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Teenage pregnancy shock

Teenage pregnancy shock | Africa | Scoop.it

"The number of births to girls under 15 in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double in the next 17 years."

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     In Africa’s poor countries, 7 million girls under 18 give birth each year. In 2 million of these, are girls aged 14 or younger.In South Africa, a high number of young girls died during pregnacy or childbirth. As a result, 36 percent of women who died of maternal death are teenage mothers. 49 percent of maternal deaths are due to HIV/AIDS, the rest are due to  haemorrhaging, hypertension, and backstreet abortions. Last year, there were 89,000 abortions in public hospitals. Many teenage girls do abortion two times a year. They believe that if you get pregnant, then you can just remove the baby. The UN suggested different options for the government to minimize teen pregnancies such as stopping child marriages and changing the attitudes of gender roles and equality.

     This article helps me understand Africa by telling me that this African issue has caused a huge problem in many parts of the continent. Not only is teen pregnancy negatively effecting society, it is growing to be a norm for teenage mothers to abort their babies.

     This article is important because African teen pregnancy can’t be fully stopped, but it can be minimized. If African governments continue to provide education and raise awareness to their students, adults and the rest of the community, the number of teenage pregnancies and abortions are soon to decline.

 

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From bean to bar: Why chocolate will never taste the same again

From bean to bar: Why chocolate will never taste the same again | Africa | Scoop.it
It's cocoa season across the southern half of the Ivory Coast. The pods are ripe for picking, some turning from green to yellow, like bananas.
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     Cocoa farmers who labor over more than ten hours each day in the village had never tasted chocolate. In fact, in their village, they don't even have or know what chocolate is until they see them. These farmers only gain little profit from the cocoa beans. Most of the profit belongs to the middle men and big companies. Now, cocoa plantations are turning into rubber plantation. They said if the chocolate industry doesn't change quickly enough, there is a chance that more and more farmers who will quit farming cocoa.

     African families do labor work for cocoa from generation after another. Children lose their chance of education for laboring. It helps me see how the African country of Ivory Coast is still very dependent on Agriculture. 

     This topic discussed in the article  shows that the cocoa industry is continually increasing but the progress is decreasing. The progress is slow with only the help of children.  

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Ex-gardener takes over run-down school and turns it into one of nation's best

Ex-gardener takes over run-down school and turns it into one of nation's best | Africa | Scoop.it
Principal Fannie Sebolela turned a once ailing and dilapidated school in South Africa into an institution that is now the pride of the region.
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    Sebolela was once a gardener, now he is a principal of the school Khensani primary school. He did not earn his achievement easy. He said to his students,"your achievement is not because you come from a wealthy family. if you want to achieve something, nobody will actually stand in your place. It's you who can turn things around." 

     People are still poor in Africa, but they don't just look down. They try to achieve their best even though their family can't afford to give them much.

    This topic tells me that Africans are not all poor. And that some people, even if they are, when they work hard enough, they can get out of poverty and achieve  great things. Many people in Africa are successful. Their achievement can improve the societies of Africa.  

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'All Africa in one country': Cameroon wants its place on the tourist map

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/22/travel/all-africa-one-country-cameroon/index.html?hpt=iaf_mid

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This article is about Cameroon's goal to be one of the "best known and most attractive destinations in sub Saharan Africa." However, not many people can recognized where Cameroon is located on the map.Cameroon could be called "Little Africa" or "All Africa in one country". It contains its own forest, savanna, mountains, and also a population of over 250 ethnic groups. Because of these features, Cameroon can potentially be a tourism hub of the continent in the future. Africa is rapidly developing the continent by the idea of tourism. Asides from the traditional ways of manufacturing, they are now adding tourism to their economy.The idea of tourism not only provides Africa an easier way to increase the popularity of Africa, but also give people a better knowledge of modern Africa. I think this article is informational. It only talks about what Cameroon has to offer for those who want to travel African.

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Teenage Pregnancies Destroying Lives, Futures Of South African Girls

Teenage Pregnancies Destroying Lives, Futures Of South African Girls | Africa | Scoop.it
Every year in South Africa, 182,000 high school students -- mostly poor and black -- become pregnant.
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     Teen pregnancy is a big problem in South Africa. About 18 percent of their teenage population get pregnant or have gotten someone pregnant. Even though doing sexual activities under the age of 16 is illegal, many teenagers are sexually active. Therefore, students who are pregnant hide their pregnant bellies by wearing bigger clothes.  Pregnant students sometimes get ostracized or get bullied by their peers which causes emotional pain. Even though the government tries to help and provides poor families with $40 for each children, it only makes the economy worst. Many poor women start depending on the aid. Teen pregnancy has significantly increased. The bigger problem is that teen mothers have not become responsible. They still go to bars and get pregnant again instead of taking care of their children.  

     This article helps me understand teens in Africa have poor education, therefore not much can help them make positive decisions. Therefore, they get themselves pregnant with no thoughts of responsibility.

       This article tells me that government should provide other forms of support instead of welfare. If teenagers have other things to do, such as sports or volunteer projects, they will more occupied instead of heading to bars. Government should support these projects instead of handing out money for free.

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Young refugees from Africa face up to the challenges of life in Europe

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      in Somalia, civil war broke out  after the country's long serving military government was overthrown. Refugees travel long distances  to Europe by going through Sudan and the Sahara Desert to board a boat in Libya. The boat carried over 360 refugees, but only few survived. She is now living in Germany assigned by the Bavarian Refugee Council. Refugees that came from Somalia to Europe are hoping they could end their struggles. However, they have more challenges facing them. 

     This article tells me that the refugees fleeing to other countries or out of Africa still have to face other issues. A safe shelter is not a problem anymore, but other challenges come up one after another without warning. When one issue is not solve at once, it's harder to solve tons at the same time, especially if they're refugees, they have limited power.

     This topic discussed in the article shows me that refugees' don't have an easy life like us. The reason they end up like this is because of war. People should stop fighting each other and realize what kind of disaster they have brought upon themselves and their people.

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Free education lures Somali children from streets - Boston.com

Free education lures Somali children from streets - Boston.com | Africa | Scoop.it
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Two years ago Mohamed Aden was a shoe shiner in Mogadishu, walking the streets of the Somali capital in search of clients even as his friends attended school. Now the 12-year-old boy sits proudly among classmates.
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     Somalia's government is offering free elementary education to all children. They run a program called Go2School to educate at least 1 million children, both boys and girls. Al-Qaida has threatened to bomb these schools, claiming that they are brainwashing the children by westernization. Schools however, are still in favor by parents and children in the poor areas.

     This helps me understand that African countries are not equally educated. One of the reasons is because of the wars that has been going on in the country. Another is because of corruption. Children end up working in different ways to survive and support their families. 

      Education is very important to life. With education, people get a better standard of life. People won't get tricked as easily. Educated people can protect themselves and become adults who can make the world a better place. 

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New gold rush flattens Johannesburg's famous mining dumps

New gold rush flattens Johannesburg's famous mining dumps | Africa | Scoop.it
A new gold rush is hitting Johannesburg, literally flattening the South African city whose Zulu name “Egoli” means City of Gold. (GOLD RUSHDreams of fortune flatten Johannesburg dumps South Africa enrollment rates improve amid educatio..

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