Day: April 2, 2021

Seven Civilians Killed in Government Attack on Syrian Hospital

On the morning of March 21st, artillery shells hit a hospital in northwest Syria, killing seven civilians and injuring at least 16 others. Government forces launched 3 artillery strikes at al-Atarib Surgical Hospital in the rebel-held city of Atareb in western Aleppo. Injured patients and medical staff were sent to

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Mounting Death Tolls in Niger

Thirteen people were killed in western Niger after armed men on motorbikes raided three villages near the Malian border. An AFP source close to one of the village chiefs stated that the assailants “encircled the villages” and killed people who tried to flee. The attackers also stole animals, looted a

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Main Congolese Opposition Party Boycotts Presidential Election

The main Congolese opposition party, Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), boycotted the most recent presidential election in the country. President Denis Sassou Nguesso was re-elected with 88% of the vote on March 23, beating six contenders and extending his 36-year reign to an unprecedented third term. Past events, such

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Sexual Violence As A Weapon of War In Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict, UN Calls For An End To the ‘Horrific’ Violence

Since November 2020, the fighting amongst Ethiopian government forces and the ruling faction of the country’s Tigray region, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have wreaked havoc on Ethiopia. Thousands have been killed, hundreds of thousands are displaced, there is widespread destruction and increased reports of indiscriminate and targeted attacks against civilians. The attacks include the

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Protests in Bangladesh over Visiting of Indian Prime Minister

On March 28, hundreds of extremists attacked Hindu temples. On the same day, a train in eastern Bangladesh was attacked by extremists. Violent protests broke out across the country as well, many of which were directed against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom protestors allege has shunned Indian Muslim minorities.

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Mass Murders in Myanmar, Citizens Fear for their Lives.

On February 1st, Myanmar’s military, Tatmadaw, seized control over the state.  The military orchestrated a coup d’etat, declaring a one year state of emergency. The people of Myanmar swiftly took to the streets, protesting for their freedom. The protests quickly turned hostile, the Tatmadaw using the opportunity to demonstrate their

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China’s Ongoing Genocide and How the U.K. Is Ignoring It

A 105-page letter was released by a London Queen Counsel, an expert in law, on the “very credible case” proving there is an ongoing Chinese genocide. The letter, also known as a legal opinion, outlines the human rights violations and abusive activities being inflicted onto the Uighurs, a Muslim group

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UNICEF Condemns ‘Horrific Killings’ of Dozens in Niger

In the Tillaberi region of Niger, at least 58 civilians including six children have been brutally killed by armed men on Monday, 15 March 2021. DW News reports that the Niger government has stated assailants “intercepted four vehicles carrying passengers back from the weekly market of Banibangou to the villages

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Myanmar, Sanctions, and the Path to Peace

On March 22, the situation in Myanmar became increasingly tense, as the Biden administration and the EU both imposed a new round of sanctions on the military regime that recently came to power. While the OWP and myself in particular have covered the situation’s development before, I feel it is

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Devastating Fire Strikes a Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee Camp

A massive fire ravaged the Balukhali Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on Monday, March 22. It was the worst fire in the cramped settlement since 2017 and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) estimates 15 people were killed and 550 injured, with another 400 missing. At least 10,000 shelters were destroyed,

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As Brazil’s COVID-19 Deaths Soar, Pressure Piles on Bolsonaro

On Thursday, March 25, Brazil registered a daily record of over 100,000 new coronavirus cases, highlighting the immense scale of a rapidly spreading outbreak that is becoming a major political crisis for President Jair Bolsonaro. According to the Health Ministry, the record caseload – along with approximately 3,000 additional COVID-19

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Over 137 Confirmed Dead After Violent Attack in Niger

On the afternoon of Sunday March 21st, 2021, at least 137 civilians, including 22 children, were confirmed to be killed in a string of violent attacks on several villages in Niger, near the Malian border. The perpetrators, a group of gunmen riding on motorcycles, raided the villages of Intazayene, Bakorat,

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Japan Takes Steps Towards Marriage Equality

On Wednesday 17th March, a Japanese Court in Sapporo ruled that the government’s non-recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, in a move which puts pressure on the Diet to change its currently inactive stance on such unions. The first of several cases regarding equal marriage in Japan, the Sapporo ruling

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Why Yemen is Reaching Crisis Levels of Food Insecurity

The ongoing famine crisis in Yemen has devastating effects on families, including diseases and death driven by malnutrition. Yemenis have lived with this matter for various years, though recently food insecurity has been rapidly intensifying. A conflict driven by political differences ultimately further drove this country into severe famine. According

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