Archive for July 29th, 2018


‘Crucial Yemeni Port City of Hudaydah, Which Has Been Living under Fire from Pro-Government Forces for Weeks Now, Could Be just “One Airstrike Away from an Unstoppable Epidemic”

Human Wrongs Watch

The crucial Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, which has been living under fire from pro-Government forces for weeks now, could be just “one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic”, on 29 July 2018 said the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

OCHA/Giles Clarke | A man and his sons travel to collect water underneath the Hajjah Road Bridge, in Hodeidah, Yemen, which was damaged in an airstrike in mid-2016. (file)

Freedom, Its Feasibility

(Wall Street International)* — Being free is a secular yearning.


To be free is to go beyond limits, not to be defined by them | Photo from Wall Street International

Since always, life in society organizes itself generating those who submit, the slaves and the free ones.

In Greek Polis, for example, there was a strong distinction between slaves and free men. Plato considered this an inevitable reality from which everything would be established. Men were slaves or masters by birth and this was an association or organization not derived from conventions and agreements; these were human characteristics.

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Fleeing Boko Haram: A Blind Man’s Journey

By Hajer Naili*

19 July 2018 (Norwegian Refugee Council)* For nearly two years, brutality and killings were part of the daily way of life for those trapped in the Boko Haram-controlled town of Damasak in Nigeria.

Blind man Mohamadou (53) sits outside his newly rehabilitated house. After three days of intensive work, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) team completed the construction of a new roof and the installation of doors and windows. The walls were cleaned and fixed to make Mohamadou feel at home again. Photo: Hajer Naili/NRC

Mohamadou, a 53-year-old blind man, and his family barely made it out alive. When his town was attacked in October of 2014, he, his wife and his son swam across the Yobe river and into Niger.

“If it weren’t for my wife and my son, I wouldn’t have made it out alive,” Mohamadou admits.

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‘States find US $1.7 trillion for military expenditure, but are willing to provide less than 1% of this for relief to the many millions of victims of wars and disasters’

17 July 2018 (Norwegian Refugee Council)* –  Half way into the year, humanitarian organizations have only received 35 per cent of the money needed for relief worldwide.

Kasai, DR Congo: Shabani (left), 3, Ngalula (middle), 7, and Kevine (right), 9, having their poor unique meal of cassava bread. Due to the lack of food in the region, thousands of women and children suffer from acute or severe malnutrition. Photo NRC/ Ephrem Chiruza

“Our humanitarian relief is a matter of life or death in many horrific war and disaster zones. The lack of funding leaves many desperate families without assistance. Mothers are forced to cut back on food for already malnourished children. Girls and boys are deprived of education and hope,” warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.

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Heavy Monsoon Rainfall in the Rohingya Refugee Camps of South-Eastern Bangladesh Pose Major Threat to over 100,000 Children Living in Them- UNICEF

COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH, 27 July 2018 (UNICEF)* – Several days of heavy monsoon rainfall in the Rohingya refugee camps of southeastern Bangladesh pose a major threat to over 100,000 children living in them, UNICEF has warned.
Rohingya refugee children wade through flood waters surrounding their families' shelters following an intense pre-monsoon wind and rain storm in Shamlapur Makeshift Settlement, Cox's Bazar district, Bangladesh on 20 May 2018.
UNICEF/UN0213967/Sokol | Rohingya refugee children wade through flood waters surrounding their families’ shelters following an intense pre-monsoon wind and rain storm in Shamlapur Makeshift Settlement, Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh on 20 May 2018.

A Mini Revolution in Latin America: Centering a Human Rights NGO’s Funding Model on the Local Community – It Can Be Done!

By Gastón Chillier*

Source: Pixabay | From openDemocracy.


U.S. Religious Freedom Under Fire

By Hayley Lamb*

27 July 2018 (Wall Street International)* — Many of the first settlers came to America to find religious freedom; how ironic that this founding principle of the United States is now being threatened by its own people.

Religious freedom
Religious freedom | Photo from Wall Street International

The American people are extremely fortunate to have religious freedom without restrictions, considering that the majority of the world does not have this privilege.

The First Amendment to the United States Bill of Rights states the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a dress of grievances.”

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Young Men Help to Fight Early Marriages in Kosovo’s Minority Communities

27 July 2018 (UN Women)* – Qerim Emini, a 25-year-old man from the Ashkali community in Lipljan, Kosovo  had heard many stories of young girls getting married in his city. As it was considered the norm, he thought nothing more of it. Normally, after a few months of marriage, the gossip from the teenage brides would turn to hushed whispers and tales of recent beatings. “Growing up, with every year of school, I began noticing fewer and fewer girls in my classes.”

Male volunteers are trained to prevent early marriages in their communities. Photo: Adelina Qorraj

Male volunteers are trained to prevent early marriages in their communities. Photo: Adelina Qorraj

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From where I stand: “The solutions really are with communities and the people”

Rukmini Rao, from India, is the founder of the Gramya Resource Centre for Women that tackles the issues of land rights for women, their right to education, and the prevention of violence against women and girls.

Rukmini Rao at UN Women headquarters in New York.  Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

Rukmini Rao. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

26 July 2018 (UN Women)* — “I started working for women’s empowerment more than 20 years ago when dowry killings were rampant in northern India.
My friends and I set up an organization called Saheli in 1981 to help women facing domestic violence.
Saheli, along with other women’s groups, helped change many legislations including the law on domestic violence and the law against pornographic display of women.
But then I realized that all this helps only middle-class women who can access the law. What about rural women?
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