Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on hospitals worldwide in 2 years: WHO report
May 26, 2016

(Associated Press) – Nearly 1,000 people have been killed worldwide in attacks on medical facilities in conflicts over the past two years in violation of humanitarian norms, the World Health Organization said in a report Thursday. The report highlighted an alarming disrespect for the protection of health care in wars by governments and armed groups, which has earned fierce condemnation from human rights groups and doctors.

 

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Ban Ki-moon’s summit exposed a world in retreat from crisis
May 26, 2016

(Thomson Reuters Foundatin/Middle East Eye) – The world’s humanitarian crisis is about to get worse.  The number of refugees and displaced people is already at a record 60 million – at least half of whom are children, many bombed out of their homes and forced to flee for their lives.  There are currently 37 million war-affected boys and girls who are out of school.  Add to this the extreme weather events caused by El Nino that are predicted to devastate parts of sub-Saharan Africa before the end of the year, and the sheer scale of humanitarian need feels overwhelming.

 

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Head of UN mission in Central African Republic pledges to end troop abuses
May 26, 2016

(The Guardian) – The head of the UN mission in Central African Republic (CAR) has vowed to do everything possible to wipe out sexual exploitation and abuse by his troops, pledging to bring about a rebirth of peacekeeping. To reach his goal of “zero occurrence” of abuses, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the head of Minusca, says UN member states need to take peacekeeping seriously and train and equip their troops adequately to deal with conditions in a brutalised land.

 

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UN experts urge final push for universal ratification of Optional Protocols to Convention on the Rights of the Child
May 25, 2016

(OSRSG-CAAC) – Universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC) is closer than ever, UN experts have said. “Sixteen years after the Optional Protocols were adopted by the UN General Assembly, they continue to generate tangible progress in the protection of children’s rights worldwide and have been ratified by most UN Member States,” the UN experts said in a statement to mark the anniversary of the texts’ adoption on 25 May 2000.

 

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World Humanitarian Summit: Leila Zerrougui Highlights Protection of Children Affected by Conflict
May 24, 2016

(OSRSG-CAAC) – Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, participated in the first World Humanitarian Summit as part of the delegation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Earlier today, the Special Representative took part in the high-level Leader’s Roundtable “Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity”, where she represented the United Nations and expressed commitments on behalf of the organization to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance and to intensify the monitoring, investigation and reporting of human rights violations and abuses, with particular attention to the plight of women and children.

 

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Death toll rises in bombing of Syria government strongholds
May 24, 2016

(Associated Press) – A suicide bomber who targeted a hospital in a Syrian coastal city the previous day killed 43 people, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as an activist group raised the overall death toll from the day’s unprecedented wave of attacks on government strongholds to 161. The attacks — seven bombings altogether — targeted civilians in the coastal cities of Tartus and Jableh for the first time in the country’s five-year war, raising fears of more violence among residents living in government bastions who have enjoyed relative quiet. The wave of explosions also underlined the inability of world powers to jumpstart Syrian peace talks in Geneva as the violence worsens and reaches new areas.

 

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The Rescued Chibok Girl and the Victims Support Fund
May 24, 2016

(CRF) – The Nigeria Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism, also known as the Victims Support Fund (VSF), is an organization with a mandate to administer support to and raise awareness of the victims of Boko Haram’s insurgency. While a key initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria, implementation is private sector driven. To date, the VSF has raised approximately twenty-eight of fifty-four billion naira pledged in 2014. According to Professor Sunday Ochoche, executive director of the VSF, a conservative estimate of two trillion naira would be required for the immediate short term intervention to address the physical damages associated with the insurgency. No single agency, not even the Federal Government, has the capacity to sufficiently address the damages caused by Boko Haram.

 

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FACTBOX – Schools under fire in war zones
May 23, 2016

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A new fund which aims to raise more than $3.8 billion for children’s education in war zones and natural disasters has been launched on Monday at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Here are some facts about education in crisis: Nearly 75 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labour, trafficking and extremism.

 

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New fund launches to address global education crisis
May 23, 2016

(Global Partnership for Education) – Global and national organizations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises. Today one in four of the world’s school-aged children – nearly half a billion – live in countries affected by crises. Around 75 million of these children and youth are either already missing out on their education, receiving poor quality schooling or at risk of dropping out of school altogether.

 

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Education is the Key to Breaking the Cycle of Violence
May 23, 2016

(Time) – Two years ago, we crossed South Sudan together and saw the impact of conflict on school children of all ages, traumatized, without skills or hope. At the Protection of Civilians site in Juba, we talked to girls and boys about what they had suffered and what they wanted. They all said the same thing: education. Education is on the frontline of conflict today. School children are forced into militias. They are kidnapped and enslaved. Their teachers are abducted and killed. Classrooms have become torture chambers—playgrounds are used to stockpile weapons.

 

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