Warzone News: Week of May 11, 2016
Resource of the Week: At this week’s World Humanitarian Summit, reports that aid in disasters and crises often neglect the needs of older people. MSF, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, has chosen not to attend the summit, saying that it will not hold governments accountable for their role in conflicts and epidemics.
In Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda appears to be working more closely with the Taliban.
In Armenia, despite a ceasefire that went into affect early last month, gunfire and killings continue in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The Armenian government is moving forward with legislation that would recognize the region’s independence.
In Burundi, the country’s former president, Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, died in Brussels. Bagaza seized power in a coup in 1976, and was himself ousted in a coup in 1987. Congolese government officials are accusing Rwanda of stoking tensions in Burundi and encouraging the conflict.
In Central African Republic, a third of children are still not in class as schools struggle to re-open following the conflict that caused displacement and a teacher shortage. Top-ranking UN officials met with the country’s newly elected government, which has opened it’s first session.
In Democratic Republic of Congo, rebels in the eastern region of the country have killed 16 people in a raid on a village that also displaced 1,500 people. Police fired tear gas at the supporters of an opposition leader who was responding to allegations of hiring mercenaries.
In Israel and Palestine, Israel has uncovered a new tunnel into Gaza, built by militants who want to stage attacks against Israel. Following this discovery, rocket fire was exchanged between Israel and Gaza, though no casualties were reported. Attacks continue, as two women were stabbed in a forest outside Jerusalem.
In Kenya, the government has announced that it will close Kakuma and Dadaab camps, two of the largest refugee camps in the world, over fears that the camps have been infiltrated by Al-Shabaab. Most of the refugees living in these camps are from Somalia and South Sudan.
In South Sudan, the number of people facing a food crisis has nearly doubled since the beginning of the year. Tensions remain high in Jubek State, home of the capital city, as clashes broke out during a celebration of the new government.
In Syria, hundreds of thousands of Syrians are not getting the critical aid intended for them because the government is refusing to deliver it. New research is showing that young Syrian men are motivated to join ISIS and other extremist groups because of poverty and a desire for purpose and revenge. Air strikes on a displaced person’s camp in northern Syria killed 28 people. A ceasefire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo was extended by 48 hours, beginning Tuesday morning.
In Yemen, Houthi rebels accused the Saudi-led coalition of violating the ceasefire, threatening the success of peace talks. The US has deployed a small number of troops to help in the fight against Al Qaeda-allied forces. A new report revealed that 40.8 million people were displaced by conflict in 2015, the highest number ever. Yemen had the most number of newly displaced people.
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