Archive for December 18th, 2016

18/12/2016

Migrant Deaths Worldwide Top 7,100 – Over Half in the Mediterranean

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, Switzerland. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on 16 December 2016 reported that 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on world migratory routes.* 

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This is the highest yearly number  IOM has ever recorded, and represents an average of 20 deaths per day, suggesting the deaths of another 200-300 men, women and children well may be recorded worldwide before 2016 comes to an end.

This week’s number of migrant deaths recorded globally in 2016 was compiled by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project and Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.

By comparison, total fatalities compiled by IOM in 2014 (5,267) and 2015 (5,740) both fell hundreds of victims short of the 6,000 mark, a figure that was surpassed this year before the end of November.

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18/12/2016

‘Every Migrant Is a Human Being with Human Rights’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

18 December 2016 – Despite appearances and media spin, “migration does not have to be chaotic or seem like an invasion,” and as yet another turbulent year for millions of people on the move comes to an end, the United Nations is marking International Migrants Day with a worldwide call for more cooperation and a resolute rejection of intolerance and policies driven by xenophobic rhetoric.

Thousands of migrant workers, mainly from Egypt and Tunisia, wait to cross into Tunisia from Libya. (file) UN Photo/UNHCR/A Duclos

“We have seen the continued devastating effect of armed conflict on civilian populations […], witnessed the unacceptable loss of thousands of lives of people in transit in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, and the rise of populist movements that seek to […] blame [refugees and migrants] them for various ills of society,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day.

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18/12/2016

S. Sudan: 4 in 10 Are ‘Food Insecure’, 360,000 Children ‘Severely Malnourished’

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14 December 2016 (UNICEF – Photography and social change)* – More than 4 million people — close to 40 percent of the population — are food insecure and the world’s youngest country is facing a crisis of malnutrition among children, according to UNICEF. In seven out of the country’s 10 states, more than 15 percent of the population is malnourished — which is above the global emergency threshold, it adds. An estimate 360,000 children under five years are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

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Every Tuesday and Friday, women and children gather under this tree where UNICEF partner Malaria Consortium run an outpatient therapeutic programme to treat children with severe acute malnutrition in Aweil town in Northern Bhar el Ghazal state, South Sudan.

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18/12/2016

‘Establishment of Hybrid Court for Atrocities in South Sudan Urgent’

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The United Nations human rights chief on 14 December 2016 urged the African Union to quickly establish the hybrid court for South Sudan to investigate and prosecute those bearing criminal responsibility for the atrocities.

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Thousands of internally displaced people gather at Emmanuel Church Compound in Yei, South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

“The knowledge that accountability structures exist and will be deployed against the perpetrators of mass atrocities can have real preventive impact,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told the Human Rights Council during its 26th special session.

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18/12/2016

Number of Children Recruited into South Sudanese Conflict Passes 17,000 – UNICEF

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15 December 2016 – According to new figures released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), some 1,300 children were recruited by armed forces and armed groups in 2016, bringing the total number of children used in conflict since 2013 to more than 17,000.

On 26 October 2016, children associated with the Cobra faction wait to be demobilized in Pibor, South Sudan. A total of 145 children from the Cobra Faction and SPLA-IO were disarmed and released by the two armed groups. Photo: UNICEF/Charles Lomodong

“Since the first day of this conflict, children have been the ones most devastatingly affected by the violations,” said Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

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18/12/2016

Possibility of Genocide in South Sudan Is ‘All Too Real’ – Ban Ki-moon

Human Wrongs Watch

Given the scale of the disaster in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council, regional organizations and the international community must step up to their responsibility to the help the country’s people, who have suffered through three years of bloody conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 16 December 2016 said in an opinion piece published by Newsweek.

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up early in the morning for a general food distribution at the UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan. Photo: IOM/Bannon

The UN chief recalled that following decades of war, South Sudan became the world’s newest country five years ago and when he attended the 2011 independence celebrations in the capital, Juba, “hopes were high that the long-suffering people of the oil-rich country would finally see the fruits of a peace dividend after a prolonged civil war. Instead, the people of South Sudan now face a more dismal anniversary.”

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18/12/2016

Refugees from Boko Haram Languish in Cameroon

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By Mbom Sixtus*

MINAWAO CAMP, Cameroon, Dec 16 2016 (IPS) – Tears spring to Aichatou Njoya’s eyes as she recalls the day Islamic militants from Boko Haram arrived on her doorstep in Nigeria.

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi is received at the Minawao Camp in Cameroon’s Far North region on Dec. 15, 2016, where some 60,000 refugees have fled attacks by Boko Haram. Credit: Mbom Sixtus/IPS

UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi is received at the Minawao Camp in Cameroon’s Far North region on Dec. 15, 2016, where some 60,000 refugees have fled attacks by Boko Haram. Credit: Mbom Sixtus/IPS

“It was on May 24, 2013. My husband was sleeping in his room while I was on the other side of the house with our six children. The youngest was only one month old,” she mutters, pausing to collect herself.

Njoya told IPS when the armed insurgents broke into the house, they grabbed her husband and dragged him into her room.

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