Tag Archives: humanitarian disaster

Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) — Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday, October 18. Continue reading Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

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Protesters near the scene of the massive truck bomb attack in Mogadishu. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Demonstrators defy police to protest against people responsible for devastating truck bomb in Mogadishu

October 18, 2017 — Thousands of Somalis have demonstrated against those behind the bombing that killed more than 300 people at the weekend, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from the site of the attack. Continue reading Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

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The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire on May 23, 2017 that triggered the war in Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Oct. 17, 2017) — The bullet holes that riddled the freshly painted walls of the 4-storey house in the village of Basak Malutlut tell the story of an intense firefight that erupted not too far away from the military headquarters here. Continue reading Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

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POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

around 2.2 million Filipino families suffer from food scarcity and malnutrition
HUNGER. Around 2.2 million Filipino families suffer from food scarcity and malnutrition, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The Council for Health and Development calls for genuine land reform, saying it is ‘the most effective and efficient solution to the current food crisis in the Philippines’

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — The Council for Health and Development (CHD), the national secretariat of more than 70 community-based health programs in the Philippines, underscored that food and proper nutrition are an integral part of basic human rights. Continue reading 2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

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TO LIFT OR NOT TO LIFT? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will make an assessment first before sending recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte. Photos from Malacañang

After two of the top leaders of local terrorists are killed in Marawi City, is the lifting of martial law in Mindanao coming anytime soon?

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — After Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on Monday, October 16, that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute were killed by government troops past midnight, the next question from the public was inevitably, would martial law in Mindanao be lifted now?  Continue reading Lifting Mindanao martial law: What Duterte, Lorenzana have said so far

Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

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Destroyed vehicles in the centre of Mogadishu. Officials fear the death toll will continue to rise. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At least 276 people killed and hundreds seriously injured in attack blamed on militant group al-Shabaab

October 15, 2017 — At least 500 people are believed to have been killed or seriously injured in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years. Continue reading Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

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An eight-year-old Rohingya girl inside a refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The report is based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who recently arrived in Bangladesh. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Region’s head of human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop violence as report says ‘clearance operations’ include killings, torture and rape

October 11, 2017 — Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Continue reading UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

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Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry

Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics

October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks. Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued

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RESCUED. This file photo shows Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio when he and other former hostages of the Maute Group were presented to the media. Rappler photo

The hostages are believed to have been separated after the terrorists were forced to abandon Bato Mosque when they were overwhelmed by troops

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 5, 2017) — The Philippine military rescued over a dozen hostages in Marawi City on Wednesday, October 4, as troops pushed to corner local terror groups toward Lake Lanao. Continue reading Over a dozen Marawi hostages rescued