Al Jazeera English published this video item, entitled “Inger Ashing: Are we failing to protect vulnerable children? | Talk to Al Jazeera” – below is their description.
According to the United Nations, last year brought “a spate of grave violations” against children in conflict zones, despite decades of advocacy by NGOs.
One of the institutions working to improve the lives of children is Save the Children. Its chief executive officer, Inger Ashing, recently travelled to Burkina Faso as many minors living in the Central Sahel region risk illegal recruitment by armed groups.
But to many in need, NGOs have failed to successfully make a difference in their lives.
So are we failing to protect vulnerable children? Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children, talks to Al Jazeera.Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
The July 2019 population estimate by the United Nations was 20,321,378. Previously called Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), it was renamed “Burkina Faso” on 4 August 1984 by President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé, and its capital is Ouagadougou.
Due to French colonialism, the country’s official language of government and business is French, but this language is spoken by approximately only 10-15% of the population. There are 59 native languages spoken in Burkina, with the most common language, Moore, spoken by roughly 50% of Burkinabé.
The Republic of Upper Volta was established on 11 December 1958 as a self-governing colony within the French Community and on 5 August 1960 it gained full independence.