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April 2012

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Emergency food aid shipments arrive in Chad

Apr 02, 2012 09:35 AM

An estimated 1.2 million people in Chad are in need of emergency food assistance as severe drought across the Sahel region takes its toll.

Mali: SOS Children’s Village Mopti evacuated

Mali: SOS Children’s Village Mopti evacuated

Apr 02, 2012 03:50 PM

There is ongoing unrest in Mali as rebels expand their control over the country. After seizing the north, the rebels are moving south. 140 children living at SOS Children’s Village Socoura Mopti, in central Mali, have been evacuated to ensure their safety.

Ending discrimination against the Roma in Bulgaria and Europe

Apr 04, 2012 11:04 AM

A new report by Amnesty International, ahead of International Romani Day on April 8th, highlights the widespread persecution of Roma or Gypsy communities.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Concepción, Chile

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Concepción, Chile

Apr 04, 2012 04:48 PM

A child sponsorship report from Concepcion in Chile. Written in 2011.

Instability in Mali threatens vital help for drought-stricken people

Apr 05, 2012 02:29 PM

During the severe drought of 2010, which affected 600,000 people across Mali, aid agencies have been working with government and local officials to avert a new food crisis in the country.

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Nongkhai, Thailand

Child Sponsorship Report 2011, from Nongkhai, Thailand

Apr 05, 2012 03:10 PM

A child sponsorship report from Nongkhai in Thailand. Written in 2011.

An open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron

Apr 10, 2012 07:54 PM

An open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron from Dame Stephanie Shirley, Co-Founder, Ambassadors for Philanthropy, which SOS Children have decided to republicise on our website.

Mali: A long journey

Mali: A long journey

Apr 11, 2012 09:39 AM

The 140 children who were evacuated from their SOS Children village at Socoura Mopti, Mali, because of the threat of rebels moving in their direction had a long and difficult journey before they reached the safety of SOS Children’s Villages Kita and Sanankoroba 900km away. Their bus had a puncture and they had to wait at the side of the road for 11 hours before help arrived.

South Sudan: Deadline put back

South Sudan: Deadline put back

Apr 11, 2012 10:10 AM

The deadline of last Sunday (8 April) set by the government of Sudan for refugees to leave Khartoum and travel back over the border to South Sudan has been delayed amid confusion.

Trafficked children in Indonesia

Apr 11, 2012 11:19 AM

According to Indonesia’s Director General for the Development of Tourist Destinations, an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 children are exploited by the country’s prostitution industry.

International Day for Street Children: Patrick’s story

International Day for Street Children: Patrick’s story

Apr 12, 2012 09:20 AM

There are millions of vulnerable street children around the world. Today marks the second annual International Day for Street Children, an opportunity for street children to have their voices heard. Patrick is a former street child from Rwanda.

South Sudan: Interview with Government Minister

South Sudan: Interview with Government Minister

Apr 12, 2012 11:02 AM

As SOS Children works alongside other NGOs and the South Sudan government ready for the imminent influx of refugees from the north, Helen Mboro, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Development in Central Equatoria (one of ten states in South Sudan) has been talking to our emergency support teams in Malakal and Juba, South Sudan, about the challenges that must be overcome.

Malawi’s first female president is sworn in

Apr 12, 2012 01:51 PM

Over the Easter weekend, Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawi’s president and southern Africa’s first female head of state.

Spurs player Benoît Assou-Ekotto talks about 'Our Africa'

Apr 13, 2012 12:30 PM

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Benoît Assou-Ekotto is from Cameroon. Recently, he took a look at the ‘Our Africa’ site, which features videos made by children across Africa. Watch a video of Benoît talking about his home country, and why he thinks the resource is so important.

Battling to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland

Apr 13, 2012 03:00 PM

While the AIDS epidemic is ‘levelling off’ in Swaziland, according to the UNAIDS 2011 report, the country still has the highest adult prevalence of the disease in the world.

Vaccination campaign has begun in Haiti

Apr 17, 2012 09:30 AM

A new vaccination campaign against cholera has been launched in Haiti by the government and international partners such as the World Health Organization.

