News in Brief 24 March 2015 (AM)

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Rows of tents in the Borgop refugee-hosting site, Adamawa region, Cameroon.
UNHCR/M.Poletto (file)

UN refugee chief visits refugees in Cameroon

Some of the thousands of refugees from Nigeria and the Central African Republic in Cameroon are being visited by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Antonio Guterres has started a two-day visit to Cameroon where more than 74,000 Nigerians have sought refuge to escape attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

Cameroon is also hosting more than 244,000 refugees from the Central African Republic.

New study reveals widespread violence against children in Malawi

Two-thirds of the people in Malawi have experienced violence in childhood, according to a new study conducted by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The report says that 1 in 5 girls were sexually abused before their 18th birthday and nearly 2 out of 3 boys suffered physical violence before adulthood.

It is the first time that the problem of sexual, physical and emotional violence against children has been examined at the national level in Malawi.

Conflict takes toll on children in Yemen

Grave violations of children's rights are continuing in Yemen where conflict is raging between government and rebel Houthi forces, according to UNICEF.

The agency says that the recent attacks on mosques in the capital Sana'a have killed 12 children and injured 20 others.

UNICEF points out that in 2014 there was a 40 per cent increase in the number of children killed and wounded in the conflict compared to 2013.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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