CONFLICT IN ETHIOPIA THREATENS REGIONAL STABILITY

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Tigray President Debretsion Gebremichael has confirmed his forces’ bombing of the Eritrean city of Asmara, as the conflict in the northern region of Ethiopia continues to escalate. While he did not say how many missiles were fired, he did say his troops were fighting both Eritrean and Ethiopian forces on “several fronts” along the Ethiopian…

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REFUGEE CAMP ON GREEK ISLAND BURNS DOWN LEAVING 13,000 HOMELESS

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After the fires of 8 and 9 September destroyed the notoriously overcrowded refugee camp Moria, thousands of asylum-seekers were forced to sleep in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos. Officials said the fires were deliberately set by some camp residents who were angered at quarantine and isolation orders imposed after 35 people tested…

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HOSTILITY TOWARDS ROHINGYA REFUGEES GROWS

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Rohingya refugees face rising opposition from surrounding South East Asian nations, as they seek asylum and compassion, after years in crowded camps in Bangladesh. Last week, Bangladesh said it would not take back nearly 300 Rohingya who were detained by Malaysia after their boat was found drifting off the country’s northwestern island of Langkawi. From…

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10 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR LEBANON

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Dear prayer partners, On Saturday 6 June, people gathered in Beirut’s Martyr’s Square, shouting: “We want a better life,” seeking solutions to the economic crisis, an end to corruption and the downfall of civil war-era politicians. Fighting broke out between rival protest factions after some chanted anti-Hezbollah slogans. Some protesters threw rocks at security forces…

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27 MAY ’20 | PRAY FOR SOUTH SUDAN

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Dear prayer partners, On Friday 22 May, the UN human rights chief insisted that intercommunal violence in South Sudan had to stop and those responsible had to be swiftly brought to justice. This announcement came after a review report of the first three months of 2020, revealed that about 658 people were killed in intercommunal…

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CORONAVIRUS THREATENS TO TURN AID CRISES INTO ‘HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHES’

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By Donnelly McCleland Stringent new international restrictions on movement introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic are threatening the lives of millions of people across the world already caught up in humanitarian emergencies. UN agencies, aid groups and international experts have warned that the new restrictions, which have closed borders and ports, and severely limited the…

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LEBANON REELS UNDER DOUBLE BLOW OF COVID-19 AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The past six months have brought hardships unseen in Lebanon even during the bitter days of its 15-year civil conflict that ended in 1990. Already ravaged livelihoods are now buckling under the economic disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. While the anti-establishment protests that erupted last year called for freedom, secularism and unity,…

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UN CALLS FOR COMPASSION FOLLOWING ROHINGYA DEATHS AT SEA

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The UN called for compassion for people desperately seeking shelter after at least 30 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar reportedly died on a boat in the Bay of Bengal that had spent nearly two months at sea. Bangladesh’s coast guard rescued a further 396 near-starving refugees from the vessel. One refugee told a reporter the group…

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EU-TURKEY STANDOFF AS GREECE BLOCKS REFUGEES

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Thousands of migrants and refugees are caught between the borders of Turkey and Greece after Turkish president Recep Tayipp Erdogan announced last week that the path to Europe was open. However, the Greek border is lined with barbed wire and riot police armed with tear gas. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece will not…

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