Promised in marriage, a young girl gets her childhood backListen / The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has launched a global initiative that calls for an end to all forms of violence against children. The initiative seeks to benefit children like Farzana, a schoolgirl from Afghanistan, whose father had arranged for her to marry a much older man. Karishma Vyas reports how a UNICEF-supported programme saved Farzana from this fate.
Remittances can act as drag on developmentThe practice of sending money home, or remittances, has emerged as a significant part of the global economy, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The World Bank reports that remittances topped $400 billion last year. And for more than 60 countries, such payments make up at least five percent of their gross domestic product. Remittances can often be a lifeline for families of immigrant workers but Economist Ralph Chami of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department tells IMF's David Schulman that this international flow of cash can also be a drag on the economy back home.
Special Rapporteur congratulates Cambodians on elections, appeals for calm and reconciliationA United Nations independent expert appealed for calm and reconciliation in Cambodia, following the country’s presidential elections on 28 July. While there were reports that Cambodia’s opposition party rejected the results, Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, congratulated Cambodians “on exercising their right to vote in a largely peaceful manner.”
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