Archive for August 15th, 2019

15/08/2019

Displaced Afghans Resort to Desperate Measures as Support Dwindles

Human Wrongs Watch

14 August 2019  (Norwegian Refugee Council)* — One year after the worst drought on record forced nearly half a million Afghans to leave their homes, many families remain in tents on the outskirts of Herat city. Unable to return home due to ongoing conflict, they struggle to survive as support is cut back.

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Photo: NRC/Enayatullah Azad. These children are getting water from a poultry farm.
15/08/2019

One Year On, Close to 5 Million Pigs Lost to Asia’s Swine Fever Outbreak

Human Wrongs Watch

FAO urges Asian countries to maintain strict control measures.

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Almost 5 million pigs in Asia have now died or been culled because of the spread of African swine fever (ASF), a contagious viral disease that affects pigs and that was first detected in Asia one year ago this month.

ROME, 9 August 2019 (FAO)* – Almost 5 million pigs in Asia have now died or been culled because of the spread of African swine fever (ASF), a contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs and that was first detected in Asia one year ago this month.

While not dangerous to humans, the disease causes up to 100% fatality in pigs, leading to severe economic losses to the pig sector.

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15/08/2019

Rebuilding the Future: The Role of Humanitarian Aid in Climate Resilience

14 August 2019 (UN Environment)*Stories in the Caribbean tell of a time before satellites and computers. A time when dust, rain and wind were the early warning systems people relied on to predict major storms during the Atlantic hurricane season. Families would wake up and a hazy sun would predict a hurricane was on the horizon. Erratic rain, wind and the movements of animals would provide telltale signs that the old god Hurakán was on his way.

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Photo by the United Nations and NASA [Posted here from UN Environment].
Today, we have much more advanced systems that provide us with crucial information about developing storms several days to weeks in advance.
15/08/2019

Is Kenya’s New Land Law Strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights?

Human Wrongs Watch

14 August 2019 (International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA)* —  When the Community Land Act was adopted in September 2016, it was perceived as a great step forward for securing indigenous communities’ land rights in Kenya. However, three years after its adoption there are still more questions than answers over its implementation.

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The pastoralists mainly occupy the arid and semi-arid lands of northern Kenya and towards the border between Kenya and Tanzania in the south. This photo is taken at a community meeting in Laikipia.

IWGIA is supporting a pilot project in northern Kenya focusing on the implementation of the Act to increase awareness and develop guidelines for the process.

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15/08/2019

Will Sanctions Undermine 1947 US Treaty with UN?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 2019 (IPS)* When Yassir Arafat was denied a US visa to visit New York to address the United Nations back in 1988, the General Assembly defied the United States by temporarily moving the UN’s highest policy making body to Geneva– perhaps for the first time in UN history– providing a less-hostile political environment for the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

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The UN General Assembly in session.

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15/08/2019

The Fight against Climate Change Is a Fight against Capitalism

By Simon Hannah*

Global warming is rooted in an economic system that has a parasitoid relationship with the Earth upon which we live.

Image: Lausanne, CC by 2.0

13 August 2019 (openDemocracy)* — Global Warming which is caused by human activity is rooted in a social and economic system that has a parasitoid relationship to the Earth upon which we live.

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15/08/2019

Humanitarian Assistance to Be Scaled-Up for Millions of Venezuelans in Need

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday [14 August 2019], that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. 

©UNICEF/Arcos | Nine-year-old Acnayeli (center) fled violence in Venezuela and lives now with her mother and sister in in Cucuta, Colombia. (April 2019)
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Noting that the plan “only represents a limited number of all people in need”, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that $223 million was required from donors, to achieve this goal.
15/08/2019

Terrorism Survivors: ‘The Terrorists Killed Many People in Front of Us’

Human Wrongs Watch

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Hawa Abdu, a Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.
Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.

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