Football fever is not only for boys, but also girls enthusiastically join in the fun. This is the case of Esme, from the SOS Children's Village Huehuetoca, Mexico.
The earthquake seemed to follow a malignant design. It struck the metropolitan area where almost a third of Haitis nine million people live. It flattened the headquarters of the United Nations mission, which would have taken the lead in coördinating relief, and killed dozens of U.N. employees, including, reportedly, the mission chief, Hédi Annabi. In a country without a building code, it wiped out whole neighborhoods of shoddy concrete structures, took down hospitals, wrecked the port, put the airports control tower out of action, damaged key institutions from the Presidential Palace to the National Cathedral, killed the archbishop and senior politicians, cut off power and phone service, and blocked passage through the streets. There was almost no heavy equipment in the capital that could be used to move debris off trapped survivors, or even to dig mass graves. Everything is going wrong, Guy LaRoche, a hospital manager, said.
Luas Cabral was appointed the first President of Guinea-Bissau. Following independence local black soldiers that fought along with the Portuguese Army against the PAIGC guerrillas were slaughtered by the thousands. Some managed to escape and settled in Portugal or other African nations, one of the massacres occurred in the town of Bissorã. In 1980 the PAIGC admitted in its newspaper "Nó Pintcha" (dated November 29, 1980) that many were executed and buried in unmarked collective graves in the woods of Cumerá, Portogole and Mansabáa
Now providing temporary care for around 290 unaccompanied and orphaned children, the capacity of the SOS Children's Village in Santo is nearly exhausted. On 17 February alone, 126 children from emergency camps were taken in, and 100 more may follow. Currently 66 community centres are supplying over 9,000 children with food, and medical treatment if required, every day. The aim in the coming weeks is to ensure that the basic needs of around 40,000 children are met.
This picture is an overview of our Childrens Village in El Jadida, Morocco. I researched how and why SOS Childrens Villages are located where they are. This is what I found out:
A boy and girl in Bo Sierra Leone and a little girl playing chess in SOS Children's Villages Sierra Leone.
The Republic of Sierra Leone is composed of three provinces: the Northern Province, Southern Province and the Eastern Province and one other region called the Western Area. The provinces are further divided into 12 districts, and the districts are further divided into chiefdoms, except for the Western Area.
Kankan town, eastern Guinea. Located at the head of navigation of the Milo River (a tributary of the Niger), it was founded as a caravan centre (salt, gold, kola nuts) by Soninke merchants in the 18th century.
This is a lovely description of a school concert from the teacher at the SOS Nursery School in Gulu -- her name is Marion Otema.
Children helping mother in preparation of new year food in kitchen at the SOS Children's Village Da Nang, Vietnam
I looked up the Wikipedia description of 'Da Nang' -- it read: "Da Nang is a major port city in the South Central Coast of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea. It is one of the five independent municipalities in Vietnam."
A boy standing at a water well, with people gathering in the background at the Oure Cassoni refugee camp in Chad
I read in September, last year, that the Eastern Chad refugee camp in Oure Cassoni was going to be moved. I wondered what this meant for the people in the camp: which has been there for 5 years. The aim of the relocation was to move the camp away from the volatile border area with Sudan.