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July 23 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Jul 23 2014, 02:00:07

Medical NGO treats thousands of forced labour and rape survivors as militias target civilians in Orientale province

Men, women and children are being kidnapped and held for months as slaves by militias in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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July 22 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 09:46:00

Female genital mutilation and child marriage still prevalent in parts of global south, but Kenya making 'huge progress' on FGM through community action

Girls in parts of the global south continue to be married young, with more than half of girls in the least developed countries wed before their 18th birthday. The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) also remains high, with more than 90% of women in Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti, Egypt and Sierra Leone undergoing the procedure.

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 09:01:00

Since 1996, the UN children's agency has been working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia, which has the highest prevalence of the practice in the world. A recent survey of Somali women revealed that 98% of respondents had been been circumcised, a procedure that can result in infection, infertility and even death. Unicef's campaign has tackled FGM from a religious, community and cultural perspective. Here, a former "cutter", a community leader, and a teenager who narrowly escaped circumcision explain why the practice should be eradicated Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 07:11:17

The trauma of battling an epidemic, NGOs accuse western countries of exploiting Africa, and warts-and-all tales on Haiti

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Jul 22 2014, 02:00:03

Child marriage is driven by social norms that accord girls little value: we need legal and social change, and the money to make it happen

A few years ago, there would not have been a girl summit on child marriage. Many people dismissed the practice as tradition or too tricky a problem to overcome, so the issue never made it to the top of the agenda. While many still think these things, the world has come a long way in tackling the issue.

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July 21 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 19:30:00

Girl Summit tackles female genital mutilation and child marriage, as Unicef warns 280 million girls could be brides before 18

More than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, with one in three of them married before their 15th birthday, according to a global prevalence study.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 19:01:01

FGM and child marriage destroy childhoods, but empowering girls and women will boost the lives of boys and men too

Last month, I spent an evening with a group of amazing girls in Mumbai. They spoke with passion of their dreams, of developing the right skills to build a better future for themselves and their families, and of breaking a cycle of what nearly half of all girls in India have so far been unable to do avoid marriage before the age of 18.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 11:34:24

Abuse and poverty is driving children on to Uganda's streets, where many claim to suffer even more at the hands of police

After five years of homelessness, John is an expert at making his bed: he lays a piece of cardboard on a stretch of cement, wraps a large bag around himself and attempts to sleep.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 07:11:35

Biotechnology offers an opportunity to boost the security of staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa. We ignore this at our peril

Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa's development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty existing on less than $1.25 a day live in rural areas, and crop yields across the region are often a fraction of those in developed countries.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Jul 21 2014, 02:00:03

Despite a comprehensive approach to combating HIV-Aids, ignorance about the disease pervades Tunisian society

Hamdi Sfaxi, who sells prayer rugs outside his local mosque in Tunis, has heard it all before. "If you're going to treat Aids," he says "you need to know where it came from. It didn't exist in the past. The first person to get Aids was a gay man who had sex with a monkey."

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