Children accused of witchcraft in eastern Congo find safe haven
09 February 2023 | 5:11 am
After Ornella lost several family members over the space of three years, relatives and neighbours in her east Congo village of Kabare began suspecting the 14-year-old of witchcraft. It is not uncommon in some African countries for frail children like Ornella, who suffers from a genetic form of anaemia, to be considered a bad omen and blamed for the mishaps that hit isolated and impoverished communities.
The US Federal Trade Commission has unveiled a proposal that would bar social media giant Meta from profiting off the personal data collected from child users. The FTC is accusing Facebook and Instagram's parent company of repeated violations of data privacy policies.
Africa has some of the lowest rates of infertility in the world – at just over 13 percent, according to the latest WHO figures. But unlike in the West, couples who do struggle to conceive are often shut out of fertility treatments or have to bear the considerable cost themselves. Infertility is still widely considered taboo and frowned upon in West Africa. Our Ivory Coast correspondents report on the sole clinic in the region that's helping couples with fertility problems conceive through IVF treatment.
Extra tuition costs take a large bite out of family finances and are a contributing factor to families choosing to have only one child.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro has had to backtrack on his claim that four Indigenous children — missing for more than two weeks after a plane crash — had been found alive in the Amazon.
Guyana's president, Irfaan Ali, said the incident was a "horrible disaster." Authorities have begun evacuating the victims to the two main hospitals in the capital.
Authorities in Kenya say around 6,000 children go missing every year which translates to 18 children disapperaing each day. Parents of the missing young ones are helpless not knowing when their children will return.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said the children were evacuated from an orphanage in Khartoum, where they were trapped by ongoing fighting.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday visited a hospital that admitted four children injured a day earlier in a stabbing attack. The children were wounded on Thursday in the Alpine town of Annecy in the eastern Haute-Savoie region.
Amid heavy combat that has devastated Khartoum for six gruelling weeks, a glimmer of relief emerged as 300 children and 71 dedicated caretakers from Mygoma Orphanage were successfully evacuated on 7 June 2023. The destination: Wad Madani, located approximately 200 kilometres away.
The Rohingya language remained an oral tradition until the 1980s when Mohammad Hanif, an Islamic scholar, developed a script based on Arabic letters and a set of decimal numbers.
The children were playing cricket during a break in the monsoon rains when they got caught in the landslide. Authorities have already issued alerts for more heavy rains, raising risks of fresh flooding.
Authorities said the children who spent more than 40 days in the Amazon jungle after a plane crash in early May are doing well now. They appeared emaciated in photos taken shortly after they were found.
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