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Child marriage in Africa – Growing up too early


IN A dusty village in southern Niger, Fatia holds her daughter close to her breast, smiling, though the baby looks much too large for her. Four years ago she married at the age of 16, she reckons, but she may have been younger. Since then she has had two children.

Three out of four girls in Niger are married before they are 18, giving this poor west African country the world’s highest rate of child marriage. The World Bank says it is one of only a very small number to have seen no reduction in recent years; the rate has even risen slightly. The country’s minimum legal age of marriage for girls is 15, but some brides are as young as nine.

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Wealthy Southlake couple accused of keeping African child as slave are indicted on multiple charges | Crime


The girl’s passport and visa said she was 5 years old (though other documents indicate she could have been as old as 13), and she did not speak English. Her most vivid memory of the journey was “a kind flight attendant who gave her cookies and a toy,” according to court documents.

She told authorities that she was soon put to work. After the five Toure children went to school she began “cleaning, making the beds, vacuuming, cooking and gardening,” and kept working until the children were in bed, according to the complaint.

Neighbors occasionally saw her walking the children to school, as well as painting the home and mowing the lawn, and thought the couple had a nanny, the complaint says. She didn’t play with other children, neighbors said.

There was no record of the girl attending…

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Caribbean News – This Caribbean Nation Has Seen 32 Cases Of Child Rape So Far This Year


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By NAN Contributor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 19, 2018: Police in a single Caribbean nation are reporting that there have been 32 cases of rape of children over the past nine months of this year alone.

Wesler Appolon, a spokesperson for the National Police of Haiti, described the issue as a real plague on the island.

Police said that in the first nine months of this year they have arrested at least 20 people involved in rape against minors in the communes of Cerca-Carvajal, Thomassique and Thomonde.

Appolon said that the criminal acts were occurring because of a lack of police presence in several areas.

“These individuals are dangerous, they participate in the kidnapping of schoolchildren and aggravated rape on minors among others,” he said.

Among the…

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S. African police trying to allay panic following spate of child abductions


The SAPS assures the country that continuous awareness and educational talks on the safety of children are done at various institutions including schools. Image courtesy: University of Pretoria
The SAPS assures the country that continuous awareness and educational talks on the safety of children are done at various institutions including schools. Image courtesy: University of Pretoria

The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Friday tried to allay panic following a spate of child abductions and kidnappings in the country.

The SAPS assures the country that continuous awareness and educational talks on the safety of children are done at various institutions including schools, SAPS Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.

This came after a spate of child abductions and kidnappings rocked…

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Great strides in child protection in the Eastern Caribbean


Ms. Angelique Balmacoon, a 10-year-old Child Rights Ambassador, performing her powerful spoken word piece on Bullying on the second day of the gathering

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Office of the Prime Minister  of Trinidad & Tobago in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted a three-day Regional Work-Planning Meeting for Child Protection Focal Points from the 14th – 16th August, 2018.

This regional meeting engaged eleven (11) Caribbean Child Protection Focal Points from Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Turks & Caicos, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, British Virgin Island and Trinidad and Tobago.

Participants enjoying the photo booth at the Regional Child Protection Focal Points meeting

Over the last…

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Caribbean News – Florida Man Jailed For Caribbean Child Sex


By NAN News Editor

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Mon. Aug. 20, 2018: A 51-year-old Florida man will spend the next 17 plus years of his life in jail after pleading guilty to travelling to the Caribbean for sex with children.

Theodore William Symonds, 51, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was recently sentenced to more than 17 years in prison and 30 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to traveling to the Dominican Republic for engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors.

According to court documents, Symonds travelled frequently between the United States and the Dominican Republic including a trip on March 20, 2017.

He was arrested March 23, 2017 by local Dominican authorities for crimes related to the sexual abuse of children. He was arrested in a condominium in Sosua…

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