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Month: June 2017

New Save The Children Report Claims 8 Million Children across the Middle East are now out of school

Read original report on “Save the Children” or read a quick summary below;

  1. A new report from “Save the Children” has found that childhood is the biggest casualty in conflict-torn zones. And millions of kids in the Middle East are being robbed of it.
  2. “As many as eight million children in the region have been forced to flee their homes, with the crises in Syria, Yemen and Iraq responsible for almost a third of all global displacement last year, the report, titled Stolen Childhoods, adds.”
  3. “Around 100,000 children in Yemen have died since the conflict escalated in 2015, some directly from violence but most from preventable diseases or malnutrition. The current cholera epidemic in the country is affecting more than 600 children every day.”
  4. “More than eight million children across the Middle East are now out of school, increasing the risk of early marriage, child labour and recruitment into armed groups. The growing risk of a ‘lost generation’ of children is likely to have a devastating impact on the region’s future development and stability, the report warns.”
  5. “In all, one quarter of the world’s children — 700 million — have had the promise of a full childhood brought to an early end. Apart from factors like extreme violence and conflict, early marriage and pregnancy, child labour, poor health and not being able to go to school are reasons behind this.”
  6. “The report includes a global index ranking the places where childhood is most and least threatened. Childhoods in West and Central Africa are most threatened. These include Niger, Angola, Mali, Central African Republic, and Somalia. Norway, Slovenia, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden are countries where childhood is the least threatened.”
  7. “Interestingly, Save the Children’s report found Yemen’s Sa’ada governorate showing the world’s highest stunting (impaired growth from poor nutrition) rates, affecting 8 out of 10 children.”

The End of Childhood Report and its U.S. Complement also found that:

Every day, more than 16,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday

About one quarter of all children under five suffer from malnutrition, which stunts growth physically and mentally

One in six school-aged children worldwide is currently out of school

Conflict has forced nearly one child in 80 from their homes

168 million children in the world are involved in child labor – 85 million in hazardous work – which is more than all children living in Europe

One girl under 15 is forced to marry every seven seconds

Every two seconds, a girl around the world gives birth

Every day, more than 200 boys and girls around the world are murdered

An estimated 750,000 U.S. children drop out before graduating high school each year

More than 541,000 U.S. children live in households with severe food insecurity and experience hunger regularly

Nearly 230,000 babies were born to girls aged 15 to 19 in the U.S. in 2015

Libya’s oil production nears 800.000 bpd, NOC declares

Read original article on the Libyan Express or read a quick summary below;

  1. “The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah, declared that Libya’s crude oil outupt has increased to hit 794.000 barrels per day (bpd), adding that Libya’s oil production is gradually recovering after problems have been dealt with in Al-Sharara oi field.”
  2. “Last Monday, Libya’s NOC said oil production hit 784.000 bpd and moving up steadily. Sanallah explained that the NOC is expecting that the Libyan oil output is going to reach over 800.000 bpd in June, adding that Libya reached this rate earlier this month for the first time since 2014.”
  3. “NOC revealed earlier three phases that aim to make Libya once again a strong oil producer in the Mediterranean. The first stage was to increase oil output to 1.32 million bpd by the end of 2017. The second phase, according to the NOC, was to to slowly increase oil output in Libya to each 1.5 million bpd by the end of 2018 and finally, the third stage was to increase oil output to 2.2 bpd by the beginning of 2023.”
  4. “Oil prices fell about 1 per cent on Tuesday, on signs of resurgent crude output in Libya and concerns that extended production cuts by leading exporting countries may not be enough to drain a global glut that has depressed prices for almost three years, according to many reports.”

Researchers say EU is disregarding international law and human rights

Read original article by Lizzie Dearden on the Independent or read some of the key points below;

  1. “A new report has accused the EU of disregarding human rights and international law in its desperation to slow refugee boat crossings across the Mediterranean Sea.”
  2. “The bloc has pledged tens of millions of euros in funding for authorities in Libya, despite the country’s ongoing civil war and allegations of torture, rape and killings earning it the moniker “hell on Earth” among migrants.”
  3. “Research by the US-based Refugees International (RI) group warned that the EU’s push to prevent boats leaving the Libyan coast – now the main departure point towards Europe – could fuel horrific abuses.”
  4. ““The fate of people who are seeking international protection is effectively absent from the plans outlined by EU leaders to tackle the Central Mediterranean route,” its report concluded. With the ongoing violence and chaos in Libya, a country that lacks an asylum system and where the rule of law is absent, EU countries must accept people on their territory through orderly, legal processes that are viable alternatives to ruthless criminal networks. The EU and its member states should also ensure that their funding and actions in Libya do not result in or contribute to human rights abuses against refugees and migrants.””
  5. “Researchers gathered harrowing testimonies from asylum seekers who had managed to survive the crossing to Europe, which has claimed a record of more than 1,700 lives so far this year.”
  6. “Smugglers and armed gangs have exploited lawlessness since the British-backed ousting of Muammar Gaddafi to expand their ruthless trade, and it is frequently unclear whether squalid detention centres are run by officials, militias or both.

Afghanistan: Scores Killed in One Off Kabul’s Worst Bombings

Read original article on Euro News or read some of the key points below;

  1. One of the deadliest bomb blasts to hit the Afghan capital Kabul has killed scores of people and injured hundreds more – with most of the victims said to be civilians. The device, hidden in a tanker according to some reports, exploded in the morning rush hour at a busy junction close to the the diplomatic district.
  2.  The blast was so strong that houses hundreds of metres away were damaged with windows and doors blown off their hinges. Clouds of black smoke could be seen spiralling over the centre of the capital.
  3. Afghanistan’s Deputy Interior Minister Murad Ali said the number of dead was at least 80 and that another 463 had been wounded. President Ashraf Ghani called the attack “cowardly”. A driver for the BBC was among those killed, and the US State Department said 11 American contractors suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
  4. Police spokesman Basir Mujahid said the target of the blast was unclear. It seems the vehicle was stopped as it enters the area which is home to many foreign embassies, the presidential palace and government offices. Several embassies were damaged and the explosion caused a huge crater in the ground.
  5.  By evening local time no group had claimed responsibility; the Taliban denied involvement.


Afghan officials inspect outside the German embassy after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Damaged cars are seen after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Yemen Faces ‘Total Collapse’ The UN Warns

Read original article on Euro News or read some of the key points below;

  1. The UN Security Council has warned Yemen is in urgent need of a peace accord to avoid “total social, economic and institutional collapse.” However, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the body’s special envoy for the country says “we are not close” to such an agreement as key parties are unwilling to compromise.
  2. Yemen is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis following years of fighting between pro-government forces and Shia Houthi rebels.
  3. Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator added “Crisis is not coming. It is not even looming. It is here today on our watch and ordinary people are paying the price. What is worse is the threat of famine is driven and exacerbated by conflict. Yemen is not facing a drought. If there was no conflict in Yemen there would be no descent into famine, misery, disease and death.”
  4.  It comes as a quarter of the population find themselves on the brink of famine, a cholera outbreak has killed at least 500 people and a further 150,000 fresh cases are expected by November.
  5.  The UN is negotiating to stop the conflict from spreading to the port city of Hodeidah, where some 80 percent of Yemen’s food imports arrive. An attack there would, it claims, lead to “a devastating loss of civilian life.”


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