What you missed this week

  • From one refugee to another: Young Somalis living in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp have transformed their own suffering into a form of encouragement for others, sending handwritten letters to Syrian refugee children.  “We are also like you. We know life is not easy,” says one letter. The Syrian children are now writing responses to their new epistolary friends.
  • When it rains, it pours: While climate change has been the focus of much recent policy, a new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is nothing short of sobering, revealing that greenhouse emissions are rising at the fastest level in decades. Fortunately, there is still time to fan the winds of positive change, but the report’s findings portend grave consequences if action is not significantly accelerated. Learn more here.
  • Things are looking up, or at least Google is: Tech giant Google has purchased Titan Aerospace, which manufactures a type of drone known as atmospheric satellites. The “satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation,” said Google to Mashable of its motivation for the acquisition. To get a bird’s-eye view of a few other ways drones can be used to effect positive change, fly on over here.
Girls sit on the floor of their classroom, in Nigeria
Girls attend class, at a UNICEF-supported school in Nigeria.
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  • Girls deserve to learn, safely: Gunmen are reported to have abducted around 100 girls during an attack on a Nigerian school. Girls’ education is linked to important gains, including in maternal and child health, as well as in earning potential, but violence is among the many barriers contributing to girls’ disproportionate access to schooling worldwide.
  • An apple a day is not all it takes: As the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals draws nearer, efforts to define the world’s future development priorities continue. At a meeting on Friday, leaders from the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) called for universal health coverage to be among those priorities, and presented strategies to measure progress toward realizing that objective. Find out more.
  • Poo party: Some 620 million people defecate in the open every day in India, but with faecal matter known to spread life-threatening illness and disease, the smell of all that poo is only the beginning of the problem. Set to a song by Shri, a new UNICEF music video is encouraging healthier practices with its catchy refrain: “Let’s take the poo to the loo.”

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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