The most basic indicator of a society's health and value: how we treat our children!
Whatever the proclaimed ideology of a nation, whatever the economic growth outlook— investing in the safety, wellbeing, health, nurturing, education and hopeful opportunity for all children to develop their full cognitive-social-emotional capacities is a global responsibility —a universal mandate—necessary for the future of an interdependent humanity (and the ecosystem as well).
UNICEF Declares 2014 Most Brutal Year for World's Children
From www.nbcnews.com - December 9, 2014
The last year has been the most brutal for the world's children in recent memory, with a quarter of a billion of them living in places touched by armed conflict, UNICEF said in a report on Monday. The onslaught has been so great that many of the protracted crises are no longer capturing global attention.
"Children have been killed while studying in the classroom and while sleeping in their beds; they have been orphaned, kidnapped, tortured, recruited, raped and even sold as slaves. Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to such unspeakable brutality," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said.
Children More Vulnerable than Ever to Violence, Exploitation in Central America, Pushing Thousands to Flee to U.S
From crossmap.christianpost.com - September 12, 2014
By World Vision On June 22, 2014
"New information in the U.S. State Department's 2014 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) reportExternal Link underscores the importance of going beyond law enforcement to providing actual support for the children that fall victim to exploitation and violence. The report, released today, comes as thousands of children are crossing U.S. borders unaccompanied, fleeing from violence and exploitation in Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, causing an escalating humanitarian crisis that stretches from the U.S. down to Central America."...
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Achieving children’s rights is the civil rights struggle of our time
From www.dailystar.com.lb -November 26, 2014
Two tragic and haunting images have emerged this year: hooded ISIS executioners holding their knives to the necks of innocent victims, and masked medical workers bravely fighting an uphill battle against an Ebola outbreak for which the world was...
Security Council hears about plight of children in armed conflict
From www.unmultimedia.org -September 9, 2014
A UN Peacekeeper reads to children in the town of Pinga, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo during their patrol of the town.
Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism
From www.jewishjournal.com - September 7, 2014
Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims ...
Egyptian troops kill Palestinian youth infiltrating from Gaza
From www.jpost.com - January 3, 2015
Cairo has been clamping down on its Sinai frontier with Gaza, seeing a security threat in the Islamist Hamas-controlled enclave.
The lives of street children ‘cry out for attention’
From www.psypost.org - December 21, 2014
Psychologists and other professionals working with or studying street children must avoid the twin temptations of seeing everything as victimisation demanding sympathy and of romanticising their lives.
Constant Examples Around the World
Nigeria: Alleged Witchcraft - Children Tortured, Abandoned in Akwa Ibom
From allafrica.com - October 13, 2014
In spite of the law against child abuse and other related offences by the Akwa Ibom State Government, the menace of witchcraft allegation, torture and neglect of children has continued unabated in some parts of the state, with the latest being the torture and abandonment of two children.
Albino children slaughtered, body parts sold as lucky charms
From www.patheos.com - September 2, 2014
In Tanzania and other areas of East Africa albino children are being slaughtered, and their body parts body parts are being sold as “lucky charms,” because of widespread superstitious beliefs that the body parts of albino children will bring...
Sexual slavery rife in Democratic Republic of the Congo, says MSF
From www.theguardian.com - July 23, 2014
Medical NGO treats thousands of forced labour and rape survivors as militias target civilians in Orientale provinceMen, women and children are being kidnapped and held for months as slaves by militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo...
Nigeria girl among thousands of divorced children
From www.washingtonpost.com -July 5, 2014
By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage.
Syrians angry after blasts kill dozens of children
From edition.cnn.com - October 2, 2014
Residents of one of Syria's most war-ravaged cities demanded answers Thursday after a pair of devastating explosions killed dozens of children.
International aid group says 3 million Syrian children not attending school because of war
From www.sievenews.com - September 18, 2014
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More than 100 Children Abducted by ISIL from Iraqi Orphanage
From english.farsnews.com -September 7, 2014
Local residents say the militants kidnapped the children after they captured the city of Talafar in June and Shingal in August, Al-Alam reported. Witnesses also say they have abducted large numbers of girls and women and brutally killed hundreds of people in recent months. Sources say hundreds of Ezadi women and girls "who were abducted in Iraq have been distributed as spoils of war" to ISIL militants in recent weeks.
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants
From www.independent.co.uk - December 21, 2014
Captured Yazidi girls in Iraq are killing themselves to escape rape and torture at the hands of Isis militants holding them prisoner. Hundreds of women and children were captured during the group’s bloody sweep through northern Iraq earlier this year and have since been trafficked as sex slaves , forced into marriage and imprisoned.
Congressman: Immigrant Children Should Be Deported Even If They Are Murdered Upon Their Return
From thinkprogress.org - September 5, 2014
"Do you want to open up America's doors to the entire world?"
In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die
From www.huffingtonpost.com -September 2, 2014
As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a str...
At Least 5 Children Murdered After Deported Back to Honduras
From www.alternet.org - August 19, 2014
Yet, the U.S. continues to send kids back to the world’s most violent city.
Ukraine conflict leaves 600,000 in urgent need, says UNICEF
From www.unmultimedia.org -December 19, 2014
Children swept up in violence in Ukraine.
More than 100 children killed in Taliban attack on Pakistan school
From www.theguardian.com - December 16, 2014
Hundreds of pupils and teachers trapped inside school as militants exchange fire with government troops in Peshawar
Pakistan's Blackest Day
From www.theatlantic.com - December 16, 2014
The Taliban's massacre of more than 100 students caps an awful year for the world's children.
The horrible details of the Taliban's child massacre in Pakistan
From www.vox.com - December 16, 2014
Activists of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) light candles for the victims of an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar, in Karachi on December 16, 2014.
India: Little care, concern for lost and found children
From www.hindustantimes.com - September 14, 2014
For children living in the outskirts of the capital, a walk to their favourite shop or a game of hide and seek near the colony park can mean the end of childhood. Children here are picked up like rabbits by falcons. And most children lost in the capital are never found again. Those, who do come back, often tell a story of abuse, torture, confinement and lingering trauma. It’s probably because the number of those recovered is so abysmal that the authorities haven’t been so alarmed yet about how the families and the children cope with this second coming.
‘77% of girls in India face sexual violence by partner’
From www.thehindu.com - September 5, 2014
India tops the list of countries where adolescent girls are subjected to sexual violence by an intimate partner, says a report ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ released by the United Nations Children’s Fund on Friday. According to the report, 77 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 years in India have experienced sexual violence at least once in the form of forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts by their husband or partner.
Little Children Run For Their Lives From Soldiers Armed With Tear Gas (VIDEO)
From www.addictinginfo.org - August 29, 2014
Imagine what it would be like for little kids who live with attacks from soldiers who hunt them as easily as some hunt rats at the junk yard. That is the life of these little ones. The school year has begun and your six-year-old is off to school.
The day I saw 248 girls suffering genital mutilation
From www.theguardian.com - December 19, 2014
In 2006, while in Indonesia and six months pregnant, Abigail Haworth became one of the few journalists ever to see young girls being 'circumcised'. Until now she has been unable to tell this shocking story