Former US priest on trial for sex abuse in East Timor

American clergyman accused of abusing children younger than 14 in a home for disadvantaged youth that he founded and ran. The trial of a defrocked American priest charged with sexually abusing young girls at his shelter for orphans and children from impoverished families in East Timor has begun on Tuesday. Richard Daschbach, 84, a former […]

France blames children missing swimming lessons on ‘separatism’

The government is launching an inquiry into chlorine allergy certificates, suggesting families have ‘conveniently’ used them to prevent girls from swimming. Paris, France – Rights groups have criticised France’s decision to crack down on allergy certificates used to exempt students from swimming pool lessons, saying the move was an “Islamophobic” gesture. France’s education and interior […]

UN warns COVID hardship could swell ranks of child soldiers

Top UN official says coronavirus pandemic has also hampered efforts to protect children in conflict zones. More children could be pushed into joining armed groups in conflict zones as families face increasing poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a top United Nations official has warned. The exact number of child soldiers is unknown, but in […]

Will Biden’s stimulus plan help reduce child poverty in the US?

As part of the broader $1.9 trillion relief package, Congressional Democrats propose temporarily raising the child tax credit from $2,000 to up to $3,600 per child, which could help lift families out of poverty. Tucked inside United States President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is a seemingly radical notion that children should not […]

Dutch freeze international adoptions after abuses uncovered

Some children adopted between 1967 and 1998 were found to have been stolen or bought under duress from birth parents. The Netherlands is freezing international adoptions after a government commission found some children had been stolen or bought from their birth parents in cases going back to the 1960s. The commission was set up under […]

Baby food brands contain ‘dangerous’ toxic metals, US panel finds

United States congressional investigators found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage, a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee said in a report released on Thursday. The panel examined baby foods made by Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, Beech-Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle, it […]

Philippines Vaccine Scandal

How the consequences of a 2016 dengue vaccination drive caused controversy and led to lasting fears among Filipinos. . Source link

Two FBI agents killed, 3 wounded in Florida child abuse case

FBI says agents served a search warrant in Miami and came under fire, leading to the fatalities. The FBI confirmed on Tuesday two of its agents were killed and three more wounded while serving a search warrant in a child abuse case in Sunrise, Florida. “Two FBI agents are deceased and three are wounded. Two […]

UN urges countries to repatriate 27,000 children from Syria camp

The United Nations counterterrorism chief urged countries to repatriate the 27,000 children stranded in a huge camp in northeastern Syria, many of them sons and daughters of ISIL (ISIS) fighters who once controlled large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Vladimir Voronkov told an informal meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday that “the horrific […]

A school for the underprivileged at Indian farmers’ protest site

New Delhi, India – Khushboo Tiwari has not attended any classes since her school on the outskirts of the Indian capital, New Delhi, was shut in March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Like millions of underprivileged children across India, the 12-year-old also could not attend virtual classes as her parents, who work at […]

Billions in aid needed to help Afghan children in 2021: NGO

Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organisation says, calling for billions in new funds for aid. Just more than 18 million Afghans, including 9.7 million children, are badly in need of lifesaving support, including food, Save the Children said in […]

A teenager in Zimbabwe is using taekwondo to fight child marriage

In Zimbabwe, where girls as young as 10 are forced to marry due to poverty or traditional and religious practices, a teenage taekwondo enthusiast is using the sport to give girls in an impoverished community a fighting chance at life. “Not many people do taekwondo here, so it’s fascinating for the girls, both married and […]

Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail in sex abuse case

US judge rejects $28.5m bail package for Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, who was arrested in July. A US judge on Monday denied bail to Ghislaine Maxwell, citing the risk the British socialite might flee from charges she assisted in the late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of girls. US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said […]

Pope: Syria, Iraq, Yemen children should ‘touch all consciences’

In Christmas message, Pope Francis highlights the plight of children caught in wars and pleads for COVID vaccines to be made available for all. Pope Francis has highlighted the plight of children caught up in wars, singling out victims in Syria, Yemen and Iraq in his Christmas message. “On this day, when the word of […]

‘Trapped’: The American women and girls forced into marriage

“A week after we got married, my husband became violent. He flew into rages and controlled every aspect of my life. I couldn’t have my own money, have a driver’s licence, go to school – I was trapped for 15 years.” Fraidy Reiss, a 45-year-old mother of two daughters who lives in New Jersey, grew […]

Lone children among hundreds in Malaysia immigration detention

In December, Rafiullah’s fears were realised when his 14-year-old nephew was caught trying to enter Malaysia on foot and detained. The boy is now among 756 children Malaysia’s home minister reported to be in immigration detention across the country as of October 26, and like 405 of them, Rafiullah’s nephew is on his own. “This […]

Search persists for parents of 628 kids separated at US border

Parents of 333 children are believed to be in the US, while parents of the other 295 are believed to reside abroad. A court-appointed committee has yet to find the parents of 628 children separated at the United States-Mexico border early in the Trump administration, according to a court filing on Wednesday that also said […]

US top court hears arguments in child slave labour case

The case involves the Alien Tort Statute, which permits foreign citizens to sue in US courts for human rights abuses. The Supreme Court seemed concerned Tuesday about the impact of siding with food giants Nestle and Cargill and ending a lawsuit that claims they knowingly bought cocoa beans from farms in Africa that used child […]

Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Citing concerns over COVID-19, the Trump administration has expelled at least 8,800 unaccompanied children since March. A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic. US District Judge Emmet […]