Archive for August 3rd, 2016

03/08/2016

Prepare for Possible ‘War on Water’ over South China Sea Tensions, Beijing Tells Citizens

Human Wrongs Watch

3 August 2016 (RT)* – The Chinese defense minister has warned the tense situation in the South China Sea poses the threat of a direct confrontation and has called on the military, police and general population to be ready to defend the country’s territorial integrity.

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**Map (rough) of South China Sea | Author: Hobe / Holger Behr | public domain | Wikimedia Commons

Chang Wanquan made the statement while inspecting military installations in China’s eastern coastal Zhejiang Province, state news agency Xinhua reported, without giving the timing of the comments.

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03/08/2016

Yemen – From Front Line to Classroom

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By Ansar Rasheed*

In May 2015, while hostilities escalated in Yemen, 16-year-old Ahmed was conscripted to fight with one of the parties to the conflict. After months of being on the frontlines, he fled and returned home. Now he’s resuming his education and working hard to catch up on the schooling he missed.

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©UNICEF Yemen 2016/Abdulbaki

ADEN, Yemen (UNICEF) – The room was silent and dark except for the small dim light of a rechargeable lamp in the corner where 16-year-old Ahmed (^) was reading his books.

Since Yemen plunged into a brutal conflict in March 2015, electricity has been severely affected throughout the country, including Crater district in the southern Governorate of Aden where Ahmed lives.

Ahmed sat quietly, bending over his books. He was studying for his end-of-year school exams. His mother bought the rechargeable lamp to help him catch up on lost school time during the conflict. Ahmed said he is determined to continue his studies.

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03/08/2016

Syria – Children in Aleppo Under Fire, Denied Life-Saving Aid

Human Wrongs Watch

In Aleppo, a new wave of attacks has forced thousands to flee their homes, while the eastern part of the city has been cut off from humanitarian aid for nearly a month. Meet three girls who fled with their families after the recent outbreak of fighting – (UNICEF).

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© UNICEF Syrian Arab Republic/2016/Al Issa | Saja, 12, fled the fighting in Aleppo with her family, and they are now looking for temporary shelter. She lost her four best friends in a bomb attack over two years ago. She also lost her leg in the attack.

By Basma Ourfali, Yasmine Saker with Kieran Dwyer*

2 August 2016 (UNICEF)* A new wave of attacks in the Syrian city of Aleppo has forced thousands of children and their families to flee their homes, while the eastern part of the city has been cut off from humanitarian aid for nearly a month.

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03/08/2016

South Sudan Exodus: 900,000 Refugees in 2,5 Years

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 60,000 people have fled South Sudan’s recent violence in the capital city of Juba, bringing the overall number of South Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries since December 2013 to nearly 900,000 [out of an estimated 14 million population], the United Nations refugee agency on 2 August 2016 said. 

Refugees from South Sudan arrive in Elegu, northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

Refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past ten days, bringing the total to more than 52,000 since violence escalated three weeks ago. Kenya has reported the arrival of 1,000 refugees in the same period, while 7,000 have fled to Sudan, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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03/08/2016

South Sudan – ‘Unspeakable Acts’ of Abuse, Sexual Violence, Gang Rape of Women, Young Girls

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations in South Sudan on 1 August 2016 condemned unequivocally reports of widespread sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, of women and young girls, by soldiers and unidentified armed men, stressing that such acts constitute grave violations of international human rights law and may be regarded as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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A young refugee and her family cross the border between South Sudan and Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson 

“These incidents have been reported from a number of locations, including areas in the vicinity of the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites near UN House, and also in other neighbourhoods of Juba,” said the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in a press statement.

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03/08/2016

‘Children Tortured, Maimed, Imprisoned, Starved, Abused and Killed in Armed Conflicts’

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With children continuing to be tortured, maimed, imprisoned, starved, sexually abused and killed in armed conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 2 August 2016 called on all countries to back their words with concrete actions to end such violations.

Children affected by violence attend temporary schools in the refugee camp of Kabelewa. Forced displacement in the Diffa region, Niger’s poorest, is becoming regular and is conducted by the armed group Boko Haram. Photo: UNICEF/Sylvain Cherkaoui

“In places such as Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, children suffer through a living hell,” the UN chief said as he opened the Security Council’s debate on children and armed conflict.

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