Airstrike on MSF-backed Aleppo hospital kills patients and doctors
April 28, 2016

(The Guardian) – A Syrian hospital backed by Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been destroyed in an airstrike in Aleppo, killing patients and doctors including one of the last paediatricians remaining in the rebel-held part of the city. MSF said the al-Quds hospital was targeted in an airstrike on Wednesday that killed 14 patients and staff members including at least two doctors, with the toll expected to rise.

 

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When schools and students become spoils of war
April 27, 2016

(Al Jazeera) – Two years have passed since Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, and 219 of the girls remain missing. The anniversary, and that of the kidnapping of another 300 schoolchildren from another town, marks a grim roll call for education in the country’s northeast: more than 910 schools destroyed, 1,500 forced to close, at least 611 teachers deliberately killed, 19,000 forced to flee. Close to a million school-age children have fled the violence and now have little or no access to schooling. These are children like 14-year-old Falimotu, who was in class in a school in northeast Nigeria when Boko Haram fighters, their faces wrapped in black scarves, entered her school and started shooting.

 

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Once a Child Soldier, Now Seeking a Path as Colombia Contemplates Peace
April 27, 2016

(The New York Times) – Mélida was only 9 when guerrilla fighters lured her away with the promise of food as she played on the floor. For the next seven years she was held hostage by the rebels, forced to become a child soldier. Her family thought she had died in battle. Then Mélida suddenly returned to her village at 16, carrying a pistol and a grenade. Only her grandfather recognized her — from a birthmark on her cheek.

 

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Rebel Leader Riek Machar Returns to South Sudan—and Brings Hopes for Peace With Him
April 26, 2016

(Time) – After a week’s delay, South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar landed in the capital, Juba, on April 26, closing fears that an eight-month-old peace deal might collapse before it had a chance to end a two-and-a-half-year-long civil war marked by gruesome atrocities and tens of thousands of dead. Machar was greeted by several dignitaries and diplomats as he stepped off the United Nations plane and set foot in Juba for the first time since December 2013. “I am here to implement peace,” he told a gathering of journalists, according to tweeted reports from local correspondent@DenisDumo. But that won’t be easy.

 

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Myanmar prepares to amend Child Law
April 26, 2016

(Eleven Myanmar) – The Upper House Parliamentary Women and Children Affairs Committee started discussions on amending the Child Law on April 25 in Nay Pyi Taw, said committee secretary Naw Hla Hla Soe. Naw Hla Hla Soe, also an Upper House MP, said the law enacted in 1993 is now out of date and needs to be amended according to new policies set by the new government to prioritise the protection of children.

 

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At least 19 civilians dead in rebel shelling of Aleppo: monitor
April 25, 2016

(AFP) – At least 19 civilians were killed and 120 wounded in rebel bombardment of Syrian government-held districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, a monitoring group said. “Shells fired… by rebel groups at districts under regime control left 19 dead, including three children, and 120 wounded,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head, Rami Abdel Rahman.

 

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What can the EU do at the World Humanitarian Summit for child protection?
April 25, 2016

(Euroactiv) – Imagine a country of 125 million people, the eleventh most populous country in the world. Now imagine that children make up at least half of its population and that the life of all these people depends on humanitarian aid. This is the reality according to some of the world’s leading humanitarians. Needs are growing, and so is the budget shortfall for meeting them – currently at $15 billion. Amid proliferating humanitarian crises, ranging from Syria and the refugees to the worldwide effects of El-Nino, the humanitarian system is increasingly stretched. The World Humanitarian Summit this May in Istanbul is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix it. There are high stakes. Getting it right can change for the better the lives of millions of children at risk of having their future blighted due to conflict and natural disasters.

 

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Israel Frees Palestinian Girl, 12, Who Tried to Stab Guard
April 24, 2016

(New York Times) – The Israeli prison service on Sunday released the youngest known Palestinian inmate, a 12-year-old girl who had tried to stab a security guard at a Jewish settlement. The girl, Dima al-Wawi, was freed six weeks before her scheduled release, said Assaf Librati, an Israeli prison service spokesman. Mr. Librati told the Israeli news media earlier that the release was because of her age.

 

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Two thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF
April 22, 2016

(UN News Centre) – Almost two thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, ahead of World Immunization Week. Of countries in conflict, South Sudan has the highest percentage of unimmunized children, with 61 per cent not receiving the most basic childhood vaccines, followed by Somalia (58 per cent) and Syria (57 per cent), UNICEF said in a press release. “Conflict creates an ideal environment for disease outbreaks,” said UNICEF Chief of Immunization Robin Nandy. “Children miss out on basic immunizations because of the breakdown – and sometimes deliberate destruction – of vital health services. Even when medical services are available, insecurity in the area often prevents them from reaching children.”

 

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Disqualified Maoist combatants turn to TRC for justice
April 22, 2016

(Republica) – The Discharged People’s Liberation Army Struggle Committee, the association of Maoist combatants who were termed ‘disqualified’ during the peace process, has filed a complaint at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) demanding action against the then leadership of the CPN (Maoist) [present day UCPN (Maoist)] for exploiting them as child soldiers. On behalf of the 4,009 discharged combatants, the committee on Tuesday lodged the complaint demanding action against the Maoist leadership for using them in the insurgency although the leadership was aware that they were minors. The complaint was registered at the TRC office in Kathmandu and the registration number of the complaint is 49.

 

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