Highlights/children

Health, Society

Breakfast emphasized for back to school

Children are now heading back to school after a couple of months of summer vacation and dietitians are reminding people how important it is for them to have a nutritious breakfast. Often both parents work and mornings are very rushed,» 

International, Society

Rohingya refugees include thousands of children violently orphaned

More than 6,000 Rohingya children in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh are unaccompanied children who face risks of hunger, exploitation and abuse, warns the aid agency Save the Children. The agency interviewed 139 children and found 70 per» 

International, Politics

Aid groups warn of ‘war on children’ in battle for Yemen’s main port

Humanitarian aid groups are warning of a dangerous escalation of fighting in the western Yemeni city of Hodeidah that threatens the lives of thousands of children caught in the crossfire of the battle for the country’s main port. The Houthi» 

International, Society

Syrian ‘children used and abused’ far too long, says UN official

The United Nations has verified that more than 7,000 children have died or been injured in the Syrian conflict but it says unverified numbers are “way beyond 20,000” reports Canadian Press. Virginia Gamba is the special representative for children in» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Syrian children denied access to humanitarian aid

UNICEF Canada warns 55,000 children and their families are cut off from basic lifesaving humanitarian assistance in southwestern Syria. The aid agency is renewing calls for the UN Security Council to pressure the Syrian government and all parties to the» 

International

Mosul children haunted by memories of devastation and violence: report

“I wake up and I witness war everyday,” says 10-year-old Rahaf who lost her parents and her younger sister along with 10 other members of her extended family in a missile strike in her native Mosul last year. “I don’t» 

Immigration & Refugees, International

U.S. separation of families sparks call for Canadian action

The outrage over the United States separating asylum-seeking parents from their children has elicited a demand that Canada rescind a refugee agreement it has with the U.S. The Safe Third Country Agreement stipulates that anyone who comes to an official» 

Society

School’s out, keep the kids busy, advises author

Schools close in June for summer vacation in Canada and younger children often go to day camps that may involve sports, music, computer skills, drama or other activities. Most parents get only two or three weeks of vacation which they» 

Health, Society

Poverty affects one in five children in Canada, says UN charity

Canada may be a wealthy country, but 20 per cent of its children and youth live in poverty, says UNICEF Canada, and it is asking Canadians to help. ‘Shocking for a country as wealthy’ “It’s something which is shocking for» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Myopia in young linked to lack of time spent outdoors

Nearsightedness among children is going up around the world and a recent study has found the rate to be six per cent among Canadian children aged six to eight, and 28.9 per cent among those between 11 and 13. Untreated»