In Swaziland, a rape victim finds a safe space for recovery
MBABANE, Swaziland, January 2016 – Eighteen-year-old Xolile Dlamini* woke up feeling unwell that fateful July day. Deciding to attend a local health clinic in the afternoon, she embarked on her journey by foot. On her way, she was stopped by a man from her neighbourhood who lured her into nearby bushes with the excuse of talking to her about a family matter.
In Swaziland, child victims of abuse find a shoulder to cry on
MALYADUMA, Swaziland, 28 May 2014 – As a child, Khanyisile Simelane had reason to cry. Her parents abused her, and she had nowhere to turn. Now, at the age of 56, she is someone children can turn to. She is part of an army of volunteers who help child victims of abuse know they are not alone – that they have someone to talk to, someone who can help them.
In Swaziland, a national push for an HIV-free generation
ZOMBODZE, Swaziland, 22 March 2013 – Every morning, Khanyisile and Mcebo Dlamini take turns jogging around a football field near their home in Zombodze, Swaziland.
Swaziland convenes first national dialogue on violence against children in schools
MATSAPHA, Swaziland, 27 October 2011 – “Away with teachers who abuse children, away!” chanted Wilson Ntshangase, Minister of Education and Training, at a national dialogue on violence against children in and around schools – a problem pervasive in the country.
FC Barcelona funds new early infant diagnosis laboratory in Swaziland
MBABANE, Swaziland, 27 July 2011 – The opening of a modern new laboratory to test blood samples from infants exposed to HIV infection in Swaziland has been hailed as a major milestone in the treatment of children affected by the virus.
Working to reduce violence and abuse against children in Swaziland
Swaziland, 11 May 2010 – Three years ago, a massive survey supported by UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed an alarming level of sexual and physical abuse affecting girls in Swaziland. As many as one in three girls surveyed reported a history of abuse.
Free primary school becomes a reality in Swaziland
ENTFUBENI, Swaziland, 14 May 2010 – At sundown, Thulani Gama tells his 10-year-old twin siblings to collect firewood while he grinds corn for their supper. At sunrise, he wakes the twins and tells them to wash. Without breakfast, all three children begin their hour-long walk to school in rural Swaziland.
Children’s Parliament holds inaugural session in Swaziland
MBABANE, Swaziland, 25 March, 2010 – Earlier this month, 65 Swazi children traded places with members of the country’s House of Assembly, sitting in the lower-house chamber for Swaziland’s inaugural Children’s Parliament.
UNICEF supports free primary education initiative in Swaziland
SHISELWENI, Swaziland, 25 February 2010 - Last month, schools in Swaziland opened their doors to all of the nation's children after a Supreme Court decision fast-tracked the implementation of a free primary education initiative.
UNICEF and FC Barcelona champion vulnerable children in new photo exhibit
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2009 – Fresh from their 2009 Champions League victory, Futbol Club Barcelona yesterday launched a photography exhibition to raise awareness about the team's other passion – the lives of young people living with HIV.
Cholera outbreaks raise concern in nine Southern African countries
NEW YORK, USA, 10 March 2009 – With the peak of the rainy season already months past, cholera remains a problem for the governments of nine Southern African countries.
Protection for sexual offense victims in Swaziland
MBABANE, Swaziland, 30 December 2008 – In response to concern about the alarming rates of violence against children documented in a 2007 national study conducted by UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control, Swaziland has established its first Sexual Offenses Unit for children and young people.
Swazi citizens and royalty stand together to lend support for mothers who breastfeed
MANTAMBE, Swaziland, 6 August 2008 – Swaziland’s strongest citizens stood up for its most vulnerable ones for the launch of World Breastfeeding Week. Wife to the Swazi King, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, kicked off the seven-day celebration designed to raise awareness on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and to encourage greater support for mothers who choose to breastfeed their children.
Swazis ‘Walk the Nation’ to support HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention
MANKAYANE, Swaziland, 14 March 2008 – Andreas Simelane, at 63, was the oldest amongst the nearly 2,000 participants in ‘Walk the Nation’, a 12-day journey across the tiny mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. Carried out in hopes of spreading a message of hope, awareness and dignity for people living with HIV and AIDS, the walk concluded yesterday.
Young people embark on first-ever walk across Swaziland to raise HIV awareness
MBABANE, Swaziland, 4 March 2008 – Early morning sunshine greeted more than 100 Swazis and four cabinet ministers who had gathered just inside the border gate separating the Kingdom of Swaziland from Mozambique.
In partnership with UNICEF, delegates from Fútbol Club Barcelona visit Swaziland
NKAMBENI, Swaziland, 13 December 2007 – A ball made from plastic bags is not among the usual equipment used by professional footballers. However, that didn’t stop members of the renowned Fútbol Club Barcelona from joining in a pickup game with children at a 'Neighbourhood Care Point' for orphans and vulnerable children during a two-day visit to Swaziland earlier this month.
In Swaziland, grandmothers shoulder the burden of AIDS
BUSELENI, Swaziland, 10 November 2006 – At 64, Evelyn Sikholiwe Simelani should be enjoying the benefits of her advanced years. She hoped her daughter would help her have a comfortable retirement, secure her financially and give her emotional support.
Finding the best way to care for children orphaned by AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 6 December 2005 – The tiny southern African nation of Swaziland has been hit hard by the AIDS pandemic. Of the country’s population of one million, there are more than 200,000 people living with HIV. And the number of children orphaned by the disease now exceeds 70,000.
Swaziland launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
MBABANE, Swaziland, 27 October 2005 – With a brand new yellow campaign bus leading the way, traffic stopped as thousands of children launched the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in Swaziland.
Swaziland: One girl’s personal account of abuse
The violent abuse of children is a crime no matter where or when it occurs. But in the countries of Eastern and Southern Africa, violence has a second, even darker dimension: Sexual assault is often the conduit for the spread of the HIV virus. Disturbingly, most of the abusers are people whose role is to protect and care for children – such as teachers and family members. Children who are the victims of sexual abuse risk being stigmatized if they speak out against their abusers.
Ann M. Veneman is first UNICEF Executive Director to visit Swaziland
MBABANE, Swaziland, 24 May 2005 -- Ann M. Veneman has become the first UNICEF Executive Director to visit Swaziland. The tiny African country suffers from one of the world's highest HIV prevalence rates. About 38 per cent of its adult population carries the virus and the figure is even higher among pregnant women (42 per cent).