Posts Tagged ‘children’

Young, Black, Alive – Breaking the silence on Brazil’s soaring youth homicide rate

27 November 2014 |  by  |  Discrimination  |  No Comments

Earlier this week, many people around the world waited with bated breath for a grand jury’s decision in a case where a police officer shot dead an unarmed young black man on the street. While the 9 August shooting of Michael Brown took place in the US suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, the case has a deep resonance here in Brazil. The tragic course of events leading up to the teenager’s death could just as easily have played out on the streets of our cities or favelas.

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Released schoolboys reveal torture, fear and anxiety in IS captivity in Syria

10 November 2014 |  by  |  Armed Conflict, MENA, Syria, Torture  |  No Comments

Five months to the day after being abducted and held hostage by the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS), a group of 25 students from Kobani were unexpectedly set free on 29 October.

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‘Why is the world doing nothing?’ – cluster bomb attack by the Syrian army in Aleppo

2 March 2013 |  by  |  MENA, Syria  |  No Comments

In a field hospital, which I won’t name for security reasons – too many field hospitals have been bombed already – a little boy of 7, Abdo al-Dik, was shaking like a leaf and moaning in pain with deep lacerations to his abdomen and legs.

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Gaza – Day two of the ceasefire

26 November 2012 |  by  |  MENA  |  No Comments

“I left the house in the morning with my son Abdallah and went to my supermarket, as we had run out of food. My wife later called me and told me also to bring some toys for the children to take their minds off the bombing. “In the early afternoon I was praying before heading back home and when I finished praying I found my son in tears; he said neighbours had called saying our home had been bombed. We rushed back and found a pile of rubble where our house had been."

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Syria: Indiscriminate attacks kill, terrorize and displace civilians

17 September 2012 |  by  |  MENA, Syria  |  1 Comment

Eleven-year-old Ahmad Hamdo lay still on a stretcher on the floor of the hospital. Moments earlier he’d died from shrapnel injuries to the abdomen and pelvis. In the same room, doctors were desperately trying to save a little girl with bad head injuries. Her father was holding her hand, murmuring “my darling daughter stay with me”. She died 10 minutes later. Her name was Maram Qaddi and she was 5 years old.

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Children’s drawings depict the horror of Syrian conflict

12 September 2012 |  by  |  MENA, Syria  |  No Comments

Tanks, shells and mortars are hardly the norm in children’s drawings, not to mention a bloodied face or arm. But when I recently gave paper and crayons to Syrian children who have taken refuge in Lebanon, their artistic efforts drove home how most have seen horrors that no child should have to witness.

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