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Trauma risk for unaccompanied asylum-seeking adolescents

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2013

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Many Afghan children face deportation when caught overseas

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thousands of Afghan minors seek EU asylum
  • Unemployment risk as international troops pull out
  • Trauma risk for unaccompanied asylum-seeking adolescents
  • Conflict, displacement could affect next generation

NANGARHAR,  – Six years ago, when Najib* was 15, Taliban fighters came to his home in Shinwar District* in the eastern province of Nangarhar telling him to join them. After repeated visits, his family sought a way for Najib to escape, and paid a smuggler to take him to the UK.

Six years on, he has just arrived back in his village, having been deported from the UK, but the threats to get him to join the Taliban are now greater than ever, he says.

“They’re not like the Taliban that were in the area before,” Najib told IRIN. “They are all foreign fighters who have come from the…

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Dry winter bad news for farmers

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2013

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MASERU,) – On a windy day in Thaba-Bosiu, 40km from Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, Nkoliopa Mosotho is inspecting his parched fields. Like many other rural farmers in Lesotho, he was banking on winter snowfall to soften the iron-hard ground and allow him to plough, but none fell.

“It is a very worrying situation; normally by this time of the year it is good to prepare your soil so that in October, it will be easy to cultivate, but it’s so dry,” he told IRIN. “It will take many days to finish ploughing my fields, and my oxen will tire or even die after that.”

Ntsieng Mafeto, 65, in nearby Qeme, is also struggling. “I should have planted some hay for my sheep, but we last had good rains in March, and I am really concerned because its lambing season now, but the streams are dry and there is no…

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Norway first in the world to audit developing country debt

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2013

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A new report of developing countries’ debt owed to Norway, was presented in Oslo yesterday. “Norway is the first country in the world to have carried out an independent audit of debt agreements. We are doing this to make sure that we are living up to our responsibility as a lender to developing countries,” said Minister of International Development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås.

Unmanageable debt burdens are one of the fundamental causes of poverty in developing countries. While the international community gives USD 141 billion in aid to developing countries annually, the developing countries pay back USD 464 billion each year to their creditors. Many of the debt agreements were entered into when economic, political and social conditions were uncertain.

“Although the solvency of many countries, such as Brazil, is improving, the debt burden is hampering development in some poor countries. These countries are having difficulty servicing old debt…

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CHINESE AND AFRICAN LEADERS HERALD A NEW ERA OF HEALTH COOPERATION AT FIRST CHINA-AFRICA HEALTH MINISTERS’ MEETING

Posted by African Press International on August 23, 2013

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  • By   Dickens  Wasonga reporting for API,

Leaders issue Beijing Declaration to set priorities for health collaboration at thefirst meeting of health ministers under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)

 
Today, dozens of African health ministers and Chinese health officials gathered at the Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development to map out new efforts to support Africa’s long-term health progress and shape the future of China-Africa health cooperation.
This was the first-ever meeting of health ministers under the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) since it was established in 2000, demonstrating the highest level of political commitment to tackle Africa’s most pressing health challenges together.
At the Forum, health ministers and officials launched the Beijing Declaration of the Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development, which sets a road-map for jointly addressing key health challenges across Africa, including malaria, schistosomiasis, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, immunization and vaccine preventable diseases.
Under…

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