Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

30/07/2021

South Africa: The Long Walk to Freedom and a Short Walk to Nowhere

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Values Espoused by Madiba[1] Are Burnt in the Civil Unrest

The cold, wintry South African weather experienced last week was the background setting for the serious, nationwide riots, in the midst of the Third Wave of SARS Cov-2 pandemic, with the Delta variant[2], wreaking havoc amongst the large unvaccinated population of South Africa.

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30/07/2021

The Latest on the Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Human Wrongs Watch

By Laetitia Bader, and Amy Braunschweiger*

Tigrayans who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region stand on a hilltop overlooking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, November 26, 2020Tigrayans who fled the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region stand on a hilltop overlooking Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, November 26, 2020 © 2020 Nariman El-Mofty/AP Images

30 July 2021 (Human Rights Watch)* — Fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region is entering its ninth month, and it may intensify after leaders in several of Ethiopia’s regions as well as its capital, Addis Ababa, called on residents, including youth, to mobilize against the Tigray fighters.

30/07/2021

Greece: Stop Denying Refugee Children an Education

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Ensure All Asylum-Seeking Children Are Enrolled in Coming School Year

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Parwana Amiri, 17, lives in the Ritsona camp, near Athens. She has helped organize informal classes for asylum-seeking children in the camp, whose access to public schools was severely limited by local authorities during the 2020-21 school year. © 2021 Human Rights Watch. ©

(Athens) – The Greek government should urgently reform discriminatory policies so that children seeking asylum can go to school when the new year begins on September 13, 2021, Human Rights Watch on 29 July 2021 said.

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30/07/2021

Consider the Huge Cost of NOT Funding School Meals, Urges World Food Programme

Human Wrongs Watch

By Paul Anthem*

New coalition to scale up programmes across the world

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WFP Executive Director David Beasley describes the importance of school meals during a session on the new School Meals Coalition, as part of the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome. Photo: WFP/Giulio d’Adamo

The price of failing to fund children’s school meals far outweighs the cost of such programmes, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley said on 28 July 2021.

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30/07/2021

Meet Mariam, a Returnee Back on Track After a Nightmare Ordeal

Conakry (International Organizaion for Migration)* – As a teenager, Mariam Conté’s dream of going to school in France led her down a road to hell.

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Nasra suffered from distance, pressure, racism and injustice in a context she thought was safe. In her migratory journey, she was a victim of trafficking. Photo: Sibylle Desjardins / IOM

“I wanted to go to France to continue my education, but I failed to secure the required resources and support,” she says.

“I couldn’t make the journey through regular channels so friends proposed we travel through Libya. We sold an uncle’s vehicle to pay XOF 1,000,000 (EUR 1,500) to a Burkinabé smuggler.”

Life then took a grim turn. Mariam travelled through Algeria and Libya, where she was sequestered under harsh and humiliating conditions. She was trafficked, primarily for prostitution and sexual slavery.

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30/07/2021

Local Groups Offer Vital Assistance to Newly Displaced in Myanmar

UNHCR is partnering with local communities and faith groups to help an estimated 200,000 people driven from their homes by fresh violence since February’s military takeover. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Armed conflict is sadly nothing new for 27-year-old Nway Nway Htay. An ethnic Rakhine woman originally from Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, she became familiar with the sounds of artillery and gunfire as the Myanmar Armed Forces, locally known as the Tatmadaw, battled ethnic armed groups in her native state. Security was something she constantly worried about.
30/07/2021

‘I’m Not Old Enough to Be a Woman’ Says Trafficked Teen

Human Wrongs Watch

30 July 2021 (UN News)*A teenage girl who was sold for sex for the price of a few beers as a twelve-year-old, has told the United Nations how she was trafficked between Burundi and Tanzania in East Africa.

© IOM 2021/Lauriane Wolfe | Elisabeth, now 16 years old, has been reunited with her family in Burundi.
Some one thousand victims of human trafficking have been identified in Burundi since 2017, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Elisabeth (not her real name) is one of the lucky ones. She survived the ordeal and received assistance from IOM to return home to Burundi.

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29/07/2021

Every Country in the World Is Affected by Human Trafficking

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(United Nations)* — Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Since 2003 the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has collected information on about 225,000 victims of trafficking detected worldwide.

Globally countries are detecting and reporting more victims and are convicting more traffickers. This can be the result of increased capacity to identify victims and/or an increased number of trafficked victims.

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29/07/2021

Trafficking in Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation, ‘One of the Most Widespread and Abhorrent Forms of Human Trafficking’

Women leave their hand prints in pink and light blue on a poster.

In the midst of a global pandemic, accompanied by rising inequalities and economic devastation, the voices of human trafficking survivors and victims risk being drowned out.

But listening to their stories is more crucial than ever as the COVID-19 crisis increases fragilities and drives up desperation.

As many as 124 million more people have been pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic, leaving many millions vulnerable to trafficking.

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29/07/2021

Water Scarcity: Coming Soon

Human Wrongs Watch

HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada, Jul 29 2021 (IPS)* – In 1995, a highly-respected water expert in South Africa, Bill Pitman, in very concise terms illustrated that the country, already battling a growing lack of water then, would likely run out in 25 years if it did not increase its supply.

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Credit: UNICEF

Twenty-five years have now passed and the country is thirstier than ever.

The recent water crisis in Cape Town is just one manifestation of the nation’s chronic water scarcity. And there is likely more water trouble ahead.

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