Authorities in Ivory Coast say they rescued 137 children who were the victims of traffickers and groomed to work on cocoa plantations or in prostitution. Police rescued the children after surrounding the eastern town of Aboisso and carried out a two-day search of cars, farms, and nearby villages. Officials say the children ranged from age six to 17 and were brought into Ivory Coast from Benin, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo. The victims are in care of a charity in Aboisso while authorities search for their parents. Ivory Coast is dependent on the cocoa and cashew crops and poor farmers depend on child labor to pick the beans and nuts. Western chocolate companies, including some of the biggest such as Nestle and Hershey, have pledged to stop buying beans produced by child workers. Critics say such efforts have been only modestly successful.
Kagame Shakes Up his Cabinet
Trauma Experienced by Staff at Nairobi Facebook Hub recognised in Legal Ruling
Two Nigerian States have Reduced the Working Week to Three Days for State Employees
Dakar Moves to Quell the Diaspora
Kenya’s Plans to Remember Victims of a Cult
What’s the Background to Tanzania’s Capital City Relocation?
Nigerian Man Becomes Mayor of Colorado
Egypt Faces Mounting Challenges in Generating Funds for International Debt Obligations
Enhanced Protection Strategies Fuel the Resurgence of Carnivores in Zambia
Ugandan Students Explore the Future of Gardening
A Great Recognition for the Work of Female Peace Builders in Cameroon
Could An Online Gathering Solve South Africa’s Putin Problem?