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War against child labour waxes stronger in Cemeroon.

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The sight of children working in mining sites in the Bétaré Oya district of eastern Cameroon is growing common.

Statistics remains non existent but town hall estimates over a thousand children under age18 work tirelessly in these sites.

Moussa Damjouma, is a child gold panner . She said, “I come here to work because I need money to eat”



According to mining operator, Justin Mbrama, “there are many children in the mines. It is these children who help us to better search for gold. We also help them by giving them some money.”

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Poverty appears a compiling force, driving these children to the sites.

For her part, Djibrila Ousmane mining operator, the gold provides livelihood for the family.

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United Nations agency in charge of child protection, has been battling to protect these children.

Chief Child Protection at UNICEF, Barbara Jamar, called for joint efforts for maximum output.

“There are medical consequences, psychological, psychosocial on them . So we need all partners on board so that we can have a real response plan”

“Children must no longer go to gold mines, they must go to school and boys and girls is not! And even disabled children have the right to go to school, don’t they.”

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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives

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President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.



President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.

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Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.

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DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.



Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.

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Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.

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