Archive for ‘Africa’

24/04/2017

Building Resilient Rural Livelihoods, Key to Helping Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) People in Yemen are currently suffering from the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
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Al Hudaydah, Yemen. Dairy cattle seek shade. Credit: FAO/Chedly Kayouli

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More than 17 million people around Yemen’s rugged landscape are acutely food insecure, and the figure is likely to increase as the ongoing conflict continues to erode the ability to grow, import, distribute and pay for food.
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More than 7 million people are on the verge of famine, while the rest are marginally meeting the minimum day-to-day nutritional needs thanks to external humanitarian and livelihoods support. Large-scale famine is a real risk that will cast an awful shadow for generations to come.

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24/04/2017

325 Million People Living with Hepatitis Lack Access to Life-Saving Testing, Treatment

Human Wrongs Watch

21 April 2017 – New data published by the United Nations health agency has revealed that a vast majority of the estimated 325 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection lack access to life-saving testing and treatment, placing them at a great risk of chronic liver disease, cancer, and even death.

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A health worker displays a vaccine against Hib, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis B at a storage facility in the south-western city of Khulna, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Shehab Uddin

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23/04/2017

Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

22/04/2017

I HAVE a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti.

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Uri Avnery

I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and cooperation.

This was not a secret agreement: Barghouti has repeated this proposal many times, both in prison and outside.

I also like his wife, Fadwa, who was educated as a lawyer but devotes her time to fight for the release of her husband. At the crowded funeral of Yasser Arafat, I happened to stand next to her and saw her tear-streaked face.

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23/04/2017

Why Are Women More Impacted by Climate Change?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ghalia Fayad*

Greenpeace* – Women are more likely to feel the impacts of climate change. This is a fact.

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Ghalia Fayad, speaking on board the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior. 4 November, 2016

As a woman and environmental activist living in the Arab World, I often find myself focused on peace building, development, corruption and human security. I’ve realised that we won’t succeed in making a positive change on any of these issues if we don’t prioritise women. 

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23/04/2017

Fragility of States, Institutions and Societies, Key Trigger Common to Conflicts – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

21 April 2017 – Noting that a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility –fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies– UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for increasing investments in preventative measures that address the problem of fragility before it turns into conflict.

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A boy pulls a wheelchair along a debris strewn street in Al-Mashatiyeh neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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21/04/2017

Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

ROME, Apr 21 2017 (IPS) A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security.
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In Mazrak, Yemen, a five year-old girl, diagnosed as malnourished, is given a pink wristband to wear to show she has not been getting enough to eat. Credit: UNHCR/Hugh Macleod

Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

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21/04/2017

International Collaboration to End Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 21 April, 2017 – While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in all of its manifestations.

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Robert J. Burrowes

With individual signatories in 100 countries and organizational endorsements in 35 countries, each of these individuals and organizations works on one or more manifestations of violence in their locality and some of the organizations and networks have considerable national or even international reach.

However, as you might understand, there is a great deal to be done and the Charter network continues to expand as more people and organizations are motivated to join this shared effort.

Here is an outline of what some of these individual signatories of ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World‘ are doing. You are welcome to join them.

A native of Iran, Professor Manijeh Navidnia was born in Tehran where she attended school and university. She married in 1982 and had her first child in 1985.

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20/04/2017

Spiritual Voices Amid the Chaos

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sayde Tawk

Wall Street International* – There is a considerable difference between an institutional religion and a genuine spirituality, where the former is based on rigid rules and rituals while the latter succumbs to the harmonious rhythm of life.

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Today’s world either blurs this sharp difference or disregards the two aspects altogether.

In the current vacuum of superficiality, people believing in themselves enough to deny the importance of spirituality in this transient life we live are void of the very essence of existence and trapped in trivial materialism that can only bring sorrow to those with deeper insights.

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20/04/2017

“The Ocean Is Not a Dumping Ground”

Human Wrongs Watch

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, Apr 19 2017 (IPS) – An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius’s sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world.

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President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS

Her nomination constituted a major event in the island’s quest for greater gender parity and women’s empowerment, giving a higher profile to women in the public and democratic sphere of Mauritius.

Gurib-Fakim started her career in 1987 as a lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius. She was one of the leading figures in local academia with a reputation far beyond the Indian Ocean before she accepted the post of president.

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20/04/2017

Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

ROME, Apr 19 2017 (IPS) – With 18.8 million people –nearly 7 in 10 inhabitants– in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards “social, economic and institutional collapse.“
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Yemen 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview. Credit: Fragkiska Megaloudi / OCHA

More worrying, the conflict in Yemen and its economic consequences are driving the largest food security emergency in the world, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.

According to OCHA, over 17 million people are currently “food insecure,” of whom 6.8 million are “severely food insecure” and require immediate food assistance, and two million acutely malnourished children.

The Yemeni population amounts to 27,4 million inhabitants.

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