Archive for June 19th, 2018

19/06/2018

Every Minute 20 People Leave Everything Behind to Escape War, Persecution or Terror — World Refugee Day

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A woman cradles her child in Kavimvira transit centre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s South Kivu Province. She is among hundreds of vulnerable Burundian refugees actively seeking safety there. | Source: UN

19 June 2018 (United Nations)* — Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror.

There are several types of forcibly displaced persons:

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19/06/2018

“What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?”

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By António Guterres*

20 June 2018 (United Nations)* — What would you do if you were forced to leave your home?

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Secretary-General, then High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres and Humanitarian Envoy for Kuwait Abdullah Al-Matouq (left) visit an Informal Settlement for Syrian refugees near Ghaziye, southern Lebanon. UNHCR / I. Prickett
Secretary-General’s Message

Today, more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced as a result of conflict or persecution. That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country.

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19/06/2018

The Siamese Twins

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By Uri Avnery*

16 June 2018

After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker’s TV series “The Captains”, I must come back to the one whose episode I have not yet covered: Yitzhak Rabin.

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Uri Avnery

Let me state right from the beginning: I liked the man.

He was a man after my own heart: honest, logical, straightforward, to the point.

No nonsense, no small talk. You entered his room, he poured you a straight whisky (seemed to me he detested water), got you seated, and asked a question that compelled you to come straight to the point.

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19/06/2018

FROM THE FIELD: Rohingya Babies Conceived Out of ‘Incomprehensible Brutality’

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18 June 2018 — A photojournalist has been talking of the “incomprehensible brutality” described to him by Rohingya refugees who are carrying babies after being raped.*

UNICEF/Brian Sokol | Rohingya refugee women survivors of sexual violence are among the most marginalised among more than 800,000 Rohingyas who were forced out of Myanmar into Bangladesh since August 2017.
Brian Sokol travelled with the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to interview and photograph Rohingya refugee women who had fled Myanmar over the last year fearing violence and persecution.
19/06/2018

‘The Worst Devastation I Have Ever Seen’ — UN Refugee Envoy Angelina Jolie Says in West Mosul, Iraq 

18 June 2018 — After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field.
UNICEF/Romenzi | Women and children walk through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq.

Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi government-led coalition last July, just over three years after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL (also known as Da’esh) seized Iraq’s second city, and following an intense battle which lasted for months.

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19/06/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Slams ‘Unconscionable’ US Border Policy of Separating Migrant Children from Parents

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As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on 18 June 2018 voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border protection policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents.

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UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré | Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“In the past six weeks, nearly two thousand children have been forcibly separatedfrom their parents,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in his opening remarks to the 38th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva – the last session before his four-year term expires in August.

Zeid said that the American Association of Pediatrics in the US, had called it a cruel practice of “government-sanctioned child abuse” which may cause “irreparable harm” with “lifelong consequences”.

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19/06/2018

UN Mobilizes in Rohingya Camps to Support Babies Born of Rape; Young Mothers Face Stigma

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18 June 2018 — Despite challenges brought on by the arrival of the monsoon season this month, United Nations agencies in Bangladesh continue to support nearly one million Rohingya refugees, including thousands of victims of sexual violence.

UNHCR/Roger Arnold | A Rohingya woman crosses the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh near the village of Anzuman Para in Palong Khali.

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19/06/2018

Over Half a Million Lives Lost Each Year to Small Arms Fire

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Government representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review global action to address the illegal flow of revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons.

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors’ Plaza.
These small arms and light weapons, which end up on battlefields or urban streets and elsewhere, are a big problem for the world, according to the UN body that has organized the two-week conference, which opened in New York on 18 June 2018.

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19/06/2018

For Video Game Addiction, Now Read Official ‘Gaming Disorder’ — World Health Organization

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The UN health agency has for the first time, tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition in its updated classification manual, released on 18 June 2018.

UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi | A young woman plays a video game on her phone.

“For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months,” said the World Health Organization (WHO).

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19/06/2018

Nearly Three Million More Displaced People Year-on-Year, Warns Refugee Agency Chief, But Solutions Are within Reach

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The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on 19 June 2018 said, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”.

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UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam Displaced persons, mostly women and children, seek refuge at a safe zone in Um Baru, north Darfur. By the end of 2016, conflict and rights abuses displaced over 40 million globally. The same year, disasters forced another 24 million from their homes.

Citing ongoing, protracted violence around the globe and a lack of solutions to conflicts as reasons for the increase, Filippo Grandi said that “continuous pressure on civilians” caught up in fighting, had pushed them to leave their homes.

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