Archive for June 28th, 2019

28/06/2019

Ebola Fight Ongoing amid Evidence of ‘Several Massacres’ in DR Congo’s Ituri Province

The vital work of tracing people infected with deadly Ebola virus disease in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is progressing, despite evidence of “several” massacres in the affected area earlier this month, the UN said on Friday [28 June 2019].

UNICEF/Madjiangar | Displaced persons collect relief supplies in Ituri province, north-east DRC. Interethnic violence has ravaged the Ituri Province since December 2017.

In an update on the situation in Ituri and North Kivu provinces, nearly 11 months after the outbreak began, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 2,284 cases of infection so far, and 1,540 deaths.

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28/06/2019

Fatal Journeys: One Child Every Day – Lack of Data Leaves Most Vulnerable Group at Risk – International Organization for Migration’s Report

BERLIN, 28 June 2019 (IOM)*  – A new report from the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights the need for better data on migrant deaths and disappearances, particularly those of missing migrant children. 

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This year’s Fatal Journeys 4 report focuses on the theme of missing migrant children, given the growing number embarking on dangerous migrant journeys.

According to IOM data, nearly 1,600 children – an average of almost one every day – were reported dead or missing between 2014 and 2018, though many more go unrecorded.

“Tragically, we have been reminded in recent days that children are among the most vulnerable groups of migrants,” said Frank Laczko, Director of IOM’s GMDAC.

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28/06/2019

Green New Deals

Human Wrongs Watch

By Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service*

On February 7, 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York introduced in the United States House of Representatives a Resolution: Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Create a Green New Deal.

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It demanded benefits Americans in the twenty first century lack that North West Europeans enjoyed back in the 1960s, and Americans seemed to be on track toward getting during the Roosevelt years.

It demanded high wages, paid vacations, increasing life expectancy and universal access to high quality health care.

Her Green New Deal put special emphasis on cleaning up pollution and reversing global warming.   It called for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Recently two prominent European movements, T-DEM chaired by Thomas Piketty and DiEM25 chaired by Yanis Varoufakis, have made detailed proposals that are also called Green New Deals.  One of the authors of DiEM25, Ulf Clerwall, described it as:

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28/06/2019

Number of People at Risk of Trachoma Has Fallen from 1.5 Billion in 2002 to Just over 142 Million in 2019, a Reduction of 91 Percent – World Health Organization

Maputo/Geneva, 27 June 2019 (WHO)* The number of people at risk of trachoma – the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness – has fallen from 1.5 billion in 2002 to just over 142 million in 2019, a reduction of 91%, WHO has reported.

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28/06/2019

Beyond Saudi Arabia: The World Is Failing Journalists

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UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 2019 (IPS) Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was deliberately killed at the hands of state actors and journalists around the world are increasingly seeing the same fate, said a United Nations expert.

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard determined that Saudi Arabia is “responsible” for the “extrajudicial” murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi. Courtesy: United Nations Photo/Manuel Elias.

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28/06/2019

Access to Basic Sanitation Still Lagging for Millions in East and Southern Africa

UNICEF convenes sanitation stakeholders to strengthen regional and local markets for equitable access for children and their families

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UNICEF/UN03212/Ose | Students in front of a sign promoting hand washing at an elementary school in Kiryandongo District, Uganda.

NAIROBI, 25 June 2019 (UNICEF)*Despite progress towards ensuring basic sanitation services for all, access still eludes many. According to recent estimates, over half of the global population – or 4.2 billion people across the world – lack safe sanitation, 701 million use unimproved facilities, and 673 million people practice open defecation.

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28/06/2019

How Is Hunger Measured

ROME, 28 June 2019 (FAO)*FAO’s imperative is to make sure no one suffers from hunger. Yet, while many people may not be “hungry” in the sense that they are suffering physical discomfort caused by a severe lack of dietary energy, they may still be food insecure. They might have access to food to meet their energy requirements, yet are uncertain that it will last, or they may be forced to reduce the quality and/or quantity of the food they eat in order to get by.
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This moderate level of food insecurity can contribute to various forms of malnutrition and can have serious consequences for health and well-being.

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28/06/2019

Syria’s Idlib ‘On the Brink of Disaster,’ with 3 Million Civilian Lives at Risk, Including 1 Million Children – 11 Humanitarian Organizations Warn

Human Wrongs Watch

The heads of 11 global humanitarian organizations warned on 27 June 2019 that the embattled rebel-held province of Idlib in Syria, stands on the brink of disaster, with three million civilian lives at risk, including one million children.

© UNICEF/Khalil Ashawi | Kafr Nubl surgical hospital is seen after it was put out of service by attacks in early May 2019. The building and an ambulance lie in ruins. (3 May 2019)

In a direct video address to launch a worldwide campaign in solidarity with civilians trapped there, dubbed #TheWorldIsWatching, the humanitarian leaders said that they face the constant threat of violence.

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