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Syrian refugees fleeing the current government offensive face scorpion bites, dehydration, and contaminated water,

NY Times

  • At least 15 Syrians have died in camps near the Jordanian border because of “scorpion bites, dehydration and diseases transmitted through contaminated water,” according to a report published this week by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

  • Twelve of the dead were children; two women and one elderly man also died.

  • More than 320,000 people in the Dara’a region have been displaced by the fighting

  • Most are living in campsites near the Jordanian border and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights without adequate shelter, food or water.

  • Thousands are sleeping in the open desert.


Ethiopia: Scores of people have been injured, some critically, in an explosion at a rally for the new Prime Minister.


Rescuers and medics say at least 70 people have died in Syria in a suspected gas attack in Douma



April 7, 1994: The Rwanda Genocide begins

History Channel

“….Rwandan armed forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeeping officers in a successful effort to discourage international intervention in their genocide that had begun only hours earlier. In less than three months, Hutu extremists who controlled Rwanda murdered an estimated 800,000 innocent civilian Tutsis in the worst episode of genocide since World War II. The Tutsis, a minority group that made up about 10 percent of Rwanda’s population, received no assistance from the international community, although the United Nations later conceded that a mere 5,000 soldiers deployed at the outset would have stopped the wholesale slaughter.….”


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.




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