Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

21/03/2019

‘Voodoo Curses’ Keep Victims of Trafficking Under Bondage

Human Wrongs Watch

Bamako, 19 March 2019 (IOM)*  Gold is Mali’s top export, accounting for at least 60 per cent of the country’s total exports in 2017 and making Mali the third gold exporter in Africa, just after South Africa and Ghana. Small-scale, informal and low-tech mining also known as artisanal mining, although largely unregulated, accounts for at least one third of Mali’s total gold production.  

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Loveth is one of the thousands Nigerian victims of trafficking living in Koflatiè, a shantytown located in a mining area, in Southwestern Mali. Photo: IOM/François-Xavier Ada-Affana

21/03/2019

From Eye in the Sky to Life on the Ground

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Photo by P Suchecki/ Kunene River | Photo from UN Environment.

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21 March 2019 (UN Environment)* — For the traditional Himba people in arid northern Namibia, life looks much as it did hundreds of years ago.

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21/03/2019

Libya Stands at a ‘Critical Juncture’, UN Mission Head Tells Security Council

Predicting that the “days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region”, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday [20 March 2019], that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached “a crucial juncture”.

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | Graffiti on one of the walls in Benghazi destructed by the war

Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salamé, told Council members via videoconference from Tripoli, that the mission was working to both “prevent recent developments and tensions on the ground from escalating”, and “pivot to stability and a political compact” which would end the country’s crisis.

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20/03/2019

Getting Smart at Securing Seas

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20 March 2019 (UN Environment)* When Ali Tewa started fishing after leaving school in 1990, the waters around Lamu County in southern Kenya were teeming with fish.

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Photo by Simon J. Pierce / Coral Reef Image Bank | Photo from UN Environment.

“Back then you could go to fish for about half an hour to a maximum of two to three hours and end up catching almost 200 to 300 kg of fish,” he said. “Now, you could go a whole day without catching any.”

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20/03/2019

World Needs to Produce 60% More Food by 2050 – Yet, Water Resources Are Under Increasing Stress Due to Climate Change, Poor Management and Pollution

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The world needs to produce an estimated 60 percent more food by 2050 to ensure global food security, and it must do so while conserving and enhancing the natural resource base. Water is a major input in the provision of food – from production in the field through all the steps in the value chain.*

Photo from FAO.

Water is also required to meet personal and household needs, for energy and industrial production, and to maintain important water-dependent ecosystems and ecosystem services.

With demand and competition for water on the rise, however, the planet’s water resources are under increasing stress due to climate change, poor management and pollution.

20/03/2019

Learn to Love Forests!

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Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects.

Yet despite all of these priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, global deforestation continues at an alarming rate – 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually.

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20/03/2019

“Access to Safe, Affordable and Reliable Drinking Water and Sanitation Services Are ‘Basic Human Rights’ – New UN Report

Safe water and access to proper sanitation are essential to eradicate poverty, build peaceful societies and ensure that no one is left behind on the path towards sustainable development, according to the 2019 UN World Water Development Report, launched on Tuesday [19 March 2019] in Geneva.*

UN Environment/ Hannah McNeish | Before a UN Environment-supported rainwater harvesting project was set up at Kingani secondary school in the coastal town of Bagamoyo, the drinking water used to be so salty that students would complain of headaches, stomach aches and ulcers.
19/03/2019

Cyclone Idai: Emergency Getting ‘Bigger by the Hour’ – UN

The full scale of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Idai in south-west Africa is becoming clearer, the UN said on Tuesday [19 March 2019], warning that the emergency “is getting bigger by the hour”.

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WFP/Deborah Nguyen | Food distribution in Beira, Mozambique. At this school turned into a shelter, 70 families received food from WFP. Most of them had to leave their homes because they were damaged by the cyclone.

 

Five days after the storm made landfall in Mozambique, causing widespread damage and flooding, at least 1,000 people are feared dead there alone.

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19/03/2019

Rachel Corrie Remembered

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By Middle East Monitor*

Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine. | Photo from Middle East Monitor

Corrie has since become an icon of global solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Born on 10 April 1979 in Olympia, Washington, Corrie dedicated her life to defending Palestinian rights. In 2003, she went to the Gaza Strip as a member of the International Solidarity Movement.

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19/03/2019

Europe Must Re-Start Relocation Programme

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Refugees arriving to Lesvos in Greece before the EU-Turkey statement. Photo: Tiril Skarstein/NRC
“Three years after the EU-Turkey statement was agreed, Europe is neither providing sufficient support to refugees in Syria’s neighbouring countries, nor giving people necessary protection within its borders,” said Edouard Rodier, Director of NRC Europe.
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