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23/05/2020

More than 50 Million People Are Displaced within Their Own Country

(The Norwegian Refugee Council)* — Never before have so many people been displaced by conflict and violence as at the end of 2019. At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people displaced by disasters, compared with the previous year.
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A recent displaced family arrive at Abs Camp, northern Yemen, in March 2019. They are one of thousands of families forced to flee by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Awadh/NRC

A total of 8.5 million people were forced to flee within their own country by conflict and violence during 2019, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

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23/05/2020

Internal Migration: A Literary/Historical View

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 22 2020 (IPS)* – It is easy to generalize about migration. Populist politicians often portray migrants as strangers and ”our” homeland as a stable entity, rooted in an old agricultural society. When they do so they tend to forget that most of us are in fact migrants who have left that traditional farming community far behind and if it was not we who did so, it was our ancestors.

Another form of generalization is to mirror the general in the personal, something that is done in novels and films. I believe that virtually every country on earth can present moving descriptions of people leaving the countryside for the city.

Reading a novel or watching movie describing this process may help us to realize that behind every migrant, international as well as internal, there is a unique human destiny.

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23/05/2020

Science Points to Causes of COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

22 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and humans. Many are relatively harmless – causing no more than a common cold. Others result in diseases that are new and unfamiliar, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and before that, outbreaks of diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS (2002); Avian Influenza or bird flu (2004); H1N1 or Swine  Flu (2009); Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS (2012); Ebola (2014– 2015); Zika virus (2015–2016); and West Nile virus (2019).
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Photo by Unsplash/ Michael Longmire
23/05/2020

Enhancing Food Diversity in the Midst of a Climate Crisis

22 May 2020 (FAO)*Throughout history 6 000 – 7 000 plant species have been cultivated for food. Yet today 40 percent of our daily calories come from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize.
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In Zimbabwe, introducing lost varieties of different crops and creating diversity has ensured more varied and nutritious diets. ©CTDT/ Tinashe Sithole

Humans depend on little more than 30 plant species, many of which are struggling in the face of today’s environmental changes.
22/05/2020

Urgent Action Is Needed to Safeguard the Biodiversity of World’s Forests amid Alarming Rates of Deforestation and Degradation

Human Wrongs Watch

22 May 2020, Rome/Nairobi (FAO and UNEP)*Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests released today [22 May 2020].

Photo: ©Ricky Martin/CIFORFishing in a forest lake at Gede Pangrango in Indonesia.

Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), the report shows that the conservation of the world’s biodiversity is utterly dependent on the way in which we interact with and use the world’s forests.

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22/05/2020

Migrant Children Forcibly Returned from United States to Mexico and Central America Are Facing Danger and Discrimination Aggravated by COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Migrant children forcibly returned from the United States to Mexico and Central America are facing danger and discrimination aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

© UNICEF/Balam-ha Carrillo | A boy plays in a UNICEF-supported shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, where migrant children from Mexico and Central America are provided psychosocial support. (June 2019)
Returnees perceived to have the virus have been the target of violence and discrimination, while their reintegration is fraught with “major protection risks”, the agency reported on Thursday [21 May 2020].
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“For children on the move across the region, COVID-19 is making a bad situation even worse. Discrimination and attacks are now added to existing threats like gang violence that drove these children to leave in the first place”, said UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore.
22/05/2020

Coronavirus Threatens Indigenous Venezuelans Seeking Safety in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch

By Victoria Hugueney in Brasília and Felipe Irnaldo in Manaus, Brazil*

COVID-19 has hit the Brazilian Amazon particularly hard, exposing highly vulnerable native people from Venezuela to the potentially deadly disease. |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

5ec393961a0Venezuelan indigenous Warao refugees and migrants are relocated to a safe space in Manaus, Brazil, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.© UNHCR/Felipe Irnaldo

Orlando Martínez had barely heard of COVID-19 when 26 members of his Warao ethnic group came down with tell-tale symptoms of the illness.

20 May 2020 (UNHCR)* — “At first they got a fever and couldn’t eat. Then, they got headaches and chest pains. Then, they started coughing and couldn’t walk,” recalled Orlando, a 43-year-old Warao community leader who fled hunger, violence and insecurity in Venezuela in 2017, along with some 18 other families from the indigenous group.

“They were very, very sick,” he said.

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22/05/2020

UN Migrants and Refugees Agencies Urge European States to Disembark Rescued Migrants and Refugees on Board the Captain Morgan Vessels

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, 21 May 2020 (IOM)* – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are calling on Malta and other European States to speed efforts to bring some 160 rescued migrants and refugees, who remain at sea on board two Captain Morgan vessels, on to dry land and to safety.

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22/05/2020

Cyclone Amphan  – ‘We Didn’t Expect Devastation of Such a Scale’

HYDERBAD, India, May 21 2020 (IPS)* – Amid the social distancing measures posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, coastal communities in Bangladesh and India face a double threat as the record-breaking Cyclone Amphan made landfall yesterday (May 20).
22/05/2020

Cyclone Amphan’s Trail of Destruction in Bangladesh and India

21 May 2020 (UN News)* — UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday [20 May 2020], wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. 
WB State Inter Agency Group on Disaster Management. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India on Wednesday afternoon local time.
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“It is believed that around 10 million people in Bangladesh are impacted by the cyclone, with half a million families potentially having lost their homes”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters during a regular virtual briefing on Thursday, from New York.

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