Archive for December 3rd, 2015

03/12/2015

‘Dire Health Crisis’ in Yemen with 15.2 Million (Three in Four) Lacking Care

Human Wrongs Watch

2 December 2015 – More than 15.2 million Yemenis now lack access to health care services, well over half the war-torn country’s total population, yet there is a 55 per cent gap in requested international funding to address the crisis, according to the United Nations health agency.

Three in four Yemenis are unable to meet their basic water, hygiene and sanitation needs. Photo: WHO Yemen

“The intensification of conflict in Yemen since March 2015 has pushed Yemen’s already weakened health system to the brink of collapse,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) says in its latest update, appealing to the international community to step up its donations and warning that the crisis has not yet peaked.

“Insecurity, power shortages and a lack of fuel (for generators and ambulances) have led to the closure of almost one in four health facilities.

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03/12/2015

‘Abhorrent Violations’ against Children in War-torn (Liberated) Iraq – UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

2 December 2015 – Boys and girls in war-weary Iraq are suffering from grave violations with “dramatic consequences,” according to the latest report from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the situation of children and armed conflict in the country.

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“I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the continuous grave violations committed against children in armed conflict,” Ban said in his second report on the subject, and he particularly deplored the abhorrent violations against the rights of children committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.

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03/12/2015

Saving the Arctic Requires Action on Climate Change and Air Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

GENEVA, 2 December 2015 (IPS) – Arctic temperatures have increased twice as much as the global average in the past 100 years. Recent photos show that thousands of walruses normally resting on sea ice between dives to find food have been forced to crowd ashore because of extreme sea ice melt in Alaska. Such photos have once again reminded us that it is high time we take serious action on climate change if we want to save the Arctic.

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There is a growing realisation that governments often put economic interests first and management of the fragile region should be more widely shared. Credit: NOAA/public domain | Source: IPS

Calling Arctic countries our homes, we are both particularly concerned about Arctic ecosystems and their extreme vulnerability to climate change.

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