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14/12/2018

Placing Internally Displaced Persons on the Map in Ethiopia and Beyond

An internally displaced woman carries a baby on her back at the Airstrip Area Displacement Site in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Photo credit: IOM 2017 / Rikka Tupaz

“Ethiopia is one of the countries experiencing large numbers of internal displacement – 2.6 per cent of its population,” said Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission of Ethiopia, during the 109th Session of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council in late November.

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14/12/2018

As Somalis Flee to Cities, Mogadishu Becomes Most Crowded City in Africa

11 December 2018 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*Conflict and natural disasters from 2017 – 2018 caused massive displacement to cities – says new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
Fatumo Abdullahi, 35, and her family live in a settlement for displaced families in Mogadishu’s Kaxda district. Fatumo and her family members were displaced from Bay region due to the drought. Photo: NRC/EU Christian Jepsen
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“Somali families are fleeing to Mogadishu seeking shelter, protection and aid. With nowhere else to go, they crowd into camps that are unhealthy and unsafe. This influx has made Mogadishu the most densely populated city in Africa, with more people arriving every day,” said Evelyn Aero, Regional Adviser for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

2.6 million people are displaced within Somalia. Drought, competition for resources and poor living conditions has fuelled fighting in rural areas, and pushed people towards Mogadishu, says a new report from NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

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14/12/2018

From Central America to Syria: the Conspiracy against Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America.

In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly substantial ideological and political differences between right-wing Fox News and liberal CNN, are both media outlets working hard to safeguard their country’s dirty little secret?

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14/12/2018

COP24: Return of King Coal

Human Wrongs Watch

The Polish stand at COP24.

It takes just one breath of air to understand that coal is omnipresent in Katowice. The acidic smell from the combustion of coal in a neighbouring thermal power station can be noticed even in the temporary buildings Poland has packed around the conference centre.

Even the slogan of COP24, “Katowice is changing the climate!”, which is displayed on buses, has a sense of black humour to it. The city’s emissions, which are being multiplied by the arrival of 20,000 people for two weeks, are actually contributing to the acceleration of global warming.

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14/12/2018

Cleaning Up Couture: What’s in Your Jeans?

14 December 2018 (UN Environment)*Today you made a decision that could change the face of the planet. You decided what to wear.

When was the last time you looked in your wardrobe and couldn’t find anything suitable?

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Photo from UN Environment.

Screen stars on Netflix wear stunning but different couture in every episode. Celebrities boast cutting edge design, always pictured in a new outfit. Are you keeping up? Don’t worry. The latest news is that you don’t have to.

If you listen to Deputy Mayor of Paris—and Parisians would know—Antoinette Guhl, as stated in the report A New Textiles Economy: “Circular is the new black! We need a fashion industry based on three principles: clean, fair and good.”

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13/12/2018

Half of Syria’s Children, That’s Four Million, Have Only Known War Since Birth – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

Half of Syria’s children, that’s four million, have grown up only knowing a life of violence, as the war-battered country enters its eighth year of conflict, the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) said on 13 December 2018.

UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0218/Romenzi | Syrian children shelter in the doorway of a house, amid gunfire and shelling, in a city affected by the conflict.

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“Every eight-year-old in Syria has been growing up amidst danger, destruction and death,” the agency’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, explained following a five-day visit to the country.

“These children need to be able to return to school, receive their vaccinations, and feel safe and protected. We need to be able to help them.”

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13/12/2018

‘Staunch Support’ for Iran Nuclear Deal Tempered by Concern over Missile Testing

While there is “staunch support” among Member States for the 2016 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, that is tempered by concerns over some of its other activities, which Iran “should carefully consider and address” according to the latest report on the deal from the UN Secretary-General.
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UN Photo/Manuel Elias | The UN Security Council debates Iran’s nuclear programme on 12 December 2018.
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13/12/2018

Failing to Agree Climate Action Would Be “Suicidal” Warns UN Chief amidst Continuing Roadblocks over How to Implement the Paris Agreement

With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the  historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on 12 December 2018, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job.”

UNFCCC Secretariat/James Dowson | UN Secretary-General 

“In my opening statement to this conference one week ago…I warned that climate change is running faster than we are and that Katowice must — in no uncertain terms — be a success, as a necessary platform to reverse this trend,” said Secretary-General Guterres.

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13/12/2018

Better Care, Stronger Laws Needed to Save 30 Million Babies on the Brink of Death

Human Wrongs Watch

12 December 2018 — Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialized care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO).

GAVI Alliance | In Ghana, a community health worker weighs babies before administering vaccines. In 2012 Ghana became the first country in Africa to simultaneously introduce vaccines against pneumococcal disease and rotavirus, targeting the world’s leading killers of children – pneumonia and diarrhoea.

“When it comes to babies and their mothers, the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference,” said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. Yet,” he continued, “millions of small and sick babies and women are dying every year because they simply do not receive the quality care that is their right, and our collective responsibility.”

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13/12/2018

In Defense of the Human Individual

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 13 December 2018 – While it is now very late in the life cycle of homo sapiens, with extinction now due to consign us to Earth’s fossil record – see ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ – I would like to make a belated pitch for the importance of the human individual and why nurturing each individual’s uniqueness is so important even if it is now probably too late.

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Robert J. Burrowes

‘Why are you writing about this?’ you might ask, adding that many people accept that each one of us is unique, important and deserves the opportunities and support necessary to live a fulfilling life according to our own culture and choices.

It is just the sexists, racists, bigots (religious and otherwise), upper class, governments, corporations, members of the global elite, and some other categories of people, as well as many organizations, particularly those that are violent, that do not.

Well, I wish that this was true. But I am troubled by the overwhelming evidence that suggests it is not.

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