by Karla Mendes | @karlamendes | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 23 March 2018 14:13 GMT
"A war is very expensive. It is much easier to cooperate"
BRASILIA, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Agreements between countries that share the same river have helped to avoid about 1,800 conflicts in the past 50 years, the World Water Council (WWC) said.
The accords were designed to ensure that what happens upstream does not harm countries downstream, Benedito Braga, WWC president, said on the sidelines of the 8th World Water Forum.
by Heba Kanso | @hebakanso | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 23 March 2018 14:12 GMT
"If such a movement does not take off, we will condemn another generation to poverty and destitution" - Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi
By Heba Kanso
BEIRUT, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children are more vulnerable now than ever due to conflicts and natural disasters with millions without homes or families, leaving them easy prey for human traffickers, Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi warned on Friday.
by Rina Chandran | @rinachandran | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 22 March 2018 01:00 GMT
Hearings to begin in landmark inquiry on whether high-emitting companies have caused human rights violations
By Rina Chandran
MANILA, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Veronica Cabe still remembers every minute of the more than 12 hours she and her family spent huddled on the roof of their two-storey home in Manila in 2009, as floodwaters swept past, carrying dead bodies, animal carcasses and coffins.
by Nellie Peyton | @nelliepeyton | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:20 GMT
"The repression is getting worse and worse"
By Nellie Peyton
DAKAR, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anti-slavery activists in Mauritania are increasingly being arrested and protests banned as the state tightens restrictions on human rights groups, activists and organisations said on Thursday.
Slavery is a historical practice in Mauritania, which became the last country worldwide to legally abolish it in 1981.
"Right in front of us, the militants brought the girls and dropped them and then left"
ABUJA, March 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yana Galang was visiting Dapchi in northeast Nigeria to offer condolences to parents whose daughters were kidnapped by Boko Haram when people started to shout with excitement.
Her own daughter, Rifkatu, is still missing nearly four years after she and over 200 of her classmates were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from their school in Chibok about 275 km (170 miles) away.