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  1. Syrians view the scene of destruction following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma, eastern Ghouta region, Syria, November 17, 2017. AFP/Hamza Al-Ajweh DOUMA: Shelling by the Syrian regime on the rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus Friday killed at least 19 civilians, among them six children, a monitor said. The deaths came amid an escalating cycle of tit-for-tat attacks between regime forces and rebels holding the enclave on the Syrian capital's eastern outskirts. Rebel shelling on Friday killed three civilians. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 52 civilians have been killed since Tuesday, most of them in Eastern Ghouta, which has been besieged since 2013 and where humanitarian conditions are dire. Thirteen people ? including five children and three emergency workers ? were killed in regime shelling and air strikes in Douma, the Eastern Ghouta area's main town, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Elsewhere in Eastern Ghouta, another six people were killed in regime air strikes, the monitor said. On Tuesday, the Ahrar al-Sham group ? that has positions in Harasta ? attacked a regime military base in the area, which is supposed to be a "de-escalation zone" under a deal between Russia, Iran, and Turkey to ease the level of violence. The fighting on that front has left at least 37 dead on the regime side, according to the Observatory, a toll the regime has not confirmed. Abdel Rahman said "dozens" of rebels were also killed. In a hospital in Douma, doctors and nurses were treating a continuous flow of the wounded as the sounds of crying children echoed through the facility, an AFP correspondent said. An elderly man with greying hair sought to calm a little girl in tears, her clothes covered in blood, while the bodies of three children killed in the strikes lay inert on a metal table. Two other injured children sat on a bench, silent, their eyes wide, apparently still in shock. One had a bandaged foot. Another wounded person had a bandage wrapped around his head, but blood had soaked through it. On a white hospital bed, Abu Hisham's face contorted in pain as he called out to his wife and children, who had been killed. "Iman, where are the children?" he cried. In retaliation for the latest deadly Ghouta shelling, rebels fired rockets into Damascus on Friday, killing three civilians, the same source said. Six were killed the previous day, including Syria's national karate coach Fadel Radi, who died of his wounds after being hit by shrapnel as he left his Damascus sports club, the state-run SANA news agency reported. More than 330,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Syrian war, which began in 2011 as the regime brutally crushed anti-government protests. Millions have been displaced.
  2. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/513766e0ea9ac14a9b0aa6c28c0ba32f.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMTYvMjAxNyA4OjAxOjU1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9V2drLzJRdis4c3ZkeEJGczFOVzlKZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] LAHORE: The chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) took notice of torture of special needs children in Punjab after more such videos emerged on Thursday, showing staffers manhandling children in Sialkot. The videos that emerged Thursday showed a bus conductor forcing a girl to sit on the seat for two persons, and later slapping her. According to Sambrial assistant commissioner, the bus in which the conductor is seen torturing children belongs to Government Special Education School Sambrial, Sialkot. The school bus is run on Daska-Sambrial route. The conductor seen in the footage has been arrested and a case lodged against him. Higher authorities have also suspended the school principal and driver of the said bus, and ordered an inquiry. Fresh videos show special needs children being tortured in Lahore The clips show school staffers torturing children with disabilities Taking notice of the incident, the LHC chief justice ordered deployment of two unarmed guards on the school bus. Earlier, two different video clips of torture of special needs children of a government-run institute in Lahore surfaced on Wednesday. At least two such videos emerged last month, in which bus conductors were seen torturing children of Gung Mahal School for the Deaf & Dumb ? a government institute in Gulberg. The videos had drawn public ire prompting authorities to arrest the staffers and produce them before a court, where both the parties had informed the judge that they had reached an understanding. One of the clips, which surfaced on Wednesday, showed a school staffer arguing with and torturing a child. The other clip showed a staffer scolding a girl. He is seen picking the girl up and forcing her to sit on a seat in the school bus. The staffer, in the footage, is later witnessed slapping the schoolgirl for leaving the seat.
  3. LAHORE: Two more video clips of torture of special needs children of a government-run institute in Lahore surfaced on Wednesday. At least two such videos emerged last month, in which bus conductors were seen torturing children of Gung Mahal School for the Deaf & Dumb ? a government institute in Gulberg. The videos drew public ire prompting authorities to arrest the staffers and produce them before a court, where both the parties informed the judge that they had reached an understanding. School bus conductors arrested for torturing special children in Lahore Hafiz Usman made the 12-year-old child to dangle from bus' passenger support bar and laughed at his agony New video emerges of bus conductor torturing special needs children The conductor can be seen hitting and terrorising disabled children in the latest footage obtained by Geo News One of the clips, which surfaced on Wednesday, shows a school staffer arguing with and torturing a child. The other clip shows a staffer scolding a girl. He also picks the girl up and forces her to sit on a seat in the school bus. The staffer, in the footage, is later witnessed slapping the schoolgirl for leaving the seat.
  4. This file photo shows fishing boats on Lake Lake Tanganyika. Photo: AFP LUMBUMBASHI: Nine children died and another was missing after a canoe capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. a local official said Thursday. The motorised boat left the town of Kalemie and was heading for the port of Wimbi when it sank on Wednesday. "Of the 21 passengers aboard, nine were killed, all of them children," provincial official Joseph Lumona told AFP, "Another child is reported missing," he said, adding that the accident happened in "violent winds". Such accidents are frequent occurrences in DR Congo, either on the lakes or rivers. The death tolls are often high as boats are overcrowded and old and there is a lack of life jackets. These problems are exacerbated by the fact that many locals cannot swim. In September, 20 people were killed when a boat capsized on Lake Edward, another of the African Great Lakes, as they were fleeing fighting between the Congolese army and a militia in the restive North Kivu region. Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world and is bounded by four countries -- DR Congo, Burundi, Zambia and Tanzania.
