44,000 people registered as missing in Africa, nearly half of them children

Nairobi (ICRC)—Nearly 44,000 people across Africa are registered as missing with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at a time when restrictions put in place to curb COVID-19 create new challenges in searching for missing people. Forty-five percent of the cases were children at the time they went missing. "This caseload is

Hard Lessons

For Students without Brick-and-Mortar Buildings or Internet Access, School Is Closed, but Learning Goes On The pandemic has forced school closures in 191 countries. More than 1.5 billion students face shuttered schools.  Disparities in distance education are particularly evident in low-income countries. According to UNESCO, nearly 90 percent of students in sub

Africa Faith and Justice Network

An international organization is working hard — so children don’t have to. by: Ellen Baverman This article first appeared in Comboni Missions Magazine Spring 2020. As the sun rises, children dot the busy streets of Kano, Nigeria, selling fruit, nuts, and water. As he does every morning, twelve-year-old Ahmad Mohammed sloshes sachets

Building a Priceless Education

While some families in the United States worry about the cost of expensive private schools, parents in Uganda are laying bricks to make sure their kids have a school to attend. At Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Ocodri Parish, Uganda there are enough classrooms for students through fourth grade. Every year,

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