In one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest cities, there are no facilities for young people who are charged with crimes, and the existing juvenile court is barely functional. As a result, they end up in adult jails amid difficult conditions and no access to rehabilitation.
In 2016, Zambia’s government implemented a national strategy to curb child marriage. But civil society organizations say the laws exclude children who aren’t in school, and that more needs to be done to end the practice entirely.
In Chiapas, the state with Mexico’s highest childhood poverty rate, many children quit school early to work instead. These youth have few options, but a training program strives to put opportunity within reach.
In Zimbabwe’s capital, many children rely on daily meals offered by neighborhood drop-in centers. As center administrators struggle to provide consistency despite the crumbling economy, they wonder privately how much longer it will last.
Since 2012, the world has recognized October 11 as International Day of the Girl. This day of awareness, created by the U.N., seeks to highlight the needs and rights of the more than 1 billion girls in the world. We asked girls in 10 countries to reflect on the best and worst aspects of being a girl. Their answers might surprise you.
Often held in overcrowded prisons meant for adults, many children arrested in Uganda don’t even know their rights. But the nonprofit Free Child Uganda has given legal aid to some 1,000 children, since Winfred Adukule-Meuter founded the organization in 2016.
In 2016, Uganda categorically banned corporal punishment in schools. But two years later, as students continue to report being beaten, and experts debate the merits of caning, the issue remains far from settled.
The Nepalese government struggles to enforce a law requiring all international volunteers to apply for work permits before taking even unpaid jobs in the country. Some volunteers take temporary jobs at children’s homes, some of which offer the visitors unfettered access to children.
More Rwandan children are choosing to live on the streets, even though the government launched a major program in 2011 to give children their rights and find homes for children in institutions. A look at the issue reveals an absence of data, uncertain causes and children from ages 5 to 17 sleeping on sidewalks.
Child trafficking in Kisangani creates nightmares for mothers whose babies are often stolen from the hospital where they were born. Last year, in Kisangani, one of DRC’s largest cities, 36 children were reported abducted from hospitals, churches and markets. Ten are still missing.