Alert News Weekly
Peace hopes rise in Congo, no Syria peace talks in sight and Vatican says human trafficking is crime against humanity
Thomson/Reuters - The top humanitarian headlines this week include: Peace hopes rise in Congo, no Syria peace talks in sight and Vatican says human trafficking is crime against humanity.
DR CONGO: Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel group has
called an end to a 20-month revolt after the army captured its last
hilltop strongholds, raising hopes for peace in a region where millions
have died in nearly two decades of violence.
MALI: France will stick to its timetable for withdrawing
troops from Mali despite a resurgence in violence and the killing of
two French journalists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says.
SOUTH SUDAN: Permanent residents of the disputed
Abyei region have overwhelmingly voted
to join South Sudan in a symbolic referendum that could antagonise
heavily armed Arab nomads who drive their livestock through the area and
claim it for Sudan.
KENYA: A Kenyan police
crackdown on Islamists is fuelling Muslim resentment and moderate
preachers say it undermines their efforts to counter recruiting by al Qaeda
militants with links across the border in Somalia.
PHILIPPINES: The Philippines has evacuated coastal areas and
put emergency workers on alert as a storm expected to grow into a super
typhoon heads towards central islands still recovering from a 7.2
magnitude earthquake that hit last month.
REFUGEES AND DISPLACEMENT: Around 50 members of a
Muslim minority in Myanmar are feared
drowned after trying to flee Rakhine state in a boat that sank in
the early hours of Sunday, according to a community leader and a security
NATURAL DISASTERS: A volcano
has erupted on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, forcing
hundreds of villagers to evacuate, officials say. Mount Sinabung spewed a
7-km (4.3-mile) column of ash into the air on Sunday, prompting authorities
to impose a 3-km evacuation radius.
SYRIA: Syrians in the capital Damascus
say the problem of abuse and exploitation of civilians by armed groups has
been exacerbated by the expansion of militias known as Popular Committees,
which form part of President Bashar al-Assad's response to the uprising now
in its third year.
ISRAEL/PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu says peace talks with the Palestinians have failed to
make real progress and he hopes visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
them back on track.
HUMANITARIAN AID: International aid agencies
responding to major disasters are
missing chances to improve the way they help survivors by failing
to partner with local organisations, says a report by some of the biggest
names in aid.
HUMAN RIGHTS: Human
trafficking is a crime against humanity that should be recognised
as such and punished by international or regional courts, a Vatican study
MIGRANTS: Libya's navy has rescued
84 African emigrants from a boat that was foundering off its
coast, state news agency Lana says, after hundreds drowned this month
trying to reach Europe. Hundreds of people have died this month trying to
reach Lampedusa, an island south of Sicily, by boat from North
MORE ON TRUST.ORG
gov't, rebels to announce progress from peace talks Reuters
win UK court reprieve on Barclays money transfers Katy Migiro,
Thomson Reuters Foundation
of 7 kidnapped Afghans found, signs of torture officials -
Kosovo to repeat vote in Serb stronghold, challenging
EXCLUSIVE-Chaos in Libya brings trouble importing food
shooting lasting hours in Libya's capital Tripoli
Global action needed to close 8-12 bln tonne emissions gap
rainfall worsening landmine peril for Kashmiri farmers - Ashutosh
Sharma, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sunni fighters in Yemen agree ceasefire after 100 killed
springs combats water scarcity in India's Himalayas Sujit
Chakraborty, Thomson Reuters Foundation
officials see risk of genocide in Central African Republic
Providing water for families so girls can get to school
Magda Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation
key role of mainstream media in disaster management Astrid
Zweynert, Thomson Reuters Foundation
in Mindanao still chaotic weeks after violent clashes Joe
cuts refugees food rations in world s biggest camp, in
Kenya - Katy Migiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation
army shoot own refugees at border, Cameroon blamed Misha
Hussain, Thomson Reuters Foundation
urged to pursue homegrown climate change solutions - E.G.
Woldegebriel, Thomson Reuters Foundation
mosquito trap could reduce malaria in Western Kenya
Gitonga Njeru, Thomson Reuters Foundation
flooding in Peru
homes become the frontline in Aleppo
mass grave 'may be biggest'
army tracks rebels deep into mountain bases