  5. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/ac15d5274795650dfb7a3a6220637a2a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvNy8yMDE3IDI6MDE6NTUgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT13WjlaMWNpU2hBVEIwUXhjVW1Bai93PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] An eight-member football team consisting of children from Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir won the Future Depends on You football tournament 2017 which was held in Moscow from 25 to 28 October. The team had a sensational run through the tournament winning all their matches including those against India, Brazil and Russia. The team has qualified for the Street Children Football World Cup which will be held in Russia in 2018. The players were ecstatic after beating India 15-0 in the quarterfinal. ?We were extremely happy to beat India,? said a member of the team. ?These children are from humble backgrounds. They include orphans, street children and underprivileged children,? said team manager Mujtaba Haider who also expressed optimism about performing well in the upcoming Street Children World Cup. Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza meeting the young footballers - Photo ISPR On November 7, Commander 10 Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza met the children from the football team. An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release said Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza appreciated the achievement of the young children and assured support for their training and assistance.
  6. GENEVA: Life-threatening levels of malnutrition have risen dramatically among Rohingya refugee children who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, the United Nations warned Friday. The UN children's agency said preliminary data indicated a full 7.5 percent of the children crammed into one of the camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district were at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar´s Rakhine state since late August during military operations that the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing and the world´s most acute refugee crisis. Around half of them are children. "It's very worrying to see the condition of children who keep arriving," UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva after a recent trip to the camps. The agency and its partners are already treating more than 2,000 acutely malnourished children at 15 treatment centres, and are in the process of setting up six additional centres. AFP correspondents on the ground also witnessed scores of obviously malnourished children near treatment centres in several refugee camps in Cox´s Bazar. "He cannot eat enough food as he suffers from pneumonia, fever and diarrhoea," Rohingya woman Fahima Bibi told AFP as she emerged from one centre with her two-year-old grandson Mohammad Jabed, who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. UNICEF said its preliminary findings were based on a nutrition assessment conducted last week of children under the age of five in 405 households in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox´s Bazar. 'Catastrophe' "The Rohingya children in the camp, who have survived horrors in Myanmar´s northern Rakhine State and a dangerous journey here, are already caught up in a catastrophe," UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder said in a statement. "Those with severe malnutrition are now at risk of dying from an entirely preventable and treatable cause," he warned. Malnutrition rates among children in northern Rakhine were already above emergency thresholds before the latest crisis erupted. "The condition of these children has further deteriorated due to the long journey across the border and the conditions in the camps," the UNICEF statement said. The journey by boat is particularly treacherous, with the International Organization for Migration on Friday putting the number of drownings since August at around 250. Some 26,000 people now live in the Kutupalong camp, where they are faced with an acute shortage of food and water, unsanitary conditions and high rates of diarrhoea and respiratory infections, the agency said. UNICEF said it was planning two additional assessments in other sites in Cox's Bazar this month to help determine if the numbers found in Kutupalong might apply to the entire area. Boulierac, however, told AFP the agency was concerned by the preliminary findings since the Kutupalong camp has existed for a long time and the services there are believed to be better than in the many new, makeshift camps. The overall rate of life-threatening malnutrition could, therefore, turn out to be even higher than what was found in Kutupalong, he said. The influx of refugees is continuing, with the UN refugee agency estimates that some 3,000 people crossed through a single border crossing at Anjuman Para between Wednesday and Thursday alone. "We need far more attention to the crisis, and far more resources for the response," Beigbeder said, stressing that "these children need help right now."
  7. This photograph taken on October 28, 2017 shows Rohingya refugee children watching the Bangladeshi theatre group "Drama Therapy" at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia./ AFP KUTUPALONG: The Rohingya boys and girls shrieked with delight as the clowns juggled hoops and somersaulted, their red-nosed antics provoking a sound rarely heard in the world´s largest refugee camp -- children´s laughter. The clowns have been providing much-needed levity in the crowded Bangladesh camps, where hundreds of thousands of traumatised Rohingya children spend long days in bleak and difficult conditions. Mohammad Noor lives with his mother and three siblings in a makeshift shanty in the teeming Kutupalong camp, where a lack of food and water means a constant struggle to survive. The 10-year-old fled Myanmar last month after his father was killed in brutal violence by the army that the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing. The impromptu circus in a dusty clearing is a welcome distraction from the horror at home. "It is hilarious. I have never seen anything like it. My friends and I were just laughing and laughing," he told AFP, as a quartet of painted clowns performed skits before a huge gathered crowd. Theatre groups in Bangladesh have a record of using "drama therapy" to lift spirits in the most depressing of circumstances. One troupe performed for the survivors of a factory collapse in 2013 that killed 1100 garment workers, while another hosted shows in a small village in Bangladesh´s south that lost nearly 50 children in a tragic road accident. In the Rohingya camps, where many lie sick or injured mourning the death of family and loss of their homelands, laughter is sorely needed. "Our sole aim is to bring laughter to the Rohingya," said Rina Akter Putul, a veteran acrobat and the lone female member of the group. "Making people laugh is a tough job, especially for those who lost their parents in the conflict." Laughter as medicine The UN estimates 60 percent of the more than 600,000 refugees to arrive in Bangladesh since late August are children. Many crossed the border alone from their villages in Myanmar´s westernmost Rakhine State after their parents were murdered and communities driven out by state-sanctioned violence. Charities on the ground say children are in dire need of emotional and mental support after enduring such trauma on their difficult journeys. "I am sure our show will live in their memory for some time. It won´t erase their scars, but it will boost their confidence," said Faker Ali, an acrobat who has worked in drama therapy for more than two decades. But it´s not just the children who benefit from the visiting performers. Among the spectators who flocked to a recent show were countless elderly Rohingya refugees, clapping and smiling as the acrobats whirred rings and bars. Life has been a gruelling quest to survive for older generations of the stateless Muslim minority. Many have escaped past pogroms in Rakhine and lost family and friends in bitter cycles of ethnic violence. Rohingya are a reviled minority in Myanmar and are denied citizenship, education and opportunity by the Buddhist-majority government that regards them as illegal outsiders. Most have enjoyed few if any luxuries in their lives -- making the circus performance all the more thrilling. "We hardly have any fun," said Nesar Ahmed, 38. Even during major festivals and weddings, there is little in the way of entertainment, he added. "Life in Arakan (Rakhine) is grim," Khairul Amin, a 63-year-old grandfather, told AFP as a boisterous crowd, young and old, jostled to meet the visiting clowns. "There is no television and no cinema or theatre. And there is this constant fear you´ll be killed or arrested by the military." Seated for the show with her youngest child on her lap, Rehana smiled and laughed, saying: "Never in my life have I have seen such fun."
