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August 2011

SOS Children launches 'Our Africa' web project, SOS Children's nutritional programme gives Thao a new start in life, "We're the lucky ones:" Young people reflect on growing up in an SOS Children’s Village, SOS Children reaches out to single mothers, International Youth Day: SOS Children helps to prevent youth unemployment

£30m needed for children who survived Pakistan floods

Aug 01, 2011 02:50 PM

A year after the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it faces an aid shortfall of £30m.

Congo safety fears rise

Aug 02, 2011 10:05 AM

People living in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo run by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) fear more for their safety now than ever before.

Kenya faces own food crisis

Aug 02, 2011 12:10 PM

As the media focus on Somalia’s famine, and the starving refugees flooding across the border to Kenya, Kenya itself is close to famine.

Women and children rescued from boat carrying refugees

Aug 04, 2011 10:04 AM

Thirty-six women and 21 children were rescued from a boat packed with refugees arriving on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

‘You feel like crying when you see where the children are living…’

Aug 04, 2011 11:05 AM

These were the thoughts of SOS village educator Elizabeth when she visited a child-headed family near Nairobi in Kenya. In videos made by SOS staff, watch them talk about the process for children arriving in the Village, and how these two children have now found a safe home in the SOS community.

Famine spreads in Somalia

Aug 04, 2011 11:15 AM

Famine has struck three more areas of Somalia, the United Nations says.

Two million babies starving

Aug 08, 2011 09:41 AM

A fortnight ago, about nine million people were on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa.

Child brides’ ‘silent health crisis’

Aug 09, 2011 09:35 AM

Child marriage is one of the biggest barriers to worldwide progress, rights groups say.

Tribal families missing after armed gangs storm rainforest

Aug 09, 2011 09:45 AM

Fears are mounting for families living in isolated tribes in Brazil’s Amazonian rainforests after reports they have been overrun by drug gangs.

Pakistan’s secret Aids problem

Aug 11, 2011 09:47 AM

Pakistan is sweeping the full extent of its Aids problem under the carpet, says a BBC report.

International Youth Day: the problem of unemployment

International Youth Day: the problem of unemployment

Aug 12, 2011 09:05 AM

12th August is International Youth Day. Nearly 40 per cent of the world's unemployed people are between the ages of 15 and 24. Young people leaving care are especially vulnerable, as they often have a poor education and limited practical training. SOS Children are working to improve the prospects for thousands of young people across the world.

168 children killed in Pakistan drone strikes

Aug 12, 2011 02:08 PM

About 168 children have been reportedly killed in the seven-year CIA campaign against militants along the Afghan border.

Somalia cholera outbreak may spread

Aug 15, 2011 04:19 PM

An epidemic of cholera killing children weak from starvation looks set to spread, the United Nations has warned.

Giving Haiti’s young people vocational skills

Aug 15, 2011 04:28 PM

Over 630,000 Haitians are still living in tents after the earthquake of 2010 according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Africa not giving enough, group says

Aug 15, 2011 05:25 PM

African countries aren’t donating enough cash to help the 12 million plus people affected by the Horn of Africa famine, an aid group said today.

Ethiopians starve as more Somali refugees arrive

Aug 16, 2011 09:45 AM

The Horn of Africa’s food crisis has spotlighted Somalia and Kenya.

Families of Nigerian drug trial victims get payouts

Aug 16, 2011 03:55 PM

Four Nigerian families who lost children in a 1996 meningitis drug trial are the first to get their compensation payouts.

Mobile school helps India towards its educational goals

Aug 17, 2011 09:32 AM

As one of its Millennium Development Goals, India intends to achieve universal primary education (6-14 years) by 2015.

School children in Nepal learn vital skills for when disasters strike

Aug 17, 2011 05:08 PM

Nepal ranks as 11th in the world for vulnerability to earthquakes and a new programme being run in schools aims to help children and their communities be as prepared as possible.

400,000 children could die in famine

Aug 18, 2011 11:24 AM

Hundreds of thousands of children could starve to death in Somalia if the global community doesn’t redouble its aid effort.

Flooding hits parts of Pakistan again this year

Aug 19, 2011 08:58 AM

At least three-quarters of a million Pakistanis have again been affected by flooding, after many had barely begun to recover from last year’s disaster.

