Ben Affleck and Rep. Adam Smith discuss renewed violence in Central Africa.
Reports of Forced Abortions Fuel Push to End Chinese Law
NY Times: "Recent reports of women being coerced into late-term abortions by local officials have thrust China’s population control policy into the spotlight and ignited an outcry among policy advisers and scholars who are seeking to push central officials to fundamentally change or repeal a law that penalizes families for having more than one child."
Child Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Ben Affleck: "In Congo, the numbers are still grim. With just 1% of the global population, Congo is responsible for over 6% of global under-five mortality. According to USAID, 148 out of 1000 DRC children will not reach five years. This is the 5th highest under-five mortality rate in the world. Thus, Congo faces daunting … Continue reading Child Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo
The one-child policy: The brutal truth
Economist: "In the photographs the young mother lies on a clinic bed, her hair obscuring her face. She appears as inert as the baby lying beside her. But 23-year-old Feng Jianmei is still alive, whereas her baby girl is not. The baby was killed while still in the womb by an injection arranged by local … Continue reading The one-child policy: The brutal truth
Forced abortion picture causes uproar in China
AFP: "Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north China's Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she was unable to pay … Continue reading Forced abortion picture causes uproar in China
If Only Our Leaders Had Mariam’s Guts
Nicholas Kristof: "Once again, in Sudan there are starving children, tens of thousands of refugees, rapes and racial epithets, a spiraling death toll and passivity in the White House."
Starving Its Own Children
Nicholas Kristof: "Perhaps hundreds of thousands of people here have no food and are reduced to eating leaves and insects, as Sudan’s government starves and bombs its own people in the Nuba Mountains. Children are beginning to die."
A Glimmer of Hope for the Women in Congo
Margot Wallström: "Impunity reigns in the region as most perpetrators of sexual violence acts continue to walk unpunished without any repercussions for their crimes. The absence of justice has long-lasting effects on the whole society and is an impediment to restoring peace and security in the region. However, the initial steps toward holding perpetrators accountable … Continue reading A Glimmer of Hope for the Women in Congo
Nations must protect their children, not their reputations
Washington Post: "In the course of our investigation, I saw starving and emaciated children who, because of their disabilities, were unable to feed themselves and were frequently left unfed. I was told by staff that when many of these children became ill, they were no longer bathed or taken out of their cribs, denied medical … Continue reading Nations must protect their children, not their reputations
Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng, Who Exposed Forced Abortions, Seeks Asylum
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