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UNHCR Figures at a Glance

Figures ata glance

Introducing Haiti’s cholera plight “into the minds and hearts of people of power and influence, and people who wish to do good in key places.”

Miami Herald

“…building a consortium to finance long-term water and sanitation needs in Haiti….”

“….The United Nations announced the long-term project last month as part of a new approach to eliminating the water-borne disease in Haiti. The proposal is part of a $400 million package then-U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon laid out after delivering a long sought after apology to the people of Haiti for the U.N.’s role in introducing the deadly disease in Haiti with the arrival of Nepalese peacekeepers nearly seven years ago. Since then, the disease has killed more than 9,400 Haitians and infected more than 802,000 people….”


For the first time since a cholera epidemic believed to be imported by United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians nearly six years ago, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be needed to respond to the crisis.

NY Times

“…..The first victims lived near a base housing 454 United Nations peacekeepers freshly arrived from Nepal, where a cholera outbreak was underway, and waste from the base often leaked into the river. …….”



“At a minimum, the U.N. requires a full-fledged cease-fire or weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses to reach the millions of people in need throughout Aleppo and replenish the food and medicine stocks, which are running dangerously low.”

NY Times

“….Two million people in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo lack access to running water because of escalated fighting…”


South Sudan: At Juba’s sprawling displacement camp on the outskirts of the capital, women risk starvation and/or sexual assault.

NY Times


UNICEF: The number of children who do not attend school is rising, child marriage has not dropped in decades and millions of young children will die mostly preventable deaths by 2030 if global poverty is not addressed



** UN: More than 200 million girls and women globally have suffered genital mutilation, far higher than previously estimated.


**  “…..half of girls and women who have been cut live in just three countries – Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia…..”


U.N. report: International peacekeepers in Central African Republic implicated in the alleged abuse of children between December 2013 and June 2014


**  The U.N. has come under fire for its handling of the allegations

**  The implicated peacekeepers were not under United Nations command at the time

**  The three-member review panel harshly criticized the way the U.N. and its agencies dealt with the alleged abuse, calling it “seriously flawed” and a “gross institutional failure.”

**  3 senior U.N. officials had abused their authority by failing to take action.

Date: 02/15/2012 Description: Map of the Central African Republic © CIA World Factbook

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning North Korea’s bleak human rights situation and encouraging the Security Council to refer the North to the International Criminal Court.

NY Times

Korea and the Yellow Sea



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