Archive for December 1st, 2016

01/12/2016

‘Aleppo May Become ‘Giant Graveyard’

Human Wrongs Watch

With thousands of civilians fleeing neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo, senior United Nations officials ON 30 November 2016 appealed to the Security Council and the wider international community to come together and “do everything in their power to protect civilians and enable aid access to the besieged parts of the [war-battered city] before it becomes one giant graveyard.”

A nine year-old child sits in one of the neighbourhoods in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, holding his jerry can, looking for drinking water. Photo: UNICEF/Zayat

Painting a dire picture of the situation on the ground, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told the Council that the “humanitarian tragedy” in Aleppo is only deepening as both ground and air assaults against the eastern half of the iconic city have intensified over the last two weeks, forcing an estimated 25,000 from their homes since Saturday.

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01/12/2016

Rohingya Refugees Trapped in Limbo

Human Wrongs Watch

DHAKA, Nov 30 2016 (IPS) – Amid growing persecution by Myanmar’s military, thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims in its western state of Rakhine have fled their frontier villages and are languishing along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border for lack of shelter and emergency supplies.
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The crisis of violence against Rohingya Muslims goes back many years. In this image, a group of refugees is turned back by Bangladesh border guards in 2012. Credit: Anurup Titu/IPS

The crisis of violence against Rohingya Muslims goes back many years. In this image, a group of refugees is turned back by Bangladesh border guards in 2012. Credit: Anurup Titu/IPS

In response to alleged coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct. 9 that killed nine guards, Myanmar troops swarmed into areas along the country’s frontier with Bangladesh, forcing the Rohingyas to leave their homes.

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