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Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar.


“…..Fighting erupted when Rohingya fighters attacked 30 police stations on Friday and clashes continued on Saturday……”


Myanmar: More than 70 people were killed on Friday in clashes between militants and security forces in Rakhine State.

NY Times

  • “…The dead included at least 12 members of the security forces and at least 59 Rohingya insurgents…”

Burma News

  • “…..The national commission, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan…. pressed the government to take “urgent and sustained action”, including improving the low socio-economic development in Rakhine State, resolving citizenship status and accelerating the national verification process and ensuring the freedom of movement for all people….”


A slow death in Yemen: War, malnutrition, cholera and no end in sight

NY Times


The Newark Riots, 7/12/1967-7/17/1967: 26 were killed — many of them black residents, as well as a white firefighter and a white police detective — and more than 700 were injured, causing about $10 million in damages and reducing entire blocks to charred ruins.

NY Times

June 4, 1989: Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement; hundreds – possibly thousands – of people died.

At least 13 people were killed in one day in the capital of Caracas.



More than 100 people, including 68 children, the vast majority being families evacuating from two Shiite villages, were killed in a suicide attack on Saturday in rebel-held northwestern Syria.



Syria: Witnesses to the attack said it began just after sunrise. Numerous photographs and graphic videos posted online by activists and residents showed children and older adults gasping and struggling to breathe, or lying motionless in the mud as rescue workers ripped off victims’ clothes and hosed them down. The bodies of least 10 children lay lined up on the ground or under a quilt.

NY TImes

“…..Rescue workers from the White Helmets civil defense organization said that many children were among at least 50 dead and 250 wounded. Radi Saad, who writes incident reports for the group, said that volunteers had reached the site not knowing a chemical was present, and that five of them had suffered from exposure to the substance…..”

Gaza: Gazans are rebuilding after living through wars, but after so many years of isolation, residents of Gaza find themselves ever further from Palestinians in the West Bank, their future clouded by rising doubts that they could ever unite and work toward a lasting peace.

NY Times

  • Two million tons of rubble have been cleared
  • Two-thirds of the 160,000 damaged homes have been rebuilt
  • Half of the 11,000 homes that were destroyed have been rebuilt
  • Roads are better, travel faster.
  • The first real mall, with a food court and 12 escalators
  • Unemployment is high, especially among the many young people graduating from college.
  • 50,000 people remain displaced.
  • Electricity and water supplies are still near crisis levels.
  • Tunnel building goes on

War and economic crisis in Yemen has left an estimated 3.3 million people, including 2.2 million children, suffering from acute malnutrition and 460,000 under 5 have severe acute malnutrition.


Meritxell Relano, UNICEF representative in Yemen:

“Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains,” she said, with 63 out of every 1,000 live births now dying before their fifth birthday, against 53 children in 2014.

Yemen has been divided by nearly two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Releno later told a news briefing that the rate of severe acute malnutrition had “tripled” between 2014 and 2016 to 460,000 children…..”


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