Malaria resurgence casts doubts over global campaign

Aug 19, 2011 03:11 PM

Malaria’s sudden return to a part of west Africa, where it had been reduced casts doubt on the global strategy to beat the disease.

First families settle into new Kenya refugee camp

Aug 19, 2011 03:15 PM

Families fleeing famine in the horn of Africa, yesterday started moving into a multimillion-pound refuge camp that has stood empty for months.

Hundreds killed in South Sudan

Aug 22, 2011 08:32 AM

At least 640 people were killed, 861 injured and 208 children kidnapped in an attack in south Sudan.

Smoke kills children in Indonesia

Aug 22, 2011 08:35 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates unsafe cooking conditions are the fourth greatest threat to health in developing nations.

Nepal’s stateless children face an uncertain future

Aug 23, 2011 04:05 PM

Up to 15 million people across the world are ‘stateless’, which means they are not recognised as nationals by any country.

Wine workers and their children live in misery

Aug 23, 2011 05:20 PM

Families making a living on south Africa’s wine and fruit farms lead "dismal, dangerous lives," claims a new report out today.

Guatemala’s undernourished children

Aug 24, 2011 04:50 PM

Guatemala has the worst malnutrition rate in Latin America and the sixth highest in the world according to the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF).

Hundreds of thousands suffer in Bangladesh floods

Aug 25, 2011 11:03 AM

Heavy monsoon downpours have led to breaches in several of Bangladesh’s major rivers, causing many hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and affecting over a million people.

Anaemia is a growing problem among Egypt’s children

Aug 26, 2011 09:35 AM

Anaemia is a growing problem among Egypt’s children. It is mainly caused by an iron deficiency in the diet, particularly where children are malnourished, though it can also be triggered by infections such as hookworm.

Angelina praises Congo child soldier trial

Aug 26, 2011 02:03 PM

Actress Angelina Jolie joined dozens watching from the public gallery, as International Criminal Court prosecutors urged judges to convict a Congolese warlord of recruiting hundreds of child soldiers.

Rise in HIV/AIDS infections in the Philippines

Aug 27, 2011 11:35 AM

An estimated 4.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS across Asia and the Pacific.

50 feared dead in Uganda mudslide

Aug 30, 2011 09:35 AM

Aid workers and villagers are digging through the mud searching for survivors after a landslide in Uganda.

Vitamin A supplements could save 600,000

Aug 30, 2011 05:27 PM

Giving children in the world’s poorest countries Vitamin 'A' supplements could save 600,000 lives a year, a new study shows.

Measuring poverty in Colombia

Aug 31, 2011 09:00 AM

Colombia has introduced development targets based on a new ‘multidimensional’ method of measuring poverty.

SOS Children reaches out to single mothers

SOS Children reaches out to single mothers

Aug 31, 2011 09:15 AM

In many countries, stigma still surrounds single mothers, and as a result, they often find it difficult to integrate into society. Across the world, SOS Children are providing valuable services for single mothers and their children, and providing opportunities for them to participate in their communities. Here are just two examples from Morocco and Ethiopia.

"We're the lucky ones:" Young people reflect on growing up in an SOS Children’s Village

"We're the lucky ones:" Young people reflect on growing up in an SOS Children’s Village

Aug 31, 2011 09:25 AM

Hiwot, Tamrat and Sintayeh all grew up in an SOS Children’s Village in Ethiopia. Now young adults, they have recently been interviewed about their experiences of being raised in an SOS family.

SOS Children's nutritional programme gives Thao a new start in life

SOS Children's nutritional programme gives Thao a new start in life

Aug 31, 2011 09:35 AM

Two-year-old Thao Yong weighed less than eight kilograms when he came to the attention of staff from SOS Children’s nutritional programme in Samneua, Laos. Since the programme began, hundreds of children have received treatment for malnutrition, and are now able to look forward to a healthier future.

SOS Children launches 'Our Africa' web project

SOS Children launches 'Our Africa' web project

Aug 31, 2011 09:40 AM

African children have been telling us about their lives, their hopes and their worlds – to help celebrate SOS Children’s 40 years of caring for orphaned or abandoned children across the continent.