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  • Syrian child workers 'left behind in life'

    On a bustling street in this city near the border with Syria, a tiny boy among other children tries to sell chocolate biscuits in a box. "Would you buy one?" he keeps asking, while pulling his loose, dirty trousers up to his thin waist. Seven-year-old Atman Khalil is the youngest member of his family, having fled its war-torn hometown of.. More

  • Where is accountability for Gaza's children?

    Before Israel's invasion of Gaza last July, Farah Baker was an ordinary Palestinian teenager growing up in the besieged strip of land by the Mediterranean Sea. But a compelling Twitter feed catapulted her to international fame. "I'm the modern Anne Frank Gaza-Palestine, 16 years old," is the description of Baker's Twitter account. The teen.. More

  • UN study details widespread abuse of children

    A UN report states that around 120 million girls worldwide have been forced to have sex and that globally one-fifth of murder victims from both sexes are under 20 years old, resulting in 95,000 deaths in 2012. Drawing on data from 190 countries, the report released on Thursday from the UN children's agency, UNICEF, notes that children around the world.. More

  • Egypt's prisons still rife with torture

    Amr was arrested in March while having a cup of tea with two friends at a coffee shop in downtown Cairo. Four months later, the 17-year-old remains in jail, accused of involvement with Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, an armed group in the Sinai that has claimed responsibility for a number of armed attacks against Egyptian security forces. "We didn't hear.. More

  • Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

    On September 16, 2012, at three in the morning, Mohammad Zahir Shah, received a phone call. There were air strikes in the mountains near his home in Lagham province. For the next two hours, Shah and fellow villagers waited for the shelling to come to an end. Then they set out looking for the dead and wounded. Seven were killed, including Shah's.. More

  • Egypt's Rabaa deaths 'crime against humanity'

    A new report has alleged that the Egyptian security forces' killings of at least 1,000 protesters at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square sit-in last year in Cairo "most likely amount to crimes against humanity". The 195-page Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released on Tuesday found that Egyptian security forces "gunned down hundreds of unarmed.. More

  • Central Gaza homes turn into refuge for the displaced

    The clock above Gaza Strip resident Ahlam Abed chimed 6:00am and in that hour there was strong knocking on the door of her house. The knocking was one of fear. Behind the door there was a Palestinian family that sought safety from Israel's ceaseless rocket and bomb attacks on the homes of the Gaza Strip, which has been suffering Israeli strikes since.. More

  • UN: Seven million people need aid in Sudan

    Almost seven million people in Sudan are in urgent need of aid after the influx of refugees from the conflicts in Darfur and South Sudan worsened the crisis in the African nation, the UN said. The figure is a jump from the United Nations' previous estimate of 6.1 million, issued last year. Aid agencies urgently need funding "to assist 6.9 million.. More

  • Amnesty: Dozens of Sunni detainees killed by Iraq government

    Evidence is emerging of reprisal killings of 50 Sunni detainees in the custody of Iraqi forces as retaliation for predominantly Sunni militant group, ISIS's take over of parts of Iraq in the last three weeks, say Amnesty International. Survivors and relatives of the victims said that the detainees were extra judicially executed in the Iraqi city of.. More

  • UN: Record 50 million people now displaced

    The United Nations refugee agency has said that at the end of last year more than 50 million people had been forced from their homes worldwide, the highest figure of displaced people since World War II. In its annual Global Trends report, released on Friday, UNHCR said that out of the 51.2 million people displaced, half of them were children, many.. More

  • UN: S Sudan children facing starvation

    More than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nations has warned while seeking over $1bn to support those hit by six months of civil war. "The consequences could be dire: 50,000 children could die this year if they do not get assistance," UN aid chief for South Sudan Toby Lanzer said on Saturday at.. More

  • Palestinian hunger strike passes 40-day mark

    Just outside the Tbeish family home, people began to gather at sunset. Some carried flags, but most held posters of the town's native son, Ayman. A child carried a placard depicting a young man in chains; "Ayman is dying" read another sign, held by an elderly man. In what has almost become a weekly event, neighbors and complete strangers.. More

  • Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

    "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp,.. More

  • Thousands of Syrian babies becoming stateless

    Ibrahim Khattar and his fiancé Daouk were forced to flee Aleppo for Lebanon in late 2012. Months later, the young couple wed and Daouk became pregnant; after the upheaval of the war and a long engagement, they were finally starting a fresh life. But it was not to be. The couple had not realized their marriage, officiated by a local sheikh, was.. More

  • Israel locking up more children in isolation

    Jamil was only 16 years old when Israeli soldiers raided his Bir al-Basha home near Jenin late last year. It was a few hours before dawn when he was awakened by a hard nudge, blindfolded and handcuffed, then taken away in his pyjamas and house slippers. His ordeal took place in stages: At an Israeli military base, where he was beaten and forbidden.. More