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Syrian children bear the brunt of brutal war

By Dr Cesar Chelala One of the saddest things in the world today, ravaged by brutal wars, is a child, looking nowhere, as if asking the viewer, “Why are you doing this to us? We are only children.” This thought came to my mind as I read a report of the effects of the Syrian …

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Managing editor Rana Allam

The future of the two little girls

A couple of weeks ago, on my road back home using 6 October Bridge, I managed to avoid hitting two young girls – girls so little as to be invisible unless right in front of the car. For a full week, I saw them selling tissues in the same spot, and every day I could …

Rana Allam

Meeting the needs of children with disabilities

By Dr Cesar Chelala Between 500 and 600 million people worldwide are living with a disability.  According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 10% of children and youth in the world (about 200 million) have a disability. UN statistics show there are more than 12 million people living with disabilities in Egypt, …

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Aleppo’s tears

By Dr Cesar Chelala “Aleppo was a large and terrifying town,” wrote the American writer Frederic Prokosch in his famed novel “The Asiatics”.  This has been never truer than now, as I read about the barrel bomb attacks that have killed dozens of civilians just in a few days. I look at an October 2013 photograph of a …

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How to defeat bullying

By Dr Cesar Chelala For Iranian eight-year-old Mahan Rahimi life had become a torment. Because he was going bald due to an unknown illness, he was the target of unceasing bullying from his companions at school. He had become one of the millions of children and adolescents who suffer the daily consequences of bullying throughout the …

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Our duty to protect children

By Dr Cesar Chelala The trafficking of children is a widespread phenomenon that is causing enormous suffering throughout the world. It is estimated that 4 million women and girls worldwide are bought and sold each year either into marriage, prostitution or slavery. Over 1 million children enter the sex trade every year (although most are …

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Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian children continues

By Dr. Cesar Chelala A UNICEF report issued last March, “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” was sharply critical of Israel’s treatment of detained Palestinian children and youths. According to that report, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and harshly interrogated by the Israeli military, police and security agents every year in …

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A bad environment negatively affects children’s health

By Dr Cesar Chelala Millions of children die every year as a result of environment-related diseases. Their deaths could be prevented by using low-cost and sustainable tools and strategies for improving the environment. A World Health Organization (WHO) study showed that 13 million deaths worldwide could be prevented by improving the environment. In some countries, …

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Syrian children pay the heaviest price in war

By Dr Cesar Chelala The numbers of Syrian children affected by the brutal war ravaging their country are truly disheartening. According to UN agencies, one million children, three-quarters of them are under 11, have had to flee their country since the conflict began in 2011. “This one millionth child refugee is not just another number. …

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