It doesn’t matter if you are documented. You have rights in this country.

Hundreds of Central Americans and their supporters gathered in front of the White House on Wednesday, 30 December to protest the US government’s plan to significantly ramp of deportations, beginning on January 2.

As US Steps Up Deportations, Advocates Push for Refugee Status for Central Americans

Since its creation more than 70 years ago, the United States has not only hosted the UN but played a major role in its work to prevent conflict, reduce poverty and promote human rights.

On Thursday, having seen the blueprint of the 2018 budget released by the White House, UN Secretary-General (through his spokesperson) said that he fully subscribes to the necessity to effectively combat terrorism but believes that it requires more than military spending.

“There is also a need to address the underlying drivers of terrorism through continuing investments in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, sustainable and inclusive development, the enhancement and respect of human rights, and timely responses to humanitarian crises.

The international community is facing enormous global challenges that can only be addressed by a strong and effective multilateral system, of which the United Nations remains the fundamental pillar.”

📷: Elif Gulec

The image was accompanied by a tweet quoting a Syrian refugee in Belgrade: “#Syrians are full of praise for #Serbian police. ‘They’re fair. They’re the first who didn’t treat us like animals.‘” Photo by Manveen Rana. Used with permission.

Serbian Police Officer and Smiling Syrian Boy Show Europe How Welcoming Refugees Is Done

With worldwide levels of displacement by war reaching all-time highs, more than 477,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe by crossing the Mediterranean so far in 2015, according to the United Nations. An estimated 4,000 people are arriving daily to the Greek islands. Nearly 3,000 people have died trying to make the journey.

Special Coverage: Streams of Refugees Seek Sanctuary in Europe

Enough. Enough.

After more than two years of conflict and more than 70,000 deaths, including thousands of children. … After more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, including over a million refugees living in severely stressed neighboring countries … After so many families torn apart and communities razed, schools and hospitals wrecked and water systems ruined … After all this, there still seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and parties that could put a stop to the cruelty and carnage in Syria.

We, leaders of U.N. agencies charged with dealing with the human costs of this tragedy, appeal to political leaders involved to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region.
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Valerie Amos, Ertharin Cousin, Antonio Guterres, Anthony Lake and Margaret Chan

NYT “A U.N. Appeal to Save Syria”

In Madagascar, 44,000 children under the age of 5 die each year, according to the latest UNICEF figures. That staggering number is the same as the population of all children 5 and under in the entire Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region of France. It’s also the number of victims in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 15 times over.

The problem can no longer be handled with half measures.

44,000 Malagasy Children Die Every Year for Lack of Care. How Can We Stop It?

We imagine we are alone, that everyone fends for themselves, but this, what we are seeing these days, isn’t quite so.

On the other hand, the state has shown unseen laziness, unpreparedness, and complete lack of organization. And who needs a state like that?

As Serbia and Bosnia live through the worst floods the region has seen in 120 years, relief and aid efforts are mostly being led by civilians and civic movements.

Serbians Take Flood Relief Into Their Own Hands

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Dead bodies are still being retrieved in the Visayas two months after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Temporary shelters were also exposed to be overpriced and substandard

Apparently corruption continues along the straight and narrow path. How sad.

Philippine Typhoon Haiyan Victims Complain of Slow Relief and Substandard Shelters

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Whenever you see an elder person sitting all alone, look again! He or she may be in your family or neighborhood or someone you’ve seen many times and is always alone. This person has one need that you can fulfill.

The HUG campaign is working to bridge the inter-generational gap between young people and the elderly in an attempt to stem the growing isolation of India’s silver citizens.

Can a Hug Help Unite Generations? This Indian Campaign Says ‘Yes!’