Archive for August 9th, 2018

09/08/2018

A Mountain of Indigenous Knowledge in Peru

Indigenous people in a remote mountain town in the Andes in Peru are being helped to boost their incomes by preserving a valuable but threatened breed of alpaca.

SGP-GEF-UNDP Peru/Enrique Castro-Mendívil | A young Nuñoan woman, part of the Quechua indigenous peoples in Peru, spinning yarn following training in traditional handicraft techniques.
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The Suri alpaca, an animal which is similar to a llama, is known for its soft coat which makes high quality but delicate yarn.

In recent years the Suri yarn has lost popularity because it’s harder to spin, dye, knit and weave. As a result, local communities have turned towards more profitable alpaca yarns.

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09/08/2018

Nicaragua Must End ‘Witch-Hunt’ against Dissenting Voices – UN Human Rights Expert

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Following weeks of civil unrest in Nicaragua, a group of 11 UN independent human rights experts urged the Government on 9 August 2018 to stop the violent repression of protestors, which has left at least 317 people dead and 1,830 injured, stressing that “no one should be detained for the exercise of their human rights”.

Artículo 66 | Protesters in Managua take part in a march to demand an end to violence in Nicaragua. The banner reads “This struggle is non-violent” in Spanish.
09/08/2018

“I Felt I Was in Hell” – Escalating Hostilities Threaten Thousands of Pregnant Women in Yemen’s Hodeidah

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HODEIDAH, Yemen, 8 August 2018 (UNFPA)* – Escalating violence in Hodeidah, Yemen, threatens the city’s estimated 90,000 pregnant women and girls, UNFPA has announced. Some 14,000 of these women and girls are likely to encounter pregnancy-related complications requiring emergency care, but access to health services has been severely limited by the ongoing crisis. 

A post-partum mother with her newborn at the Al Thawra Hospital ward. © UNFPA Yemen
A post-partum mother with her newborn at the Al Thawra Hospital maternity ward. © UNFPA Yemen

The only major referral hospital in the city, Al Thawra Hospital, was the site of a brutal attack last week.

“I felt I was in hell because of what I saw,” said midwife Noha, who was working at the hospital’s obstetric ward when the attack took place on 2 August.

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09/08/2018

Around 90% of Yemenis Do Not Have Access to Sufficient Water and Only 40% to Safe Drinking Water. UN Uses Solar Energy to Provide Affordable Access to Clean Water

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9 August 2018 (IOM)* — Yemen has one of the lowest supplies of freshwater per capita in the world. The effects of a growing population and limited water resources have been exacerbated a great deal by climate change and the escalating conflict.

IOM engineers inspect recently installed solar panels on a Sana’a school rooftop, located near a well. Photo: Saba Malme/IOM 2018

An estimated 90 per cent of Yemen’s population does not have access to sufficient water and only 40 per cent have access to safe drinking water.

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09/08/2018

Hanging by a Thread

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By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

6 August 2018 — India has been home to a variety of arts and crafts which have won it a coveted place in the cultural heritage of the world. Handloom is one of the most exquisite textile traditions of India, and Hand-spun and woven fabrics were for centuries an integral part of India’s rich textile tradition.

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Moin Qazi

Under colonial rule, which coincided with the Industrial Revolution in Europe, India was reduced to becoming a supplier of cotton to the textile mills of Manchester, Birmingham and Lancashire.

The handloom weaver was virtually wiped out from the market as the country was forced to accept cloth of inferior quality manufactured in England.

The weavers’ craft is threatened with extinction by power looms which offer a cheaper and faster way to produce the same goods; it can take weaver weeks to create what the machines can produce in a day.

Moreover machine products have a much sophisticated finish. As a result, many weavers’ clusters across the country are languishing.

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09/08/2018

A New Generation of Indigenous Leaders – Today, the World Has More than 100 Indigenous Women Ready to Lead the Fight against Hunger and Malnutrition

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8 August 2018 (FAO)* – It is estimated that there are more than 185 million indigenous women in the world belonging to different regions and cultures. Although their way of life and traditions are not the same, most of them play a crucial role in guaranteeing the food security of their communities and in protecting natural resources, benefitting the more of 7 billion people inhabiting the world.

 

Photo from FAO.

09/08/2018

Gaza: ‘The Well-Being of Two Million People, Half of Whom Are Children’ at Stake as Emergency Fuel Runs Dry – UN Humanitarian Coordinator

To avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on 8 August 2018 called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of the Palestinian enclave.
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OCHA | Garbage accumulated in the Ash Sheikh Radwan area in Gaza City, 2 March 2018.
“Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza,” Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Palestine said in a statement.

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09/08/2018

‘Listen to the Voice of the People’ UN Mission Chief Urges Iraqi Leaders amid ‘Volatile’ Environment

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Despite a myriad of “long-neglected social, economic and development needs”, the Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on 8 August 2018 said progress had been made towards recovery and stability in the battle-scarred country, and called for Iraqi political leaders to continue to “work for national reconciliation” through “inclusive” solutions.

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UNHCR/Ivor Prickett | A family climbs out of their destroyed home to flee minutes after an ISIS suicide car bomber detonated his vehicle on the street outside their home in the Al Andalus neighbourhood of Mosul, Iraq.
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09/08/2018

‘Let’s Make Nagasaki the Last city Devastated by an Atomic Bomb’

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It’s essential that Nagasaki’s devastation should “not be forgotten” now or in the future, if the threat of nuclear war is to be lifted, said the Director of the Japanese city’s Atomic Bomb Museum, ahead of a visit there on 9 August by the UN Secretary-General.

UN Photo/Yosuke Yamahata | The smoldering ruins of Nagasaki, about 700 metres from the hypocentre of the explosion, as seen on 10 August 1945.
09/08/2018

Former Chilean President Bachelet Nominated as Next High Commissioner for Human Rights

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She has twice been President of Chile, and on 8 August 2018, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | Michelle Bachelet of Chile, newly-nominated as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by Secretary-General António Guterres.
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