  8. Brain surgery for children whose epilepsy is resistant to drug therapy can produce a 10-fold increase in the odds of being seizure-free after one year and can do it without affecting IQ, according to a new Indian study of 116 patients in The New England Journal of Medicine. Seventy-seven percent of the children were free of seizures at one year after the surgery, compared with seven percent in a control group of youngsters who received medical therapy alone while waiting for surgery. Behavior and quality of life also improved. But surgery also produced serious adverse effects in one-third of the children, most frequently a weakness on one side of the body, known as hemiparesis. The researchers said that was to be expected and, without surgery, patients probably would have experienced similar problems as a result of their continuing seizures. ?What the study clearly shows is surgery for children produces seizure freedom compared to children not operated on for similar conditions,? senior author Dr Manjari Tripathi, a professor of neurology and epilepsy at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. Not only ?does it reassure us that several surgical procedures are effective,? she said, it demonstrates that surgery ?should be done as early as possible? once it becomes clear that a child is not responding to two anti-seizure medications. About 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy, and drugs can?t control the seizures in approximately 30 percent of the cases. ?This is the first randomized study to look at surgical outcome in children,? said Dr Donald Schomer, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was not involved in the research. ?The results are impressive,? he told Reuters Health by phone. Adults who undergo surgery often suffer from the collective effect of years of uncontrolled seizures. ?The study in kids shows if you reduce the time from the onset of seizures from the 15 to 20 years you see in adults down to four to five years, the outcome is much better. It?s documentation that these techniques really work.? Although 77 percent were judged by the Tripathi team to be seizure-free at the end of the study, some of those children actually had seizures immediately after surgery. Yet the cases were judged to be a success because the seizures decreased in frequency over time. Ultimately, 37 percent never had a seizure in the year after surgery. When all seizures were taken into account, children who did not have surgery were four times more likely to have a seizure during that year than youngsters in the surgery group, the researchers calculated. Success rates ranged from 87 percent to 100 percent depending on the type of surgery used to correct the child?s particular brain abnormality. Surgery improved quality of life and social well-being, and it didn?t affect IQ, something that can decline with ongoing seizures. But Dr Schomer said the children were only followed for one year, and ?that may be too soon to see a noticeable change? in the intelligence quotient. Post-surgery weakness was seen in 15 of the 19 patients who had a serious side effect following surgery. The weakness ?is significant,? Dr Tripathi said. ?The child may not be able to ambulate by his- or herself. But with physical therapy, all regain the lower and upper limb function within six months. The only thing that does not improve is the wrist and the fingers. They are left with this minor deficit. But even before surgery, some of them have this weakness.? Other side effects depended on the area of the brain that was removed or disconnected from the rest of the brain. In contrast, 16.5 percent of the children waiting for surgery had a serious injury as a result of their continuing seizures. The surgery ?had a transforming effect on how they get along in life,? Dr Tripathi said. ?Many could go back school earlier or go back to being tutored, and get on with their life.? But a major problem facing these children is getting insurance companies to pay for such surgeries, said Dr Schomer of Beth Israel. Rather than pay $35,000 to $50,000 on surgery that might cure the problem and prevent further damage to the child, insurance companies prefer to demand that more drugs be tried, even if the odds of them working in drug-resistant cases is small, he said. ?Studies like this lend credence to the idea that the earlier you do it, the better the outcome,? he said. ?I hope insurance companies will look at this and realize that early detection and surgery, if appropriate, will ultimately save them money in the long term.?
  9. 'Two hundred thousand Rohingya children are in refugee camps': Pope Francis. Photo: AFP Pope Francis on Monday mourned the plight of 200,000 Rohingya children stuck in refugee camps a month before he heads to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the countries at the heart of an intensifying humanitarian crisis. "Two hundred thousand Rohingya children (are) in refugee camps. They have barely enough to eat, though they have a right to food. (They are) Malnourished, without medicine," he said. The pope will visit mainly-Buddhist Myanmar at the end of November before moving on to neighbouring Bangladesh, which has had to absorb more than half a million Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence across the border. Pope France met with Aung San Suu Kyi when the Myanmar leader visited the Vatican in May 2017. Photo: AFP He has previously expressed support for the persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar, calling them "brothers and sisters". During his visit, he will meet with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate who has sparked international dismay for her perceived lack of sympathy towards the Rohingya and unwillingness to condemn alleged atrocities by the army. There are currently no plans for the Argentine pontiff to stop in strife-torn northern Myanmar state of Rakhine or the refugee camps in Bangladesh. But he risks provoking a backlash in any case with his messages of support for the Rohingya. Inside Myanmar, anti-Rohingya hatred has festered for years. Many, including the army and government officials, refuse to use the term Rohingya and instead insist the group are illegal "Bengali" immigrants.
