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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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 4/11 - 4/15

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 4/11 - 4/15

Tension in Europe: On Sunday, violence erupted on the border between Greece and Macedonia as refugees in the Idomeni camp attempted to storm a fence.  Macedonian police reportedly responded  with tear gas and rubber bullets, and a clash ensued for seven hours. There were no fatalities, but medical teams in the camp are treating about 300 people for injuries sustained from police beatings, tear gas inhalation, and rubber bullet injuries.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 4/4/2016 - 4/8/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 4/4/2016 - 4/8/2016

On Monday, the world observed the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. On December 8, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly declared that the day would be observed on April 4th of every year, with the intention of calling on states to help establish and develop anti-mine technology and capacities in countries where they are still an everyday threat. At the time, an estimated 15,000-20,000 adults and children were killed or severely injured every year from mines which remained in the ground. 

Since the signing of the 1997 Ottawa Treaty by 162, this figure has decreased dramatically to about 3,500 per year killed or severely injured by mines. Production and transference of mines has been nearly eliminated, and 48 non-state armed groups across the world have pledged against using mines as well. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links 3/28/2016 - 4/1/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links 3/28/2016 - 4/1/2016

This week, Europe saw dramatic changes in the flows of migrants and refugees reaching its shores from the Middle East and North Africa. Over the course of the month, March saw the number of arrivals halve from what they were in February, from 57,000 to 25,000 new arrivals. Yet, the last week in particular has seen contrasting trends, with Italy rescuing 1,482 migrants over two days off the coast of Libya, indicating that arrivals along the North Africa - Italy route are on the rise. Further supporting this observation comes yesterday's tragic sinking of a dinghy carrying about 100 migrants from Libya sinking in the Mediterranean, with the total number dead so far unknown. In Greece, the numbers of arrivals entering from Turkey had drastically reduced as well, with only about 1,000 entering from Turkey per day compared to about 2,000 per day over the past few months. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 2/15/2016 - 2/19/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 2/15/2016 - 2/19/2016

On Wednesday, the Pope completed a six-day trip to Mexico by praying at the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Ciudad Juarez. Before celebrating mass at a fairground, the Pontifex paid a visit to the border fence to pray for those who lost their lives on the perilous journey North, alongside a giant metal cross meant to commemorate them.  In attendance were tens of thousands, many of whom crossed the border from El Paso, Texas to hear the Pope speak. 

During his homily, he called for those listening to have open hearts and recognize the exploitation that drives many to flee their homelands. "We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis" the pope stated, in reference to the thousands of migrants who "are being expelled by poverty and violence, drug trafficking and organized crime". The city of Ciudad Juarez is a pivotal crossing for those trying to reach the United States, and has recently been plagued by drug and migration-related violence. The pope offered words of inspiration to youth to avoid drug trafficking, and took a swipe at Mexico's powerful and corrupt: "the flow of capital cannot decide the flow of people".

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