News and Press
For humanitarian workers, last year was the most dangerous on record, with 155 killed. World Humanitarian Day – which marks the anniversary of the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 when 22 people died – is intended to highlight the plight of aid workers. We profile 10 people working in some of the world’s most dangerous areas, who reveal in their own words why they do it.
At least 10 people have been killed in a strike near a UN-run school housing Palestinians displaced by the Gaza conflict, medics say.
The attack hit the entrance of the facility in Rafah, where thousands of Palestinians are said to be sheltering.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the attack as a "moral outrage and a criminal act".
The Israeli military has not commented but has been carrying out renewed strikes in Gaza.
Israeli media reports say most troops have left Gaza, though there is no official order to end the operation.
JERUSALEM (CNS) — With close to a quarter of a million Palestinians rendered homeless by the continuing and intensifying fighting between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, the Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations met three times in as many days to organize action to confront the humanitarian crisis.
In addition to the current material needs — food, water, personal hygiene items, medicine and diesel fuel for generators — the Catholic aid associations from the Holy Land, U.S. and Europe are beginning to plan for the psychosocial needs of Gazans at the eventual end to the confrontation.
“We are talking about a massive number of people who will be in need of help, and of at least 200,000 children who will need intervention,” said Sami El-Yousef, regional director of the Jerusalem Office of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
CNEWA ran such a program after the Israeli incursion into Gaza in 2012, he said.
AUG 1, 2014, 2:12 PM
But then a few months ago she was arrested for prostitution. That put a scare in her — that and threatening mobile messages from a former lover — so she's trying to go it alone.The Syrian refugee woman huddled in the latest room she calls home, a peeling, run-down place outside a north Lebanese village. The mother of six doesn't know how she'll pay the rent. She's gotten by over the past year by taking a series of lovers who would pay for her housing.
"I could never imagine that I'd reach this point," said 38-year-old Samar, who lived a middle-class life back in Syria with a husband who has disappeared since his arrest by Syrian troops.
Findings from the 2013 World Day Evaluation Report
Let us imagine World Day as a five-year-old girl. This summary of findings from the independently conducted 2013 World Day Evaluation takes the form of a letter from the New York Secretariat to religious, secular and civic friends and partners.
Dear Friends of World Day:
Because of you, World Day is doing well in her fifth year. She knows that not every girl has devoted friends from so many faiths, countries and backgrounds coming together to celebrate her birthday annually. In fact, three out of every four of you hold interfaith services including prayer ceremonies; indicating that collaboration is "essential to protect the rights of children," along with the forums, workshops, trainings, vigils, marches and policy efforts you mobilized.
In fact, although 20 November is her "special day," World Day has heard that many of you organize multiple gatherings that run for several days or weeks. It seems to work well that one of you takes the lead, with many other groups joining in. For 2013, we've heard about 96 celebrations in 51 countries so far, and that most of the gatherings were coordinated with UNICEF and the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC). World Day enjoyed the companionship of peers also, as children took part in about half of these activities.
By Julia Holtz- As Tuesday’s major summits here and in London focused global attention on adolescent girls, the United Nations offered new data warning that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation, while more than 700 million women alive today were forced into marriage as children.
Girl Summit tackles female genital mutilation and child marriage, as Unicef warns 280 million girls could be brides before 18
More than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, with one in three of them married before their 15th birthday, according to a global prevalence study.
As activists, politicians and campaigners gather for the first Girl Summit onchild marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), a report by Unicef, the UN's children's agency, reveal the devastating situation of millions of women.
The study, the first of its kind, also reveals that more than 130 million girls and women have experienced some form of FGM, and states that urgent efforts are needed to tackle gender inequality or the number will not reduce. If the current decline in FGM continues at the same rate, more than 63 million more girls could be cut by 2050.
About a third of child brides live in India, according to Unicef. If nothing more is done to end the practice, the number of married girls could increase to more than 1 billion by 2050. Population estimates suggest the number could leap from 700 million to 950 million by 2030 and 1.2 billion by 2050. At least 280 million girls are at risk of becoming brides by the time they turn 18.
Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.