POverty reaches 17.3 million brazilian children and youngsters up to 14 years old

A study by the Abrinq Foundation found that 40% of children and adolescents up to 14 years old live in poverty in Brazil, which is equivalent to 17.3 million young people. Of these, 5.8 million, or 13.5%, live in extreme poverty. The reality of 2018, however, may be even worse. During the presentation of the study, the executive administrator of the Abrinq Foundation, Heloisa Oliveira, pointed out that the impact of the investment cuts policy adopted by the Michel Temer government has not yet been measured.

The worst rates are in the North and Northeast of the country, where 54% of children and 60% of adolescents live in poverty. The study considers as poor those whose monthly household income per capita is less than half a minimum wage. The extremely poor have to provide for themselves with an income of less than a quarter of the minimum wage.

Another alarming fact relates to SDG 16 on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies. In Brazil, 57 thousand people have been killed in 2016, 18.4%, or 10.7 thousand people, were less than 19 years old and lost their lives in a homicide.

"This statistic is mostly made up of poor, black youths living in peripheral regions of large cities. These statistics of violence reflect the lack of investment in basic social policies which therefore worsen the development of people," analyzes Heloísa Oliveira.

Source: De Fato Brasil


number of slaughters doubled during military intervention in rio

In two months of federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro, the number of slaughters has doubled compared to the same period in 2017. Last year, six episodes resulted in the deaths of 22 people. From February 16 to April 15, 2018, 12 were killed, with the death of 52 people as a result. The data in the report are released by the Intervention Observatory, which brings together several civil society entities and monitors daily work on public security.

Source: Agencia Brasil


Human Rights Watch report considers degrading treatment for disabled children and adults in Brazilian institutions

Human Rights Watch released a report on living conditions and treatment of those with reduced mobility and senses or suffering from psychosocial disorders, among other shortcomings. Researchers have found degrading conditions, such as adults and children tied to beds, who spend the day without any stimulus that allows them to pursue a life of independence."They stay until they die," said the director of shelter.

Source: Globo

Hunger! Blacks and poor youngsters are the most affected by economic crisis and high school reform

Hunger is the first sign of the effect of the economic crisis and the cut in public spending on population life and in the quality of learning. In total, the area of education suffered an 18% reduction in the budget over the next 20 years, with the approval of a Constitutional Amendment. There is no food in day-care centers. But before that, vacancies are lacking in these institutions. There is no job to bring food home, and, with hunger, students come to schools not prepared to absorb any knowledge. "What we have seen is this: more and more children, adolescents and adults going to school with eating problems. And schools can not take care of this situation alone, "says Denise Carreira, education coordinator of the Educational Action.

Source: Carta Capital


esclavage des enfants: un phénomène ignoré au burundi

“Le phénomène de l’esclavage des enfants est malheureusement une réalité au Burundi”, soutient Ferdinand Simbaruhije, Secrétaire général de la Fédération nationale des associations engagées dans le domaine de l’enfance au Burundi (FENADEB). C’était ce lundi 16 avril, Journée internationale de lutte contre l’esclavage des enfants. Il déplore l’absence de documentations pour répertorier les victimes de cette pratique. “Les chiffres sur les cas d’esclavage des enfants ne sont pas connus”. Pourtant, le Burundi connaît cet esclavage à l’interne comme à l’externe.  

Des enfants sont engagés comme domestiques dans des ménages. Un bon nombre sont maltraités par leurs employeurs. De jeunes filles sont emmenées dans les pays du Golfe. Elles y sont exploitées voire abusées sexuellement. En plus, des enfants sont utilisés dans des mines souvent au péril de leurs vies.

M. Simbaruhije plaide pour que les commanditaires de ces crimes soient traduits devant la justice. Son organisation collabore avec  l’administration et la police  en vue d’y mettre fin. Il appelle les parents à veiller sur leurs enfants. Certains, dont les leurs sont sollicités pour le travail, ignorent ce drame. Il leur demande de bien s’informer pour qu’ils ne regrettent pas le départ de leurs enfants.

Source: Iwacu Burundi


Les inondations sèment la panique  

Dans la municipalité de Bujumbura, les inondations ont fait rage depuis le 22 avril dans les quartiers de Kiyange I et II et dans le site Sabe. Selon la Croix Rouge du Burundi (CRB), 325 maisons se sont effondrées, 186 ont été partiellement détruites et 416 autres sont menacées d’effondrement. 2576 personnes sont sans abris. Parmi celles- ci, 1918 sont des enfants et 411 sont des femmes.

