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Darfur rebel group signs UNICEF child protection deal

Child soldier. Photo: Pierre Holtz, UNICEF CAR, www.hdptcar.net.

Source: Panos

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and a major rebel group in the Sudanese region of Darfur signed a deal on Wednesday to protect local children from violence and prevent them from being recruited as soldiers.

 

Mediators from the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue released a copy of the agreement in which the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) committed to handover to UNICEF all children currently associated with the group and also children who might have been recruited by other parties.

Under the deal UNICEF officials will be allowed access to monitor places, people and relevant documents. There were around 6,000 child soldiers in Darfur in 2008, according to UNICEF estimates.

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Lar Boland: Ecopreneurs

Ecopreneurs, DRCBlister PackagingStripping Moringo leaves
Plant extractsProducing medicinal tabletsTablets
Celosia argenteaEcopreneursChiefs
Daily lifeVillageHeliconia Stricta
Botanical GardensDaily lifeBa’Aka women
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Ecopreneurs, DRC

Luki Biosphere Reserve. Supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund, photojournalist Lar Boland documented the harvest of medicinal plants to create a new business opportunity in DRC.

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Blister Packaging

A worker operating a blister pack machine in one of only two pharmaceutical plants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Stripping Moringo leaves

Workers stripping Moringo leaves at the center where the plants are transported after harvest. They will be processed (dried, ground and extracted), conditioned (packaged, labeled) and stored there.

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Plant extracts

A range of plant extract for medicinal use

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Producing medicinal tablets

A worker operating a machine in the final stages of producing medicinal tablets.

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Celosia argentea

It has been reported that the ethanolic extract of this herbaceous plant contains flavonoids, saponins, glycosides and tannins (kindayohan/celosia) of potential medicinal value.

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Ecopreneurs

Four Ecopreneurs in discussion with Anna Samake, Portfolio Manager with philanthropic group Lundin Foundation.

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Chiefs

Support for the Ecopreneur programme has come from local chiefs of the Luki Biosphere Reserve region of DRCongo

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Daily life

Luki Biosphere Reserve is unfortunately in the process of a long term collapse from a species rich haven into a degraded landscape.

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Village

A typical village in the Luki Biosphere Reserve of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Heliconia Stricta

Normally grown for their beautiful flowering, some Heliconia are grown for their roots and seeds for potential medicinal use.

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Botanical Gardens

National Botanical Gardens in DRCongo (Jardin Botanoque de Kinshasa).

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Ba’Aka women

Women return from a day foraging in the forest. The Congo Basin provides food, water and shelter to 75m people and 150 distinct ethnic groups.