  10. Women and young children go through a lower level of security screening than men-Reuters WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States as refugees, a proposal that if adopted would bring security checks closer to those for adult men, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters. The plan could slow down refugee admissions even after the end of a 120-day ban on most refugees instituted by the Trump administration while it reviews vetting procedures. The vetting review is set to end on Oct. 24. President Donald Trump came into office in January with a goal of sharply cutting refugee admissions, in line with the hard-line immigration policies that were a focal point of the Republican?s 2016 election campaign. Trump quickly issued temporary bans on refugees and travelers from some Middle Eastern and African countries that were challenged in court. A US official told reporters last month that the administration is ?considering a wide range of potential measures and enhancements? to vetting. Refugees currently undergo differing levels of security checks when applying for admission to the United States, depending on the perceived risk they might present, including running their biographic and biometric data against law enforcement and intelligence databases. Women and young children go through a lower level of security screening than men, said the three sources with knowledge of the proposal, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The proposed changes would bring their security checks more in line with what is required for adult male refugees. Successive Republican and Democratic administrations have focused most of their attention on adult men who tend to join militant groups such as al Qaeda and Daesh in greater numbers than women. A State Department official declined to comment on any refugee vetting processes while the review is underway. The government is taking steps to ?further intensify? refugee screening ?to uphold the safety of the American people,? the official said. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Dave Lapan declined to comment, and said the administration is ?finalizing security enhancement recommendations as part of the 120-day review.? A White House spokeswoman said there were ?no announcements at this time.? All refugees referred for resettlement in the United States are run through a database with watch-list information, called the Consular Lookout and Support System, or CLASS. Refugees can be singled out for a higher level of review based on their age, nationality, or gender. Syrian refugees, for instance, undergo extra checks. Of the nearly 85,000 refugees admitted to the United States in the 2016 fiscal year, about 72 percent were women or children, according to the State Department. Total processing time for refugees to enter the United States now averages about 18 to 24 months, according to the State Department. Trump?s order to halt refugee admissions so his administration could determine whether additional checks are necessary was suspended for months by federal judges. The US Supreme Court eventually allowed it to go in effect for all refugees except those with close ties to the United States. Trump also lowered the maximum number of refugees to be allowed into the United States in 2017 to 50,000 from the 110,000 originally set by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat. The 2018 level has been set at 45,000, the lowest number in decades.
  11. GENEVA: Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children?s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often still traumatised by atrocities they witnessed, it said in a report ?Outcast and Desperate?. In all, almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have left northern Rakhine state since Aug. 25 when the UN says the Myanmar army began a campaign of ?ethnic cleansing? following insurgent attacks. ?This isn?t going to be a short-term, it isn?t going to end anytime soon,? Simon Ingram, the report?s author and a UNICEF official, told a news briefing. ?So it is absolutely critical that the borders remain open and that protection for children is given and equally that children born in Bangladesh have their birth registered.? Most Rohingya are stateless in Myanmar and many fled without papers, he said, adding of the newborns in Bangladesh: ?Without an identity they have no chance of ever assimilating into any society effectively.? Safe drinking water and toilets are in ?desperately short supply? in the chaotic, teeming camps and settlements, Ingram said after spending two weeks in Cox?s Bazar, Bangladesh. ?In a sense it?s no surprise that they must truly see this place as a hell on earth,? he said. One in five Rohingya children under the age of five is estimated to be acutely malnourished, requiring medical attention, he said. ?There is a very, very severe risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases, diarrhoea and quite conceivably cholera in the longer-term,? he added. UNICEF is providing clean water and toilets, and has helped vaccinate children against measles and cholera, which can be deadly, he said. The agency is seeking $76 million under a $434 million UN appeal for Rohingya refugees for six months, but is only 7 percent funded, he said, speaking ahead of a pledging conference in Geneva on Monday. UN agencies are still demanding access to northern Rakhine, where an unknown number of Rohingya remain despite UN reports that many villages and food stocks have been burned. ?We repeat the call for the need for protection of all children in Rakhine state, this is an absolute fundamental requirement. The atrocities against children and civilians must end,? Ingram said. ?We just must keep putting it on the record, we cannot keep silent.?
  12. Last week, two conductors ? Hafiz Usman and Akram ? were caught on camera torturing children with disabilities on a school bus. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Child Protection and Welfare Judge Abdul Mustafa Nadeem on Wednesday approved the bail of two men who tortured special needs children. Last week, two conductors ? Hafiz Usman and Akram ? were caught on camera torturing children with disabilities on a school bus. The accused were arrested by the Ghalib Marke police and produced before the court, where both the parties informed the judge that they had reached an understanding. New video emerges of bus conductor torturing special needs children The conductor can be seen hitting and terrorising disabled children in the latest footage obtained by Geo News Magistrate of the Model Town Court had excused from the hearing of the case, citing the reason that only an additional sessions judge can hear cases pertaining to children with special needs. Caught on camera In the video, shot from inside the bus and obtained from social media, the accused can be seen physically abusing a 12-year-old child and threatening another older child with a beating when he resisted leaving his seat on the school bus. Both the victims, as well as their colleagues, are students at Gung Mahal School for the Deaf & Dumb ? a government institute in Gulberg. The child, 12, is forced to dangle from the bus' passenger support bar reportedly for some insignificant mischief, causing him to scream in fear, while Usman stands beside, laughing at the victim's agony. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/840c70ed07da0dab5f659e930c189aff.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvMTgvMjAxNyAxMTo0NTowMSBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPW1GZGF6ZlpyVyt6SC9aWlBFVzVETkE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] As the cries for help continue, Usman can be observed inserting his finger into the child's mouth to make him gag and stop making a racket. In another shot, Usman suspends the child upside down and chortles at his terrorised face. Towards the end of the clip, Akram comes into the frame and can be seen threatening another child ? who had resisted leaving his seat in the bus and via hand gestures, promised to tell his parents about the incident ? by saying he would beat him up if the child complained. In trying to intimidate the obviously distressed child, Akram slaps him across the face. The incident of torture came to the school principal's attention, whereafter both bus conductors were suspended from duty. Earlier, police had said they would make sure the perpetrators of such inhumane activities are punished in accordance with the law.
