Fides News English Agency Newsen-usAFRICA/GUINEA - Presidential elections create tension - 6 million Guineans are called to the polls on Sunday, October 11, to elect a new President.<br />The last phase of the election campaign was marred by accidents, also severe, with victims and wounded. The latest clashes took place on 8 October in the capital, Conakry, with the death of two people.<br />There are 8 candidates. The main contenders are incumbent President Alpha Conde and former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, who had already challenged Condé for president in 2010.<br />Tension in recent days is linked to the refusal of the authorities to Diallo’s request to postpone the vote, in order to allow international election experts to check the electoral lists, which are suspected of being irregular. According to the opposition various irregularities have been found. Suspicions on behalf of the opposition increased by the setting-out of outgoing President’s campaign, whose slogan is "a knockout blow" to win the first round right away. Such a victory, according to the opposition, is possible only with the use of fraud.<br />Mgr. Vincent Coulibaly, Archbishop of Conakry, in a message on the elections, denounced the "ethnocentric instincts" awakened by the campaign and called on all to ensure that the elections are peaceful and that all accept the results . Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:25:27 +0200AMERICA/BRAZIL - The Church: it is urgent to save abandoned children and adolescents who have disappeared - "Save the abandoned children and look into the disturbing phenomenon of missing teenagers" is the appeal launched by the Conference of Bishops of Brazil who officially opened the campaign "Let's save our children!", mobilizing all Catholic institutions, and reporting an issue that shakes the conscience. As Fides learns, the campaign was announced on the very day in which the international press published the indictment of the United Nations towards the Brazilian authorities by saying that "the police are killing children and teenagers to clean up the city", especially Rio de Janeiro, in view of the 2016 Games. The Church has embraced the initiative of the Federal Council of Medicine , which, along with other institutions that work in favor of children, aims to help clarify the cases of missing children. <br />According to the National Register of missing children and adolescents – says the statement sent to Fides by the Episcopal Conference of Brazil - there are currently 371 cases of missing children and adolescents between 4 and 15 years of age, 204 boys and 167 girls. And only four have been found. According to the CFM, there are more than 250 000 cases of missing children that are not reported in Brazil. One of the causes is human trafficking, 20 million victims worldwide. According to a study by the CFM in Brazil the main reason for the disappearance of children is violence. The campaign promotes different activities and the use of social media to inform, prevent and report cases. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 12:07:33 +0200ASIA/IRAQ - Christians in Erbil protest against corruption, "our neighborhoods are being filled with infamous clubs" - Hundreds of Iraqi Christians, inhabitants of Ankawa, a suburb in Erbil, participated in a peaceful demonstration on Friday, October 9 to protest against corruption and degradation that are making everyday life in that area of the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan even more difficult, an area where Christian communities are concentrated. The protest march started from St. Joseph church, and crossed the streets of the suburb in order to meet a representative of the governor of Erbil, who was given a list with specific demands to be addressed to the local administrative authorities, for a speedy solution of the emergencies.<br />The protest of Christians in Ankawa was also triggered by the explosive growth of nightclubs and discos recorded in the suburb. Even places where prostitution is practiced have increased. "These infamous places" say local sources to Fides "are mainly full of Muslim Kurds from other areas of Erbil. In their neighborhoods alcohol is not sold, there is no nightlife, so they are turning Ankawa into their 'Las Vegas' ...".<br />The event, organized also thanks to the initiative of political formations who are active Christians and local civil society organizations, has called into question the corrupt officials who in the recent past have become accomplices of embezzlement and abuse against Christians, and has also expressed the protest of farmers and owners who have been expropriated of their land by the government, without receiving due compensation.<br />In the memorandum delivered to the representative of the Governor of Erbil, the organizers are asking city authorities to also shut down the infamous clubs which are open around churches and residential areas, to encourage public housing for young families in the area, and to recruit young people of the local communities in the police forces. "We do not need bars and discos, we need hospitals", read a banner displayed at the event, which appears in photos and videos of the event posted on website. