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Report details claims that staff member sexually assaulted girls in the care of More Than Me in Monrovia Liberia's government has announced an immediate investigation into a charity founded by an American woman after allegations that a staff member raped girls in its care. The information ministry said the government is greatly concerned. Liberians have expressed outrage after a report last week described the alleged sexual assaults at a branch of the More Than Me charity in the capital, Monrovia, by former staffer Macintosh Johnson, who died from an Aids-related illness in jail in 2016.
Sources say soaring food prices have overtaken projections from UN general assembly two weeks ago, with up to 14 million people now at risk The sheer magnitude of the famine facing Yemen was initially underestimated by the aid sector, leaving food security experts rushing to update projections made at the UN general assembly a fortnight ago, sources have told the Guardian. The speed at which the Yemeni currency plunged in early September, forcing food prices to soar, is being blamed for miscalculations that mean between 1.5 million and 2 million more people than initially thought are now at risk of famine.
With tension mounting in Idlib, people trying to flee across the border are being given the choice of detention or waiving their right to asylum Tareq* can recall in detail each of the 22 times he climbed over the concrete border wall, dodged a flurry of bullets, and sprinted as fast as he could - until Turkish border guards caught him and turned him back. On his 23rd attempt, the soldiers drove the 26-year-old Syrian to a police station called Branch 500 in Hatay. There they presented him with a choice: either stay in prison - for how long, they wouldn't say - or sign a paper and walk free.
UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned. If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency's humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. Continue reading.
Online safety and digital literacy compromised by challenges teenage girls face in accessing mobile technology, finds study Strict parenting and social disapproval are among factors that make teenage girls in developing countries significantly less likely than boys to own a mobile phone, researchers have found. Limited access to mobile technology also means girls are sharing phones in secret, leaving them more vulnerable to the harmful effects of social media because of their relative inexperience online, according to a survey by Girl Effect and the Vodafone. Continue reading.
Lack of empathy has dehumanised people fleeing war and hunger. We must look past statistics and listen to their stories According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), at least 1,778 people have perished this year in the attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the world's deadliest migratory route. But European political leaders rarely mention this figure as they celebrate the results of their current migration policies.
When 1,700 vulnerable and mentally ill people were moved from specialised care facilities to unlicensed organisations in a bid to save money, nearly one in 10 died In September 2016, Phumzile Motshegwa received a call from an unknown number. The woman on the end of the line said Motshegwa's brother, Solly, was dead. His body was at a funeral parlour in Atteridgeville, a township in South Africa.
World Development Report dismisses concern about growing income inequality, say critics Aid charities and trade unions have denounced a World Bank report that advises some of the poorest countries in the world to accept the demands of multinational corporations to hire and fire workers and remove laws protecting workers' rights. Oxfam said the report's main message was that governments should abandon labour market regulation and rely instead on low levels of welfare to prevent workers falling into extreme poverty. Continue reading.
Experts condemn lack of African voices in film depicting royal's visit to conservation projects in Tanzania A video that shows the Duke of Cambridge visiting wildlife projects in Tanzania has been criticised for excluding African experts and promoting a white saviour mentality. The film, shown this week at the international conference on illegal wildlife trade in London, highlights conservationist work in Dar es Salaam Port and at Mkomazi National Park. Continue reading.
Rescuers search for 200 children after lives, homes and livestock are swept away following torrential rains in Bududa district Landslides have left at least 36 people dead in Uganda with rescue workers warning the death toll will rise. Hundreds have lost homes and livestock after torrential rains caused the River Suume to burst its banks, triggering landslides that devastated two villages in the mountainous eastern district of Bududa on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading.
My field research shows that children as young as six are among those risking their lives amid toxic dust to mine cobalt for the world's big electronics firms Until recently, I knew cobalt only as a colour. Falling somewhere between the ocean and the sky, cobalt blue has been prized by artists from the Ming dynasty in China to the masters of French Impressionism. But there is another kind of cobalt, an industrial form that is not cherished for its complexion on a palette, but for its ubiquity across modern life.
Since peace dawned in July, Eritrean refugees have flooded into Ethiopia. But the weight of new arrivals has left the region struggling to cope, raising fears the border could close again Abraham and Binyam* had failed to escape before. The two Eritrean men, both in their early 20s and from the small town of Adi Keyh, are draft dodgers.
Singer campaigning for gender equality contrasts ridicule of May's dancing with positive reaction to Tony Blair's taste for rock music Paloma Faith has hit out at the widespread mockery of Theresa May's dance moves, saying the prime minister is unfairly criticised because of her gender. The British musician, a vocal feminist who is spearheading a campaign for global gender equality launched on the eve of the International Day of the Girl on Thursday, said: Why shouldn't Theresa May dance? I felt bad for her. I'm worried about her policies but I'm not worried about her dancing.
Grief-stricken after his daughter's death, the chief of Piplantri village declared that every newborn girl would have a tree planted in her honour. In the process, he sowed the seeds of cultural, environmental and political revolution Shyam Sunder Paliwal knows his way through the trees. Pushing through low branches, he reaches a shady copse where a profusion of different varieties grow.
With their hopes dashed that peace with Ethiopia would bring an end to national service, young Eritreans must either accept a life of forced labour or flee Dawit was tiring, but he could not stop. An Eritrean schoolteacher on the run, he was crossing the border to Ethiopia alone at night, with only a stick to protect himself against the hyenas and the military squads who pick up runaways. He was risking his life to get out so that he could take up a scholarship in the US.
Criminalised by the state and targeted by vigilantes, Malaysia's LGBT community faces rampant persecution. Thi Laga, a co-founder of rights group Justice for Sisters, has become a leading figure in the fightback In September, in a case that made headlines around the world, two women in Malaysia were caned for attempting to have sex in a car. It should have been the cue for a fundamental re-evaluation of British colonial era laws dating back to 1860.
The country has much to celebrate as Latin America's most progressive on reproductive rights, but the process of getting a termination can still be long and stressful Juana Fernandez* was a university student and in the first few months of a new relationship when she discovered she was pregnant. She was not ready to become a mother in her early 20s, so Fernandez, from Montevideo, decided to have an abortion. At that time, abortion was illegal in Uruguay so she was forced to undergo a clandestine termination.
Experts decry proposals that would allow profits from private sector arm of DfID to count towards 0.7% annual aid spend Penny Mordaunt's plans to change the rules on aid to incorporate millions of pounds in profits from private investment have been criticised as risky and potentially dangerous by aid experts. Under proposals announced by the international development secretary on Tuesday, pension funds and other for-profit groups would be allowed to invest cash in overseas aid projects.
Employees reported being ignored, humiliated or ridiculed, in a review commissioned by the charity in the wake of sexual harassment scandals Twenty eight percent of Save the Children UK employees say they have experienced either discrimination or harassment in the past three years, an independent review has found. The review, commissioned by Save the Children in the wake of sexual harassment scandals, warned the charity must do more to build trust in its investigation processes. Continue reading.
Campaigners are warned they will break the anti-homosexuality law if they open safe space Activists trying to open Uganda's first centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been told their plans for a safe space are illegal. Simon Lokodo, minister for ethics and integrity, said opening the community centre would be a criminal act. Continue reading.