World News for Schools:Tue 28 Jun

Hi there, I'm Ore from BBC World News for Schools. It's Tuesday the 28th of June.

Coming up:

  • Hundreds of child refugees are fleeing Somalia everyday,
  • Thousands of people go on strike in Greece
  • And things are looking good for the Antarctic penguin who got stranded in New Zealand!

But first hundreds of refugees, mostly children, are fleeing Somalia in Africa. The ongoing war in the country forces loads of people to head for neighbouring Kenya, but a severe drought and the high cost of food has made the situation much worse. Save the Children charity says about 1300 people, at least 800 of them kids, are crossing the border to Kenya each day. They go to the Dadaab refugee camp which already has 350,000 people living there. It's often called the largest refugee camp in the world and it's a very tough journey to even get there:

CLIP:"Children are arriving into Dadaab barefoot, six weeks' walking. They're covered in sores and wounds, they're acutely malnourished, they're completely dehydrated and that is preferable to the conditions they are living in in south-central Somalia."

Next to Greece in Europe where a huge two-day strike is happening. Ferries, buses and trains have stopped running, airports are shutting down and hospitals only have a small number of staff.

Protestors across Greece are unhappy at the tough funding cuts their Prime Minister, George Papandreou, wants to make to public services. But he says they're needed to solve the country's money problems. Politicians will be deciding tomorrow.

Next up, the leader of China, Premier Wen Jiabao, is in Germany for the final part of his tour of Europe. Germany is by far China's biggest trading partner in the European Union and the leaders of the two countries are talking about how they can do more business together.

Now for today's question. Greece, Germany and lots of other countries in Europe share the same currency - what is it?

Yesterday we asked you what nationality is famous Formula One racing driver Sebastian Vettel?

And the answer is...


Next the Williams sisters are out of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, both losing in their fourth round matches. Venus and Serena Williams have won nine out of the last 11 Wimbledon singles titles, but as Serena's been away from the game for a year because of illness, she was still positive about the defeat:

CLIP:"Being able to come back and play and win some matches and just really play tough. I mean even today, I lost but I was able to kind of hang in there and play tough and I can only get better."

It now means for the first time since 1968 all of the quarter-finalists are from Europe.

Finally, the Antarctic penguin, that got stranded in New Zealand, is getting better after vets operated to save his life. The young animal became sick after eating sand, which he thought was snow, and had to be taken to a nearby zoo. But the penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet, is now doing well after three operations and he's even eating fish. It's thought the bird took a wrong turn when it was at sea hunting for food - and ended up getting lost.

OK, that's all from the World News for Schools team. We're back tomorrow.


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