Archive for January 28th, 2021

28/01/2021

About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder createdThe Massacre of the Innocents,” a provocative masterpiece of religious art. The painting reworks a biblical narrative about King Herod’s order to slaughter all newborn boys in Bethlehem for fear that a messiah had been born there. Bruegel’s painting situates the atrocity in a contemporary setting, a 16th Century Flemish village under attack by heavily armed soldiers.

Depicting multiple episodes of gruesome brutality, Bruegel conveys the terror and grief inflicted on trapped villagers who cannot protect their children. Uncomfortable with the images of child slaughter, the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, after acquiring the painting, ordered another reworking.

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28/01/2021

What World’s Largest Climate Change Public Opinion Poll Says

Human Wrongs Watch

A University of Oxford/UNDP initiative, the survey results span 50 countries, which cover more than half of the world’s population.

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Forest on the island of Dominica. With 54% support, the conservation of forests was the most popular climate action policy selected by participants in the Peoples’ Climate Vote. It was the world’s largest climate change public poll. Credit: IPS/Alison Kentish

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 2021 (IPS)* – Between October and December 2020, something was different for people playing popular video games like Words with Friends, Angry Birds and Subway Surfers. Instead of a traditional 30-second ad, gamers across the world were invited to participate in a climate change survey.

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28/01/2021

UN Refugee Agency Warns Asylum-Seekers under Attack at Europe’s Borders, Urges End to Pushbacks and Violence against Refugees

Greece. Perilous crossing for refugees and migrants at the Evros land border

Shoes, a ball and a hat caught on a three layered barbed-wire fence at the Fylakio reception and identification centre near the Greek-Turkish border.  © UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

“UNHCR has received a continuous stream of reports of some European states restricting access to asylum, returning people after they have reached territory or territorial waters, and using violence against them at borders,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs.

“The pushbacks are carried out in a violent and apparently systematic way. Boats carrying refugees are being towed back. People are being rounded-up after they land and then pushed back to sea. Many have reported violence and abuse by state forces.”

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28/01/2021

Syria: Heavy Rains and Floods Worsen the Plight of Tens of Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, Destroying Their Tents, Food and Belongings in the Midst of Winter

Human Wrongs Watch

27 January 2021 (UN News)*Heavy rains and floods in north-west Syria has worsened the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons, destroying their tents, food and belongings in the midst of winter, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday [26 January 2021].

UNICEF/Khaled Akacha | A woman tries to rescue her belongings after floods inundated her camp in north-west Syria in January 2021.

At least 196 IDP sites in Idlib and Aleppo reportedly sustained damage, with many roads leading to the camps cut off by heavy rains between 14 and 20 January, the Office said in a humanitarian bulletin. At least 67,600 have reportedly been affected, and more than 3,760 tents destroyed,with over 7,720 damaged.

“Thousands of people have been temporarily relocated, many requiring shelter, food, and non-food item support immediately, and in the long term”, OCHA said.

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