Archive for June 19th, 2019

19/06/2019

The Immense Cost 200 Million Migrant Workers Pay to Rescue their Impoverished Families: Half a Trillion Dollars Only this Year

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

Straight to the point: while right and far-right politicians keep marketing their image with intensive campaigns of hatred, discrimination and stigmatisation against migrants, 200 million migrant workers worldwide will sacrifice over half a trillion dollars from their hard-earned money, to rescue 800 million members of their impoverished families. And that’s only this year 2019.

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Around 200 million migrant workers sent US$528 billion back to their families in remittance-reliant countries in 2018. Photo: ©IFAD

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19/06/2019

More than 300,000 Flee Flare-Up of Ethnic Violence in North-Eastern DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 300,000 people have been forced to flee resurgent inter-ethnic violence in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) just this month, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

© UNHCR/Denis Oulai | A newly-displaced woman in a displacement site in Bunia town, Democratic Republic of the Congo. (17 June 2019)
Citing multiple attacks and counter-attacks between Hema herders and Lendu farmers, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch told journalists in Geneva that the situation had worsened in recent days.

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19/06/2019

World Health Organization Steps Up Fight against ‘Invisible Pandemic’ of Anti-Microbial Resistance

Human Wrongs Watch

As resistance to antibiotics grows, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the latest stage of its campaign to fight this deadly health risk – likened by the agency to an “invisible pandemic”– with the launch of a new online tool for health professionals on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

PAHO/Joshua Cogan | Laboratory worker testing antibiotics on a resistant infection.

The AWaRe portal divides antibiotics into three groups – Access, Watch and Reserve – and explains which antibiotics should be used to treat the most common and serious infections (Access), which ones should be available at all times in the healthcare system (Watch), and those that must be used sparingly or preserved and used only as a last resort (Reserve)

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19/06/2019

Global Forced Displacement Tops 70 Million

Human Wrongs Watch

By Adrian Edwards*

UN Refugee Chief calls for ‘redoubled’ solidarity as annual Global Trends report shows displacement doubled in 20 years.

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Venezuelan families wade across the Tachira River to seek food and safety in Cúcuta, Colombia. © UNHCR/Vincent Tremeau

Geneva (UNHCR)* – Yet again, wars, violence and persecution have driven record numbers of people from their homes worldwide, according to the latest annual study released on 19 June 2019 by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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