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May 2014

Tom's legacy at an SOS School in Madagascar, SOS mothers overcome ethnic tension in South Sudan, Balkan floods destroy livelihoods, Curfew in Ukraine
Violence forces South Sudanese into unsafe camps

Violence forces South Sudanese into unsafe camps

May 01, 2014 02:40 PM

Peace talks have resumed in South Sudan, but displaced people fleeing violence are now facing difficult and unsafe conditions in the country's UN camps.

Keeping children safe as Ukraine crisis escalates

Keeping children safe as Ukraine crisis escalates

May 02, 2014 04:05 PM

Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, with new developments being reported every day in the media. At our SOS Children's Village in the eastern city of Lugansk, we are keeping children home from school to ensure they are safe at this uncertain time.

How has life improved for children after the fall of the Iron Curtain?

How has life improved for children after the fall of the Iron Curtain?

May 02, 2014 05:10 PM

Before 1989, life was tough for orphaned and abandoned children in Eastern Europe. Conditions in orphanages were often shocking, and only began to change after the fall of the Iron Curtain. 25 years on, we look at how many vulnerable children in Romania and Bulgaria now enjoy a happy childhood in SOS Children's Villages.

Renewable sources could help answer Africa's energy needs

Renewable sources could help answer Africa's energy needs

May 03, 2014 12:00 AM

As African countries' economies and populations grow, keeping up with energy demands will be an increasing challenge. Renewable energy could help.

Tom's legacy lives on at SOS School in Madagascar

Tom's legacy lives on at SOS School in Madagascar

May 07, 2014 09:25 AM

Jenni Parkinson recently visited SOS Children's Village Antsirabe where there is a memorial for her brother, Tom Parkinson. In 2007 Tom died shortly after a research trip to Madagascar, a country he was fond of. Since then his family has built a connection with Madagascar and supported our work there. Here Jenni shares her experience of teaching in the SOS School in Antsirabe.

Jobs could help combat violence in CAR

Jobs could help combat violence in CAR

May 07, 2014 12:22 PM

Could a new scheme to increase employment amongst the young and poor of the Central African Republic help to calm the recent violence?

Aid agencies call for action to avert crisis in Somalia

Aid agencies call for action to avert crisis in Somalia

May 12, 2014 10:23 AM

A combination of factors are leading aid agencies to warn of an impending humanitarian crisis in Somalia, as the country faces famine, war and disease at the same time.

SOS mothers in South Sudan set aside ethnic differences

SOS mothers in South Sudan set aside ethnic differences

May 13, 2014 01:25 PM

On Friday, South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, signed a ceasefire agreement with the leader of the rebel forces, Riek Machar. Two days later, fighting had broken out once again in the oil-rich town of Bentiu. With the conflict taking on an increasingly ethnic dimension, SOS mothers discuss the challenges of raising children in a country made up of more than 80 racial groups.

New rice cultivation method: helping poor farmers worldwide

New rice cultivation method: helping poor farmers worldwide

May 14, 2014 11:45 AM

Could a record breaking crop herald a change in rice farming that could benefit farmers around the world?

Measles outbreak sparks wider concerns in Pakistan

Measles outbreak sparks wider concerns in Pakistan

May 19, 2014 08:56 AM

Recurring measles outbreaks in Pakistan are a sign of a health system that is struggling more broadly to cope.

Thousands forced from home by Balkans floods

Thousands forced from home by Balkans floods

May 19, 2014 01:55 PM

Parts of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia are underwater as the Balkans suffers its worst flooding since records began. Thousands of families have been forced from their homes, and a state of emergency declared in Serbia and Bosnia. All SOS families are safe, but we remain on alert as forecasters predict the heaviest rains are yet to come.

Conditions worsen for children fleeing South Sudan fighting

Conditions worsen for children fleeing South Sudan fighting

May 21, 2014 02:35 PM

The continuing fighting in South Sudan is having an enormously damaging effect on children in the country as well as those who have fled to others for safety.

Healthcare must improve for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Healthcare must improve for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

May 23, 2014 08:37 AM

Many Syrians who have fled to Lebanon are now being forced to return to a war zone in order to receive the medical care that they need.

Balkan floods destroy livelihoods and bring disease

Balkan floods destroy livelihoods and bring disease

May 23, 2014 12:54 PM

The flooding in the Balkans has escaped the limelight of the UK media. However, the region's worst floods since records began have brought devastation to countless families, destroying precious crops, killing livestock and leaving behind the threat of disease.

Clashes prompt curfew for families in eastern Ukraine

Clashes prompt curfew for families in eastern Ukraine

May 28, 2014 12:25 PM

Ukraine's interior ministry claims it is now in control of Donetsk after separatists sought to seize the airport on Monday. As unrest escalates in the country's east, we are protecting SOS families and doing what we can for communities left penniless by the violence.

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