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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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 11/30/2015 - 12/04/2015

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 11/30/2015 - 12/04/2015

Refugees in Europe: Refugees continue flocking to Europe despite the increasing harsh conditions of the approaching winter. Meanwhile, many European responses have focused on security and limiting the flow of refugees and migrants. Hungary’s response has included detaining asylum seekers for weeks at a time. Macedonia’s recent decision to only allow Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans to cross the border with Greece has pit refugees against migrants who argue that while their countries may not be at war, they still have legitimate asylum claims. Meanwhile, after a deal with the European Union, Turkey has stepped up its own security measures and started to detain migrants attempting to reach Greece. These responses have compounded the hardships and challenges faced by refugee children, who make up one in five refugees in Europe.

The following video is a powerful visual of the vulnerabilities of refugees arriving in Europe, and underscores the need to place protection first.

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