Archive for ‘The Peoples’

24/01/2021

Sahel Internal Displacement Tops 2 Million as Violence Surges

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moussa Bougma in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso*

Grim milestone reached in world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis as fighting uproots 11,400 within Burkina Faso. Español   |  Français

600aa8c84

Aguiratou Diallo (right) and her family pictured in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso. © UNHCR/Moussa Bougma

“They threatened to hurt us if we were still there when they returned the next day. Then they fired into the air to scare us,” said Aguiratou, whose husband was away at work at the time.

read more »

24/01/2021

The School under a Bridge in New Delhi

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sébastien Farcis, French journalist based in New Delhi*

For the past nine years, Rajesh Kumar Sharma has been operating a makeshift school between two pillars of the aerial metro that runs across India’s capital. More than 200  children from the surrounding slums attend this open-air classroom every day.

A primary school student attends a Hindi class at the makeshift school under a bridge in New Delhi. Rajesh Kumar Sharma, who started the school, can be seen in the background, teaching other students. cou_04_19_wide_angle_inde_internet_site.jpg

(UNESCO)* — This school does not appear on any map. It does not have whole walls or a complete roof, let alone tables or chairs. Like the small street shops that keep the Indian capital alive, the “Free school under the bridge” has simply merged into New Delhi’s sprawling urban space. It nestles between the massive number five and number six pillars of the aerial metro of this megalopolis of over 20 million inhabitants.

read more »

24/01/2021

The Microscopic Creatures Helping Build Africa’s Great Green Wall

Human Wrongs Watch

.
30-year-old Barkissa Fofana studies the relationship between acacia trees, and they way they interact with different fungi and bacteria, in the hope that it will help to explain how they resist drought. This kind of research is an important way to build resilience against climate change, and make land in the Sahel green and productive.
.
Ms. Fofana’s work is part of Action Against Desertification (AAD), a programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has restored over 7,000 hectares in Burkina Faso. You can find out more about her projects, the impact of AAD, and the Great Green Wall initiative, here.
24/01/2021

Malnutrition Contributes to 45% of Deaths of Children under Age Five in Developing Countries, While Consumption of Highly Processed Foods Is Pushing Obesity Rates Ever Higher

Human Wrongs Watch

Serving up sustainable food

2021-01-11T000000Z_355234489_MT1SIPA0006NTZ8V_RTRMADP_3_SIPA-USA

Sheldon Cooper/ SOPA Images/Sipa USA via Reuters / 20 Jan 2021

22 January 2021 (UNEP)* — Along with a vow to return to exercise, upping personal intake of fruit and vegetables tops the list of New Year’s resolutions for many. But what if this year’s resolution didn’t end with the eating – and extended to reducing the amount of healthy, nutritious produce that gets trashed?

read more »

23/01/2021

Martin Luther King: The Saint Honored by the Government That Shot Him in the Face … A “Forgotten” Extrajudicial Political Assassination [?]

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Graeme MacQueen – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983. I do not wish to trivialize this accomplishment: it took great persistence by civil society groups and it had to conquer serious opposition. Yet what it has established is an indigestible paradox in the nation’s list of saints and heroes.

Recall that the jury in the 1999 civil trial examining the assassination reached a startling conclusion on December 8, 1999: US government agencies had conspired successfully to kill Dr. King.

Mainstream media carried little about this trial and verdict in 1999 and they persist in ignoring it to this day.

read more »

23/01/2021

The System Isn’t Broken, ‘Davos Man’ Built It This Way. So Let’s Change It

Coronavirus shows vulnerabilities of the existing economic models that have to be challenged and turned into new thinking. To keep us safe and resilient we have to put people and nature beyond monetary profits. © Max Zielinski / Greenpeace

Due to Covid, the World Economic Forum will be virtual this January – and its elite audience will only meet in person in May – in Singapore. A symbolic move showing how geopolitics are shifting, especially as many countries in Asia deal so much more competently with Covid-19 than Europe or North America.

read more »

23/01/2021

Solar Power Charges Pandemic Recovery for Indigenous Farmers in Viet Nam

Human Wrongs Watch

22 January 2021 (UNEP)* — Overcoming adversity has long been the stock in trade of Do Thi Phuong, a 42-year-old mother of two living in a small village in Viet Nam’s lush Lao Cai province. As the primary breadwinner in her family of six, Phuong is accustomed to being a rock for her family in hard times. Years ago, landslides wiped out all but four out of 42 household rice fields in the village, yet Phuong managed to provide.

But COVID-19 has tested her resolve like nothing else.

Hmong_woman_vietnam

REUTERS/Carlos Barria / 22 Jan 2021

Phuong’s village has traditionally been home to indigenous groups that farm the land. Many in the community raise chicken and pigs – each household maintains between 1,000-5,000 chickens, from which they derive their primary income.

read more »

23/01/2021

Tropical Cyclone Eloise Intensifying, Expected to Make Landfall on 23 January in Mozambique. ‘It Will Bring Hurricane-Force Winds, Heavy Rainfall and Risk of Coastal Flooding, Widespread Humanitarian Impacts

23/01/2021

Pandemic Will Not End for Anyone, ‘Until It Ends for Everyone’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The COVID-19 pandemic “will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday [22 January 2021], advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme. 

© UNICEF/Ruhani Kaur | India has begun the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme.
 

“The virus can still travel from the vastly unvaccinated massive population of the Global South to the Global North, including in its increasingly mutating forms”, Obiora Okafor, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international solidarity, said in a statement

He explained that with mutations constantly evolving, only inoculating rich countries would likely “complicate or delay” the eradication of the virus. 

read more »

22/01/2021

Xenophobia Threatens the Danish Welfare Model

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kristian Laubjerg*

With an intensive information campaign the Danes would learn to see themselves as members of a multi-cultural society

Denmark is still better known for H.C. Andersen, The Little Mermaid
Denmark is still better known for H.C. Andersen, The Little Mermaid | Image from Wall Street International.

Bernie Sanders points to Denmark

22 January 2021 | Wall Street International*Denmark is known as a country where social justice prevails and where everyone has secured a daily life without having to live in worry about tomorrow, even if sickness and unemployment knock on the door. I was born in Denmark, two generations ago, and couldn’t help but feeling a bit proud, when the Democratic candidate for the US presidency, Bernie Sanders, pointed to Denmark as a model to be emulated by the USA. What is it worth to be big and mighty, if it does not contribute to give better living conditions to people, asked Sanders.

read more »

%d bloggers like this: