Photo:  Emily Wax/ Washington Post.  Ahmed Abdulraham, 14, left, sits on a street with his friend Fecil Khmis. They are among an estimated 35,000 minors living on the streets of Sudan’s capital. Over the past 25 years, drought, wars, AIDS and economic collapse in Africa have torn families apart.

Young and homeless fill Africa’s city streets

by Emily Wax Washington Post December 23, 2006

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The morning call to prayer echoed through the city as Ahmed Abdulraham, 14, a small boy with cloudy, yellowing eyes, rose from his version of a mattress: a pile of trash spread across a gutter. ...

SOMALIA: Continuing fighting forces hundreds more to flee homes

by IRIN News December 21, 2006

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched on Monday a campaign to support and protect tens of thousands of Burundian children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. At the ceremony in the capital, Bujumbura, the UNICEF representative to Burundi, Catherine Mbengue, said children had been largely left o...

KENYA: Alarming levels of child sex exploitation, UN agency reports

by IRIN News December 19, 2006

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a proposal by Uganda to redeploy its troops to eastern Congo to hunt Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels as well as other Ugandan rebels groups there, Congolese government spokesman and Minister for Information Henri Mova Sakanyi said o...

Memory Kawaya (extreme left), is among several thousand orphans who head homes in Zambia. Photo: © Nebert Mulenga/IRIN

ZAMBIA: Poor nutrition nullifies benefit of ARV treatment

by IRIN News December 18, 2006

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has cautioned in a new report that Southern Africa may not be adequately prepared for the upcoming planting season, while widespread food shortages batter the region....

Aid workers quit Darfur violence. Sharply deteriorating security in the Darfur region of Sudan has led to the withdrawal of 250 relief workers.

by IRIN News December 15, 2006

Aid workers face "unprecedented difficulties" because of military activity and direct violence against them, a statement by six agencies says. ...

A group of armed rebels on the road north of Kaga Bandouro, north-central CAR.  Photo: © IRIN

Central African Republic: Rebels, government blame each other for village destruction

by IRIN News December 15, 2006

Eritrea downplayed the significance of restricting UN helicopters on Thursday, describing recent remarks by the Ethiopian prime minister as duplicitous. Speaking to journalists for the first time since Eritrea grounded UN peacekeeping helicopters earlier this month, a senior government official s...

Child rights advocates say many West African girls suffer from sexual violence at schools. Photo: © IRIN

WEST AFRICA: Girls getting educated but also abused

by IRIN News December 14, 2006

Senegal’s leading private radio was closed down for most of the day on Monday under special instructions from the Interior Ministry after the station interviewed one of the leaders of a two-decade separatist rebellion in the southern Casamance region of the country....

LIBERIA: UN maintains diamond sanction, demanding better government controls

by IRIN News December 13, 2006

On a quiet street in Emina el Bahri, a small town just 10 km from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Sada Adam sits on the porch of a small shop and sells cups of tea to the locals....

LIBERIA: Speaking out about Taylor’s son

by IRIN News December 13, 2006

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UGANDA: An HIV/AIDS campaign in crisis?

by IRIN News December 8, 2006

The top negotiator in Liberia’s peace process, Abdulsalami Abubakar, flew into Monrovia on Wednesday to try to ensure that the country’s first elections since the end of a bitter civil war go ahead as scheduled on 11 October....