Archive for July 16th, 2016

16/07/2016

South Sudan: Lives Uprooted, Families Torn Apart

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tim Irwin*

Recent violence in South Sudan has displaced some 65,000 people in and around Wau town. Among them are many children who became separated from their parents as their families fled. Reunification is the goal, but first carers must be found for these unaccompanied children. 

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© UNICEF South Sudan/2016/Irwin | Nedal, 15, and her two younger brothers are living with a foster family in a displacement site in Wau, South Sudan. They were separated from their parents when fighting broke out in the city on 24 June.
WAU, South Sudan, 6 July 2016 (UNICEF)* – When they heard the gunfire they knew they had to run. One fled alone, another with her brothers and another with his children and grandchildren.

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16/07/2016

263 Million Children Now Out of school

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 15 July 2016 reported that some 263 million children and youth, equivalent to about a quarter of the population of Europe, are out of school from primary to upper secondary levels with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest rates of exclusion.

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Syrian refugee children playing in their informal settlement at Al Faida, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Vanda Kljajo

“Countries have promised to provide every child with a primary and secondary education by 2030. These new findings show the hard work ahead if we are to reach this goal,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

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“Our focus must be on inclusion from the earliest age and right through the learning cycle, on policies that address the barriers at every stage, with special attention to girls who still face the greatest disadvantage.”

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16/07/2016

Syria, a ‘Gigantic, Devastated Graveyard’

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations human rights chief on 15 July 2016 urged the forces advancing on Aleppo and two other cities in Syria to not harm the hundreds of thousands of civilians surrounded by fighting between the Government forces and the opposition.

Destruction in Salah Ed Din neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

“The country is already a gigantic, devastated graveyard,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement issued by his office.

“The number of war crimes already committed surpasses the worst nightmares. But it is in the power of both attacking and defending forces – and their foreign backers – to minimize further civilian casualties and avoid further crimes and atrocities. They must do so.”

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