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:49:25 +0200OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The Bishops: "Stop the crime against people accused of black magic" Moresby - In Papua New Guinea, the Catholic Church has convened a special meeting at the end of the month to address the issue of crimes and murders against persons suspected of having practiced black magic. In Papua women accused of black magic or witchcraft are often victims of summary executions. <br />As Fides learns, the meeting of bishops, priests, pastoral workers will be held in Mendi, a town on the southern Highlands. Here at the end of August, three women and a man were accused of causing the death of some locals by casting a spell. A "popular" court gathered and decided to torture the four defendants with hot irons. Photos of the torture were shown on social media. According to Donald Lippert, O.F.M. Cap, Bishop of Mendi, organizer of the extraordinary summit, "it is impossible to control people's beliefs, but one can control their actions. Attacks on people suspected of practicing black magic will stop only when the authors are condemned".<br />According to some observers, in fact, the problem is impunity and the Government of Papua does not seem to want to deal with it effectively. In 2013, after a global scandal sparked by the murders of women suspected of having practiced evil, the Parliament of Papua New Guinea abolished the Witchcraft Act of 1971. <br />That law divided witchcraft in "good" and "bad". Since then, the killing of a person suspected of witchcraft is, for the law, a pure and simple murder. But the law is not enforced and the government does not push the police and judges to intervene in these crimes. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:53:02 +0200AFRICA/TUNISIA - Nobel Peace Prize: "Tunisia shows that democracy is possible in the Arab Muslim world" - "We are happy because it is a recognition and encouragement to Tunisian democracy" said to Agenzia Fides Fr. Jawad Alamat, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Tunisia, commenting on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.<br />"We live in a difficult situation, where we find ourselves fighting against terrorism and poverty", says the priest. <br />"The Nobel Peace Prize is an encouragement and an honor for Tunisia, which is not only seen as the Country that initiated the earthquake in the Arab world, but is instead recognized as a Country that is making a path towards a difficult democracy, but possible, in the Arab-Muslim world".<br />"It is an encouragement for Tunisia but also a strong signal launched to the rest of the Arab world and Europe, because it shows that in an Arab country, despite all the obstacles placed by terrorism and by social and economic conditions, it is possible to have peaceful confrontation through dialogue and mutual respect", said Fr. Jawad. "We thank the Lord and all those who wanted to give this award to Tunisia", said the priest.<br />The Quartet, formed in 2013, comprises UGTT, the Tunisian Labor Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, has worked hard to get Tunisia out of a political stalemate after the murders of two opponents, Choukri Belaid and Mohammad Ibrahim, allowing the Country to resume the process of democratic transition. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:56:13 +0200AMERICA/BOLIVIA - Nuncio Diquattro representative of the Holy See at the World Conference on Climate Change Paz - Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, Apostolic Nuncio in Bolivia, was appointed representative of the Holy See at the Second World Conference on Climate Change, to be held from 10 to 12 October 2015 in Bolivia. "I am pleased to announce that the Holy See has accepted the invitation of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and have designated me to attend the Peoples' World Conference on Climate Change and the defense of life" said the Nuncio yesterday, as reported in the note sent to Fides from a local source.<br />During Pope Francis' visit in Bolivia, last July, the Holy Father mentioned his encyclical on ecology "Laudato Sì" more than once. The document presents a criticism regarding consumerism and irresponsible development, at the same time makes an appeal to intervene to fight climate change. The Bolivian government has found a series of coincidences with this document.<br />Tiquipaya will be for the second time the venue of the climate summit, the results of which will be shown during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in France. The event in Bolivia will be attended by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Heads of state and delegations from 50 countries. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:29:12 +0200AFRICA/GUINEA - Archbishop of Conakry: "Sunday's elections: a test of democracy and political maturity" - "Our Country is about to undergo a revealing test of its level of political maturity", said His Exc. Mgr. Vincent Coulibaly, Archbishop of Conakry, in a message for the presidential elections to be held in the Republic of Guinea on Sunday, October 11.<br />"The election campaign in Conakry and within the Country has awakened latent ethnocentric instincts and put a light on the inability of the Guineans to go beyond their differences to be united around a common ideal: that of national unity, the basis needed for development" denounces Mgr. Coulibaly.