Under violence Nigeria's girl abductees become child soldiers

Under violence Nigeria's girl abductees become child soldiers

Joe DeCapua for VOA News – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Washington D.C., U.S., AMERICAS: Children are bearing the brunt of much of the violence in northeastern Nigeria – including killings, rapes, abductions and attacks on schools. A new report blamed Boko Haram militants, Nigerian security forces and self-defense militias. The group – Watchlist on Children and […]

Extreme concern for armed child soldiers in DR Congo rising, says UN

Extreme concern for armed child soldiers in DR Congo rising, says UN

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Kinshasa, DR CONGO, MIDDLE AFRICA: The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is extremely concerned about persistent reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the country, and called on all actors to help stop this grave violation against children. According […]

UN Special Rapporteur speaks out on children’s protection & human rights in Madagascar

UN Special Rapporteur speaks out on children’s protection & human rights in Madagascar

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations/Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: An independent United Nations human rights expert today encouraged the Government of Madagascar to step up efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of children and ensure that perpetrators are punished. “The scourge of sexual exploitation of children through prostitution or sex tourism is omnipresent and too often […]

Rescuing victims of sex-trafficking as child pornography in India rises

Rescuing victims of sex-trafficking as child pornography in India rises

WNN Features (WNN) Calcutta, West Bengal, INDIA, SOUTH ASIA: “It is estimated that 200,000 Bangladeshi children have been trafficked for sexual exploitation through the borders of [India’s] West Bengal and Assam States,” says a report from ECPAT International, which is working today to end child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes. […]

Advocates say: Girl children hit hardest in Syrian crisis

Advocates say: Girl children hit hardest in Syrian crisis

WNN Breaking (WNN/RW) Damascus, SYRIA, MIDDLE EAST: Aid agency World Vision is voicing concerns that the risk of girls as young as 12 being married could increase, as parents who flee Syria struggle to protect their children amid a deepening humanitarian crisis. Reports from aid agencies and UN bodies show some parents taking refuge in […]

Global NGOs step in to protect child domestic workers

Global NGOs step in to protect child domestic workers

WNN Breaking (WNN/HRW) New York, New York, UNITED STATES: Ten leading international organizations are calling on ministers of labor around the globe in a letter released at the beginning of the week to protect child domestic workers. They’re also calling to ratify the ILO – International Labour Organization Domestic Workers Convention (Convention 189 concerning Decent […]