  13. The UN says 536,000 mainly Rohingya refugees have arrived from Myanmar´s strife-torn Rakhine state since August 25, the majority of them children. Photo: AFP COX'S BAZAR: Nearly 14,000 children who have lost one or both parents are among the more than half a million Rohingya refugees who crossed in Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar, an official said Sunday. The UN says 536,000 mainly Rohingya refugees have arrived from Myanmar´s strife-torn Rakhine state since August 25, the majority of them children. Bangladesh´s social services department said 13,751 children without a parent or parents were identified in a survey of the crowded refugee camps along its border, where charities warn that a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. "The majority of them said they lost one or both parents in the violence in Rakhine," Pritam Kumar Chowdhury, a department deputy director, told AFP. "Others said they didn´t know what happened to their parents, and they came to Bangladesh with relatives." The UN has described the violence in Rakhine as a textbook case of ethnic cleansing, with displaced Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh describing whole villages being razed, gang rapes and massacres. Those who survived and fled to Bangladesh include an estimated 320,000 children, one-third of whom are under five years of age. Bangladesh is building the world´s largest refugee camp ? a sprawling three thousand acre (1,200 hectares) settlement ? capable of housing 800,000-plus Rohingya. Last month a junior minister asked that 200 acres be set aside in the camp for children´s facilities. Chowdhury said an orphanage would be built for unaccompanied minors, and those without a parent would be given extra assistance and familial support. Aid agencies have warned there is a real concern that vulnerable children could be victims of abuse or trafficking.
  14. The World Health Organization said on Friday it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio. If confirmed, the WHO said, the attack would put thousands of children at risk of these serious infectious, viral diseases. Both can spread rapidly in areas of conflict. ?We unequivocally condemn these actions. Vaccines are not a legitimate target of war,? the WHO?s representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff, said in a statement issued late on Friday. The WHO said the reports it received were of an attack on a vaccine cold room at health facilities in al-Mayadin, near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. The WHO did not say whether the reports it received gave any detail on who carried out the reported attack. The store had held 100,000 doses of measles vaccine, 35,000 doses of polio vaccine, plus syringes and other equipment. ?Until a new cold room is built and the required cold chain equipment - including solar fridges, cold boxes and vaccine carriers - are delivered, this will delay ... routine immunization for vulnerable children in the area,? Hoff said. Polio - a viral disease that can cripple its victims - and measles - which can cause diarrhoea, blindness and can kill - tend to break out in war zones because low vaccine coverage leaves gaps in population immunity, exposing children to infection. The WHO previously tackled a polio outbreak in the same area of Syria in 2013-2014. The UN health agency said that in its last polio vaccination campaign in Deir al-Zor it reached more than 252,000 babies and children.
  15. One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath. Her mother Safaa Issa Kaheel, then nine months pregnant, was brought into a crowded clinic in the Western port city of Hodeidah by her husband, who had to borrow the travel fare from a neighbour. ?My stomach started hurting more and more,? said Kaheel, 37, a hydrating drip hooked into her arm. Once there, she was referred by nurse Hayam al-Shamaa for an ultrasound scan which showed her baby had died of dehydration - one of 15 to perish in the womb due to cholera in September and October, according to doctors at the city?s Thawra hospital. ?I felt like death,? Kaheel said, her voice strained. ?Thank god I survived the (delivery), but my diarrhoea hasn?t stopped.? The Red Cross has warned that cholera, a diarrheal disease that has been eradicated in most developed countries, could infect a million people in Yemen by the end of the year. Two and a half years of war have sapped Yemen of the money and medical facilities it needs to battle the contagion, to which aid agencies and medics say the poor, the starving, the pregnant and the young are most vulnerable. The cholera ward is full of children - some writhing in agony, others eerily still. The blanket over one boy too weak to move rises and falls with his shallow breathing. Save the Children said in August that children under 15 represent nearly half of new cases and a third of deaths, with malnourished children more than six times more likely to die of cholera than well-fed ones. Millions of Yemenis are struggling to find food and the baking desert plains around Hodeidah are hotspots both of hunger and sickness. Yemen?s war pits the armed Houthi movement against the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition that has launched thousands of air strikes to restore him to power. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict. The country?s health sector has been badly battered while a struggle over the central bank has left public sector salaries for doctors and sanitation workers unpaid. Soumaya Beltifa, spokesperson for the Red Cross in Sanaa, warned that a lack of funds and health personnel were blunting efforts to eradicate the disease, making it unlikely Yemen would be healthy again soon. ?The cholera epidemic has become a norm, leading to complacency in dealing with the disease, not only by civilians but also from the various (aid) organizations,? she warned.
  16. A group of aboriginal children sit with a nun in 1940 at a residential school in Canada, a system that attempted to eradicate indigenous culture and assimilate First Nations Children. Photo: REUTERS OTTAWA: An estimated 20,000 indigenous children taken from their families in the 1960s and placed for adoption or fostering will share in a Can$800 million (US$640 million) payout, the government announced Friday. The so-called "Sixties Scoop" saw them placed with primarily white middle-class families in Canada, the United States and overseas. In recent years, several recent lawsuits and class actions were filed over the children´s loss of aboriginal identity, claiming it resulted in psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, unemployment, violence and suicides. "People affected by the ´60s Scoop have told us that the loss of their culture and language are the worst kinds of harm that they suffered," Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett told a press conference, flanked by Scoop survivors and tribal chiefs. "That is why our government is responding directly to remedy the ill-advised (policies) of the past." Bennett introduced four Scoop survivors who were raised in the United States, another who now speaks with a Scottish accent and a sixth who had been taken from her home in the Arctic and placed with a family in Nova Scotia province, more than 6,000 kilometres (3,725 miles) away. "It is heartbreaking to learn how far away not only were they from their families and communities but... from their culture and language," she said. "I have great hope... this will never happen in Canada again," Beaverhouse First Nations chief Marcia Brown Martel commented. The settlement, which still requires court approval, will be split between Scoop survivors and a reconciliation foundation, with about Can$750 million going to the survivors. A small number of lawsuits launched by survivors remain outstanding and are not included in the settlement, but Bennett said she would "work with them" toward a resolution. Those individuals who were sent abroad to live with foreign families will also be invited to return to Canada, if they wish.
