Archive for May 16th, 2016


On Int’l Day, ‘Families Still Struggle with Violence, Discrimination and Poverty’

Human Wrongs Watch

The rise of violent extremism, the effects of forced displacement, extreme weather events and other challenges are taking a heavy toll on the health and integrity of families in crisis situations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 15 May 2016 said, marking the International Day of Families with a call for Governments to support the crucial role of families in all their diverse forms.

A family in Cap Haïtien, Haiti, loads supplies onto a boat during the flooding in 2014. UN Photo/Logan Abassi

“This year’s International Day of Families falls at a time of upheaval and tragedy for families around the world,” the UN chief said in his message for the Day. “Even in relatively stable societies, families still struggle with violence, discrimination and poverty.”

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