19/06/2018

‘The Worst Devastation I Have Ever Seen’ — UN Refugee Envoy Angelina Jolie Says in West Mosul, Iraq 

18 June 2018 — After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field.
UNICEF/Romenzi | Women and children walk through the debris of buildings and vehicles destroyed during intense fighting as they flee for safe areas in Mosul, Iraq.

Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi government-led coalition last July, just over three years after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL (also known as Da’esh) seized Iraq’s second city, and following an intense battle which lasted for months.

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19/06/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Slams ‘Unconscionable’ US Border Policy of Separating Migrant Children from Parents

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As part of his final global update, the United Nations human rights chief on 18 June 2018 voiced his deep concern over recently-adopted United States border protection policies that have seen hundreds of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents.

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UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré | Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“In the past six weeks, nearly two thousand children have been forcibly separatedfrom their parents,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in his opening remarks to the 38th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva – the last session before his four-year term expires in August.

19/06/2018

UN Mobilizes in Rohingya Camps to Support Babies Born of Rape; Young Mothers Face Stigma

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18 June 2018 — Despite challenges brought on by the arrival of the monsoon season this month, United Nations agencies in Bangladesh continue to support nearly one million Rohingya refugees, including thousands of victims of sexual violence.

UNHCR/Roger Arnold | A Rohingya woman crosses the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh near the village of Anzuman Para in Palong Khali.

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19/06/2018

Over Half a Million Lives Lost Each Year to Small Arms Fire

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Government representatives are meeting at United Nations Headquarters to review global action to address the illegal flow of revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons.

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | The “Non-Violence” (or “Knotted Gun”) sculpture by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd on display at the UN Visitors’ Plaza.
These small arms and light weapons, which end up on battlefields or urban streets and elsewhere, are a big problem for the world, according to the UN body that has organized the two-week conference, which opened in New York on 18 June 2018.

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19/06/2018

For Video Game Addiction, Now Read Official ‘Gaming Disorder’ — World Health Organization

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The UN health agency has for the first time, tagged compulsive video gaming as a mental health condition in its updated classification manual, released on 18 June 2018.

UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi | A young woman plays a video game on her phone.

“For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behavior pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months,” said the World Health Organization (WHO).

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19/06/2018

Nearly Three Million More Displaced People Year-on-Year, Warns Refugee Agency Chief, But Solutions Are within Reach

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The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on 19 June 2018 said, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”.

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UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam Displaced persons, mostly women and children, seek refuge at a safe zone in Um Baru, north Darfur. By the end of 2016, conflict and rights abuses displaced over 40 million globally. The same year, disasters forced another 24 million from their homes.

Citing ongoing, protracted violence around the globe and a lack of solutions to conflicts as reasons for the increase, Filippo Grandi said that “continuous pressure on civilians” caught up in fighting, had pushed them to leave their homes.

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18/06/2018

Trump Is Here to Stay and Change the World

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By Roberto Savio

Rome, 18 June 2018 (Other News) – Donald John Trump, 45th and current president of the United States, has been seen in many illustrious circles as an anomaly that cannot last. Well, it is time to look at reality.  

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Roberto Savio

If we put on the glasses of people who have seen their level of income reduced and are afraid of the future, Trump is here to stay, and he is a result and not a cause.

In his year and a half of government, Trump has not lost one of his battles. He has changed the political discourse worldwide, established new standards of ethics in politics, a new meaning of democracy, and his electoral basis has not been shrinking at all.

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18/06/2018

Central Mediterranean: European Governments Must Put People’s Lives before Politics – Doctors Without Borders

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18/06/2018

UN Refugee Agency Warns against Repeat of Aquarius Disembarkation Standoff as Boat Arrives in Spain

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GENEVA, 17 June 2018  (UNHCR)*UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, applauds Spain for its actions today in bringing to an end a sea-rescue crisis on the Mediterranean after a ship, the Aquarius, was refused permission to land and disembark elsewhere more than 600 rescued people.

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The first migrants from Aquarius arrive at the port of Valencia aboard the Italian ship Dattilo to which they had been transferred.  © UNHCR/Markel Redondo

 

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18/06/2018

Hundreds Killed and Thousands Flee as Saudi-Led Forces Bomb Yemeni Port to ‘Liberate’ It

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Giles Clarke/OCHA | Suad, aged 18, begs in the middle of the road between Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and Saada with her four-year-old nephew, whose mother was killed in the conflict. Across the country, which has been at war since 2015, more than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance.

Over 4,000 families have fled the city since June 1, according to the latest report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  that describes people losing their entire livelihood after airstrikes destroyed their farms.

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