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More than a million child refugees are struggling to cope

Letter: Short's will to beat poverty

Sir: "Elimination not alleviation" of poverty a fantasy? ("The new Joan of Arc?", 7 June.) Certainly not. As long ago as 1977 the US National Academy of Sciences concluded after a major study that "if there is the political will in this country and abroad ... it should be possible to overcome the worst aspects of widespread hunger and malnutrition within one generation". Unicef now says much the same, but with a timeline of just a decade.

RADIO : Suffer the little children

A child is trotting along a path when she sees a butterfly: running towards it, she might realise that it is not real, but painted on a small ball. If she decides to pick up this toy, she will never touch anything again, for, in her country, butterflies and stars decorate land-mines, specially to appeal to little enemy children.

LETTER : Free the children

Sir: Denis MacShane asks what can be done to stop child labour ("These small slaves need liberation", 9 December).

Children toil for 10p an hour

Around 90 per cent of children living in the Midlands, the north of England and Scotland are employed illegally, new research has revealed.

UN official sacked for `pounds 1.5m fraud'

An employee of Unicef has been charged with embezzlement after officials discovered a 12m kroner (pounds 1.5m) fraud at the organisation's Danish offices.

Statistics of a world in suffering

37,000 under-fives die of disease every day 73 million children are workers 585,000 women die in labour each year

Breast is best? Try telling the midwife

Hospitals give up too easily when mothers run into problems

Boy soldiers get lesson in peace

David Orr sees the effect on children forced to fight in Sierra Leone's civil war

India bans sex tests to save 'missing daughters'

TIM MCGIRK

Alarming rise in child soldiers

CHILDREN OF WAR APPEAL

War Games

Welcome to Bosnia, its children and their play. Last month, as war abated, hope soared and sieges were raised, the photographer Dario Mitidieri arrived to find that for little boys there was still only one game. It was the one they learned from the only life they had known. It may be a long time before they are calm enough to learn another Children like the two above waiting by a rubble skip in Mostar, where the narrow streets for so long resounded deafeningly to the sound of war, are only just beginning to experience quiet. As for peace of mind, how long will that take?

Trauma of a generation

CHILDREN OF WAR APPEAL

The six million who need your help

The Independent today launches the Children of War Appeal, a special plea to help the child victims of the war ravaged countries of the former Yugoslavia this Christmas.

Children of the machete

They witnessed rapes, they saw relatives butchered. Some have blood on their own hands. Will this generation ever recover? David Orr talks to Rwanda's children

Unicef staff 'misappropriate' more than $1m

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef, has reported a loss of up to $10m (pounds 6.25m) at its Kenya office and says more than $1m was "misappropriated" by staff. Unicef made public a report by its own auditors into the scandal and said it was taking remedial action. Diplomats and UN officials said Unicef's response to the audit was prompt and open, setting a model of accountability signally lacking in other UN agencies.
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