EGYPT’S CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR TAREK AMER SAYS NO INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO BANKS REGARDING FX RATE BUT WE ASKED THEM TO LIMIT “RANDOM ACTIONS” -DMCThe material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com
EGYPT’S CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR TAREK AMER SAYS NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATE BETTER THAN I EXPECTED -DMCThe material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com
PARIS: Haunted by indelibly painful memories, deprived of schooling and strangers to their own families — for former child soldiers returning to normal life is often as tough as being in combat.
They face daily battles that can last years as they piece their lives together.
“I had nightmares long after being freed. I had flashbacks of fighting in the bush,” said Alhaji Sawaneh, a 30-year-old from Sierra Leone.
Forced to fight from the age of 10 with Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front, Sawaneh recounted his experiences to a Paris conference that focused on the estimated 246 million children living in conflict zones worldwide.
Some 17,000 child soldiers have been recruited since 2013 in South Sudan and roughly 1,500 in Yemen since 2015, according to data published this week by UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.
In Nigeria and neighboring states, Boko Haram recruited an estimated 2,000 child fighters last year alone.
Sawaneh said he bore arms for two years before UN peacekeepers rescued him in 2000.
A child protection agency took him under its wing and has been trying to locate his family.
“That is our priority — to reconnect a child with his family is the best means of reintegrating him into society,” explains Crystal Stewart, child protection adviser with an NGO, the International Rescue Committee.
Yet that process can prove time-consuming.
“When they are kidnapped young they don’t necessarily know where they are from or how old they are. That sometimes requires painstaking research,” added Stewart.
In the meantime, former child fighters are fostered, but Sawaneh said his hopes of finding a loving environment were soon crushed.
“My foster family made me work at home. I was like a slave,” he said.
“But I harbored a dream — to continue with my studies.”
Eventually, he managed to secure a grant to go back to school.
Studying was likewise what kept Alberto Ortiz going. The young Colombian hailing from a poverty-stricken family decided at the age of 12 to join the FARC rebel movement in a bid to escape his miserable surroundings.
“I thought I was going to solve all my problems and help my family financially,” said Ortiz, now aged 22, who was also at the Paris conference.
“They (the FARC) told me if I’d had enough then I could leave — but I found I was caught in a trap.” After three years he managed to escape and is now being aided by a government program.
But family links have been severed. “My father and my mother died during my absence. The other members of my family no longer wanted to talk to me. They were afraid of me.”
Ortiz, now studying finance at Santiago de Cali university, also finds society shuns him for his past.
Predictably, those members of the media who were locked out of a Q&A session with White House spokesman Sean Spicer, have reacted furiously, led by CNN who on Friday sharply condemned the White House’s decision to block it and several other outlets.
“This is an unacceptable development by the Trump White House. Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like. We’ll keep reporting regardless,” CNN said in a statement.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 24, 2017
As discussed previously, on Friday afternoon Spicer held an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters in his West Wing office, as opposed to the regular briefing in the White House briefing room. CNN, together with the New York Times, The Hill, Politico, BuzzFeed and the Los Angeles Times, was barred from the briefing, while outlets such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Reuters, Bloomberg, McClatchy and Breitbart, The Washington Times and One America News Network were all allowed in.
The hand-picked gaggle came hours after President Trump lashed out at the press during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland, telling the audience, “I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news,” a term he has used toward both CNN and The New York Times.
“I called the fake news the enemy of the people,” Trump told CPAC. “They are the enemy of the people, because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none.”
Since neither Trump, nor CNN or any other media outlets are likely to de-escalate, we look forward to finding what mushroom clouds this particular nuclear war between the Trump administration and the “enemy of the people” press will bring. We certainly anticipate an angry Trump tweet in the most immediate future.
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MOODY’S CHANGES OUTLOOK ON THE GOVERNMENT OF MOROCCO’S BA1 RATING TO POSITIVE FROM STABLE; RATINGS AFFIRMEDThe material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com
MOODY’S ON MOROCCO – DECISION TO CHANGE RATING OUTLOOK IS IMPROVING EXTERNAL POSITION IN WAKE OF LOWER NOMINAL OIL IMPORTS, RESILIENT EXPORT SECTORSThe material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com
MOODY’S CHANGES OUTLOOK ON GOVERNMENT OF MOROCCO’S BA1 RATING TO POSITIVE FROM STABLE; RATINGS AFFIRMEDThe material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com
MOODY’S- EXPECTS GERMANY’S DEBT-TO-GDP RATIO TO FALL BELOW THE 60% MAASTRICHT THRESHOLD BY 2020The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com
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MOODY’S – LOOKING AHEAD, EXPECT GERMANY’S FISCAL POSITION RELATIVE TO AAA-RATED PEERS TO REMAIN STRONG OVER THE 2017-2018 PERIODThe material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com