Humanitarian Apps: Protecting Children in Armed Conflict
April 8, 2015

(Lucid) – Since 2012, Lucid has been designing humanitarian apps with a focus on conflict aid and human rights. In January, a workshop addressing the issues of children and armed conflict, brought to light our app designed for NGO Watchlist on Children in Armed Conflict. As a network of international non-governmental organizations, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict dedicates effort to monitoring and protecting children in global war zones. By collecting and disseminating information on worldwide violations against children, the organization works to implement global child protection policies, directly with the UN Security Council.

 

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Children Trapped in Yarmouk
April 7, 2015

(Save the Children) – At least 3,500 children trapped inside Syria’s Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp are at high risk of being killed or injured, Save the Children warns. “What we are seeing in Yarmouk is a travesty. Palestinians inside Syria have attempted to walk an increasingly perilous tightrope to remain out of the conflict in Syria,” said Save the Children’s Regional Director Roger Hearn.

 

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Education amid conflict in Nigeria
April 6, 2015

(UNICEF) – These days, in camps for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri, Borno State, children are collecting eagerly in cramped spaces, eyes trained on the front of the room. They are learning to read, count and write – many for the first time. These children are among the thousands of families who have fled conflict and sought refuge in Maiduguri. Even if they attended school, at some point, the security situation has of late been dire. Most schools closed after attacks on the teachers and buildings. Other children have not been permitted to attend school that provides Western education. All told, thousands of children have been denied their right to an education.

 

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Increasing violence in Yemen taking intolerable toll on children
April 6, 2015

(UNICEF) – With conflict escalating in many parts of Yemen, children continue to be killed, injured, displaced and put at increasing risk from disease, UNICEF said today. At least 74 children are known to have been killed and 44 children maimed so far since the fighting began on 26 March. These are conservative figures and UNICEF believes that the total number of children killed is much higher, as the conflict has intensified over the past week. “Children are paying an intolerable price for this conflict.” said UNICEF Yemen Representative Julien Harneis speaking from the Jordanian capital Amman. “They are being killed, maimed and forced to flee their homes, their health threatened and their education interrupted. These children should be immediately afforded special respect and protection by all parties to the conflict, in line with international humanitarian law.”

 

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Syria rebels exchange women, children for commander: monitor
April 6, 2015

(Agence France-Presse) – Islamist fighters in northern Syria released two dozen women and children late on Sunday in exchange for a rebel commander held by pro-regime forces, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 10 children and 15 women from Shiite towns in Aleppo province had been held by Islamist faction Jaish al-Mujahideen. In a deal mediated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the women and children were released in exchange for Yousef Zawaa, a Jaish al-Mujahideen commander who was held by armed groups loyal to Syria’s embattled regime.

 

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Afghan family of seven killed in yet another roadside bombing
April 3, 2015

(Agence France-Presse) – A roadside bomb killed seven members of a family in Taliban-infested eastern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, an attack bearing chilling similarities to a recent bombing in a neighbouring province. The victims — among them four children and a woman — were killed when a bomb detonated against their Toyota sedan in Baraki Barak district of Logar province.

 

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Kenya attack: 147 dead in Garissa University assault
April 3, 2015

(BBC News) – At least 147 people, mostly students, have been killed in an assault by al-Shabab militants on a university in north-eastern Kenya. Heavily armed attackers stormed Garissa University early on Thursday, killing two security guards then firing indiscriminately on students. Four of the gunman were eventually surrounded in a dormitory, and died when their suicide vests detonated.

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Yemen Conflict: Children Under Fire
April 2, 2015

(Save the Children) – The raging conflict in Yemen is putting children under fire across the country, as attacks on civilian infrastructure are leaving the most vulnerable exposed to the worst forms of violence. Earlier this week, bombs dropped near a camp for displaced people in Mazraq killed more than 29 people, including 14 children and 11 women. Some of these had just fled from Sa’adah, while five of the children who were killed had been displaced since 2009 and frequented a child-friendly center run by Save the Children, where more than 600 boys and girls attend.

 

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Enough! The Attacks on Schools Must End
April 2, 2015

(Huffington Post) – After Pakistan, Nigeria and South Sudan, a fourth country has now become the most recent victim of heinous terrorist attacks on students and educational establishments. Today, when gunmen burst into Garissa University College in Kenya, they copied a tactic used by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Africa and Asia. By taking hostages at the church service and then shooting innocent students — as one witness claimed the gunmen did — they have wreaked havoc in a town only 90 miles from the Somali border. This shootout and the kidnapping are part of a new disturbing pattern whereby terrorists crave the publicity that comes from violating innocent young people even in the precincts of their own schools. This attack comes nearly a year after Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, a similar incursion in Pakistan, where several months ago some 130 students were killed and in South Sudan, where children are being abducted from schools to serve as child soldiers.

 

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As Yemen conflict intensifies, UN relief chief urges all sides to do more to protect civilians
April 2, 2015

(UN News Centre) – Extremely concerned for the safety of civilians caught in the midst of “fierce fighting” in Yemen, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator called today on all parties involved to meet their obligations under international law and do their utmost to protect the ordinary women, children and men who are suffering the consequences of the conflict. In a statement issued by her office this afternoon, Valerie Amos, who is also the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said reports from humanitarian partners in different parts of the country indicate that some 519 people have been killed and nearly 1,700 injured in the past two weeks – over 90 of them children.

 

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