Archive for ‘War Lords’

21/08/2018

Seeds of Discontent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; 
A breath can make them, as a breath has made; 
But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride, 
When once destroyed, can never be supplied
— Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village

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A Nepali farmer | Krish Dulal | CC BY-SA 3.0

20 Aug 2018 – Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development.

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21/08/2018

Over 60% of Africa’s Estimated 1.2 Billion People Are under 25, Mostly Living in Rural Areas, Yet…

‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth.

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FAO/Tamiru Legesse | A new talking app helps farmers like Tazelekwew, in southern Ethiopia, detect whether their crops have been infected by Fall Armyworm.

For the African continent to achieve sustainable development, more jobs must be created for its young people, including in the digitalized agriculture sectors, the United Nations agriculture chief on 20 August 2018 told an international conference.

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21/08/2018

‘With Conflict Raging in Northwest Syria, World Health Organization Appeals for Additional $11 Million to Provide Life-Saving Care to over Two Million People’

Human Wrongs Watch

20 August 2018 – With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates.

UNICEF | A seven-year-old child stands in front of her damaged school in Idleb, Syria. October 2016.
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“The health situation in north-west Syria is already dire and looks set to deteriorate,” said Michel Thieren, Regional Emergencies Director for the World Health Organization (WHO).

“If WHO does not receive additional funding, more than two million people caught in the cross-fire may have no access to essential health care services, including life-saving trauma care.”

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20/08/2018

International Committee of the Red Cross Concerned with the ‘Growing Gap between Words and Actions’ in the Global Trade of Arms

Tokyo/Geneva, (ICRC)* – Speaking on 20 August 2018 at a meeting of parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Tokyo, Japan, Dr Helen Durham, Head of Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), highlighted ICRC’s concerns with the growing gap between words and actions in the global trade of arms.

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“The very purpose of the Treaty is to prioritize humanitarian interests and, in doing so, to reduce human suffering,” said Dr Durham, “Yet we are concerned by the growing gap between States’ absolute commitments to human rights and international humanitarian law – in the Treaty and elsewhere – and how arms are transferred in practice.”

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20/08/2018

Children Returned to Central America and Mexico at Heightened Risk of Violence, Stigma and Deprivation

Human Wrongs Watch

UNICEF Child Alert report shows dangerous journeys and deportations intensify root causes of irregular migration

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UNICEF/UN0217796/Bindra | Eliasa, 15, embraces his mother after they are finally reunited at the governmental reception shelter “Nuestras Raices” (“Our Roots” in English) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala on May 3, 2018.

NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY (UNICEF)* – Extreme violence, poverty and lack of opportunity are not only powerful drivers of irregular child migration from northern Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and Mexico, but also consequences of deportations from Mexico and the United States – UNICEF on 16 August 2018 said in a new report.

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20/08/2018

Violence in Syria Casts Long Shadow on Refugee Women, Girls

Human Wrongs Watch

SANLIURFA, Turkey, 17 August 2018 (UNFPA)* – “My husband was very strict,” Gemila*, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, told UNFPA. “He wanted to crush people.”

"He expected me to know everything he was thinking. If I didn’t, his verbal attacks were merciless," said Gemila*, a survivor of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Turkey/Rebecca Zerzan
“He expected me to know everything he was thinking. If I didn’t, his verbal attacks were merciless,” said Gemila*, a survivor of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Turkey/Rebecca Zerzan

Gemila had been married off, despite her protests, at age 17. A few years into her tumultuous marriage, the conflict in Syria forced their family to flee to Iraq.

Eventually, the couple decided to separate. Gemila’s husband promised to give her custody of their son in exchange for all of her savings – but then he disappeared with both.

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20/08/2018

‘Right now, despite the danger, South Sudan is where I belong’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eujin Byun in Juba, South Sudan*

Most of UNHCR’s staff are based in the field. Meet Eujin Byun, a communications officer in South Sudan, one of the world’s least safe countries for humanitarians.

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UNHCR communications officer Eujin Byun holds a refugee baby next to the child’s mother in South Sudan. © UNHCR/James Jamba Charles

Eujin Byun is from Korea and works as a UNHCR communications officer in South Sudan. In 2017, aid workers were the target of 46 major attacks in the country, including shootings, kidnappings and assaults.

Despite the risks, Eujin recently decided to extend her stay. Here she explains why.

For the last two years I have been working in South Sudan, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a humanitarian worker.

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20/08/2018

LPG Stoves and Gas Cylinders for 250,000 Rohingya Refugee Families and Bangladeshi Villagers to Save Remaining Forests

Human Wrongs Watch

Cox’s Bazar, 17 August 2018 (IOM)* – A major environmental project to provide around 250,000 families with liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and gas cylinders has been launched by UN agencies and the government in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to help prevent further deforestation linked to the Rohingya refugee crisis. 

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UN agencies and Bangladesh government launch alternative fuel project in Cox’s Bazar to help reduce deforestation linked to Rohingya crisis. Photos: Patrick Shepherd FAO/IOM

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19/08/2018

Taking Traceable Conflict-Free Gold from DR Congo to International Markets

16 August 2018 (UN Environment)*The eastern highlands of the Democratic Republic of the Congo make up the country’s highest and most rugged region. It is home to a series of mountains 80 to 560 km wide, extending from the Rwenzori Mountain in northeastern Congo through the Virunga volcanic ranges to the Mitumba Mountains.

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REUTERS/Kenny Katombe | Photo from UN Environment.

Eastern DR Congo is also home to an estimated 160,000 to 200,000 gold miners who work in about 1,000 artisanal mining sites. The Butuzi site, located in the Mitumba Mountains, is one of them. It occupies an area that was once dominated by an Afro-montane forest, now almost completely deforested.

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19/08/2018

Brazil: Dilma Leads Polls Ahead of Congressional Election

Human Wrongs Watch

DataTempo/CP2 conducted the survey poll for the senate race between August 8 and 11.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff leads the senatorial race in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff leads the senatorial race in Minas Gerais, Brazil. | Photo: EFE | Photo from teleSUR.

18 August 2018 (teleSUR)* – If Brazil’s general elections were held today, former President Dilma Rousseff, now a senatorial candidate in the state of Minas Gerais, would win the race with 26.8 percent of the vote.

The prediction comes after a poll published by DataTempo/CP2  between August 8 and 11.

Rousseff’s nearest rival, journalist Carlos Viana of the Humanist Party of Solidarity, or PHS, is polling in second place with 11.2 percent of the vote.

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