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Day of the African Child 2018: Stories from Zimbabwe #2

From a life of misery to a life of hope… A 7-year-old girl was admitted to hospital in a village in Mashonaland Central after sustaining serious injuries on her head, lips and hands. Finding these injuries to be suspicious, the attending doctor referred the case to Childline Zimbabwe. After the child disclosed that her mother would […]

Day of the African Child 2018: Stories from Tanzania #1

Early in 2018, Joseph lost his wife and mother of their 3-year-old daughter. Different people were caring for his daughter, but when she dramatically lost weight he called the Child Helpline in Tanzania, seeking advice on what could be wrong. He was worried that perhaps his daughter wasn’t being fed properly. Mary, a counsellor at the […]

Day of the African Child 2018: Stories from Zimbabwe #1

Childline Zimbabwe made a follow-up visit to a family with eight children, none of whom were in school. It became apparent, though, that a number of other families living on the same farm also had children who were not in school, mainly because they were under the care of single mothers who were unemployed. Their fathers were […]

Day of the African Child 2018: Stories from Tanzania #2

A young girl called the Tanzanian National Child Helpline, asking for help in between sobs. Her call was answered by Lillian, who calmed her down enough to talk about why she was so upset. The girl explained that she had been taken to Dar es Salaam to work as a housekeeper – but what she thought […]