2021 Reham al‐Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship (RAF) 5/30/21
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This year's programme will be conducted entirely online, for three weeks during Sep‐Oct 2021, which corresponds with the opening session of UNGA 76. The programme invites applications from working journalists aged 22‐35 from an eligible Member State, with a demonstrated passion for covering UN priority issues in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, and climate action.
The online application form is open from 3 May to 15 June 2021. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Young journalists from over 150 countries are eligible to apply.
The programme does not provide basic skills training, as all fellows are expected to be working journalists.
Israel/Gaza: Civilians are paying a heavy price in the escalation in Israel and Gaza by International Committee of the Red Cross, 5/16/2021
Air Strike Impact Gaza Photo Credit: ICRC.
“In the last days have we have seen a dramatic increase of violence. Our teams have rarely been able to move. A de‐escalation is really needed so that we can assess the humanitarian situation on the ground and deliver much‐needed aid, said Mirjam Mueller head of ICRC's Sub Delegation in Gaza. I have been here only a couple of days as head of Sub Delegation in Gaza and it has been heart-breaking to see how the situation has been unfolding,” she added.
Yesterday, the ICRC has donated 3 war wounded kits enough to provide medical treatment for 150 seriously injured patients. In addition, we have donated ten stretchers, carriers with movable side rails and five hospital beds to the newly opened ward at Shifa hospital in Gaza.
On Wednesday, a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross visited the village of Dahmash in central Israel, where a rocket killed two civilians. In addition, in Petah Tikva a rocket fell between residential buildings, damaging five of them, one seriously.
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What‘s next for Israel and Palestine? By Pip Cook, 6/6/2021
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It will be “ongoing”, meaning it can pursue the inquiry indefinitely, bringing an unprecedented level of international scrutiny to the region. The commission is also mandated to not only look into alleged “crimes” committed during the latest conflict, but also investigate “all underlying root causes of recurrent tensions, instability and protraction of conflict”, including “systematic discrimination and repression based on national, ethnic, racial or religious identity” both in the occupied Palestinian territories and inside Israel.
Although the commission could investigate human rights violations by all parties to the conflict, the resolution makes no mention of Hamas, which prompted many member states to criticize it for being one-sided.
Among the civilian infrastructure impacted by Israeli bombardment were 53 schools damaged, along with 6 hospitals, 11 primary healthcare centers, and the central COVID‐19 testing laboratory. More than 77,000 civilians in Gaza had to flee their homes to seek protection.
Ethiopia: Fear and lack of farming supplies risk severe long‐term food shortages by International Committee of the Red Cross, 6/6/21
To help farmers who can safely access their agricultural land grow cereal crops for the next year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, is distributing seeds and two varieties of fertilizer to 16,000 families in central zone of Tigray Region.
“The farming communities we recently visited are struggling. They can only afford two meals a day instead of three, and the variety of what they eat has become very poor,” said Amila Suriyarathne, who heads the economic security program for the ICRC in Ethiopia. “The farming season in Tigray starts soon, and things can deteriorate very quickly if farmers can‘t plant crops.”
NYS Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn's Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American community
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“I pray for the victims and their families and condemn these violent acts of harassment and hatred against Asian Americans in the United States.”
NYS Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn
Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell on Earth Day
“International Mother Earth Day, April 22nd, is a glorious date for the inhabitants of our Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as for the entire planet. ”
Costa Rican Vice President Epsy Campbell