<br />The election campaign took place in a seemingly peaceful manner but tension has increased as the date of the vote in the capital Conakry and in other areas of the country approaches, with clashes between supporters of outgoing President Alpha Condé and those of his main opponent, former Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo. The most serious incidents occurred last week in N'Zérékoré with one death and several injuries.<br />Mgr. Coulibaly invites "the dear fellow citizens to avoid all forms of violence before, during and after the elections", hoping that the election results are accepted and respected by all.<br />The Archbishop recalled that "the common denominator that must guide all Guineans is the aspiration to better living conditions", for this reason he invites politicians to be "calm" and the media to "provide right and credible information, whose sources are verified and verifiable".<br />Mgr. Coulibaly finally invited the faithful to consecrate the day today to fasting and prayer so "that God will give to our country, Guinea, what is desired by all: peace". Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:18:28 +0200AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Organizations call on President al-Sisi to reopen the investigation into the massacre of Maspero – After four years of the so-called massacre of Maspero, the Copts of Egypt Coalition - independent organization of the Coptic Orthodox Church, but animated by militant lay Copts - has asked President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Egyptian Minister of Justice Ahmed al-Zind to reopen the investigation regarding this tragic event, in which 27 Christian Copts were killed by ferocious reprisals unleashed by military units against a protest.<br />On October 9, 2011, the Egyptian military forces attacked the Coptic demonstrators protesting near the Maspero building, the headquarters of the State TV and radio. The protest was caused by the destruction of a church, which took place in Upper Egypt by extremist Salafists and with the coverage of local politicians. The massacre of the Copts – in which at least three hundred protesters were wounded - was also provoked by unidentified armed troops. At that time, the power in the Country was in the hands of the army, after the forced resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and before the election that brought the Muslim Brotherhood of Mohamed Morsi to the government.<br />The leader of the Copts of Egypt Coalition confirmed the intention not to take the case before international courts and bodies, but they insisted on the urgency to reopen investigations, winning the wall of silence and making the information on the instigators and perpetrators public, of what is presented in effect as a massacre of State. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:04:42 +0200ASIA/IRAQ - Two Iraqi sisters go and live among the Christian refugees camped in Erbil - The two Little Sisters of Charles de Foucauld are called Afnan and Alice and have chosen to live in a camp in Ankawa, on the outskirts of Erbil, where thousands of Christians of the Nineveh Plain, who fled before the offensive of the jihadist Islamic State, have found precarious accommodation. The choice of the two nuns intends to express in a concrete way the total sharing of difficult conditions experienced by thousands of families forced to leave their homes, and have now resigned to the idea that they have to live in that state for a long time.<br />The two nuns are also involving other religious sisters in the assistance mainly aimed at children and young people living in tents and containers. The intent is to protect children and youth from the feeling of emptiness and lack of training activities that over time can lead to psychological and moral degradation. Today, political groups animated by Christian militants and other Community acronyms have organized a protest against the spread of the phenomena of urban decay - such as the proliferation of casinos and bars where alcoholic beverages are sold without control - present in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil inhabited mostly by Christians. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:40:44 +0200AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Cardinal Pimiento: "Vote-buying is a crime" - Cardinal Jose de Jesus Pimiento invoked consistency in discussions for a peace agreement between the government and FARC, warning about the lack of justice, truth and irreparable errors. The note sent to Fides from a local source reports the words of the Cardinal broadcast by Radio RCNRadio on October 7: "These agreements have generated many questions, because neither justice nor truth appear, which are what makes us free, and there appears to be no love, which is the Christian formula to make peace, the peace that Jesus brought".<br />Cardinal José de Jesús Pimiento Rodriguez, Archbishop emeritus of Manizales , is 96 years ago and was named Cardinal in the Consistory on 14 February 2015. Not only has he questioned the latest statements on the dialogues of Peace in Cuba but called vote buying in the country "a scandal", especially in view of regional elections.<br />"Elections are a very serious thing, but we do not consider them as such, because the democratic system is being ruined by the existing corruption - said the Cardinal -. Vote buying is a crime. Serious democracy needs to have credibility". Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:30:31 +0200ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Tentorio's murder is "a blood stain on justice" - Four years after the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME missionary who was shot dead on October 17, 2011 in Kidapawan on the island of Mindanao, the case remains unsolved and investigations are in deadlock. "Tentorio's case is like a blood stain in our search for justice and peace", wrote his brother Peter Geremia PIME, in a letter sent to the Minister for Justice, Leila de Lima, and sent to Agenzia Fides.<br />The letter calls for a more effective course of justice calling for the involvement of a "special investigation team for unsolved cases". Seven suspects have been identified, some are members of the "Bagan" paramilitary group funded by the army, while some eyewitnesses still live hidden.<br />Fr. Jeremiah writes: "Your administration may soon go down in history. Justice continues to elude us and impunity encourages authors to commit more blatant and barbaric murders". "We hope that all the resources spent on this case, all the people who have worked on it, all the prayers and demonstrations, can produce concrete signs that justice is possible for the victims" continues the text sent to Fides. The letter recalls those who gave their lives for social promotion and rights of indigenous and lumads.<br />On the solution of the case, another confrere, PIME missionary Sebastiano D'Ambra, is not very optimistic and says to Fides: "There seems to be no political will to solve it. Given the elections next May, the government gives priorities to other issues". Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:55:32 +0200AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Catholic Church and Public Health together against dengue Domingo - The Ministry of Public Health has launched an alert in the Sánchez Ramírez province, in particular in the municipality of Cotuí, due to the high percentage of dengue cases which are being recorded. <br />According to the local press, the public institution, in agreement with the ecclesiastical authorities in the Country, must act unanimously to cope with this emergency. The main victims are children and, while until recently the province La Altagracia seemed the most affected, the attention is now towards Cotuí. In a recent meeting, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, and state health authorities stressed the importance of pursuing a coordinated effort among institutions in order to reduce the number of infections. The objective of the meeting was the planning of activities on behalf of the Church and Public Health to combat the disease and reduce the reproduction of the mosquito vector. The Cardinal is committed to collaborating through the 217 parishes of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo and Monte Plata, informing the faithful on the need to prevent dengue. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:35:59 +0200EUROPE/GERMANY - Scalabrini Fest 2015: migration characterizes the history of humanity - "Many of the issues that now occupy the top positions in the international debate on migration also existed in the past, which saw this phenomenon in constant evolution. Migration, in fact, characterizes the history of humanity". This was highlighted by Fr. Gabriele Bentoglio, Scalabrinian missionary, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in his speech during the Scalabrini-Fest 2015, which was held at the Centre of Spirituality in Stuttgart from 2 to 4 October, organized by the Scalabrinian Secular Missionaries, with about 250 participants of 29 nationalities.<br />According to information sent to Agenzia Fides, in the report entitled "The whole world is moving: the prophetic intuition of John Baptist Scalabrini", Fr. Bentoglio stressed that already in the second half of the eighteenth century, "Scalabrini understood the political, social and religious importance of the migration phenomenon in modern societies and its universal dimension. Even if he was aware that migrations were often accompanied by deep injustice and exploitation, Scalabrini saw in them a challenge full of hope". The Magisterium of the Church realized the importance to carry out over the decades, the great intuitions of Scalabrini, both in terms of the vision of faith of migration and in the methods of pastoral accompaniment of migrants and the social and political interventions in their favor.<br />Addressing the faithful gathered for the Eucharistic celebration, the Auxiliary Bishop of Stuttgart, His Exc. Mgr. Thomas Maria Renz, wanted to give a special welcome to those who arrived in Germany a few days ago. Some raised their hands: they were Eritrean, Iraqi and Syrian refugees, but also young students or migrants from other European countries. A significant gesture: the Bishop wanted to manifest all the attention of the Catholic Church toward those who arrive in Germany, destination of many migratory movements which has seen in recent months many refugees fleeing the war. Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:19:55 +0200AFRICA/GHANA - Inquiry on corrupt judges: for the Bishops it is "a scandal that undermines the principle of legality" - "It is not the first time that this eminent son of the soil has brought the nation’s attention to the prevalence of deep-seated bribery and corruption in her public and social life but, by far, this is one report that has woken all of us from our slumber and one that will be spoken about in the years to come": say the Bishops of Ghana in a statement on the recent exposé of alleged massive corruption in the judiciary in the Country, sent to Fides. At least 29 judges have been sacked or suspended after a journalistic investigation conducted by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas highlighted that some judges accept bribes.<br />"We believe that this alleged scandal has generated all the attention it has generated because it involves the third arm of Government and the very foundation upon which the nation and for that matter every civilized nation in the world is built, that is the rule of law".<br />The Bishops encourage police authorities and also the media to continue to shed light on the issue. "We assure you of our prayers. We are pleased with the assurances by the Ghana Police Service that they are giving the necessary protection and security to Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his team and pray that the same protection and security will be extended to their families and close relatives". The local Bishops have denounced in the recent past rampant corruption as a threat to the nation . Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:26:10 +0200ASIA/SYRIA - The jihadists release the video of the execution of three Assyrian hostagesé - Three of the Assyrian Christians in the valley of Khabur held hostage by jihadists of the Islamic State were subjected to capital punishment by their kidnappers. The video of the execution was released on the jihadi website. In the video, the three Assyrian Christians appear on their knees, dressed in the "usual" orange jumpsuits in a desert area, and are killed with gunshot wounds to the neck from three hooded executioners. Each of the three Assyrian, before being killed, identified themselves by repeating their names and village of origin: Audisho Enwiya and Assur Abraham - from the village of Tel Jazeera - and Basam Michael, from the village of Tel Shamiram. <br />After their execution, the video ends with three other Assyrians on their knees and in orange jumpsuits in front of the bodies of the three executed. They also reveal their names and village of origin, and one of them added in Arabic, pointing to the bodies of the three Assyrian already killed, "our fate will be the same as these, if you do not follow the correct procedures for our release".<br />The execution - warn the creators of the macabre video - took place on the morning of 23 September, the day when Muslims commemorate the "Feast of Sacrifice" .<br />The three murdered men were part of the group of about 230 Assyrian Christians that the jihadists of Daesh have held hostage since the end of February, when the jihad offensive reached the Christian villages in the valley of the river Khabur. The place of their detention in all probability is still in the al-Shaddadi area, stronghold of Daesh, 60 kilometers from Hassaké. The message conveyed in the video is clear and fierce: the ransom demanded for the release of Christian prisoners still has not been paid, and the executions will continue until the sum requested is paid.<br />In the following stages of the collective kidnapping, jihadists demanded 100 thousand dollars in exchange for the release of each hostage. Before the answers of those who declared the impossibility of collecting such exorbitant amount of money, negotiations were interrupted. The video with the execution of the three poor Assyrians increases the concern about the fate of Christians in Khabur - including women and children still in the hands of jihadists. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:08:43 +0200AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Clashes between police and protesters, the Church is the only intermediary - A policeman was killed, 31 were wounded: 8 civilians and 23 policemen, after the clash on Tuesday, October 6 among workers of the Canadian mine B2Gold and police, during a protest in the northwest of Nicaragua. The protest, caused by the dismissal of three workers, most of the 800 workers of B2Gold took part. The clashes occurred in the town of Malpaisillo, 142 km northwest of the capital, where B2Gold manages the "El Limon" gold mine. According to information sent to Fides, the police were attacked with stones, sticks and homemade bombs. The police report says that during the clashes protesters destroyed the police station, a patrol car, a bus and three trucks belonging to B2Gold company. Yesterday, through a statement of the workers' union, the workers said they were saddened by the death of the policeman and are still open to dialogue. The Catholic Church, is at the moment the only intermediary. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:52:22 +0200ASIA/PHILIPPINES - A missionary: "The Italian Del Torchio kidnapped for money" - "The news is very vague and nothing is known about the perpetrators of the kidnapping of Rolando Del Torchio, today a restaurant owner and former missionary of PIME . Most likely he was kidnapped for money": says to Agenzia Fides Father Sebastiano D'Ambra, PIME missionary who for over thirty years has been living in the city of Zamboanga. The seizure took place yesterday evening. The man, 57, was kidnapped by armed men at his restaurant in the region of Zamboanga North.