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children, broadcast on BBC2 last year, told the story of young sisters Esther and Tino and their struggle to survive. Now the film crew have returned to make a second film charting their progress since they arrived to live at SOS Children's Village Bindura. The second documentary is due to be aired on 17 March at 11.20pm on BBC2.

Schools and colleges will reopen in Tunisia on Monday

Jan 21, 2011 03:08 PM

The interim government in Tunisia has called for three days of national mourning to honour the dead from the last few weeks of unrest.

Optimism of the people in South Sudan

Jan 21, 2011 03:11 PM

With more than 80 per cent of the referendum votes counted, interim results from south Sudan are showing 98.6 per cent of voters in favour of secession from the north.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Abobo, Ivory Coast

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Abobo, Ivory Coast

Jan 24, 2011 01:05 PM

A child sponsorship report from the Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire). Written in 2010.

Drought hits wheat production in China

Jan 24, 2011 04:23 PM

Nearly a fifth of wheat-growing areas in China are suffering from a long spell of dry weather, with some provinces in the north and centre of the country experiencing their worst drought in over 60 years.

People of Ivory Coast living in a climate of fear

Jan 25, 2011 09:39 AM

It is now over a month since clashes began after the disputed presidential election in Ivory Coast.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Juah Town, Liberia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Juah Town, Liberia

Jan 25, 2011 04:20 PM

A child sponsorship report from Juah Town in Liberia. Written in 2010.

Citizens do what they can against the drugs gangs in Mexico

Jan 25, 2011 04:32 PM

Next week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Mexico to talk about the growing danger from drugs gangs.

A special delivery for SOS South Africa

A special delivery for SOS South Africa

Jan 25, 2011 05:10 PM

SuperSport United, Tottenham Hotspur's South African Club Partners, made a special delivery on behalf of the Club to the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa, earlier this month.

Some signs of renewal in Pakistan, but 2011 will be a hard year

Jan 26, 2011 03:45 PM

When devastating floods struck Pakistan in July last year, an estimated 20 million people were affected by the disaster, which damaged or destroyed 1.7 million homes.

Angola steps up the fight to eradicate polio

Jan 26, 2011 03:50 PM

In a recent interview, Bill Gates publicised the view of leading experts that polio could be eradicated throughout the world (bar possibly one country) within the next three years.

Support of orphans and vulnerable children in Swaziland

Jan 28, 2011 09:40 AM

According to the latest report from the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Swaziland has the highest adult HIV prevalence in the world. 26 per cent of adults (aged 15-49) are infected with the virus, which is the major cause of mortality.

Threat of growing malnutrition in Pakistan

Jan 28, 2011 09:52 AM

Two more agencies – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Oxfam – have spoken about the situation in Pakistan six months after the floods.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, Tsumeb, Namibia

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, Tsumeb, Namibia

Jan 28, 2011 12:05 PM

A child sponsorship report from Tsumeb in Namibia. Written in 2010.

Protecting children in Vietnam

Jan 28, 2011 03:23 PM

In a recent update by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) - ‘An Analysis of the Situation of Children in VietNam 2010’ – the country is reported to have made huge progress in improving the lives of its children.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nhlangano, Swaziland

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Nhlangano, Swaziland

Jan 29, 2011 12:20 PM

A child sponsorship report from Nhlangano, Swaziland. Written in 2010.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Varanasi, India

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Varanasi, India

Jan 30, 2011 08:30 AM

A child sponsorship report from Varanasi in India. Written in 2010.

Run for SOS Children in the Chester Marathon

Run for SOS Children in the Chester Marathon

Jan 31, 2011 09:05 AM

We are delighted to announce that SOS Children has been chosen as an Associate Charity of the 2011 MBNA Chester Marathon taking place on Sunday October 9th 2011.

Tunisia unrest: SOS projects safe

Tunisia unrest: SOS projects safe

Jan 31, 2011 09:35 AM

Since President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali stepped down and fled Tunisia, weeks of anti-government protests and clashes with police have followed in the usually peaceful North African nation.

Côte d’Ivoire unrest results in project closure

Côte d’Ivoire unrest results in project closure

Jan 31, 2011 09:45 AM

In Côte d'Ivoire, the post-election deadlock has meant the quality of life for many people in the main city of Abidjan and its surrounding cities has deteriorated. Sourcing food for the children living in the SOS Children's Village in Abobo-Gare, 15 km outside Abidjan, is becoming difficult and many SOS facilities have been forced to close.

Former SOS child named first Jolie Legal Fellow

Former SOS child named first Jolie Legal Fellow

Jan 31, 2011 09:50 AM

Nathalie Nozile, who grew up in the SOS Children’s Village in Santo, Haiti, has been selected as the first ever Jolie Legal Fellow.

Child Sponsorship Report 2010, from Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Jan 31, 2011 10:05 AM

A child sponsorship report from Tashkent in Uzbekistan. Written in 2010.

SOS named temporary guardians of unaccompanied children in Brazil

SOS named temporary guardians of unaccompanied children in Brazil

Jan 31, 2011 10:10 AM

Following heavy rains in south-eastern Brazil, authorities have appointed SOS Children the temporary guardians of all unaccompanied children. More than 800 people have died in the country's worst natural disaster for several decades, and thousands more have been made homeless.

Political turmoil in Egypt: SOS facilities safe

Political turmoil in Egypt: SOS facilities safe

Jan 31, 2011 03:30 PM

Egypt is currently in a state of civil unrest, as protestors opposing President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule have taken to the streets to demonstrate against his government.

Young people call for change in Sudan

Jan 31, 2011 03:50 PM

Following a peaceful vote, results from South Sudan’s referendum have now been declared showing an overwhelming 99.57 per cent majority in favour of secession from the North.

Haiti in political limbo, but aid continues

Jan 31, 2011 03:51 PM

The US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, is this week visiting Haiti. Shortly after landing at the capital’s airport, she was asked whether the US would cut off aid over ongoing political uncertainty in Haiti.

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