Yemen could face the “worst famine in the world in 100 years” if fighting continues, the United Nations has warned, as The Independent learned an official declaration of famine would likely be announced in just a few weeks. Lise Grande, the UN’s coordinator for Yemen, said that as many as 13 million civilians could die from starvation if a Saudi Arabia-led coalition does not halt its bombardment of the impoverished country. More than 10,00 people have already been killed in the fighting and 3 million internally displaced since the Gulf alliance began bombing the country in 2015 to oust the Shia Houthi rebels. “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia ... Yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at,” Ms Grande told the BBC. “We should be ashamed and we should, every day that we wake up, renew our commitment to do everything … [Read more...] about Yemen facing the ‘world’s worst famine in 100 years’, warns UN
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Venezuela's migrant exodus has sparked a "monumental" humanitarian crisis, UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi said during a visit Sunday to a border area of neighboring Colombia. Grandi said he could better appreciate the scale of the crisis after visiting the city of Cucuta on the Colombian-Venezuelan border and he expected the United Nations will be able to provide more funds to help Colombia deal with the influx. His visit "symbolizes the will of the international community to be close to Colombia in this very important effort to respond to a monumental crisis," Grandi told reporters. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Grandi will have talks Monday with Colombia's President Ivan Duque, who has called for more international assistance. "Impressed by Colombia’s efforts to document, feed, shelter & care for thousands of Venezuelans arriving every day," Grandi said on Twitter. "Many are involved: government, local authorities, NGOs, churches, civil society. This … [Read more...] about Venezuela migrant crisis ‘monumental’: UN Refugee Agency chief
Christal Hayes USA TODAY Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jun 25, 2018 Every day thousands of migrants pass through the U.S. Southern border. Some travel as far as 1,000 miles, walking through deserts and carrying water jugs and the small possessions they need to start a new life. It is a perilous journey that isn't for the faint of heart: More than 400 died trying to make it to the U.S. last year, according to the United Nations’ migration agency. So why are they risking their lives and the possibility of being separated from family? While Mexico is the country most-often talked about in the immigration debate, many of those crossing the border are traveling from Central American countries synonymous with corruption, crime and poverty. These root problems have been a driving force for years for immigrants to make the journey to the U.S. President Donald Trump enacted a "zero-tolerance" policy when it came to those trying to … [Read more...] about Thousands of immigrants pass through the Southern border. Why are they fleeing their home countries?
With her 10-month-old twins Zain and Haneen, Ferha arrived in northern Syria exhausted, depressed and impoverished. Her children were suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition, her husband’s whereabouts unknown. Most of her relatives had been killed in airstrikes. “She was scared, exhausted, impoverished and ill,” says Dr Amal, a health centre nutrition manager who treated the family. “She had lost nearly all her family, and her husband was missing. The children and the woman’s situations were really bad. Psychologically, they were so tired.” The story sounds familiar: one of thousands of refugees making an exhausting, dangerous journey with uncertainty over their final destination. Except that Zain, Haneen and Ferha were not refugees on a perilous journey to Europe. Their journey was within Syria. Along with tens of thousands of others, they had fled from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus to northern Idlib province this … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Syria’s 6.7 million invisible refugees: “I left the home I had lived in for 32 years”
GENEVA -- The U.N. refugee agency reported Tuesday that nearly 69 million people who have fled war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record for the fifth straight year. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the continued crises in places like South Sudan and Congo, as well as the exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar that started last year, raised the overall figure of forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Of that total, 16.2 million were newly displaced last year -- an average of more than 44,000 people per day. Most have been displaced for longer than that, some forced to flee multiple times. "The global figure has gone up again by a couple of million," said the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi. "This is because of protracted conflicts and lack of solutions for those conflicts that continue, continuous pressure on civilians in countries of conflict that pushed them to leave their homes and new or aggravating crises, like the Rohingya … [Read more...] about World Refugee Day marked as almost 69 million displaced