Girls in Somalia train for the Olympics

Apr 18, 2012 03:55 PM

At the Summit on Somalia held during February in London, the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron urged the international community to increase its efforts and commitments towards Somalia.

Helping to prevent child marriage in Bangladesh

Apr 23, 2012 10:15 AM

Bangladesh is one of three countries in the world where more than a third of young women (aged 20-24) are married by the age of 15. The legal age for marriage is 18, but many families continue to flout the law.

Spurs increase support for Mums Matter campaign

Spurs increase support for Mums Matter campaign

Apr 23, 2012 04:50 PM

Our long-term supporters Tottenham Hotspur are dedicating their match against Blackburn Rovers this coming Sunday 29th April to raising awareness of Mums Matter, SOS Children’s campaign to highlight the role that over 5,000 SOS mothers play in improving the lives of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

An uphill fight against malaria in the DR Congo

Apr 26, 2012 09:24 AM

On World Malaria Day yesterday, health and aid organisations were highlighting how malaria control measures such as bed nets and early treatment for sufferers can drastically reduce deaths from the disease.

Guilty verdict for leader who brought chaos to Sierra Leone

Apr 26, 2012 03:37 PM

Today, the judges of the International Criminal Court in The Hague have found Charles Taylor, the former leader of Liberia, guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone.

Saving the lives of Ghana’s young children

Apr 27, 2012 10:00 AM

One in every four deaths among children under five in Ghana can be attributed to diarrhoea or pneumonia, according to 2008 data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Giving former child soldiers their childhood back

Giving former child soldiers their childhood back

Apr 27, 2012 11:00 AM

Since 1998, there have been armed conflicts involving child soldiers in at least 36 countries. Child soldiers have been taken from their homes and from the streets to fight in wars and commit brutal atrocities. SOS Children are helping former child soldiers to recover their childhood and reintegrate into their communities.

Matthew is welcomed home after four-year long worldwide cycle ride for SOS Children

Matthew is welcomed home after four-year long worldwide cycle ride for SOS Children

Apr 27, 2012 11:37 AM

Matthew Blake, 25, from Chacombe in Oxfordshire has just returned from an epic four-year cycle ride around the world. Covering a distance of over 45,000 miles, Matthew has travelled through 61 countries whilst raising valuable funds to support our new SOS Children’s Village currently being built in Chipata in Zambia.

Dealing with trauma in Nicaragua

Dealing with trauma in Nicaragua

Apr 27, 2012 11:40 AM

Since 2010, SOS Children in Nicaragua have initiated a programme of counselling for children who have suffered distressing and emotional experiences, to support them to recover from their experiences and ensure they can reach their full potential.

Afrikan Boy adds support to the 'Our Africa' launch event!

Afrikan Boy adds support to the 'Our Africa' launch event!

Apr 30, 2012 12:00 PM

To celebrate the ‘Our Africa’ project and its current success, SOS Children will be holding an event at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden, London, on 2nd May, with a special performance from Afrikan Boy, who has spoken out about his support for the project.

Fears grow for child safety in Mali

Fears grow for child safety in Mali

Apr 30, 2012 12:05 PM

Widespread unrest in Mali resulted in the evacuation of children, SOS mothers and staff from SOS Children’s Village Mopti in early April. Although they have settled in well to their new surroundings, concern for the safety of children in the country as a whole is growing. Our National Director of SOS Children in Mali provides an update.

Mums Matter: Isaac’s big-time backflip celebrates his mum

Apr 30, 2012 12:15 PM

When 12-year-old football fan Isaac was filmed doing a backflip at his SOS Children home in South Africa, little did he think it would be seen by more than 35,000 football supporters at a Spurs home match over 6,000 miles away in north London.

Children in Kenya run for a better future

Apr 30, 2012 02:00 PM

As in so many African countries, children in Kenya see being successful in sport as a way out of poverty and many youngsters take inspiration from the success of their fellow countrymen in the field of athletics.