Archive for June 20th, 2020

20/06/2020

Seven Refugees Making a Difference during the Time of COVID-19

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By UNHCR Staff*

By producing soap, treating the sick and shopping for the vulnerable, these refugees from around the world are taking action to fight the coronavirus.  |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

5eec4c9d4From health workers to educators, to broadcasters and volunteers, many refugees are finding ways to play a part in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and caring for those who fall ill.© UNHCR

20/06/2020

World Refugee Day: End Conflict that Drives ‘Appalling’ Displacement Numbers

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(UN News)* — UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises.

© UNHCR/Vincent Tremeau | A Rohingya refugee family sit in the doorway of their new monsoon-ready shelter in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
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In his message to mark World Refugee Day [20 June], the UN chief also praised those nations and communities hosting refugees and internally displaced people, often amid their own economic and security challenges.

“We owe these countries our thanks, our support and our investment,” he said.

20/06/2020

Diego, Key to Saving His Species, Returns Home after More than 80 Years

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19 June 2020 (UN Environment)* —  After a five-hour journey by boat and an inland journey on a ranger´s backpack, Diego, the giant tortoise who helped save his species from extinction, finally arrived his native Española Island, in the emblematic Ecuadorian archipelago of Galápagos.

Diego will finally be able to wander in this native island, 87 years after he left to participate in breeding programmes in captivity. Photo by Galapagos National Park.
Diego will finally be able to wander in this native island, 87 years after he left to participate in breeding programmes in captivity. Photo by Galapagos National Park...

Diego, now over 100 years old, will have the chance to live in the wild after eight decades of residing in a zoo and in a conservation center, where he fathered at least 800 offspring.

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20/06/2020

A History of Violence: Slavery, Colonialism and Coups d’Etat

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By Maged Mandour*

Only through an understanding of the historical impact of colonialism can we begin to heal the wounds caused by centuries of slavery, violence, and oppression.
Pro-Mosaddegh protests in Tehran, 16 August 1953 | Wikimedia Commons. Public domain

18 June 2020 (openDemocracy)* — In August 1619, a ship called the White Lion arrives in Virginia, a year before the Mayflower, the ship that was transporting the first English Puritans. It carries with it the first load of African slaves, captured in West Africa, starting the enslavement of Africans in the North American colonies.

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20/06/2020

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

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A woman living in Kassab Camp for Internally Displaced People in Kutum, North Darfur, expresses her sorrow over the increase in rapes in the area. Photo: UN Photo/Albert González Farran
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Already a dramatically under-reported crime, CRSV has been further obscured by this pandemic. COVID-19 hampers the possibility of survivors to report sexual violence and further exacerbates the existing structural, institutional and sociocultural barriers to reporting such crimes.
20/06/2020

COVID-19 Exacerbates ‘Brutal Crime’ of Sexual violence in Conflict 

(UN News)* — Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is “a brutal crime” that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief underscored on Friday [19 June 2020], the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Mainly perpetrated against women and girls, CRSV also affects men and boys.
© UNICEF/Frank Dejong | A 10-year-old girl, who was a victim of abuse, stands in front of her house in Maradi, Niger.

“It reverberates throughout communities and societies, perpetuating cycles of violence and threatening international peace and security”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the day.

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