This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/18/2016-07/22/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/18/2016-07/22/2016

Turkey: Friday night, July 15, Turkey experienced an attempted military coup, resulting in 161 deaths and at least 1,440 people injured. After a night of fighting between the insurgent military faction and the government, President Recept Tayyip Erdogan declared that the coup was over and that the government was still in charge.   

Aside this recent coup, Turkey has gone through three military takeovers in 1960, 1971, and 1980 respectively and the people then went through gross human rights violations. According to Elif Shafak, a Turkish novelist and essayist, because of this history, Turkish people are willing to defend the civilian rule against any military coups because they do not want another dictatorship even if they are not fond of the ruling government.

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South Sudan: Helping people find each other after fleeing Wau

Story and video are from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Despite the violence in Juba, South Sudan, our teams are active in places like Wau, where we are helping people who have been separated by conflict find each other. At displacement sites near Wau, we are also providing food, access to drinking water, and bringing the wounded to medical facilities to be treated.

Since December 2013, we've helped nearly 60,000 people re-establish contact with loved ones from whom they were separated due to the conflict in South Sudan.

 

 

South Sudanese Red Cross Volunteers: Dedicated to the cause despite personal loss

South Sudanese Red Cross Volunteers: Dedicated to the cause despite personal loss

Stories and photos are from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes at the end of June when fighting broke out in Wau, South Sudan. Many of those were South Sudan Red Cross volunteers, but that hasn't stopped them from working around the clock to help others in need.

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This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/11/2016 - 07/15/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/11/2016 - 07/15/2016

South Sudan: Last week, violence engulfed Juba, South Sudan as military forces supporting President Salva Kiir and Vice President Machar engaged in heavy battles. As the most recent violence caused more than 300 deaths and 36,000 displaced, and major banks and insurers in Africa temporarily close their operations and evacuating staff, the leaders of both sides on Monday night have ordered to have the clashes ceased. On Wednesday, the White House had deployed 47 troops to the country to protect its citizens and the U.S. embassy until their presences are no longer needed.

This is not the first time that the two forces engage in infighting where innocent civilians get caught in the crossfires; the reason why is that the two leaders have embroiled in a power struggle since 2013 when the President accused the vice president of initiating a coup to oust him out of power. As the result, about 50,000 people were killed, more than 2 million were displaced, and 5 million face great food shortages.

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Our humanitarian action in the Philippines (January-May 2016)

Our humanitarian action in the Philippines (January-May 2016)

In central Mindanao and in the Sulu archipelago, fighting between government security forces and armed opposition groups led to temporary displacement of thousands of civilians. Meanwhile, sporadic hostilities continued between government security forces and the New People's Army in eastern Mindanao, leading to the protracted displacement of civilians; while pockets of clashes also occurred in parts of southern Luzon and Visayas regions.

"Families who flee from their homes again and again will not have stability in their lives. This remains a constant concern for us, as are the substantial number of people who are wounded by the fighting or by explosions in civilian areas," said Pascal Porchet, head of the ICRC delegation to the Philippines.

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