  17. The Yemeni Football Association building, which was damaged in a Saudi-led air strike, is seen in Sanaa May 31, 2015/REUTERS UNITED NATIONS: The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen on Thursday was placed on a UN blacklist for killing and maiming children, drawing fresh calls from rights groups to step up pressure on Riyadh over the conflict. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decided to add the coalition to the annual list of shame while noting that it had taken some measures to improve the protection of children. "In Yemen, the actions of the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen objectively led to that party being listed for the killing and maiming of children," said a report released along with the list as an annex. In 2016, the coalition was responsible for 683 child casualties and for 38 verified attacks on schools and hospitals, it said. Yemen´s government forces, pro-government militias, the Huthi rebels and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) were also cited, but in a separate section of the list that said they had failed to protect children. In a statement released along with the report, Guterres said the blacklist was "not only to raise awareness" but also to "promote measures that can diminish the tragic plight of children in conflict." The UN chief said he was encouraged that some governments were working with the United Nations to spare children from the horrors of conflict and he voiced hope that "more will follow." Guterres spoke to Saudi King Salman ahead of the release of the list, which UN officials had shared with Riyadh months earlier to avoid a repeat of the clash that followed the blacklisting last year. Then UN chief Ban Ki-moon briefly included the coalition to the annual list but was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after Saudi Arabia threatened to cut off funding to UN humanitarian programs. Ban had publicly complained that it was unacceptable for countries to "exert undue pressure" on the United Nations to avoid scrutiny of its actions. Saudi Arabia denied that it had pressured Ban and has since insisted that the coalition is respecting its obligations under international humanitarian law. Saudi Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi scheduled a news conference at the United Nations for Friday. Suspend Saudi weapon sales The report and the list were on Thursday sent to the Security Council, which includes countries such as the United States, Britain and France that support the coalition in its war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels. Human Rights Watch applauded the decision to include the coalition on the list but disputed the view that the military was taking measures to protect children. "The coalition needs to stop making empty promises to exercise caution, take concrete action to stop these deadly unlawful attacks in Yemen, and allow desperately needed fuel and aid to reach those in need," said Jo Becker, HRW´s children´s rights advocate. "Until this happens, governments should suspend all Saudi weapons sales," she said. The report said the coalition was responsible for 683 of the total 1,340 child casualties last year in Yemen and for 73 percent of the 52 attacks on schools and hospitals. The Saudi-led Arab military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Huthis forced him into exile. The United Nations has listed Yemen as the world´s number one humanitarian crisis, with seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine and cholera causing more than 2,000 deaths.
  18. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/b64372c1f457e8a7bcad7ab20113e424.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTAvNC8yMDE3IDc6MDQ6MjQgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1wUkdPZTB5c2kvRDgxeFplbkVLVzhBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] ISLAMABAD: Two children were killed in unprovoked firing by Indian forces along Line of Control in Rawalkot and Chirikot Sectors, informed ISPR. The Indian forces targeted civilians by firing in villages of Kahuta, Chaffar, Serian and Narakot. The ISPR statement said that mortar rounds hit house of a civilian Sakhi Kayani in village Chaffar. Resultantly his two children have embraced martyrdom. Pakistan Army posts are effectively engaging against Indian aggression. ISPR said Indian posts at LOC suffered heavy damage intermittent firing continues, as three Indian soldiers were killed and five were seriously injured. Earlier, Pakistan Army destroyed two Indian posts after a civilian was martyred by Indian firing along the LoC) on Monday. The firing also injured four other civilians in the area, the incident took place in the Rakhchikri sector. Two Indian posts destroyed, civilian martyred in LoC firing Indian firing also injured four other civilians in the area "Pakistan Army effectively engaged the Indian posts targetting the civilian posts," added the ISPR. The Foreign Office said that India has violated the ceasefire agreement five times in the last 12 days, during which 11 civilians, including five women, have been martyred. On September 30, unprovoked firing across the LOC martyred a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and two civilians. The incident also took place in the Rakhchikri area of Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, in which the Indian troops targeted civilian population through heavy weapons, the ISPR had said in a statement. On September 27, one civilian embraced martyrdom and four others were wounded after Indian forces resorted to firing in the Nakyal sector of Azad Kashmir. The Pakistan Army had inflicted casualties and heavy losses on the Indian posts in retaliation.
  19. Pictured left to right: Maryam, Safdar, Hussain and Hasan. LAHORE: A team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore officials on Friday arrived at the residence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at Jati Umrah with bailable arrest warrants for his children and son-in-law, sources confided to Geo News. The accountability court, hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family, had on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar to ensure their presence. They had also been directed to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. Bailable arrest warrants issued for Nawaz's children, son-in-law The accountability court has summoned the Sharif children on October 2 and directed them to submit sureties worth Rs1 million each Nawaz Sharif's personal secretary, Qamar Zaman, received the warrants from the six-member team led by a deputy director, which acted on the orders of the accountability court. Judge Mohammad Bashir of the accountability court had also ordered the Sharif children to appear before the court on October 2, the next date of hearing. At present, Hasan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz are in London tending to their mother, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Safdar is also in London. Earlier on Friday, NAB sent the warrants to Pakistan HC in London. Nawaz delays visit to London The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader has delayed his plans to visit London after it was reported that his wife?s health has improved. Kulsoom Nawaz hospitalised again; undergoing checkup Former PM Nawaz Sharif's wife is in London undergoing treatment for lymphoma Nawaz was expected to leave for London on Thursday after it emerged that his wife was re-admitted to the hospital upon worsening of her condition, Geo News had reported. The medical condition of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had deteriorated on Tuesday evening after which she was readmitted to the hospital. Sources informed that Kulsoom was admitted to the emergency unit of Princess Grace Hospital in London. Nawaz returned to Pakistan on September 25 and appeared before the accountability court a day after. The court will indict the ousted prime minister on October 2.
