(IRIN) – From Syria and the Democratic Republic of Congo to Myanmar and Nigeria, countless children remain trapped in armed conflict. The UN Secretary General’s 2017 Report on Children and Armed Conflict names 56 non-state armed groups and seven state armed forces in 14 countries that recruit children. Link

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(BBC) – Falmata is getting a full beauty treatment – a thick paste of henna, with its delicate pointed swirls, adorns her feet. While it dries, a woman is battling with her hair. Comb in hand she’s stretching and straightening Falmata’s tight curls. “We were allowed to choose any style for the hair and the henna,” […]

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(UNICEF) – UNICEF appealed today for $3.6 billion to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to 48 million children living through conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies in 51 countries in 2018.  Around the world, violent conflict is driving humanitarian needs to critical levels, with children especially vulnerable. Conflicts that have endured for years – such as those […]

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(MSF) – Around the world, three wheelers offer a cheap means of urban transport. In Gwoza in north-east Nigeria, these small three-wheeled vehicles, known locally as keke napeps, are more than just a means of public transport; they are a means of saving lives. Every month around 260 patients are transported to the hospital in keke napeps, which are […]

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(The New York Times) – A video released in Nigeria on Monday by Boko Haram purports to show girls among those abducted in 2014 from a school in the town of Chibok vowing to stay with their captors and never go home. About a dozen girls, some with faces covered, appear in the video, one […]

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(The New York Times) – The Nigerian military said on Thursday that it had rescued one of the students kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in 2014 from a school in the village of Chibok. Nearly 300 girls were taken as they prepared for exams, an episode that aroused global outrage. Link

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(The New York Times) – In wars around the globe, thousands of children were front-line targets, used as human shields and recruited to fight this year on “a shocking scale,” Unicef said on Thursday. The United Nations agency warned against normalizing the brutality, a sentiment it has echoed in reports year after year. Link

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