Archive for May 4th, 2017

04/05/2017

“Europe: 24,600 Refugee Children ‘in Limbo’ at Risk of Mental Distress”

Human Wrongs Watch

Nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psychosocial distress caused by living in a protracted state of limbo, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 4 May 2017 warned.

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An 8 year-old refugee from the Syria, in her family’s shelter in Pikpa Village, an open refugee camp run by volunteers outside of Mytilini, Lesvos, Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Gilbertson VII Photo

04/05/2017

Collective Amnesia in Famine Response 

Human Wrongs Watch

WASHINGTON DC, May 4 2017 (IPS) – The emerging drought-induced humanitarian crisis—prevailing in countries from Niger in West Africa to Somalia in East Africa—and conflict-driven famine conditions in South Sudan, Somalia, and Northeast Nigeria, have become a regular phenomenon.

"Young girls line up at a feeding centre in Mogadishu, #Somalia, where a severe drought is threatening famine." Credit: UN instagram

“Young girls line up at a feeding centre in Mogadishu, #Somalia, where a severe drought is threatening famine.” Credit: UN instagram

Even though these food crises can be prevented, they persistently arise due to the development community’s collective amnesia on what has worked and what has not in famine response, recovery, and resilience-building.

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04/05/2017

In ‘Post Truth’ Era, Leaders Must Defend Objective, Independent Media – Press Freedom Day

Human Wrongs Watch

In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations on 3 May 2017  said.

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Journalists wait for the arrival of official delegations at the Geneva II Conference on Syria, in Montreux, Switzerland. UN Photo/Violaine Martin

“We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark World Press Freedom Day.

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04/05/2017

‘Perpetrators, Not Victims, Should Be Shamed for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence’

Human Wrongs Watch

3 May 2017 – Survivors of sexual violence in war zones need to be recognized as legitimate victims of conflict and terrorism, and not blamed, stigmatized or shamed, the United Nations has said in an annual report to be presented to the Security Council.

A woman from the Kassab camp for Internal Displaced Persons (IDP), in Kutum, North Darfur, shows her sorrow for the increase of rapes in the area. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

Shame and stigma are integral to the logic of sexual violence being employed as a tactic of war or terrorism: aggressors understand that this type of crime can turn victims into outcasts, thus unravelling the family and kinship ties that hold communities together,” according to the latest report of the Secretary-General on conflict-related sexual violence, which is prepared by the Office of the UN Special Representative on the issue.

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04/05/2017

Somalia: 1.4M Children to Suffer Acute Malnutrition this Year – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) May 2 May 2017 announced.

A two year-old child cries for his mother at the Kismayo general hospital in Somalia. Born with a deformity, the child is also suffering from extreme malnourishment. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

The figure includes more than 275,000 children who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition.

“The combination of drought, disease and displacement are deadly for children, and we need to do far more, and faster, to save lives,” Steven Lauwerier, UNICEF Somalia Representative.

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04/05/2017

The Very Survival of Africa’s Indigenous Peoples ‘Seriously Threatened’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal* 

ROME, May 3 2017 (IPS) – The cultures and very survival of indigenous peoples in Africa are seriously threatened. They are ignored, neglected and fall victims of land grabbing and land dispossession caused by extractive industries, agribusiness and other forms of business operations.

The Indigenous World 2017. Credit: IWGIA

The Indigenous World 2017. Credit: IWGIA

 

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