Liberia among 18 Countries Reported for Abuse against Children

first_imgOn June 14, this year in Barnersville, Monrovia, 19-year-old Liberian student attempted to end his life by swallowing four valium tablets because his friends taunted him, bullying him for his reported failure to have immigrated to Canada. “I want to die…leave me to die…let me die!” the half-conscious young man was cried, simply because of the teasing from his friends.This account seems rather isolated but, a new poll conducted by UNICEF and their partners shows that more than nine out of 10 young people believe bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities; and two-thirds say they have experienced bullying firsthand. The poll was conducted through U-Report, a rapidly growing youth engagement tool that provides a platform for over 2 million young ‘U-Reporters’ from more than 20 countries. Through the poll, young people were asked via SMS, Facebook and Twitter a series of questions relating to the impact of bullying in their community, their own personal experiences of bullying and what they think can be done to end this type of violence. More than 100,000 U-Reporters, recruited by partners such as the Scouts and Girl Guides, with an estimated age of 13-30, participated in the poll, including young people from Senegal, Mexico, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mozambique, Ukraine, Chile, Malaysia, Nigeria, Swaziland,Pakistan, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Indonesia, Zambia and through the Global U-Report channel. “Bullying, including online bullying, remains a largely misunderstood risk to the wellbeing of children and young people,” said UNICEF’s Senior Adviser on Child Protection, Theresa Kilbane. “To end this type of violence, we must improve public awareness of the harmful impact of bullying, equip teachers, parents and peers with the skills to identify risks and report incidents, and provide care and protection for victims.”Other findings from the U-Report poll said: One-third of respondents thought being bullied was normal so they did not tell anyone; the majority of respondents who reported being victims of bullying said they were bullied because of their physical appearance. Bullying was also attributed to gender or sexual orientation and ethnicity; and one quarter of victims said they did not know who to tell.Over eight in 10 respondents believe that raising awareness, including through teacher training, will help children to feel comfortable reporting bullying is one way to address the issue in schools. The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) works to engage children and adolescents on the impact of bullying as part of its global End Violence Against Children initiative including through the U-Report platform and through global social media campaigns (#ENDViolence). UNICEF, together with its partners, also work to strengthen education systems in schools and establish strong referral systems for child welfare.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kings waste a shot at feel-good sweep

first_imgNHL: A night after losing to L.A., San Jose dominates. By Matthew Kredell Staff Writer The Kings’ longest layoff of the season could have been so much more satisfying. They could have had six days to bask in the glow of being a first-place team after recovering from an awful start to the season. Instead, the Kings will have plenty of time to think about the limited scoring opportunities they got Saturday in a 3-1 loss to San Jose in front of a sellout crowd of 18,118 at Staples Center. “We were pressing a little bit,” said Michael Cammalleri, the team’s leading scorer on the season. “We played a little more of an impatient game. It was a big game we were excited about and could have been a big win for us, so maybe that got us a little jumpy.” Playing the Sharks for the second night in a row in an early-season battle for first place in the Pacific Division, the Kings couldn’t sweep the home-and-home mini series. After moving a point ahead of San Jose on Friday, the Kings (7-8-0) were leapfrogged right back. They don’t play again until Saturday against Dallas. “We knew before the game that we captured their attention with how we played in San Jose,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said of Friday’s 5-2 win. “We knew they were going to be better. Our goal was to be better ourselves, but I thought tonight we had too many passengers.” San Jose (7-6-1) needed just over two minutes to get on the board when Joe Pavelski knocked in a one-timer on a bang-bang play off a pass from Joe Thornton on the power play. Brad Stuart, still second in goals among defenseman in Sharks history for the 51/2 seasons he spent in San Jose, tied the game minutes later with a deep slap shot from just in front of the blue line. The Kings managed just five shots in the second period, in which they had scored three goals the previous night. Jeremy Roenick put the Sharks ahead, 2-1, midway through the second with a rebound goal on a sharp angle over the left shoulder of a screened-out Jason LaBarbera. The Kings got some chances with about seven minutes left in the game. Frolov had a point-blank shot blocked, then the Kings briefly had goalie Evgeni Nabokov out of position, but couldn’t get a shot. San Jose raced out and right wing Jonathan Cheechoo squirted a slap shot through LaBarbera’s legs to put the game away with 6:23 remaining. The Kings got on a power play, the first for either team in two periods, with 4:58 left in the game but never got a good shot. “They didn’t give us a great deal tonight,” Crawford said. “I thought, in the third period, we at least generated some chances.” The Kings were missing enforcer Raitis Ivanans, who broke his cheekbone in Friday’s game when he took a deflected shot under his left eye. Ivanans won’t need surgery and could practice this week. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more