Archive for May 11th, 2019

11/05/2019

What You Should Know about People Who Are Displaced in Their Own Country

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Marguerite Nguena fled from violence in the Central African Republic in 2013. Her husband was shot, and now she lives together with her children and grandchildren. In 2018, more than half a million Central Africans were displaced as a result of the conflict in the country. Photo: Alexis Huguet/NRC, August 2017
The report shows that 10.8 million people were displaced in their own country as a result of war and conflict in 2018. In addition, disasters such as floods and tropical cyclones led to 17 million new internally displaced people last year.
11/05/2019

African Human Traffickers Changing Strategies to Avoid Arrest

Routes traditionally used to escort trafficking victims out of Africa have shifted to others in Nigeria, Algeria and Turkey

Researchers said police efforts to link illicit financial transactions to smuggling humans across Africa are still in their early stages.

Researchers said police efforts to link illicit financial transactions to smuggling humans across Africa are still in their early stages. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

10 May 2019 (teleSUR)*Human traffickers in east and north Africa are re-strategizing their business models to avoid detection, a new report from the Research and Evidence Facility (a European Union affiliate) said Friday [10 May 2019].

According to the study, routes which traditionally were used to escort trafficking victims out of Africa have shifted to others in Nigeria, Algeria and Turkey.

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11/05/2019

Birds Globally Threatened by Plastic Waste – World Migratory Bird Day

Human Wrongs Watch

Bonn, 9 May 2019  (UN Environment)* -– Plastic pollution poses serious health risks to wildlife globally, affecting a wide range of species including whales, turtles, fish and birds.

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Bo Eide | Photo from UN Environment. 

On World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on 11 May, two UN wildlife treaties and conservationists around the world are calling for urgent action to stop plastic pollution by highlighting its negative effects on seabirds and other migratory birds.

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11/05/2019

‘A Seeming Paradise, Life on the Pacific Islands Is Threatened by Climate Change and Extreme Weather …’

Human Wrongs Watch

10 May 2019 — A seeming paradise, life on the Pacific islands is threatened by climate change and extreme weather, frustrated by remoteness and a lack of educational and economic opportunities. Secretary-General António Guterres begins a visit to the region this weekend, where he will speak to people living on some of the islands and see for himself how the UN is helping to mitigate some of the biggest issues. 

UNDP Samoa | Children in a Samoan village gathered at a safe location during a disaster drill.
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Simona Marinescu is the UN Resident Coordinator for the 28 islands that make up Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.
11/05/2019

Ensuring the ‘Lungs of the Planet’ Keep Us Alive: 5 Things You Need to Know about Forests

Olga Lavrushko | My favorite place by Olga Lavrushko, Ukraine. One of the winners of the International Forest Photograph Contest.
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