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Many South Sudan boys 'kidnapped to be child soldiers'

Hundreds of boys in South Sudan have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the United Nations children's agency says.

The figure is a big increase from the 89 children reported abducted by Unicef last month.

Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government.

South …

South Sudan

Baby trafficking is a lucrative business in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — In this country of widespread poverty, one of the most lucrative businesses is also one of the most heartbreaking: baby trafficking.

It is common in Kayole, a slum in the capital here, for gangs to steal or buy infants from mothers who are told their child had died or who can't …

Babies

Syrian families forced to cut down age-old trees to keep children warm

A boy carries firewood to his home in East Ghouta. Photo: Unicef/Syria 2015/Al Shami

“For the sake of keeping my grandchildren warm in this freezing …

Trees

Wearables for good: UNICEF Kid Power promotes fitness and saving lives

We use wearable technology for a number of reasons, whether it's to keep fit, stay connected or learn more about ourselves. Now, UNICEF is tapping into the power of wearables for social good by debuting a new youth-focused initiative.

The UNICEF Kid Power program, which the U.S. Fund for UNICEF …

Kids

Scotland Yard denies Turkish claims over missing schoolgirls

Diplomatic rift widens as British police deny waiting three days before telling Ankara the girls had flown to Istanbul

A diplomatic rift has opened up between the UK and Turkey over the three British schoolgirls thought to be heading towards Islamic State-held territory in Syria, with Scotland Yard …

Turkey

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UNICEF

U.N. Report Says ISIS Is Using Children as Sex Slaves and Suicide Bombers

Iraqi Christian children in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq.Photo by SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images Disturbing reports about ISIS …

United Nations

Mag Crew Kid at Door a Trafficking Victim?

It’s a testament to their salesmanship that in the time it took to consume one Waffle House meal in Columbus, Ohio, a table of door-to-door itinerant magazine sales crew members convinced their 25-year-old server, Johnathan Terrell Stewart, to quit his job last May, leave home without telling his …

Labor

Little-Known Laws Help Sex Trafficking Victims Clear Criminal Records

Advocates for women arrested on prostitution charges want the justice system to adopt a different approach. They say instead of being locked up, many prostitutes should actually be considered victims of human trafficking. And they're starting to offer those women a way to clean up the criminal …

Sex Trafficking

Photos Of School Lunches From Around The World Will Make American Kids Want To Study Abroad

More than one-third of kids in America are obese or overweight. In 2013, the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools, served 5.1 billion lunches, Bloomberg reports. The quality of these lunches must somehow correlate to the …

Kids

Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger'

Over his 50-year career, Lester Brown has become known for his accurate global environmental predictions. As he enters retirement, he warns the world may face the worst hunger crisis of our lifetimes

Vast tracts of Africa and of China are turning into dust bowls on a scale that dwarfs the one that …

Dust Bowl

A quest to end hunger among coffee growers

A group of coffee companies has formed the Coalition for Coffee Communities to help eliminate hunger in coffee-growing communities around the world.

Food

Missing British schoolgirls believed to be in Syria

British teenage girls Shamima Begun, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana (L-R) walk through security at Gatwick airport before they boarded a flight to …

Turkey

ISIS releases chilling video showing young children being trained for battle in Syria

Islamic State have released a slickly-edited propaganda video showing boys as young as five being indoctrinated at a military-style training camp for …

The Syria-bound schoolgirls aren’t jihadi devil-women, they’re vulnerable children

We shouldn’t be writing these girls off – the rockstar barbarism of Isis is designed to recruit impressionable teenagers, Grade-A students or otherwise

Back in the 90s, when Britpop was a ubiquitous and unfortunate thing, every school had at least one Boyzone fan who emerged overnight as an …

Syria

Monitor: Syrian forces killed 10 children

At least 49 people, including 10 children and five women, were killed this week by Syrian government forces in a village north of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

The opposition monitoring group said the deaths in the village of Retian on Tuesday included 13 rebels with …

War

India Child Labor: 200 Children Rescued In Hyderabad Raids

More than 200 child laborers were rescued by Indian authorities during early morning raids in Hyderabad that led to the arrests of 10 people, …

India

GoodWeave modernizes its fight against child labor in the rug industry

The D.C.-based nonprofit GoodWeave has been fighting child exploitation by rug producers in Nepal, India and Afghanistan for more than 20 years.Now, …

Child Labor

Elmhurst Historical Museum hosts exhibit about 20th century child labor

Those who think of young workers as high school students taking phone orders for pizza will find the new exhibit at the Elmhurst Historical Museum eye-opening.

The traveling exhibit, Let Children Be Children: Lewis Wickes Hine's Crusade Against Child Labor, presents dozens of stark black-and-white …

Museums

Ibrahimovic suspended one game for taking off jersey for famine awareness

Soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been suspended one game from Paris Saint-Germain after taking off his jersey when he scored a goal Saturday against Caen.

Ibrahimovic took off his jersey to raise awareness for world famine and had removeable tatoos all over his back.

"When I took my shirt off …

Famine

Hidden hunger: America’s growing malnutrition epidemic

Even people in the wealthiest countries aren’t getting enough nutrients, write Barbara Bush, daughter of former US president George W Bush, and Hugh Welsh, president of DSM North America. Some 85% of Americans lack essential vitamins

The word “hunger” calls to mind thin, starving children in …

Nutrition

Can Nepal achieve zero hunger in 10 years?

Nepal has joined the UN Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge. But with nearly a third of children under five underweight, the pressure is on to reach the goals by 2025

Rehabilitating Nepal’s malnourished children - in pictures

Malnutrition rates in Nepal are among the highest in the world, …

Nutrition

Syrian children forced to work on streets of Beirut face severe exploitation

Report sheds light on scale of exploitation faced by Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, with tens of thousands forced to sleep rough and thousands more prey to abuse

The 12-year-old boy, who calls himself Mohamed, stared out of the shelter’s window, his words as sparse as his frame, and his eyes …

Kids

Syria rebels photograph children in cage as stunt to compare Assad atrocities with Isil

Opposition activists re-enacted the death of Jordanian pilot to draw attention to Bashar al-Assad's atrocities in Syria

Opposition activists in Syria have made a dramatic re-enactment of the violent death of Jordan pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, in a stunt designed to draw the world’s attention back to …

Bashar al-Assad

Three men accused of molestation in child porn ring that spans multiple Southern California counties

Three men, including one who had been allowed to adopt two boys and work as a teaching assistant at Desert Hot Springs High School, have been charged …

Southern California

Men Accused of Luring Boys From Park to Make Child Porn

A trio of men, including a Southern California foster care provider, are accused of making child pornography using boys they lured from parks by …

Riverside County

Two arrested in Merced human trafficking case

Two people were arrested this week and accused of coercing a teenage girl into prostitution, the Merced Police Department reported.

Stephen L. …

Human Trafficking

Millions edging toward famine in South Sudan | News | DW.DE | 09.02.2015

The civil war is likely to intensify and over two and a half million people are facing a risk of food shortage in South Sudan, according to the UN. …

South Sudan

Nigeria to investigate alleged abuses at refugee camps

Nigeria is to investigate reports of rapes, child trafficking and other abuses in camps for people fleeing from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The country's National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) has formed a panel to investigate the abuses.

A spokesperson for Nema told the BBC that …

Nigeria

Child trafficking suspects accused of using death threats, violence to force girls into prostitution

DENVER - A key suspect in a child prostitution operation that coincided with this year's National Western Stock Show, is accused of being the …

Denver