A new report found that visas for victims of human trafficking are currently being denied at higher rates than in previous years. The report released by ‘Refugees International’ found that the denial rate between February 2017 and April 2019 was almost 50 percent. Yael Schacher, one of the author’s and senior U.S. advocate for the group spoke to UNews.
One of the greatest humanitarian disasters in Syria to date is looming. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, including Russia and Iran, have steadily regained control of most of the country. The northwest governor of Idlib and its surroundings in northern Hama and Aleppo countryside are the rebels’ last stronghold. Now Damascus and its allies are applying their brutal efforts there. While the immediate threat to civilians there is dire, if Assad isn’t stopped what comes after could be even worse.
Ever since Congress denied funding for his border wall, President Trump has blamed Democrats for allowing smugglers to “tape up” women and traffic them over the border. There’s little evidence to support that claim. Yet, a House Homeland Security Advisory Council report suggested that the way to stop exploitation of Central American kids is to adopt a policy of swift repatriation and prolonged detention of children seeking asylum. This is an unserious and inhumane approach to the horrors of exploitation and persecution.
Less than two years ago, the plight of the Rohingya minority reached international headlines with an ethnic cleansing campaign at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces that prompted more than 700,000 people to flee to Bangladesh. The roots of the crisis, however, can be traced back several decades.
When Cyclone Idai roared across Mozambique in March, the storm’s severity surprised everyone. One of the most devastating storms in Africa on record, its intense winds, heavy rainfall, and subsequent flooding affected some 3 million people, not only in Mozambique, but also in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Many lost their homes, crops, and everything they owned.