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Work For School: Teachers Profit From Child Labor In Cameroon

LE JOUR (Cameroon)

NKOL-METET – When class is over in Nkolya II School, in the small Cameroonian village of Nkol-Metet, children get to work.

As in many Cameroonian schools, children, sometimes as young as six years old, do personal tasks for their teachers -- like carrying firewood to their teachers' houses at the end of the day, drawing water and harvesting their fields.

The children are "paid" with candies and fruit juice, and "have fun," explains Avoulou Yolande, 7, to the Cameroonian newspaper Le Jour. But parents are starting to fight back: "If you're the only parent to ask the teacher to stop your child chores, the risk is to face an anger that will have consequences on the teacher's attitude towards the child," one mother, Marguerite Olama, told Le Jour.

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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