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Education is life-changing for children and young people, but the power of education is systematically ignored in situations of humanitarian crisis – and never more than at present. This neglect is reflected in the tiny amount allocated to children’s schooling in humanitarian responses: it involves only 2% of humanitarian funding. This neglect affects the lives of a generation of children and young people forever – once their education is disrupted it can never be retrieved.

Progress towards recognising education as part of a humanitarian response has been slow and the crisis has been worsening – resulting in millions more children and young people who are missing chance to go to school. There are now more displaced people than ever before – and around half of refugees are children.

And while the media is focused on the plight of families whose lives have been ruined by conflict in Syria, in other parts of the world millions of people have spent many years away from home. Dadaab, in northern Kenya, is the world largest refugee camp and has been in existence for more than 23 years. Strikingly, there are more than 10,000 third-generation refugees in Dadaab, born to parents who were also born in the camps. Yet, while inhabitants of the camps see the importance of education as the only thing they can take home, until recently there were no secondary school opportunities for the vast majority of young people there.

Adolescent girls are the biggest victims in conflict settings.
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Author provided

The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul must be a turning point in giving prominence to education for those caught up in conflict for the sake of this and future generations of children and young people.

Adolescent girls suffer most

Adolescent girls’ education journeys are being blocked in four key ways, as our new infographic shows. First, with just 13% of the extremely small pot of UNHCR education funding allocated to secondary schooling, it is no surprise that just 4% of the poorest girls in conflict affected areas complete secondary school. As a result, adolescent girls in conflict zones are 90% more likely to be out of school than elsewhere.

Schools are unsafe for girls.
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Author provided

Even their journeys to school place young girls at risk of physical and sexual violence. More than half of adolescent girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo report experiencing physical violence. And while all the 51 countries affected by conflict since 1985 have reported sexual violence cases against adolescent girls, less than 4% of the funding requested by aid agencies accounts for programmes to tackle gender-based violence. In these situations, saving lives is inseparable from changing lives through education.

Education or marriage?
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Author provided

A lack of education can also result in girls being recruited to fight in armed forces. While figures are hard to come by, on one estimate, around 40% of child soldiers are young women. Once recruited, their lives are disposable, three-quarters of suicide bombers in some West African countries have been identified as young women. And military and terrorist organisations abduct young women: in Chibok, northern Nigeria, Boko Haram abducted at least 276 girls – at least 219 of them are still missing.

Girls as child soldiers.
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, Author provided

Education cannot wait

There is an urgent need to remove the obstacles facing adolescent girls on their journey to school. The shocking statistics presented here provide clear evidence of a problem that can no longer be ignored. Facing up to the problem needs to be accompanied by taking action.

The launch of the Education Cannot Wait Fund at the World Humanitarian Summit next week is a golden opportunity for world leaders to show their commitment to transforming the lives of children and young people for the future.

But realising change is not just about grand gestures at world summits. As commitments we have made together with others as part of the US First Lady’s Let Girls’ Learn Initiative highlight, change has to happen on the ground. Changing journeys of adolescent girls requires working together with communities to ensure they finally get the education they deserve.

The Conversation

Pauline Rose, Professor, International Education and Director, Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Source: Rape, murder, forced marriage: What girls in conflict zones get instead of education

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As many as two million people perished during The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution as Mao sought to consolidate control 17 years after taking power in 1949.

All professionals – doctors, teachers, lawyers – were targeted in the great purge of the middle classes. Millions of pet cats were killed too, because they were seen as a bourgeois affectation.

Even those with interests such as fashion or literature were seen as traitors. Friends, neighbours and even family members denounced each other, guilty or not.

China expert Frank Dikotter says: “There were several dozen cases of ritual cannibalism. It was about not just eliminating your class enemy, but devouring him.”

Executions included beheadings, ­boilings, live burials, stonings, drownings and disembowellings

Professor Dikotter says: “In Dao County, thousands were eliminated by driving them over cliffs to plunge to their deaths – men, women and children. The fear was that if you killed the adults the children could return to reap revenge, so it was better to wipe out the family line. In one case a grandmother and her granddaughter were buried alive.

“Then, after 1968, millions were sent to the countryside after they finished school, some of whom were girls as young as 14. Thousands of young girls were left at the mercy of villagers and raped.”

Source: Torture, mass murder, rape and cannibalism … the horror of Mao’s Cultural Revolution 50 years on – Mirror Online

Two former soldiers have been cleared of raping their female colleague Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement in 2009. Thomas Fulton and Jeremy Jones, both 28, were found not guilty of two charges of rape but told their conduct on the night of 20 November had nonetheless been “disgraceful”.

Cpl Ellement was found hanged in her barracks at Bulford in Wiltshire on 9 October 2011, almost exactly two years after engaging in a drunk threesome with the two men while they were stationed in Germany.

Source: Former soldiers cleared of raping female colleague Anne-Marie Ellement | Crime | News | The Independent

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A dog was found raped, murdered and hanged from a tree after a sick attack.

The animal had been ‘severely sexually assaulted’ and suffocated before it was left in the branches where a mountain biker found it last Monday in Washington state, USA.

Now a $5,000 reward has been offered for anyone with information about who did this.

In an appeal, animal protection organisation the Humane Society of the United States said: ‘The perpetrators asphyxiated the dog by hanging her from a branch with her feet barely touching the ground.

‘Evidence suggested she was severely sexually assaulted while being restrained.’

Source: Pitbull type dog found raped and hanged from a tree in Washington | Metro News

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