Since the beginning of anti-government demonstrations in last April, 60,000 Nicaraguans have fled the country in fear of their lives, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has said. While the refugees comprise of a diverse set of people including doctors, journalists, students and farmers, families with young children are now taking extreme...
Fatima, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee to Sweden, is featured in photojournalist Magnus Wennman’s documentary film Fatima’s Drawings. Magnus Wennman, Author provided Aparna Mishra Tarc, York University, Canada Fatima’s dream is recalled in a single sentence: “Once I dreamed I fell from a ship and then I woke up… and was afraid.” Fatima’s dream attests...
The International Criminal Court (ICC) judges have rejected a proposal by its prosecutor to investigate alleged commitment of war crimes in Afghanistan -- a proposal that drew anger from the United States. The judges cited instability and the lack of co-operation with investigators in the country as the reasons for...
Rwanda has observed the 25th anniversary of the country's 1994 genocide, in which hundreds of thousands of people perished. In the presence of thousands of citizens, President Paul Kagame laid wreaths at a mass burial ground where 250,000 victims of the conflict. April 7 marks the start of the 1994 genocide,...
Unavilability of safe water kill more children in more than a dozen conflict-affected countries than the war itself, says a new UNICEF report, lauched on the sidelines of the World Water Day, marked on 22 March. According to the study, that looked at 16 colfict hit countries, children under-five are...
Tens of thousands fled the DRC during fighting between rebels and government troops. EFE/Dai Kurowowa Sikanyiso Masuku, University of Cape Town The number of refugees in Africa has more than doubled between 2009 and 2016, from 2.1 million to 4.9 million, according to the World Bank. Old conflicts have continued and new...
With 580,845 people seeking the first-time asylum in 2018, the number of such application to the European Union has fallen drastically to the pre-2015 levels. According to an EU statistics agency report, the figure marked an 11 per cent fall from 2017. At the peak of the migrant crisis, in...
A United Nations-led donor conference on Syria is on track to raise about $7 billion, more than what had been expected. The conference at Brussels saw the European Union itself pledging about $2.2 billion and Germany $1.7 billion. But neither the government or the opposition forces were invited for the...
With sexual violence being against them being a common instance in their daily lives, women in South Sudan often have to teach their daughters how to respond to their rapists to survive and minimize the violence, said a top UN Human Rights experts. Yasmin Sooka, chair of the UN Commission...
While the United Nations on Friday commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty, landmines still continue to kill and maim people in the former battlefields across the globe. As per data,  7,239 casualties were caused by mines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 2017. Over the two decades...

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