Archive for March 24th, 2016

24/03/2016

For Yemenis in War-Torn Taizz, Survival a Struggle

Human Wrongs Watch

TAIZZ, Yemen, 24 March 2016 (UNHCR)*  Porter Abduh Kaid Farhan was taking an afternoon walk through the battle-torn Yemeni city of Taizz last November when a shell struck and fatally injured him.

© UNHCR/M.Al Hasani | Yemeni porter Ali unloads a UNHCR aid package at a temporary warehouse set up in a school in, Taizz city, Yemen

Rushed to the hospital, he died later that day, leaving behind a grieving family, already struggling to get by in a city straddling the frontline of Yemen’s now year-old conflict.

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24/03/2016

Over 250,000 Children Affected by Colombia Conflict Despite Peace Talks

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© UNICEF/UN013297/LeMoyne | Thirteen year old Solanyi in her classroom at the El Diviso school in Narino, Colombia. Solanyi’s parents were both killed by armed groups.

An estimated 1,000 children were used or recruited by non-state armed groups during the same period, the children’s agency also said, based on verified United Nations and national data.

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24/03/2016

Yemen: Cessation of Hostilities, Start of Peace Talks

Human Wrongs Watch

Following “extensive” consultations with Yemeni leaders and regional partners, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen on 23 March 2016 announced that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 April, in advance of the upcoming round of peace talks, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait. 

Girls fetching water in Mawyah district, Taiz. This role often falls on the shoulders of girls and young women, often at the expense of their education. Credit: OCHA

24/03/2016

Extreme Weather Now Becoming ‘the New Normal’

Human Wrongs Watch

Observing the World Meteorological Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 March 2016 warned that extreme weather events are becoming “the new normal” and bold climate action is needed to “face the future now.”

Martin Delingon’s bathes near his house on July 13, 2014, that was among those in the Philippines crushed by this ship that was swept ashore by typhoon Haiyan’s storm surge. Photo: Dominic Chavez/World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

“Only by responding decisively to the climate challenge can we avoid the worst impacts of climate change and lay the foundations of a world of peace, prosperity and opportunity for all,” the UN chief said in a message on the Day.

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