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MSF slams US on Gaza at UN, says children as young as 5 want to die

MSF slams US on Gaza at UN, says children as young as 5 want to die

THE head of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) told the United Nations Security Council that medical teams in the Gaza Strip have come up with a new acronym: WCNSF - wounded child, no surviving family. "Children who do survive this war will not only bear the visible wounds of traumatic injuries but the invisible ones too," MSF International Secretary General Christopher Lockyear told the 15-member council. "There is a repeated displacement, constant fear and witnessing family members literally dismembered before their eyes," he said. "These psychological injuries have led children as young as five to tell us that they…
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Italy shipwreck death toll at 62, including children

Italy shipwreck death toll at 62, including children

REMO CASILLI and ANGELO AMANTE RESCUERS recovered three more bodies, a day after a wooden sailboat carrying migrants to Europe smashed onto rocks in stormy weather off southern Italy, bringing the death toll to 62, including at least 14 children. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said more than two dozen Pakistanis were believed to have been among the vessel's passengers. Rescuers said many Afghanis and some Iranians had also been aboard the boat. "We met a survivor who fled Afghanistan with his sister to escape the Taliban. She did not survive," said Sergio Di Dato, a project coordinator with the charity Doctors…
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Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis

Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis

RISING insecurity in Nigeria's northwestern state of Zamfara has spawned a humanitarian crisis, International aid group Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday. Gunmen, often riding motorcycles, have attacked towns in the northwest in recent years, forcing thousands to flee across the northern border to Niger. Attackers have attained global notoriety through mass kidnappings at schools, abducting more than 800 students since December. MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said the security situation had worsened in the last few months. It referred to an increase in reports of kidnappings, killings, armed robbery and sexual violence in the region. The…
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Meet Africa’s Mr Basketball

Meet Africa’s Mr Basketball

BOITUMELO RANTAO FOR the majority of basketball players in Africa, their only hope of creating a career out of basketball is to seek a change of scenery and travel overseas. For others, basketball can be used to better the current situation by seizing opportunities to better schools that might have not been available before.  Football was known as the clear-cut favourite as Senegal’s No.1 sport, but the growing presence of basketball could not be ignored. Though hard to find the facilities, and at a time when courts were not readily available.  One youngster had just received a basketball from his…
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