Archive for 'Outraged'
The American Journal of Public Health is publishing a study today (it wasn’t posted as of this writing, but here’s the web site for it) that shows the appalling prevalence of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Here’s a link to the GlobalPost story on it. The study finds that nearly 2 million women have been [...]
Posted: May 12th, 2011 under Africa, Foreign policy, Outraged, United Nations, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Genocide, rape, sexual violence, Women's rights
This story from IRIN really got to me. I suppose shining shoes is better than being a child soldier. Either way, it seems, there’s a great chance they’ll be killed. A point worth making: In places and situations like these, the term street children generally refers to boys. Let’s hope NGOs and appropriate agencies are [...]
Posted: April 14th, 2011 under Africa, Outraged, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: child protection, children in war zones, Mogadishu, Somalia, street children
I repost here a story I wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer that was in Tuesday’s paper. It looks at the problem of men, generally affluent, white men from developed countries, who travel abroad to sexually molest children and some of the people fighting to end it. I’ll post later on information on one international nongovernmental organization, [...]
Posted: September 24th, 2009 under Outraged, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues, slavery.
Tags: child sexual exploitation, children's rights, ECPAT, human trafficking, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The story below about child soldiers just came in this morning from IRIN. The media and activists who care about this issue need to figure out a way to get the plight of child soldiers into the international consciousness to a degree that promotes real action. This story will probably get picked up in numerous publications [...]
Posted: June 18th, 2009 under Media, NGOs, Outraged, international children's issues.
Tags: child soldiers, children's rights, Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Confli
The BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones had a terrific report today explaining how, in the BBC’s words, “The Taliban is recruiting children and teenagers as suicide bombers to carry out attacks across Pakistan, authorities say. Correspondent Owen Bennett-Jones reports on claims that many children are being kidnapped before being taken to “suicide nurseries.” This illuminates a hideous [...]
It is so small, in fact, that I can’t really get myself to praise past the headline of this posting. It’s outrageous that an 8-year-old girl was forced into marrying a 50-year-old man. It is more sad proof that child trafficking thrives, as does the commodification of children. It’s a damn good thing she was allowed to [...]