Category Archives: Children

Vatican conference on pastoral care of children

Independent Catholic News
In the last decade more than two million children have been killed in the course of armed conflict, six million have been left handicapped, tens of thousands mutilated by antipersonnel mines and 300,000 recruited as child soldiers. More than 4,300,000 children have died of AIDS. Each day in Africa alone, 7,000 are diagnosed with the illness and there are already over 14 million who have been left orphans on a account of AIDS. Poverty remains the principal cause of childhood sickness. One billion two hundred thousand people live with less than a dollar a day. Even in the richest countries, one child in six lives under the poverty line. Then there is the problem of drugs that has also extended in alarming proportions, in schools themselves. 30% of children under five suffer starvation or malnutrition and 50% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa does not have access to potable water. Two hundred and fifty million children under 15 work, including some 60 million who do so in dangerous condition. According to the World Employment Organization, 120 million children between 5- 14 work full time, many 6-7 days a week, and are often forced to do so in places that lack ventilation, are badly lit, and with armed guards positioned to avoid their escape. Continue reading Vatican conference on pastoral care of children

‘Special Weapons’ Have a Fallout on Babies

InterPress Service

by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail

FALLUJAH – Babies born in Fallujah are showing illnesses and deformities on a scale never seen before, doctors and residents say.

The new cases, and the number of deaths among children, have risen after “special weaponry” was used in the two massive bombing campaigns in Fallujah in 2004.

After denying it at first, the Pentagon admitted in November 2005 that white phosphorous, a restricted incendiary weapon, was used a year earlier in Fallujah. Continue reading ‘Special Weapons’ Have a Fallout on Babies

Peace with sexual violence is still war!

Stephen Lewis (2008-06-05)

Pambazuka News

When my co-Director of AIDS-Free World, Paula Donovan, visited in November, and observed that the war being waged against women “may well be the most savage display of misogyny ever orchestrated in a conflict zone”, she was right. Terrible, unspeakable things have been done to the women of DR Congo, writes Stephen Lewis. It isn’t enough to stop the shooting when the raping continues apace. The only worthwhile armistice restores peace for the entire population, male and female. There can be no satisfaction in claiming a truce or a peace treaty which is soaked in the carnage of the women of the land. If all the peacekeepers were women, and the men of a country were under pervasive sexual assault, do you think the women would simply observe the carnage? Continue reading Peace with sexual violence is still war!

Children’s Day

Nigerian Guardian
CHILDREN’S Day every year, is devoted to elaborate ceremonies organised by Federal and state governments ostensibly to draw attention to the plight, challenges and future of the Nigerian child but the Nigerian child remains trapped in dire straits. The average Nigerian child is still a victim of socio-cultural prejudices and practices, including child abuse, child labour, child trafficking and exploitation, and the failure of Federal and state governments to put in place, a Child Rights Framework to guarantee the humanity and the future of the Nigerian child. More