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SLIDESHOW: Children break rocks to pay for school in Sierra Leone
18 March 2013 (IRIN ), Thousands of children in Sierra Leone are paying for their own education or helping their families make ends meet by working as rock-breakers for the country’s construction industry.
Call to end neglect of emergency education in Mali
15 March 2013 (IRIN ), Aid workers and experts are calling for more attention to education in Mali, where 200,000 children are out of school due to the crisis but where money for emergency education has yet to come forward.
Smartphones used to detect parasitic worms
13 March 2013 (IRIN ), A smartphone, a strip of double-sided tape and a simple glass lens could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts of the world, where even the most basic medical testing is hard to come by.
Vaccine suspicion aggravates measles outbreak in Nigeria
13 March 2013 (IRIN ), An ongoing measles outbreak, which killed 36 children and infected over 4,000 in northern Nigeria between 16 February and 9 March, has been linked to a drop-off in immunizations due to vaccine shortages in regional health clinics and widespread suspicion of the vaccine, say government health officials.
Afghan women navigate a challenging judicial landscape
12 March 2013 (IRIN ), Sadaf Ahmadi*, 18, from the northern Afghan province of Badakshan, has arrived battered and bruised at a women’s refuge centre in Faizabad. It is her fifth such visit.
South Sudan's gender gap still too wide
8 March 2013 (IRIN ), Years after the end of South Sudan’s war with Sudan, the country’s women still find themselves on the front line - this time, battling abuse, child marriage, and a dowry system that commodifies them from birth.
Analysis: Furore over Australian detention of immigrant children
5 March 2013 (IRIN ), Australia is failing in its international obligations to protect the rights of close to 2,000 children now in immigration detention, say rights groups and legal experts.
In Brief: Measles epidemic affects thousands in DRC
27 February 2013 (IRIN ), A measles epidemic has affected tens of thousands of children in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overwhelming health facilities, says medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Games, cartoons boost youth disaster preparation
27 February 2013 (IRIN ), NGOs and UN agencies warn that natural disasters disproportionately affect youths and that more creative use of media is needed to help brace them for natural calamities.
How justice works in Pakistan’s tribal areas and beyond
20 February 2013 (IRIN ), Justice in Pakistan's tribal border areas is a contested issue. “We are quite clear what justice is. If someone kills, commits adultery or some other offence, they deserve to die,” said Javaid Khan of the Utman Khel tribe in Bajaur Agency, one of seven tribal agencies (districts) along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

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