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Southern Somalia: One in Two Young Children Left Undersized by Chronic Malnutrition

The figures indicate the severe impact of the prolonged and worsening drought in Somalia, and the diminishing capacity of families to provide enough food for their infants to grow

Nearly half of children under five in the Baidoa district of southern Somalia are suffering from chronic malnutrition, impeding their physical and mental growth, according to new data released today by Save the Children. The figures indicate the severe impact of the prolonged and worsening drought in Somalia, and the…

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Catch-up Clubs to Stop Children Dropping out After World’s Longest School Closure

In March 2020, all schools across the country shut down as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold

Children in Uganda head back to the classroom today as the world's longest school closure ends -- but lost learning may lead to high dropout rates in the coming weeks without urgent action, Save the Children said. In March 2020, all schools across the country shut down as the COVID-19…

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Sudan crisis: children forced to work, skip meals as situation worsens

School feeding programs play a critical role in developing future generations and reducing disparities by facilitating access to education and building back better

Children are being forced to work long hours in Sudan as the country’s economic and humanitarian crisis continues to deteriorate, Save the Children said. Monstaser, 14, goes to the market every afternoon to sell sweets to support his family, sometimes staying out until 10pm. Whatever he earns – usually the…

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East Africa: Quarter of a million children may have died of starvation this year

East Africa is currently experiencing the devastating impacts of climate change, with concurrent emergencies like drought and floods across the region leading to mass displacement and severe hunger

More than 260,000 children aged under five may have died from extreme hunger or related diseases in East Africa since the start of the year, according to new analysis by Save the Children. Using data compiled by the UN, Save the Children evaluated mortality rates for untreated cases of severe…

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Darfur: Save The Children Fears Further Violence After 50 People Killed At The Weekend

The violence comes on the back of a year of increasing clashes between communities in Darfur, the result of multiple factors including poverty, arms proliferation, political instability, and a prolonged and severe economic crisis

Save the Children is deeply concerned for the wellbeing of children in Sudan’s Darfur region after nearly 50 people were killed and at least 2,000 children and adults displaced in violence over the past weekend. This incident is the latest in an outbreak of violence in the region which has killed about…

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The number of children living in deadliest war zones rises 20% to new high – Save the Children

This sharp increase was driven partly by outbreaks of violence in Mozambique, as well as ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, the DRC, Nigeria, and Yemen

New analysis also reveals more than 330 million children at risk of recruitment to armed groups and government forces worldwide—three times more than in 1990. A record number of nearly 200 million children[i] are living in the world’s most lethal war zones,[ii] many of whom are already at risk of…

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Surge in violence leaves thousands in DRC in desperate need of assistance

Many armed actors in DRC have been accused of grave violations of child rights in conflict

A new wave of violence in Ituri province in eastern DR Congo has forced aid organisations to reduce or suspend their activities, leaving thousands of families without life-saving humanitarian support, including food assistance, education and health services. Save the Children, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)…

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One in five children in fragile states risk dropping out of school as Covid takes its toll: Save the Children

Although school closures and disruptions have affected all children, the impact has been far greater for children in low-income countries

Millions of children have not returned to school in low-income countries after classrooms were closed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with up to one in five children missing out on an education, a new Save the Children school survey across six fragile countries reveals. The survey—which was carried out in 625 schools…

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Drought threatens millions in Somalia as government declares state of emergency

Many families no longer have access to food and safe drinking water, and have lost their life savings in the deaths of their livestock

Nearly a quarter of Somalia’s population is struggling to feed itself due to an ongoing drought with the country declaring a state of emergency and Save the Children calling on donors to urgently respond to the needs of children and their families. The “Deyr” seasonal rains, which normally start in late September…

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Sudan: Violence Must End After Five Children Are Reportedly Shot In Recent Political Unrest

Save the Children is concerned about the reports of children's deaths during protests in Khartoum, Sudan, since the 25th of October

Following recent political unrest in Sudan where five children were reportedly shot, Save the Children US CEO Janti Soeripto said:  “Save the Children is concerned about the reports of children's deaths during protests in Khartoum, Sudan, since the 25th of October.  “With the death of a 16-year-old boy on Saturday and another…