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21 Sep 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

by Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Sep 21 2018 (IPS) - Nyalen Kuong and her daughters fled to safety after an attack on their village in South Sudan in which Kuong’s husband and two sons where killed and the family’s cattle lost. Kuong, her daughters and other families from their village fled to islands surrounded by swamp land. There, she had little to eat. And soon began suffering from diarrhoea, brought on by acute malnutrition.

19 Sep 2018 description

ERBIL, Sep 18 2018 (IOM) - Soran left Kurdistan in 2015, in search of better opportunities for himself and his young family in Germany. Here is his account of the journey to Europe, and the decision to come back home.

15 Sep 2018 description
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By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Sep 15 2018 (IPS) - If you enjoy a good daily shower and water comes out every time you turn on the taps in your home, you should feel privileged. There are places in the world where this vital resource for life is becoming scarcer by the day and the forecasts for the future are grim.

A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which covers the period 2003-2013, shows that the world’s largest underground aquifers are being depleted at an alarming rate as a result of more water being withdrawn than can be replenished.

12 Sep 2018 description
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Manipadma Jena interviews the Deputy Director and Water Sector Lead at the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) Investment and Policy Solutions Division, PETER VOS.

STOCKHOLM, Sep 12 2018 (IPS) - Today just over two billion people live without readily available, safe water supplies at home. And more than half the world’s population, roughly 4.3 billion people, live in areas where demand for water resources outstrips sustainable supplies for at least part of the year.

07 Sep 2018 description
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By Ivet González

HAVANA, Sep 7 2018 (IPS) - Eastern Cuba has suffered drought since time immemorial. But the western and central regions of the island used to be almost free of the phenomenon, until the latest drought that plagued this country between 2014 and 2017.

“For the first time drought is seen as a major threat, due to the magnitude of the economic impacts it caused,” agronomist Loexys Rodríguez, who in the eastern city of Guantánamo promotes and carries out research on resilience in the productive sector in the face of drought, told IPS.

05 Sep 2018 description

By Miroslav Lajčák, President of the current 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, in his address to the Forum on a Culture of Peace

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 5 2018 (IPS) - As we open this Forum, I will make three main points. First, I want to ask: what does a culture of peace actually mean?

And, frankly it might be different for every person in this room. But I will share some elements, which have stuck with me.

The first is time. Peace takes a lot of time. It cannot be installed. It cannot be erected,

30 Aug 2018 description

By Enayatullah Azad, Media, Information & Advocacy Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee Council

OSLO, Aug 30 2018 (IPS) - Amid a precarious security situation in Afghanistan, the worst drought in recent history that hit two out of three provinces in Afghanistan in July has destabilised the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, some of whom have already been displaced.

The United Nations has predicted that over two million people are expected to become severely food insecure in the coming period.

30 Aug 2018 description
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By Friday Phiri

PEMBA, Zambia, Aug 30 2018 (IPS) - Just having better information about when and for how long it will rain is proving the difference between success and failure among smallholder farmers in southern Zambia. Empowered with timely information about the weather ahead of the 2017/18 farming season, 56-year-old Fainess Muzyamba of Pemba district, ending up ditching her traditional maize crop for sweet potatoes.

“Through the monthly weather briefings that we get, I decided to plant sweet potatoes instead of maize,” Muzyamba told IPS.

28 Aug 2018 description
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By WAM

DUBAI, Aug 27 2018 (WAM) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has launched a digital campaign that aims to secure much-needed support for millions of displaced Syrian children, both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. The campaign, which comes at a time when students around the world are preparing for the new academic year, aims to help millions of school-aged Syrians access education and to go back to school.

22 Aug 2018 description

By Kelli Rogers

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Aug 22 2018 (IOM) - Concrete replaces hand-dug mud steps zigzagging down steep hillsides. Sturdy bridges stretch over marshes, and a main road carves a bumpy path through once inaccessible zones. The mega-camp that sprawls across 6,000 acres of Bangladesh’s Ukhia region has changed greatly in the year since it became home to 700,000 additional Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

17 Aug 2018 description
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Por Carmen Arroyo y Emily Thampoe

NACIONES UNIDAS, 17 ago 2018 (IPS) - Los niños y las niñas con discapacidad tienen cuatro veces más probabilidades de sufrir episodios violentos, y ellas se llevan la peor parte, alerta el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef).

“Están entre los sectores más marginados de la sociedad. Y si esta sigue viendo antes la discapacidad que al niño, el riesgo de exclusión y de discriminación permanece”, explicó Georgina Thompson, consultora de Unicef, en diálogo con IPS.

17 Aug 2018 description
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By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

ACCRA and DONKORKROM, Ghana, Aug 17 2018 (IPS) - Paul Ayormah and his fellow farmers make their way home after hours spent manually weeding a friend’s one-acre maize farm in Ghana’s Eastern Region.

“Tomorrow it will be the turn of my maize farm,” he tells IPS.

14 Aug 2018 description
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by Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose

Adelheid Onyango is Adviser for Nutrition at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa and Bibi Giyose is Senior Nutrition and Food Systems officer, and Special Advisor to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

13 Aug 2018 description
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By Carmen Arroyo and Emily Thampoe

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13 2018 (IPS) - Children with disabilities are up to four times more likely to experience violence, with girls being the most at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

“Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups in society. If society continues to see the disability before it sees the child, the risk of exclusion and discrimination remains,” Georgina Thompson, a media consultant for UNICEF, told IPS.

08 Aug 2018 description

By Laetitia Bader, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch

ROME, Aug 8 2018 (IPS) - “Military service was the only prospect on my horizon — I didn’t want that,” a 20-year-old Eritrean who fled the country last year told me. “My dad had spent his whole life in military service.”

08 Aug 2018 description
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By Desmond Brown

ST GEORGE’S, Aug 8 2018 (IPS) - Grenada is still tallying the damage after heavy rainfall last week resulted in “wide and extensive” flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change.

Officials here say extreme weather events like in 2004 and 2005 are still fresh in the minds of residents. Rising sea levels are leading to an erosion of coastlines, while hurricanes and tropical storms regularly devastate crucial infrastructure.

07 Aug 2018 description
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Por Daniel Gutman

BUENOS AIRES, 7 ago 2018 (IPS) - Como lo ha hecho a lo largo de su historia, Argentina ha recibido en los últimos años un gran número de inmigrantes. La mayoría se instala en Buenos Aires y no logra insertarse en el mercado formal del trabajo.

Ahora, el director nacional de Migraciones, Horacio García, dice que esta realidad no le sirve al país ni a los migrantes y que llegó el momento de orientarlos hacia el interior, de acuerdo a la demanda laboral.

06 Aug 2018 description
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By Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu

Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu is a women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch who has done extensive work on land rights issues.

MINNESOTA, United States, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Violent clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria’s Middle Belt in June reminded me of a smelting hot afternoon a year ago. I was sitting in my living room watching a herder grazing his cows in my yard in the small town in southwestern Cameroon where I live.

06 Aug 2018 description
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by Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Previously characterised by belligerence, based on competition for resources, the border regions of Eastern Africa can sense the blissful wind of peace approaching.

30 Jul 2018 description

Mauritania, Jul 30 2018 (IOM) - Since 2015 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been assisting victims of human trafficking in Mauritania. Sahel populations have always been very mobile, but in recent years a complex economic situation and the difficulty of finding jobs has pushed more and more people to seek jobs abroad. Unscrupulous traffickers seize on this desperation by promising men and women well-paid stable jobs away from home.