Archive for March, 2019

31/03/2019

‘Race against Time’ to Help Women Who Bore Brunt of Cyclone Idai as They Tried to Save Their Households and Livelihoods

Human Wrongs Watch

As the full extent of destruction caused by Cyclone Idai across southern Africa continues to be assessed, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Wednesday [27 March 2019] it was in “a race against time” to protect women who bore the brunt of the storm as they tried to save their households and livelihoods. 

OCHA/Rita Maingi | Displaced women and their babies in Beira, the port city in Mozambique that was slammed by Cyclone Idai.
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UNFPA Representative in Mozambique, Andrea Wojnar, said their main challenge was “to provide women and adolescent girls, especially those who are pregnant and lactating, with lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services”.
31/03/2019

“Crossing the River” to a Safe Delivery in Rural Cambodia

Human Wrongs Watch

KANTUOT VILLAGE, Cambodia, 29 March 2019 (UNFPA)*  – When Bora was pregnant with her fifth child, she prepared to “cross the river.”

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Bora safely gave birth, but she faced complications after the delivery. © UNFPA Cambodia
Bora safely gave birth, but she faced complications after the delivery. © UNFPA Cambodia

In the Khmer language, “crossing the river” is a way to describe childbirth, meaning a journey that should go smoothly but could just as easily go wrong.

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31/03/2019

Food for Thought: India Losing the Battle against Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food surplus for export. Yet, it is unable to feed millions of its people, especially women and children. India has slipped further to the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index 2018.

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Moin Qazi

India’s GHI ranking was 63 for 2013; 55 for 2014; 80 for 2015; 97 for 2016; and 100 for 2017. According to the report, India is among the 45 countries that have “serious levels of hunger”.

Imagine a land mass greater than China. Now imagine that land is only used to produce food.

Then suppose all the crops and produce from those 2.5bn acres are not eaten and left to rot. Imagine all of that – and you get an idea of the amount of food the world wastes every year.

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31/03/2019

Tusk Calls Crisis Summit after MPs Nix Brexit Deal a Third Time

Donald Tusk wasted no time in confirming there will be an crisis summit on 10 April. [Photo: Alexandros Michailidis / Shutterstock]

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31/03/2019

Brexit. When Are We Going to Stop Distracting Ourselves with the “Kingdom of the Secondary?”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jon Swinden – Pressenza London*

The issue from the beginning has been democracy. Real democracy vs formal democracy.

Brexit. When are we going to stop distracting ourselves with the “kingdom of the secondary?”
(Image by Jon Swinden, Street graffiti)
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30/03/2019

Rice May Be Cheap, But Production Comes at a Cost

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26 March 2019 (UN Environment)*Walk into pretty much any corner shop, market or supermarket in the world, and there is one product you are guaranteed to find: rice.

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Photo from UN Environment.

Inexpensive, filling and versatile, rice is a daily staple for around half of the world’s population, accounting for 19 per cent of dietary energy globally.

But, cheap as rice is, there is a higher price to pay.

A single kilo of rice needs an average 2,500 litres of water to produce; in fact, rice production uses over a third of the world’s irrigation water. Moreover, rice contributes to climate change, with methane emitted by flooded paddy fields responsible for 10 per cent of total global methane emissions.

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30/03/2019

Great March of Return: Scores of People Killed and Injured Over One Year

29 March 2019 (UNRWA)*One year after the start in Gaza of demonstrations that became known as The Great March of Return (GMR),  scores of people, particularly young men, have been left dead and many others injured, as well as in need of long term medical and psychosocial assistance.
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Palestinian demonstrators gather in Khuza’a on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip during the Great March of Return demonstration on 6 April 2018. © 2018 Photo Courtesy of Mahmoud BassamPalestinian demonstrators gather in Khuza’a on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip during the Great March of Return demonstration on 6 April 2018. © 2018 Photo Courtesy of Mahmoud Bassam

According to OCHA figures, as of 22 March 2019, 195 Palestinians (including 41 children) have been killed and close to 29,000 people injured.

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30/03/2019

On Eve of Gaza Border Protest Anniversary, UN’s Top Humanitarian Official for Palestine Calls for ‘Calm from All Sides to Prevent Further Bloodshed’

Human Wrongs Watch

With a large protest planned on Saturday [30 March 2019] in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN’s top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday [29 March 2019called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.*

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UNifeed Video | Drone shot, protesters walking towards the Gaza separation fence, with Israel. The anniversary of the “Great March of Return” protests, falls on 30 March, 2019.
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30/03/2019

Born Complete, Don’t Mutilate Them!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

30 March 2019 — While male circumcision is spread mainly among Muslim and Jews communities, and it is apparently accepted by some medical spheres, more than 200 million child-girls have already fallen prey to a dangerous practice, which is carried out in the name of traditions or even religions: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Fatima, 7, sits on a bed in her home in Afar region, Ethiopia. She was subjected to FGM/C when she was 1 year old. Photo: UNICEF/ Holt

Such a human rights violation is not legally typified as a “crime”. Furthermore, it is far from being stopped—in fact some 70 million more girls are right now at risk of being mutilated by the year 2030.

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29/03/2019

Governments Are Not Effectively Tackling Modern Slavery, New UN Data Tool Shows

ILO/A. Khemka | Forced labour often means unpaid wages, excessively long work hours without rest days, confiscation of ID documents, little freedom of movement, deception, intimidation and physical or sexual violence. ILO/A. Khemka
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The release of Modern Slavery Data Stories, a series of easily understandable animated graphics, gives detailed pictures of the ways that factors related to modern slavery have changed over time, and comes during a period when over 40 million people are living in slavery, more than ever before in human history.
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