Indian coach brings dignity to underprivileged children through football

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A football coach in India is making tireless efforts to train underprivileged children to compete with the best and in the process gain dignity in life. Sylvester Peter, who hails from Chennai in South India, is the founder of My Angels Academy, which is meant only for underprivileged children. Level-playing field Sylvester has lured these children away from begging and drugs to channelize their energies. “Rich or poor, on the field everybody is equal,” he says. He says some of the ...

Crimes against children thrive in India as predators remain on the prowl

Monday, 19 February 2018

Sex offenders like pedophiles and pornographers are on the prowl in India where crimes against children have multiplied fourfold in the past two years, leaving parents in a cold sweat. With 43 percent of the population aged below 18 years, the country is now home to the largest number of sexually-abused children in the world with as many as 106,958 cases of attacks on little angels recorded in police books in 2016 alone – a 13.6 percent increase over the previous year. Unregistered ...

National Geographic launches imprint for children’s fiction

Friday, 16 February 2018

National Geographic is entering the land of make-believe. After focusing on nonfiction for years, National Geographic Kids Books is starting an imprint for children’s fiction. National Geographic tells The Associated Press the new imprint is called Under the Stars. The first publication, Trudi Trueit’s “Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret,” is scheduled for September. “Explorer Academy” is the first of a seven-book series. It blends science and adventure as ...

Children of divorced expats between the law and choosing who to live with

Thursday, 15 February 2018

With divorce comes repercussions, perhaps the heaviest of it all falls upon the shoulders of children. In the Middle East, particularly, children remain in the custody of their mother until they reach puberty. It varies between each country at which age a teen may become under the custody of the father. Some laws have been modified to allow teens between the age of 15-18 to choose one of their parents as their guardian. The peculiar case of divorce among expats where both parents are residents ...

Saudi woman millionaire asks TV anchor for a husband to have a child with

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A Saudi woman millionaire called a TV anchor expressing her wish to marry and have a child, as per a post shared on Saudi News 50 twitter account. The Thursday post which created a buzz was shared on twitter with the hashtag #millionaire_looking_for_husband in Arabic. The woman called Hessa said in her phone call that her father was a stingy man who died before giving her hand in marriage and that she inherited millions. She added that she was focusing on work and her father used to tell her ...

UN: 83 killed in ‘war on children’ across Mideast

Monday, 5 February 2018

At least 83 children were killed in Middle East war zones in January, most of them in Syria, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Monday, vowing their voices “will never be silenced”.“They were killed in ongoing conflicts, suicide attacks or frozen to death as they fled active war zones,” said UNICEF’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere.“In the month of January alone, escalating violence in Iraq, Libya, the State of ...

Shocking video shows children in Libya mimicking group executions

Saturday, 3 February 2018

A video posted on social media has gone viral after it showed children in Benghazi, Libya, mimicking group executions. The children are all under the age of nine. In the video a young boy can be seen taking on the role of Libyan army leader Mahmoud Ourfali, whom recently executed a group killing of ISIS militant prisoners, and held a toy gun in his hand. Six other children sat in a row with their hands behind their heads, posing as prisoners. Each of them played their role: the leader pulling ...

Why family planning remains a controversial matter for Saudis

Saturday, 3 February 2018

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently issued a report projecting Saudi Arabia’s population to reach 37.2 million by 2020. The rural areas across the country have seen a dramatic increase in population. However, family planning as an important tool to deal with the potential repercussions of the population growth is still a controversial issue in Saudi Arabia. Some view it as a threat to the survival of society while others view it as a social necessity. Yet, ...

The need for better children’s books for Arabs who live abroad

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

As soon as my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter Samya, who was born last March, we knew we wanted to raise her to speak Arabic. Since my husband is a midwestern from Kansas who didn’t know what zaatar was and refused to eat plain yogurt until he met me, we decided we were going to follow the OPOL method. One parent one language. I would speak to her in Arabic and my husband would speak to her in English. (Check back with me in two years to see if it works!) ...

Children stitch shoes for global market in India’s tourist magnet

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Children as young as eight miss school and toil in hazardous conditions to make shoes for the global market in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, campaigners said, calling on shoe brands to work with the local government to clean up their supply chains. As well as a tourist attraction, Agra is a major shoe making center, producing nearly 200 million pairs of shoes annually in an industry that employs a quarter of the city's population, according to research by the Fair Labor Association (FLA). ...

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