Archive for August 6th, 2016

06/08/2016

‘US Supporting Syrian Groups that Use Chemical Weapons, but Media Won’t report It’

Human Wrongs Watch

**Map of countries surrounding Syria (red) with military involvement. | Author: 0ali1 | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. | RED: Syria | BLUE: Countries that support the Syrian government | GREEN: Countries that support the Syrian rebels | YELLOW: Countries where support is divided between the Syrian government and the Syrian rebels

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RT: Given the complex situation on the ground it is always difficult to determine who has done what, but with the repeated allegations, why does the U.S. continue to support groups which are being accused of committing war crimes?

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06/08/2016

Rebuilding the Lives of Girls and Women after Boko Haram

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1 August 2016 (UN Women)* – More than 2,000 girls and women have been abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The international community continues to advocate for their safe return. But after the girls are back, what happens to them? What happens to the children of rape and their young mothers?

Photo: UN Women/Ikechukwu Attah

Women and children at an internally displaced persons camp in Adamawa State, Nigeria. Photo: UN Women/Ikechukwu Attah

Hussaina Dahiru, from north-east Nigeria escaped Boko Haram, but tragically died at child birth.

A programme by UN Women is working with girls and women who have survived Boko Haram’s attacks and making sure that the humanitarian response addresses their specific and unique needs.

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06/08/2016

Forced Labour in Brazil

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CUIABÁ, Brazil, 3 August 2016 (ILO)* – Jeferson couldn’t read. When heading to another village and reaching an intersection, he needed to ask a passer-by for directions, as he was not able to understand any of the signs. Nevertheless, his life has recently changed.
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Jeferson | © Antonio Rodrigues | Source: ILO

“My routine consisted in working from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., then I went to school from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In these two hours I learned many things, a little bit of everything…
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… I was qualified as an Administrative Assistant. I purchased a piece of land and a motorcycle, thanks to the opportunity to go and work, to become literate… It changed my life,” Jeferson said.
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The Ação Integrada  project has been in place since 2009 in the Mato Grosso region (Brazil), with technical and institutional support from the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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The programme offers professional training during two to six months for people in high-risk situations or rescued from slavery-like working conditions.
06/08/2016

Rubble, Stones and Steel, a Day in the Life of a Working Mother in Gaza

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Beirut (UNRWA)* In a metal makeshift shelter in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, lives 48-year-old Jihad Abu Mihaisen, a Palestine refugee, with her husband and two children.

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Photo: UNRWA

Jihad’s life, like that of all Palestinians living in Gaza, is strongly impacted by the blockade, now in its tenth year.

Electricity and fuel shortages, food insecurity, sky-rocketing unemployment rates, extreme water pollution, repeated armed violence and ongoing political paralysis are their daily reality.

In this trying situation Jihad has to take care of her two children and her husband, as she is the main breadwinner for her family.

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06/08/2016

Refugee Olympic Team: ‘Being a Refugee Doesn’t Mean You Are Not a Human Being’

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Rose Lokonyen, 23, leads team of ten-athlete refugee olympic team behind the flag of the International Olympic Committee.

Rose Lokonyen carries the Olympic flag and leads the Refugee Olympic Team at Opening ceremony of Rio Games.  © UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau

By Jonathan Clayton  

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil,   5 August 2016 (UNHCR) – To tumultuous applause, ten refugee athletes made history on Friday evening marching into the famed Maracanã Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio2016 Olympics.

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06/08/2016

South Sudan: ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity, More So for Children

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 5 August 2016 said that it is responding to a growing food security emergency causing malnutrition in children in both rural and urban areas of crisis-gripped South Sudan.

A mother holds her severely malnourished 22-month-old baby in the Al Sabah children’s hospital in Juba, South Sudan, while awaiting treatment at the UNICEF-supported nutrition ward. Photo: UNICEF/Albert González Farran

“The situation in South Sudan is catastrophic, and even more so for children,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told a news briefing in Geneva, where he also pointed out that so far this year, the agency has treated 120,000 children under age five for severe malnutrition; a nearly 50 per cent increase over the same period in 2015.

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