  20. LAHORE: The Pakistan High Commission on Friday received the arrest warrants for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s three children sent by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), after an accountability court issued on Tuesday bailable arrest warrants for the children and son-in-law to ensure their presence. Nawaz?s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar was also sent a court summon at his London address. The Sharif family members had been summoned to appear in court on Tuesday with regards to three corruption references filed against them by the NAB. Bailable arrest warrants issued for Nawaz's children, son-in-law The accountability court has summoned the Sharif children on October 2 and directed them to submit sureties worth Rs1 million each The Sharif family members have also been directed to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. Judge Mohammad Bashir also ordered the Sharif children to appear in court on October 2, the next date of hearing. At present, Hassan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz are in London tending to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Safdar is also in London. Nawaz delays visit to London The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo has delayed his plans to visit London after it was reported that Kulsoom?s health has improved. Nawaz was expected to leave for London on Thursday after it emerged that his wife was re-admitted to the hospital upon worsening of her condition, Geo News had reported. The medical condition of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had deteriorated on Tuesday evening after which she was readmitted to the hospital. Sources informed that Kulsoom was admitted to the emergency unit of Princess Grace Hospital in London. Nawaz returned to Pakistan on September 25 and appeared a day after before the accountability court which is hearing three corruption references against him and his family. The court has set October 2 as the date of the next hearing, when it will indict the ousted prime minister.
  21. Maryam, Safdar, Hussain and Hasan. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The accountability court hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family issued on Tuesday bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar to ensure their presence. The Sharif family members had been summoned to appear in court today with regards to three corruption references filed against them by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Moreover, the Sharif family members have been directed to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. Judge Mohammad Bashir also ordered the Sharif children to appear in court on October 2, the next date of hearing. At present, all four are in London tending to Begum Kulsoom Nawaz who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. The Sharif family members had failed to appear in court on September 19, after which another summons was issued for all of them for today. As the hearing began, NAB prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbas informed the court that the security staff at Sharifs' Jati Umra residence in Lahore refused to accept the summons for Hussain and Hasan Nawaz, stating that they reside outside the country. NAB references: Nawaz?s indictment on Oct 2; warrants issued for children Around 1,500 security personnel were deployed to secure the route from Punjab House to Sector G-11, where the court is located, as well as the courts complex He added that the summons of Hasan was then delivered to him London through the second secretary at Pakistan's High Commission but he still did not appear in court today. During today's hearing, the court also set October 2 as the date to indict Nawaz in the three references. As Nawaz appeared in court today, the judge allowed the former prime minister to exit the court after marking his attendance so the proceedings could begin properly. Nawaz's counsel, Khawaja Harris, represented Nawaz and was provided copies of the three references against his client. The references The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed three references against Nawaz and his family, pertaining to which an accountability court summoned them on September 19. However, the Sharifs failed to appear before the court as they were all in London. The court then set September 26 (today) as the next date of hearing, issuing another summons for the Sharif family. NAB, in total, has filed three references against the Sharif family and one against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the accountability court in light of the Supreme Court's orders in the Panama Papers case verdict of July 28. Accountability Court directs NAB to resubmit all references against Sharifs, Dar The court's registrar raised objections over the references, saying there were several missing documents The bureau was given six weeks, from the date of the apex court's order, to file the reference in an accountability court while the accountability court was granted six months to wrap up the proceedings. The references against the Sharif family pertain to the Al Azizia Steel Mills, their London properties and over dozen offshore companies. NAB's Rawalpindi branch prepared references regarding the Azizia Steel Mills and the nearly dozen companies owned by the Sharif family. The bureau's Lahore branch prepared a reference on the Sharif family's Avenfield apartments in London and another against Dar for owning assets beyond his known sources of income. If convicted, the accused can face up to 14 years imprisonment and lifelong disqualification from holding public office including the freezing of bank accounts and assets.
  22. A view of Upper Dir. Photo: Native Pakistan UPPER DIR: Six children were killed when a fire engulfed a house in Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday morning. Police said that Hamesh Gul had lit a fire inside the house, situated in Babozi area of Dogg Darah village, so those inside could stay warm. However, the fire spread and engulfed the structure, killing six children. The deceased were aged between three to 12, police informed further.
  23. 0.9 million students have not even received any form of primary education in KPK. Photo APP PESHAWAR: The initial results of a survey by the education department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government showed that nearly 1.5 million children are out of school in the province, informed sources. The survey which took into account 4.5 million households in all 25 districts of the province, revealed that around one million female and 0.5 million male children are out of school. Moreover, among them, 0.9 million students have not even received any form of primary education and more than 0.6 million students dropped out of schools. According to the survey, 0.6 million children are currently studying in schools, and the least number of school enrollment was recorded in Shangla, Kohistan and Torghar districts. The survey report said that the primary reasons behind children not in schools is because of their lack of interest in studies, poverty, unavailability of transport and distance between their residence and school. The survey was completed at the cost of Rs 220.70 million.
