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Slaves

Monday, March 27, 2017

ROME, Mar 27 (IPS) - For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Slavery is, nevertheless, far from being just a chapter of the past—it still there, with estimated 21 million victims of forced labour and extreme exploitation around the world--nearly the equivalent to of the combined population of Scandinavian countries.

Ending Gender-Based Violence Key to Health and Well-Being

Friday, March 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 24 (IPS) - Physical injuries are some of the more visible, and at times most deadly, consequences of gender-based violence (GBV). But the long-term mental health consequences are often invisible and left untreated. Similarly, the reproductive and sexual health needs of survivors from rape and sexual violence – to reduce the risk of HIV and STIs, unwanted pregnancies and unsafe terminations, and long-term reproductive complications – are often unmet, stigmatised and under-reported.

1 in 4 Children Worldwide Facing Extremely Scarce Water by 2040

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ROME, Mar 23 (IPS) - Warning that as many as 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scare water by 2040, the United Nations children's agency has called on governments to take immediate measures to curb the impact on the lives of children.

UN Facing Famines, Conflicts and Now U.S. Funding Cuts

Friday, March 17, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 17 (IPS) - In the midst of responding to the worst humanitarian crisis since records began, the UN is now faced with potential funding cuts from its biggest donor, the United States.

UN FARMS to Create One Million Days of Work for Mideast Migrants

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ROME, Mar 15 (IPS) - The problem is rather complex and often not recognised: in one of the major regions of both origin and destination for migrants and refugees -- the Near East and North of Africa, 10 per cent of rural communities is made up of forcibly displaced persons, while more than 25 per cent of the young rural people plan to emigrate.

Suffering of Children in War-Torn Syria 'Hits Rock Bottom'

Monday, March 13, 2017

ROME, Mar 13 (IPS) - The suffering of children in war-torn Syria "hit rock bottom" in 2016 with the highest number of grave violations against them since verification began in 2014, underscored the United Nations children's agency.

New Evidence Confirms Risk That Mideast May Become Uninhabitable

Monday, March 13, 2017

ROME, Mar 13 (IPS) - New evidence is deepening scientific fears, advanced few years ago, that the Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.

Climate Change Making Kenya's Droughts More Severe

Sunday, March 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 12 (IPS) - The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa.

Another Somalian Famine

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 08 (IPS) - Last month, the United Nations declared another famine threat in Somalia due to yet another drought in the Horn of Africa. Important lessons must be drawn from the Somalia famine of 2010-2012, which probably killed about 258,000 peoplehalf of whom were under-five. This was the greatest tragedy in terms of famine deaths in the 21st century, and in recent decades since the Ethiopian famine of the late 1980s.

Global Harvests Robust, Yet 37 Countries Need Food Aid

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

ROME, Mar 07 (IPS) - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering from civil conflicts, while drought conditions are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, according to the United Nations.

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