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Sudan's Year of War: One in Two Children in the Line of Fire

The majority of violent events since April 2023 have occurred in the more populated locations of Sudan including towns and cities of over 100,000 people exposing many children to traumatising violence repeatedly

More than 10 million children in Sudan have been in an active warzone and less than five kilometres away from gunfire, shelling and other deadly violence over the past year of war, said Save the Children. Analysis by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) on behalf of…

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Half of out-of-School Children Live in Countries Most Vulnerable to Climate Change, with Philippines Latest to Shut Schools due to Extreme Weather

In South Sudan, which saw scorching temperatures of up to 45 °C as this year’s hot season hit much earlier than usual, the government ordered schools to close for two weeks

Around one in two out-of-school children and adolescents live in countries at the forefront of the climate crisis, according to new analysis by Save the Children. The figures come as extreme heat has forced hundreds of schools to shut in the Philippines this week [1], while in South Sudan, students…

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“We go to sleep hungry”: Children surviving on boiled waterlily roots and wild fruits as drought devastates 50% of Zambia’s food crops

Seven out of 10 provinces in Zambia have been impacted by the intense drought, with the El Niño induced dry spell killing crops and drying up water sources

Zambia’s crippling drought, the worst its seen in at least 20 years, is leading to widespread food shortages with some children forced to survive on a single daily meal of boiled waterlily roots, nuts and wild fruits, said Save the Children. Seven out of 10 provinces in Zambia have been…

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Violence in North Kivu Forces Over 500 Schools to Close, With Teachers Kidnapped and Students Terrified

Since the beginning of 2024, violence has forced about 190 schools to close their doors, according to Save the Children’s analysis of data from the education cluster

A spike of violence in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has forced 540 schools to close in the past year, creating chaos for children and putting them at risk of being recruited by armed forces, forced into work, Save the Children said. Since the…

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Crisis at Border of South Sudan and Sudan Escalating as about 1,000 People Arrive Daily Even after Nearly One Year of War

More than 600,000 people – both refugees and returnees – have crossed the border since last April, arriving into a region already facing a severe hunger crisis

About 1,000 people a day are fleeing into South Sudan from Sudan after nearly one year of war, arriving in scorching heat and with children in dire need of support, Save the Children said. More than 600,000 people – both refugees and returnees – have crossed the border since last April, arriving into a…

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Sudan: Nearly 230,000 Children and new Mothers likely to die from hunger without critical action – Save the Children

Of these children, more than 109,000 are likely to have medical complications like dehydration, hypothermia and hypoglycemia, which requires intensive and specialized care at a hospital to survive

Nearly 230,000 children, pregnant women and new mothers could die in the coming months due to hunger unless urgent, life-saving funding is released to respond to the massive and worsening crisis in Sudan, Save the Children said. More than 2.9 million children in Sudan are acutely malnourished and an additional…

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Children as young as nine face mass sexual violence and mutilation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Save the Children

The majority of sexual violence cases in North Kivu are happening when survivors are fleeing the escalating fighting between the DRC army, the M23, and many other armed groups, which has forced more than 250,000 people, including about 130,000 children, from their homes

 Women and children fleeing deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have reported surviving gruesome sexual attacks and genital mutilation by armed men using tree branches, guns, and knives, Save the Children said. Psychologists working with Save the Children’s local partners in displacement camps in North Kivu have…

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Violence must End after Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl in Displacement Camp in Somalia – Save the Children

The child rights agency is calling for a full and transparent investigation of the attack, and calling on the government of Puntland and Somalia to urgently take measures to prevent sexual violence

Save the Children is calling for increased protection of girls in Somalia after a 13-year-old girl was raped by a group of armed men outside her home last Sunday, 18 February. The child was pulled from her home and attacked by multiple men, according to reports by the local community…

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World's 10 largest crises force over 10 Million Children from their Homes in One Year - Save the Children

Save the Children analysed available figures from the 10 largest displacement crises of 2023 to see how many children were newly displaced across the year

More than 10 million children were forced to flee their homes last year in the world’s 10 largest crises, according to new Save the Children analysis. This has likely pushed the number of children displaced globally to more than 50 million, the highest ever [1], with numbers more than doubling…

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Education in Africa: Violent attacks against Schools rose 20% in 2023

The number of violent incidents affecting education in Africa Union countries rose by 20% in 2023 with 411 reports of violent incidents

Save the Children analysis released during the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa show dramatic rise in violence affecting schools, teachers and learners; The AU has dubbed 2024 the year of Education and Save the Children…