What you missed this week

  • Leaving death and injury in their wake, landmines remain a hidden threat to children and other civilians long after the conflicts in which they were laid have ended. To commemorate the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on 4 April, the United Nations Mine Action Service partnered with digital marketing agency Critical Mass to create “Sweeper,” which this article describes as simulating “the very real terror of leaving home, walking to school or driving to work, and not knowing if you’ll survive your next step.”
  • A 10-year-old girl in Senegal who became pregnant with twins as a result of rape has lost her fight against the country’s harsh abortion law, which only allows women – or, in this case, girls – to undergo the procedure when their life is at stake. Read her story here.
  • Tens of thousands, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, gathered in Rwanda’s capital to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the country’s genocide. The atrocity resulted in 800,000 deaths in a matter of months. To learn more about the emergency’s effects on children, check out this photo feature.
  • Economic recession, austerity measures and other related phenomena have had a significant impact on government contributions to development aid. But, new data released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development reveals a significant increase in 2013 contributions following declines over the past two years. Lean more here.

We are always on the lookout for interesting content that often gets overlooked.  We search the web for stories from under-reported regions and articles that will make you think of children’s rights and development issues in a way you haven’t before.

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