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Jan 2012: By Adepeju Mabadeje - 'Lagos Muslim and Christian leaders came out with a common voice. I'm getting closer to the Nigeria of my dreams...'


Jan 2012: By Celine Osukwu, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) - "Nigerian masses protested again today, the first day of National Strike. We occupy Nigeria successfully... "


Jennifer Timmons interviews Patricia Nafuna about her life: "Domestic violence started with beatings, slaps, or scoldings every morning or evening... This made work very hard, in getting my own salary..."


Jennifer Timmons interviews Patricia Nafuna about her work: "During the drafting of the new constitution, IPEFAM was one of the organisations chosen to represent the grassroots community..."

Prison-in-South Sudan

Four minors are among nine people who have been sentenced to death for a carjacking in Khour Baskawit in South Darfur. The case has raised fresh concerns over protection for children's rights in Sudan.

At 17, Ibrahim Shrief Yousef, is the eldest of the four children sentenced. Abdalla Abadalla Doud and Altyeb Mohamed Yagoup are 16 and Abdarazig Daoud Abdelseed is just 15 years old.



Allan was left for dead after a vicious attack

BBC undercover reporter is told: "We can bury the child alive on your construction site"

Beninese children crushing stones into gravel at a quarry at Tchatchegou, north of the capital Cotonou, June 2005.

Benin and the Republic of Congo have signed an accord aimed at stemming the trafficking of children between the two countries.

The two states believe some 1,800 children from Benin, mostly aged between 11 and 18, have been trafficked to neighbouring Congo.

Florence Amony, now 34, became a child soldier in 1990.  Photo: Beatrice Lamwaka | GPI

On Sept. 9, 1990, 21 years ago, rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army, LRA, abducted Florence Amony from her home in Palenga, a village in northern Uganda, as she slept.

She was just 13.

Later, she became the eighth wife of an LRA captain and was forced to bear three children.

Baby "TN" receives expressed breast milk. Photo: iThemba Lethu

South Africa’s high child mortality rates have forced the government to rethink its policy on infant feeding and move to discontinue the free provision of formula milk at hospitals and clinics, as well as promote an exclusive breastfeeding strategy for all mothers, including those living with HIV.

LRA Soldiers

Ester Abeja was captured by Uganda's feared rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and was forced to join them.

But not before the soldiers made her kill her one-year- old baby girl, by smashing her skull in, and then gang raped her.

 Sisonke Msimang is the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa

It is complicated to be a women with children and a career

I soon realised I was not turning out to be the feminist leader I had hoped I would be.

Dr. Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe with her two young daughters, Dr. Amina Mohamed Abdi, and Dr. Deqa Mohamed Abdi | Photo:

Hawa Abdi is an obstetrician and gynecologist who in 1983 established a one-room clinic near Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

In 2010 Islamist militants invaded her camp and held her hostage for several days.

Kenya UNHCR Camp

The supposed sanctuary of Kenyan refugee camps can’t protect Somali women from the horrors of a growing rape epidemic.

Long treks for needed supplies leave women vulnerabel to attacks from men hiding in the bushes along the isolated trails.