The 71st Session of United Nations General Assembly kicked off on 13th of September, where Summit for Refugees and Migrants will be held next Monday, with another summit about the refugees held on Tuesday. Representatives of different nations and NGOs are following the discussions closely although they are not anticipating something overly positive. Meanwhile they still hope that the members of UN would be reminded of their leading roles in solving the global refugee crisis and in acknowledging the human rights of the refugees.
The sights of lifeless and dirty refugee children gathering in the tents set up by the United Nation, or a girl whose face is covered in blood, are only seen on news and donations soliciting advertisements, and could never be seen in Hong Kong… or could they?
Eleven-year-old Chottu works 12 hours daily at a roadside tea joint near New Delhi’s bustling interstate bus terminus, selling snacks and hot tea. As competition is fierce from other vendors, Chottu has to work swiftly to catch his customer’s eye. “I often burn my hands while pouring tea due to the rush. But I’ve no choice. Meagre sales mean no food for me that day,” says the boy who has been working since his mother died and his alcoholic father abandoned him two years ago.
A week after the horrific attack in the Garissa University by the Al-Shabab militants, leaving 148 dead and the world in shock, the Kenyan government is turning its attention to Dadaab refugee camp in the Garissa District as a counter-terrorism measure.
On 18 December 2014 Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta hastily signed the security bill that infringes on many basic rights and freedoms protected in Kenya’s constitution and international human rights law.
[ePrayer – Pray for the elimination of FGM]
UNICEF reported over 125 million women and girls in 29 countries across Africa and Asia have undergone female genital mutilation (‘FGM’). 30 million girls are still at risk of suffering FGM in the next decade. Egypt is top-listed with 27.2 million females having got FGM. The highest percentage among female populations suffering FGM is in Somalia, 98%. The younger generation of girls is less likely to undergo FGM and is more educated and aware of the negative consequences of FGM. Men need to be included in the fight against FGM as many males are reported willing to see an end to this traditional practice. More community protective measures including supports to girls evading FGM are suggested. [IPS]
Pray for the elimination of FGM:
- Pray for concerted effort around the world for FGM elimination;
- Pray that both men and women can speak out that they want this harmful practice eliminated;
- Pray also for FGM victims in overcoming any traumatic effect.