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SOUTH AFRICA: Local languages in schools urged to help students learn

JOHANNESBURG, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - With South Africa still struggling to improve education standards, a new report has called on the government to consider using local languages as a medium of instruction in schools. Full report

SWAZILAND: Children in for a better deal

MBABANE, 23 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Swaziland has finally got around to drawing up legislation focusing on the protection of children's rights. Full report

NAMIBIA: People respond to anti-polio campaign

WINDHOEK, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Thousands of Namibians flocked to polio vaccination points on the second day of an immunisation campaign on Thursday, with the death toll from disease outbreak at 15. Full report

COTE D IVOIRE: Involving children in issues raised by HIV/AIDS

BOUAKE, 22 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - As co-founder of a shelter for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Rodrigue Koffi knows that children should never be shut out of the complex problems faced by families living with HIV/AIDS. Full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Better research needed to combat trafficking

JOHANNESBURG, 21 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - The evil of human trafficking has become a hot-button international issue, but not that much is actually known about the practice, according to a new study by the South Africa-based Institute of Security Studies. Full report

SOUTH AFRICA: New AIDS threat looms

CAPE TOWN, 21 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - A rise in HIV infection rates in South Africa's Western Cape Province could be linked to the growing popularity of a relatively new but highly addictive and easily accessible drug, some analysts are beginning to suspect.Full report

SWAZILAND: AIDS slows school building in rural areas

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MBABANE, 19 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Deaths of parents from AIDS-related illnesses in rural Swaziland has slowed the rate of school construction, school officials told Prime Minister Themba Dlamini during a visit to the north of the country.Full report

SOMALIA: Diarrhoea kills 20 children in the south

NAIROBI, 19 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - An outbreak of watery diarrhoea in Afmadow District in southwestern Somalia has claimed the lives of at least 20 children during the past 10 days, medical sources said on Monday. Full report

ZIMBABWE: Abusive religious cult exposed

HARARE, 16 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - Zimbabwe's social welfare department has divulged details of a religious cult led by a teenager, which abused children after their parents forced them to join.Full report

WEST AFRICA: Children in danger: Begging for teachers

DAKAR, 16 Jun 2006 (IRIN) - When Ibrahima Sow turned five, he was sent away to a religious school – or daara – to learn about Islam and memorise the Koran. Forced to beg to pay his teachers and to feed himself, and beaten whenever he returned empty-handed, he finally ran away from the daara. Full report


Year in Brief and Review on Children

COTE D IVOIRE: Year in Brief 2005 - A chronology of key events

IRIN Special Reports on Children

CHAD: As army pursues rebels, militia massacres fill the vacuum

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Spare the rod, create a human being

IRIN Focuses & Interviews on Children

COTE D IVOIRE: Involving children in issues raised by HIV/AIDS

SOUTH AFRICA: New AIDS threat looms

WEST AFRICA: Children in danger: Begging for teachers

WEST AFRICA: Children in danger: Traditional adoption can be “living hell”

Related Internet Links

Sudan Information Gateway website

Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN)

WFP - Africa Hunger Alert

UN Economic Commission for Africa

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