Archive for October 23rd, 2016

23/10/2016

Meet the Uprooted Children and Families of Borno State, Nigeria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kent Page*

BORNO STATE, Nigeria, 19 October 2016 (UNICEF) – Since 2014, the escalation of the Boko Haram insurgency has caused insecurity and massive displacement in north-east Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. An estimated 2.6 million people are internally displaced – more than half of whom are children.

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Photo: UNICEF

UNICEF and partners are working together to address the many aspects of this humanitarian crisis, including alarming rates of malnutrition, a recent polio outbreak, limited school access, deteriorating health and water services, and the psychosocial impacts of living through violence.

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23/10/2016

“Beyond Revenge”, the Documentary Film Now Freely Available Online

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pressenza*

BERLIN, 22 October, 2016 –  The documentary “Beyond Revenge” that premiered on the 2nd of October in Berlin, and which has already been premiered in several other cities worldwide, is now freely available on youtube, just as the producers, Álvaro Orus and Luz Jahnen said it would be.

“Beyond Revenge”, the documentary film freely available online

It is subtitled in three languages, Spanish, English and German. Soon Italian, Greek, French and Portugese will be added.

The movie is about the mechanism of revenge that is deeply rooted in human beings and which the producers of the film trace back to the prehistoric past of humankind.

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23/10/2016

Refugees in Egypt Risk All on Deadly Sea Crossing to Europe

Human Wrongs Watch

By Don Murray*

Lured by smugglers, over 3,600 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing on the Mediterranean this year. Shipwreck survivors in Egypt recount their ordeal.

Sumaya tried to cross the Mediterranean four times attempting to reach Europe.  © UNHCR/Pedro Costa Gomes

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (UNHCR),  21 October 2016 – The sea tempts them with a dream of a better life in Europe. But the sea kills and these are refugees who barely escaped with their lives when the smugglers’ boats capsized and sank.

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23/10/2016

‘Wonder Woman’, UN Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

Human Wrongs Watch

21 October 2016 – Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero, has been named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations and will be tasked with raising awareness about Goal 5 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030.*

Female superhero Wonder Woman, named by the UN as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Credit: DC Entertainment

“While we have achieved progress towards gender equality in many parts of the world, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence. Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Cristina Gallach said at a ceremony this afternoon at UN Headquarters in New York.

23/10/2016

Drama of New Life and Death for Children on the Move to Italy

The Italian Coastguard crew on the Luigi Dattilo vessel – who have saved thousands of refugees and migrants from drownings in the deadly waters of the Central Mediterranean – called us excitedly in the early hours of the morning to share the news: they had helped deliver two Eritrean babies on their boat.

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23/10/2016

To Live in Peace, Meet the Japanese Community Fighting for Their Forest

Human Wrongs Watch

By Takashi Morizumi* 

(Greenpeace) – For 20 years, the people of Okinawa, Japan have opposed the construction of a US military base that will damage the marine environment and endangered sea creatures like the Japanese dugong. Now the construction threatens to take over their forest.

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Children swimming in the lake in the Yambaru forest | Takashi Morizumi/Greenpeace

Japanese photojournalist, Takashi Morizumi has been documenting the Okinawa people’s movement for nine years. Read his journey and meet the people who are fighting to keep their home.

Driving north along the highway towards Higashi village, Okinawa I’m immediately struck by the lush, green Yamburu Forest.

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23/10/2016

Privatization the Problem, Rarely the Solution

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 20 2016 (IPS) – Privatization has been one of the pillars of the counter-revolution against development economics and government activism from the 1980s. Many developing countries were forced to accept privatization as a condition for support from the World Bank while many other countries have embraced privatization, often on the pretext of fiscal and debt constraints.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram. Credit: FAO

Privatization generally refers to changing the status of a business, service or industry from state, government or public ownership to private control.

It sometimes also refers to the use of private contractors to provide services previously delivered by the public sector.

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