Africa


Kenya

Poverty and deprivation - a threat to millions

Although Kenya is considered to be one of the more stable countries in Africa, poverty and deprivation threaten the lives of millions. Inadequate access to clean water has spread disease, while children are suffering from malaria, dysentery and HIV/AIDS.  Malnutrition rates in much of Kenya are critical. In some districts, a quarter of all children are acutely malnourished. More than seven per cent of Kenya’s children die before the age of five years.

In north-east Kenya, drought is a major problem and more than half a million people in drought-affected districts need emergency water supplies. More

Zambia

Devastated by HIV/AIDS

Zambia is one of many African countries devastated by HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that there are 1.4 million orphans and vulnerable children (UNICEF, 2012). One in every seven children is moderately to severely malnourished, and some 9 per cent of Zambia’s children die before the age of five. Many children in Zambia urgently need access to clean water, health care, food and education. More

Sudan

Shaken by conflict

Sudan has been beset by conflict. Two rounds of north-south civil war cost the lives of 1.5 million people. A continuing conflict in the western region of Darfur has driven two million people from their homes and killed more than 200,000, while the world's attention has recently been drawn to increasing levels of violence in the Nuba Mountains.. Around the capital city, Khartoum, there are refugee camps where poverty is rife. Tens of thousands of children live on the streets because they have simply nowhere else to go. These children are at risk of abuse, starvation, and death.  More

South Sudan

A tough start

In 2011, South Sudan separated from Sudan. As a result, thousands of southerners living in Sudan have migrated to the new country of South Sudan. But the consequences are devastating, as they arrive to find shortages of food and housing, little medical care and few schools. Hundreds of children are dying from preventable diseases and South Sudan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. Thousands of children are living on the streets, where they are at risk from abuse, disease, gangs, and of being forced into prostitution just to survive. More

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