<br />"We are quite dismayed - the missionary said - because the area of Dipolog, where the kidnapping occurred, is not infested by groups and criminal gangs and is considered quite safe. But last week another kidnapping took place regarding three Western citizens and a Filipino on the island of Samal, another area considered a protected and safe. We do not know who is behind these kidnappings. The fact that kidnapping is a profitable business and is a plague that, at times, becomes more widespread and thriving. Now, according to some, in view of parliamentary elections, in May 2016, kidnappings are a way to increase political and social tensions".<br />Father D'Ambra, who knew Del Torchio, his former colleague, explained to Fides: "In most cases, the goal is ransom. Kidnapping a white person, a western, a European, provides greater visibility in the media, involves Western governments and thus gives the opportunity to get a greater amount of money". Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:39:37 +0200AFRICA/LIBERIA - Ebola orphans abandoned on the streets or entrusted to families who mistreat them - More than 5,900 Liberian children lost one or both parents to Ebola. According to information sent to Fides, some are with a surviving parent, others found loving homes with friends or relatives, but many have been left orphaned on the streets or are finding it tough to adapt to new lives with host families. These children are entrusted to unscrupulous people who mistreat them, do not give them food, do not send them to school. Often you see these small children go back to their former home to sleep and escape abuse. Other children live in orphanages but are stigmatized by their "friends" because they are Ebola orphans. Then there are those who do not have any kind of assistance and beg on the streets. More help is needed.<br />Currently, the Liberian government has partnered with UNICEF, Save the Children and Plan Liberia to provide basic services to some Ebola orphans, including help with school fees, food distribution centres and counselling. But the large number of orphans has made it difficult to follow up on individual cases. A lack of special programmes and the need for a government awareness campaign are common complaints. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:08:06 +0200AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Perplexity about the creation of 28 new States - The decision of President Salva Kiir to divide South Sudan with the creation of 28 new States is provoking criticism. "I would have preferred to hear that the government is taking measures to safeguard the security of citizens rather than announce the creation of 28 States", said to Catholic Radio Network Catherine Pita, head of the Eve Organization for Women Development, an NGO that works to improve the status of South Sudanese women.<br />"The current problem is not the creation of new States" she adds. "As South Sudanese we have many other problems to deal with, but not that of States. We have for example so many murders especially in Juba, even in broad daylight".<br />According to The Sudd Institute, a local research center, the expansion from 10 to 28 States has positive and negative aspects. On the one hand, says a report by the Institute, the President's decision seems to meet the demand for greater devolution of powers and the expansion of participatory democracy; on the other hand one wonders how the creation of new States will be handled. In particular, the study points out that with the formation of new States new ethnic borders will be created and communities will be isolated especially in the Upper Nile. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:52:29 +0200ASIA/HOLY LAND - Child malnutrition in Gaza: Caritas Jerusalem intervenes - Most of the one million and 800 thousand inhabitants of the Gaza Strip cannot afford adequate food, partly because of higher food prices following the latest Israeli military action. Children and young people are those who suffer most, they represent half the population. A study carried out by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society revealed that 52% of children in the Gaza Strip suffer from anemia and severe phosphorus, calcium and zinc deficiencies, while a significant number of children suffer from respiratory infections.<br />After the last Israeli military action, Caritas Jerusalem has launched a project aimed at improving food standards for children in the Gaza Strip between the ages of 5 and 12, giving them milk and food products specifically to meet their nutritional deficiencies. The project involves 5 thousand children and young people from 10 different areas of the Gaza Strip, and in a first phase will seek to identify the thousands of cases of severe malnutrition. After the screening, the thousand children taken into consideration will be fed for six months with a special diet, which also provides for the use of milk and biscuits. At the end of six months, the effects of this diet on the overall health of the children will be monitored through testing and medical analysis. Later, the project will be gradually extended to other sections of the child population of Gaza, with the use of diets tailored on the basis of the scientific data in the initial experimental phase. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:24:18 +0200