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By Dr Noel Marie Zagre & Gary Quince

Eric Turyasingura chases after a ball made from plastic bags outside his mud-brick home in the mountains of southern Uganda. Yelling in his tribal tongue, Nkore, “Arsenal with the ball! Arsenal with the ball!” he jostles with his younger brothers for possession. The fame of the English soccer club has reached even his little ears. Pretending to be a sports’ star offers a moment of escape from his daily struggles. At five years old, Eric’s tiny body already tells a story of poverty and lost opportunity. He is six inches shorter than he should be for his age. His arms and legs are pencil-thin and his head is out of proportion to his body. Because he is stunted, experts say his chances growing up healthy, learning at full potential, and getting a job, let alone play professional soccer, have been greatly diminished.

Ambassador Patricia Haslach administered the oath of service to 66 new Peace Corps Volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa today. With this new group, there are now 231Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia providing English language education, combating HIV/AIDS,preventing environmental degradation,and promoting food security. The Volunteers are locatedin Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, and SNNP Administrative Regions.

Physical violence at home and in the wider community, mental violence in the family and prevalence of FGM high in Ethiopia

Kalkidan Yibeltal

Despite decades of efforts made by governments in regulations and legislation, the levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence against children throughout Africa remains high, revealed a new report.