More than two million people have fled the region, and there have been at least 10,000 reported deaths with tens of thousands of people are currently seeking refuge in the neighbouring country of Sudan. However, as communications have been almost entirely cut in the region, it is impossible to calculate exact numbers.
The lack of laws leads not just to well-below-the-poverty-line wages, but also to fatal working conditions, child labour, and the flourishing of public health issues as the sex trade thrives in many diamond mining towns, leading to the spread of HIV and other STI’s.
The recent rise in antisemitic acts has at times been linked to Covid-19 restrictions. During periods of turmoil, it seems that anti-Jewish sentiment rises. We need only look to poverty-stricken Germany in the 1920s or to the Partitions of Poland at the end of the 18th century.
The EU migrant return policy aims to increase return rates of asylum seekers to their country of origin by making border procedures as efficient as possible. Since the increased amount of people fleeing wars in 2015 and seeking refuge in Europe, EU asylum policy has been polarising, with Europe often being dubbed “Fortress Europe” – an impassable fort with watchtowers and border guards prepared to stop at nothing to keep those seeking refuge out.
STAND News Humanitarian editor, Amyrose, takes a look at some influential activists from around the globe.
Philip Kleinfeld, correspondent and editor with The New Humanitarian, recently met with aspiring journalists in conjunction with STAND News and SIN. Kleinfeld relayed his experiences in the humanitarian crisis sector, outlined tips for eager journalists and reiterated the inefficiency of the traditional humanitarian sector of journalism.
Sexual violence in conflict has been used for centuries as a tactic of war and terror and continues to be used today. The cost of war is great but the cost of war against women and girls is incalculable, and yet such violence is not talked about.
Donegal’s mica crisis is out of control. Material-stretching and money-saving tactics of family trade has caused houses to crumble down around innocent families. The current redress scheme is not fit for purpose, and as of recent months, the people of Donegal are gathering in solidarity for a satisfactory 100% redress scheme and no less.
During the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic, epidemiologists predicted that “India could see the worst of it”. As home to some of the world’s most crowded cities with a population of over 1.3 billion people coupled with an ailing healthcare system, it seemed as though India was the perfect kettle of fish for the coronavirus to cast its deadly net over.
Heartbreakingly, an average of 12 migrant workers have died every week since 2010 in the construction of the Qatar 2022 World Cup infrastructure. As a staggering proportion of these deaths have been deemed “due to natural causes”, there is a need for investigation to find the truth behind such a death toll.