Source: BurundiEco


Les athlètes-enfants de la rue de New Generation accueillis en héros par les médias burundais

Quatre anciens enfants de la rue de New Generation sont arrivé à Bujumbura cet après-midi au retour des « Street Child Games » qui ont réuni les différents enfants sortis de la rue, représentant neuf pays du monde dont le Burundi. Le Burundi est sorti  premier de cette compétition avec six médailles dont trois médailles d’or, deux médailles de bronze et une médaille d’argent.

Source: Akeza


La RDC compte environ 300 000 orphelins du SIDA, selon le PNMLS

La République démocratique du Congo (RDC) compte aujourd’hui entre deux cent mille à trois cent mille orphelins du Sida, a révélé le Programme national multinational de lutte contre le SIDA (PNMLS).

"Aujourd’hui la RDC compte un peu plus de 500 000 personnes vivant avec le VIH SIDA. Avec à peu près 22 000 cas de décès qu’on enregistre chaque année, nous comptons autour de 200 000 à 300 000 enfants orphelins. C’est une charge énorme", a fait savoir le Chef de la section Coopération et partenariat au PNMLS, Dr Aimé Mboyo, à l’occasion de la célébration à de la journée mondiale dédiée aux orphelins du Sida. Selon, lui, leur prise en charge exige l’implication du gouvernement, des ONG, des acteurs de la société et des partenaires.

La solution à ce problème passe notamment à la réduction du taux de mortalité des personnes vivant avec le SIDA, notamment les parents, a conseillé Dr Aimé Mboyo.

"Moins nous aurons des parents décédés, moins nous aurons des enfants orphelins du SIDA. Mais pour réduire la mortalité des parents vivant avec le VIH, il faut les gens se fassent dépister", a ajouté le Chef de section Coopération et partenariat au PNMLS.

Source: Radio Okapi



Lumad College Graduates Vow to Serve Indigenous Schools

23 Lumad scholars of the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Incorporated (MISFI) recently received their college diplomas from a private college, the Liceo de Davao. These scholars come from poor families in various provinces in Mindanao who experienced many challenges such as surviving a super typhoon, experiencing military harassments and living in far-flung communities. Grateful to have acquired a college diploma, they vowed to help other Lumad children attain an education. MISFI designed the college education scholarship program to produce its own community educators for their 32 Lumad schools and additional schools in other communities all over Mindanao.  A scholar said that alternative learning has always been under attack and labeled as a breeding ground of revolutionary forces, but what is being revolutionalized is the capacity of the Lumad people to read, write and count. “Lumad” is a collective term for 18 indigenous groups in Mindanao. 

Source: Dava Today


Children Join 2018 Earth Day Ecology Walk  

Children participated in the Ecology Walk organized by environmental advocates and groups led by the LUNTIAN Coalition in celebration of International Earth Day at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City. The Ecology Walk activities included a tour of native trees around the campus, bird watching and urban gardening for children. The organizers said biodiversity at UP represents the entire Philippines, noting there are at least 109 endemic, resident, and migratory bird species roaming within its campus. However, the Philippines’ last ecological frontiers from the mountain ridges to the coral reefs and urban green spaces are increasingly at risk of plunder. Aside from destructive big mining projects, plantations, and dams, the present threat to the natural resources is the proposed changes to the Philippine Constitution which will give 100 percent foreign ownership and privatization of timberlands, national parks and other public commons.

In the urban gardening workshop, 17 children listened to a discussion on climate change before they had a hands-on experience on how to plant vegetables, herbal plants and fruit trees using recyclable materials. The workshop was organized by the Climate Change Network for Community-based Initiatives (CCNCI), a partner of Solidagro and Third World Health Aid, both Belgian NGOs. 

Source: Kodao


Sister Patricia Fox Questions Government’s Definition of “Missionary Work"

Last April 16, 2018, Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary from the congregation of Notre Dame de Sion in the Philippines, was arrested and detained for nearly 24 hours by the government’s Bureau of Immigration (BI). Subsequently, her missionary visa was cancelled and she was ordered to leave the Philippines within 30 days on charges of involving in “partisan political activities”.

Source: Philstar, The Guardian, Rappler