Archive for ‘Africa’

23/09/2020

The Ice Is Disappearing, BUT a Movement Is Emerging

Icescape in the Arctic. © Daniella Zalcman / Greenpeace
View from the Arctic Sunrise as it reaches the sea ice edge off the coast of Greenland. A Greenpeace team is in the Arctic to document and bear witness to the 2020 sea ice minimum. © Daniella Zalcman / Greenpeace

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23/09/2020

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Is 2nd Lowest on Record

Human Wrongs Watch

The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced that on 15 September, sea ice extent was 3.74 million square kilometers (1.44 million square miles).

The Alfred Wegener Institute Institute confirmed this reading, with figures from the University of Bremen saying it was 3.8 million square km.

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23/09/2020

It’s Alive! Soil Is Much More Than You Think


Human Wrongs Watch

Soil biodiversity is the foundation for human life

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Soils are lifesavers in a number of ways. Let’s give them the care they deserve! ©Africa Studio/shutterstock.com

22 September 2020 (FAO)* — When we go about our daily routines, most of us are unaware that beneath our feet lies an outstandingly diverse community of plants, animals and microbes that makes up our soils.

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23/09/2020

Violence Leaves More than 300,000 ‘Completely Reliant’ on Assistance in Northern Mozambique

Human Wrongs Watch

22 September 2020 (UN News)* — Worsening conflict, combined with a precarious humanitarian situation, has forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes and villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Affected communities receive WFP food relief in Nacate village, in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique.
22/09/2020

‘Waste Is Only Waste When You Waste It’ – Could Ecobricks Be the Solution to Uganda’s Housing and Pollution Problem?

Human Wrongs Watch

MPIGI/MUKONO/KAMPALA, Uganda , Sep 21 2020 (IPS)* – About 40 kilometres out of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, in the Mpigi area, you can find an entire village hill with houses that have plastic bottles walls and car tyre rooftops.

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22/09/2020

The World Must Not Be ‘Neutral’ on Enforced Disappearances 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The international community “should not be neutral” on enforced disappearance, independent UN human rights experts said on Monday [21 September 2020], calling for countries to strengthen cooperation in investigating and prosecuting perpetrators.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | Visitors throw white flowers into Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires out of respect and remembrance for the tens of thousands of people who disappeared during Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War”.
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21/09/2020

Statement for International Day of Peace, 21 Sep 2020

Human Wrongs Watch

By  Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In Coleraine, Derry, Northern Ireland, at an event going viral focusing on conflict textiles depicting the costs of war.

Many thanks for your kind invitation to send a message of Peace on the International Day of Peace.  I am sorry I cannot be with you in person as I would have liked to greet you all, but please know that I am with you in spirit, wherever you are today.

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21/09/2020

‘This Year, It Has Been Clearer than Ever that We Are Not Each Other’s Enemies’ – International Day of Peace

Members of the audience at a performance put on by the youth theatre project

PHOTO:UN Photo/Marco Dormino | Members of the audience at a performance put on by a communal youth theatre project to promote peace and reconciliation in Gao, Mali (2014). UN Photo/Marco Dormino
21/09/2020

Activist Turns Adversity into a Fresh Start for Refugee Women

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Wachiaya in Nairobi, Kenya and Yonna Tukundane in Nakivale, Uganda*

Congolese rights activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda is the regional winner for Africa for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her work with fellow refugees in Uganda.  |  Français

5f50e9aa2Congolese rights activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda is the Nansen Refugee Award regional winner for Africa. © UNHCR/Esther Ruth Mbabazi

Activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda has touched many lives in the three years since she arrived at Uganda’s Nakivale refugee settlement.

21 September 2020 (UNHCR)* — To the children at the reception centre, the 49-year-old with a ready smile is a dedicated English teacher.

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20/09/2020

Why Are Indonesian Fishing Crews Dying?

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