Understand the Israeli - Palestinian Apartheid In 11 Images
The disintegration of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is driving a foreign-policy shift in one of the world’s oldest.
Codpi (Coordination for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) has created a map to monitor projects that are affecting indigenous territories, as their website explains [es]: This map aims to collect cases of conflict that arise due to the presence of transnational corporations -mainly those with headquarters in Spain- in the…
Imagine that you are fleeing your country to escape persecution and have survived a treacherous sea journey towards Australia’s shores. Imagine further that based solely on your country of origin, you could be “screened out” after a brief interview and sent back to the country you fled, while other asylum seekers get a full refugee status assessment.
Perhaps if you were from Switzerland or Sweden, it would be fair for Australia to make you undergo a pre-screening interview on the presumption that the country you came from is safe. But what if you are from Sri Lanka, a country barely recovering from a brutal and lengthy civil war whose government continues to oppress its own people?
PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 26 November 2013
Over 2.2 million people – more than 1.1 million of them children – have fled the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic. Two boys play by their family’s tent, in the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees, in northern Iraq. UNICEF initiatives for children in the camp include screenings to detect malnutrition, routine vaccinations, education support, psychosocial assistance and improvements to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
More information on UNICEF and Syria: https://storify.com/UNICEF/syrian-crisis
Kashgar (China) (AFP) - A Chinese government worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her streetside stand and logs their details under the gaze of a surveillance camera. The “Project Beauty” campaign aims to discourage women from covering their faces — a religious practice for some Muslim Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang region — in an attempt to improve security. Xinjiang, a vast area bordering Pakistan and Central Asia in China’s far west, beyond the furthest reaches of the Great Wall, has followed Islam for centuries.
Jordan, April 2013
First Photo: Early morning view of the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan that hosts several hundred thousand Syrian refugees.
Second Photo: Despite the funding shortfall that WFP is facing the organisation is continuing to provide assistance to the Syrian refugees that have left the country. In the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan WFP is handing our half a million pieces of bread daily as well as other food items in order to sustain the families that are undergoing this dramatic situation.
Last two Photos: Families like this one are grateful to WFP and other organisations for the support that they are receiving every day.
All Photos: WFP/Rein Skullerud