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Gaza one year on: how do I explain this to my children?

Wednesday 29 July 2015 by Voices from the Field

I can’t believe that a whole year passed.

I remember how we’d stay up until dawn watching the news from Gaza, after a long day of fasting during Ramadan.

We saw the displaced families, torn bodies and entire buildings, families and neighborhoods erased, children and parents roaming in the hospitals looking for their family members. Eating or sleeping weren’t an option.

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Yemen – No normal Eid

Tuesday 28 July 2015 by Voices from the Field

Last week millions of Muslims all over the world broke Ramadan, a month-long fast, with the joyous holiday of Eid al-Fitr. For most there would have been no shortage of food, prayers or gifts.

But sadly, here in Yemen this was no normal Eid.

For four months the situation in Yemen has continued to deteriorate. Almost daily air strikes, shelling and ground fighting has seen more than 3,700 people killed – half of them civilians – and a further 15,000 injured. If you asked any Yemeni what they wanted this Eid they would all have told you the same thing: “All we ask for is peace.”

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Nepal: children’s voices three months on

Tuesday 28 July 2015 by Atanu Roy

Three months ago Nepal was hit by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, followed by a second earthquake 17 days later. In total, 8,856 people were killed and 22,309 injured. Now, with monsoon season gathering pace, an estimated 2.8 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance.
Today we’re launching a report with Plan International, Unicef and World Vision, called After the earthquake: Nepal’s children speak out, to ensure children’s voices are heard and their needs are at the forefront of the humanitarian response.

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Burundi: children paying the price for instability

Tuesday 21 July 2015 by Ben Brill

A lot is at stake in today’s presidential election in Burundi.

The tiny East African country has enjoyed a period of relative stability since the civil war came to an end in 2005.

However, President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement that he wanted to stand for a third term in office triggered violent protests in April, a failed coup attempt in May, and more than 70 deaths.

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The Addis Ababa Summit: An important step towards a better future for children

Monday 20 July 2015 by Atanu Roy

Last week while the world’s attention was focused on the marathon Euro Greek talks in Brussels, a continent away in the Ethiopian capital another meeting of top politicians were also discussing serious money matters. While the summit in Addis Abba, or the Financing for Development Conference to give its official title, didn’t get the column inches its fraught EU counterpart did, the stakes were just as high, perhaps even higher.

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Let’s make 2015 the year of action/2015

Monday 6 July 2015 by Justin Forsyth

The first rule of show business is never work with children or animals. The first rule of global G8 negotiations should be avoid naked flames.

It was 2005 and the Make Poverty History campaign was everywhere. Britain was the host of that year’s Gleneagles G8 summit of world leaders and Tony Blair had put Africa at the top of his agenda.

Now the Prime Minister had Bono, Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis and an unprecedented coalition of charities breathing down his neck. 20 years after Live Aid, Live 8 was about to host concerts in nine cities around the world, with a potential audience of 3 billion people.

The PM and Chancellor Gordon Brown both had high hopes for what could be achieved, but on this particular day Michael Jay, Blair’s sherpa – or, in layman’s terms, chief negotiator – had been trapped for hours with his international counterparts, and felt he was getting nowhere.

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Gaza one year on: the lasting scars of war on children

Monday 6 July 2015 by Daisy Baldwin

It is summer again in Gaza, a year on since 2014′s 51-day conflict began. I’m visiting Shuja’iyya, one of the most badly-affected areas, to understand more about the challenges families here still face.

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Tsunami survivor Martunis signs to Sporting Lisbon 11 years after we reunited him with his family

Friday 3 July 2015 by Alice Klein

Martunis clung to a sofa and eventually a tree where he remained for weeks, surviving on packets of dried noodles and bottles of water which floated past. This week he was unveiled in Portugal as the latest signing of Sporting Lisbon’s famous academy following in the footsteps of his hero Christano Ronaldo who he met in the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2005.

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Ready to Read: closing the gap in early language skills in the UK

Monday 29 June 2015 by Jerome Finnegan

Today the Read On. Get On. Campaign is calling for an increased focus on the early years to ensure that all children have good language skills by the time they start school.

The early years are the golden years for ensuring all children can read well by 11. The extent to which young children living in poverty are struggling with early language is significant and has a knock-on impact on their literacy levels in primary school. But the good news is there’s lots of evidence to tell us what works to drive good language skills.

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A colourful way to help save lives!

Tuesday 23 June 2015 by Malise Rosbech

The running season is in full swing and Save the Children staff and supporters are getting involved. Of course Supporter Services are getting into the running too!

This includes me – even though, besides a few vague school memories of the annual 5k runs in the local forest, my running history is nearly non-existent.

I haven’t run since and, apart from the occasional yoga class, I practise a strict non-exercise regime.

So I’m not sure why I signed up to do the Colour Run in June for Save the Children as soon registrations opened in February!

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