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Jane Labous

Jane Labous is an award-winning broadcaster and photo-journalist who has worked as a correspondent and on radio documentaries all over West Africa. She is also Africa press office for the child rights organisation Plan International.

Jane Labous is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and journalist, and has worked as a correspondent and on radio documentaries all over West Africa. She is also press officer for the global child rights NGO Plan International.

Jane is actively involved in advocacy and campaigning work on rights and development issues, particularly those related to African affairs and the global drowning issue.

How Changing Cultural Attitudes Will Give Senegal's Street Children a Voice

Ngagne is one of thousands of children living in daaras in Senegal and across the mainly Muslim countries of West Africa, sent to the capitals from Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Mali. Known as talibés - Arabic for 'pupil' - they're posted far away from home by parents who choose to give someone else the responsibility, and cost, of raising their child.
08/04/2013 22:40 BST

This World Water Day, Let's Not Forget It's a Luxury for Some

World Water Day is today, a time to pause and appreciate a substance that is available to us so freely and cheaply in the developed world. It is a day to address the fact that 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water - representing roughly one in ten of the world's population.
21/03/2013 17:37 GMT

A Suitable Match: The Zambian Feminists Who Are Standing Up for Girl Power

It was in the middle of an east African afternoon, beneath a mango tree shaded from the hazy sun, that I met Gladys Phiri, 32, history teacher, single mother and, it soon became apparent, cheerfully outspoken feminist here in a country where, as elsewhere in Africa, the rules are dictated by men, for men.
04/10/2012 08:07 BST

The Forgotten Crisis: As the Hunger Season Sets In, Burkinabés Need Not Worry About Body Image

There are no proper words to describe the heartbreaking sight of a malnourished child. No image on TV can prepare you for the sheer lightness of their bodies, their minuscule wrists, their over-sized, slightly bulging heads; the breathtaking shock of realising that the cute baby who looks newborn is actually nearly two years old. Malnourishment is not something that enters our world very often. Ours is a place where 60 stone teenagers must be hoisted out of their homes by the local fire service because they no longer fit through their front doors. It's a place where five-year-old girls worry themselves silly about being thinner, aspiring to a 'body ideal' that's estimated to be not physically achievable by 95% of the population.
05/06/2012 22:09 BST