Tag Archives: humanitarian disaster

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

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VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians

YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

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DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes

ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis. Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

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Young teenage brides in the village of Nataka on the east coast of Mozambique, left to right: Carlina Nortino, 15, Muacheia Amade, 14, Lucia Eusebio, 15, and Fatima Amisse, 14.
Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain/Gethin Chamberlain.

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

November 26, 2017 — It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ Continue reading Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

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NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months. Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

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IN LIMBO. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

It remains unclear how many Rohingya will be allowed back and how long the process will take

YANGON, Myanmar (Nov. 23, 2017) — Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating refugees in two months, Dhaka said Thursday, November 23, as global pressure mounts over a crisis that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee across the border. Continue reading Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre

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A US Act bans trade in timber that violates any foreign law. Photograph: Jose Caldas/Brazil Photos/Getty Images

Greenpeace alleges 12 companies continued to trade with Madeireira Cedroarana after its founder was accused of ordering torture and murder

November 23, 2017 — More than a dozen US and European companies have been importing timber from a Brazilian logging firm whose owner is implicated in one of the most brutal Amazonian Continue reading Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre

Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

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RED WEDNESDAY. Vatican Ambassador to the Philippines Gabriele Giordano Caccia leads the prayers outside the Manila Cathedral for Red Wednesday on November 22, 2017, a day to support persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘We never thought that this persecution of Christians that started in the Middle East…would come to the Philippines,’ Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 22, 2017) — The mother church of the Philippines, the Manila Cathedral, was bathed in red lights on Wednesday evening, November 22, as Filipinos marked a day to support persecuted Christians around the world. Continue reading Persecuted Christians remembered on ‘Red Wednesday’

A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

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The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists

November 20, 2017 — The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Continue reading A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

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Abdulaziz al-Husseinya, nine years old and suffering from acute malnutrition, Al-Thawra hospital, Hodeidah. Photograph: Iona Craig

Iona Craig reports from Yemen where aid agencies cannot get vital shipments into the war-torn country already gripped by cholera outbreak

November 12, 2017 — Abdulaziz al-Husseinya lies skeletal and appears lifeless in a hospital in Yemen’s western port city of Hodeidah. At the age of nine, he weighs less than one and a half Continue reading ‘Only God can save us’: Yemen blockade may cause world’s largest famine in decades

Climate change ‘will create world’s biggest refugee crisis’

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Successive droughts, like those seen in sub-Saharan Africa, could cause millions to migrate to Europe. Photograph: Peter Caton/Tearfund

Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable

November 2, 2017 — Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report. Continue reading Climate change ‘will create world’s biggest refugee crisis’