  24. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who visited rescuers at the Rebsamen school, warned that the death toll could rise. ? AFP MEXICO CITY: Adriana Fargo nervously bites her lip as she waits for news on the fate of her seven-year-old daughter, feared buried in the earthquake-hit remains of a Mexico City elementary and middle school. At least 21 children died when a three story wing of the Enrique Rebsamen school collapsed after a 7.1 magnitude quake struck Mexico on Tuesday. Thirty children are missing, and some could still be alive. "No one can possibly imagine the pain I'm in right now," said Fargo, wrapped in a blanket as she sat with other anguished parents Wednesday in an improvised shelter near the school. What is the girl?s name? Fargo's fists tighten and she stares at the ground, unable to pronounce her daughter's name. Her lips strain as she holds back what appears to be a mournful wail of pain. After sunrise there was a glimmer of hope amid the torture of uncertainty: rescuers confirmed that they located a girl alive and trapped in the rubble. There was a call for absolute silence as the rescuers slid a thermal scanner down a narrow crack where they had made contact with the child. "We are very, very close to people who could be alive. We're working with thermal cameras and canine units," said volunteer rescuer Pamela Diaz, a bread baker by profession. "We keep moments of absolute silence to listen for survivors. They tend to cry out or bang on walls," she told AFP by telephone. Another rescuer, 42 year-old Flor Gonzalez, gave a grim description her experience. "Last night I counted five cadavers that were removed from the school," said Gonzalez, a dentist who spent the night volunteering at the school. "I saw when they notified one of the parents . ... it was devastating," she said, as tears swelled in her eyes. A third rescuer, speaking on condition of anonymity, earlier told AFP that there were signs of even more survivors -- possibly 20 children trapped inside a classroom with a teacher. He said there also appeared to be nine lifeless bodies in the debris. Up to now, 11 children and at least one teacher were pulled alive from the rubble. However, rescuers also pulled out 26 lifeless bodies -- all but five of them children, said rescue coordinator Jose Luis Vergara. President Enrique Pena Nieto, who rushed to the site late Tuesday, warned that the death toll could rise. At least 217 people were reported killed by the earthquake. Picks, shovels and hands Fargo's husband joined the hundreds of soldiers, firefighters and rescuers clawing away at the debris since the quake struck. Armed with picks, shovels and even their bare hands, the crew worked through the night in their desperate search for survivors. "Silence, please!" a police officer barked through a megaphone. "Don't walk, don't breathe, we're trying to hear voices!" Any sign of life from under the rubble was welcome. A stream of volunteers, many with lamps attached to their helmets, carried long wooden beams to prop up building sections that were in danger of collapsing. Other volunteers formed a human chain to hand baskets of bottled water to the rescuers. The baskets then returned filled with debris. Maria del Pilar Marti, a teacher who works at the Enrique Rebsamen school, said that many children stayed in the building when the quake hit. "We had to take cover in our classrooms until the quake ended," she told Televisa news. "Then we were covered in a cloud of dust when part of the building totally collapsed." Tuesday's earthquake struck as the country was recovering from an 8.2 magnitude quake that hit on September 7 in southern Mexico, killing around 100 people and destroying homes. In the aftermath Mexican authorities said they had inspected the country's schools, and verified that the structures were quake resistant. The earthquake also hit on the anniversary of a massive 1985 quake that killed more than 10,000 people, an event that still haunts a country that has seen its share of disasters. 'It's chaos' Power outages, intermittent cell phone coverage and roads closed due to debris complicate the rescue. In front of the school, two people sat at a table with a computer at an informal control center, keeping track of the children and teachers who died, those who were rescued and those still missing. "It's chaos ... there are children that escaped the school but were injured, and are alone in hospitals without their parents," one of the people keeping track of the victims told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Meanwhile here at school there are desperate parents that can't find their children."
  25. From sci-fi horror series "Stranger Things" to drama "Big Little Lies" and sitcom "black-ish," one notable feature of many contenders for this weekend's Emmy Awards is that they star children. Unlike the elaborate riders sometimes specified by their adult counterparts, these pint-sized thespians have more mundane requirements -- time for homework, regular breaks and the odd afternoon nap. "They are not trained actors like adults, but the kids that get the roles have an inherent ability," said casting director Amanda Lenker Doyle, who worked on "black-ish." "They have the charisma, the willingness to dive into a role. They listen well... They're very smart." Child actors sometimes arrive at auditions better prepared than adults and with scripts memorized from top to bottom, despite not yet being able to read. While the maxim "never work with children or animals" is clearly not worth heeding, there are of course challenges to hiring youngsters for TV or film. "With children I'm dealing with the family dynamics, the family politics. It's a lot about the parents," talent manager Jason MacRay told AFP. MacRay says he will turn a young actor away -- even a kid with clear talent -- if the parents don't give off the right vibe. "I can just tell it'll be a disaster dealing with mum or dad or both, particularly if they don't agree," he said. Complex emotions Another challenge in working with actors who are far from fully mentally developed is getting them to access and express the full range of emotions that they might not yet have experienced in real life. A successful series director who asked to remain anonymous remembers having filmed with a boy for the role of "a six-year-old who has lost his mother and is living with a father who can't come to terms with his wife's death." "Pretty heavy stuff, and I was very worried about how I would get across to this boy all of the complex emotional turns that were needed from him," the director said. "One day I saw that he was playing with Pokemon cards on set and so I sat down and had him explain who all the characters were. There were a lot of them but by the time he was finished, we were friends... It helped both of us." Children are limited in their contracts to about nine hours a day on set, but it's invariably an intense day. They can be required to start at dawn and, on top of all the usual pressures of acting, they have to find time to squeeze in three hours a day for schooling. "There's millions of dollars involved -- each minute on the set costs thousands of dollars -- then you ask a 10-year-old to behave professionally and be at the level of Tom Cruise," said MacRay. The manager said he considers 12 auditions or more a month "too much" for his young clients. Regrets Child actors have to learn to keep their feet on the ground amid the sudden glare of the media spotlight and previously unimaginable wages, which isn't easy if they have pushy parents trying to live vicariously through their newly famous offspring. For every Leonardo DiCaprio or Natalie Portman who transitions successfully from child star to adult actor, there is a Lindsay Lohan or Macaulay Culkin, who cracks under the pressure or just falls by the wayside. "It's about the parents, managers et cetera being in tune... they need grounding in the family. The teens I work with are very reasonable," said MacRay. Edouard Holdener, a 13-year-old French actor living in Los Angeles, has always dreamed of being an actor and is being educated by correspondence course to free up more time to dedicate to his passion. He has already begun chalking up his first feature films, including a leading role in independent picture "Hunky Dory" (2016) and has just shot a series for Amazon with Jean-Claude Van Damme, due to come out in the fall. "I love preparing for auditions, immersing myself in the script and learning my lines, but it's hard when you don't get picked for a role. You cannot help being angry with yourself," he told AFP. Among his biggest regrets is getting to the third round of auditions before missing out on Netflix's "Stranger Things" -- which is up for five Emmy Awards, including for its 13-year-old star Millie Bobby Brown, at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles. "I'm still sad when I see the posters," he said wistfully.