Archive for September 22nd, 2018


Alcohol Abuse Kills Three Million People a Year, Most of Them Men – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

More one in 20 deaths in 2016 – 3 million people, mostly men – were caused by harmful use of alcohol, according a report released on 21 September 2018 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO/Sergey Volkov | An inebriated man is sleeping on a bench in a park, Moscow, Russia.

“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General, adding that “it’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies.”

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Vulnerable Children Face ‘Dire and Dangerous’ Situation on Greek Island Reception Centres, UNICEF Warns

Overcrowding in Greek island reception centres for refugees and migrants has made conditions for children there increasingly “dire and dangerous”, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 21 September 2018 said, warning that “severe emotional distress” affects many and that self-harm is a “possibility”.

UNHCR/Yorgos Kyvernitis | Refugee families struggling on the Greek island of Samos.

In an appeal to the authorities to do more to speed up the transfer of vulnerable people to the mainland, Lucio Melandri, UNICEF Country Coordinator in Greece, noted that the number of vulnerable children arriving on the islands in 2018 compared with last year had risen by one-third.

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