While the Islamic State group’s reign of terror in Iraq and Syria is virtually over, multiple reports throughout its existence show irresponsible arms transfers – especially from the West and its allies, empowering the self-proclaimed caliphate. This highlights an existing danger that won’t necessarily go away with IS: as long as such weapons transactions into war-zones occur, similar… Read More How Islamic State became a military threat in Iraq and Syria
Revelations into Libya’s awful migrant detention centres showed the humanitarian emergency that occurs within them. The international community – particularly the European Union, has not only failed to address this problem, but is responsible for causing it. After Libya descended into chaos following long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi’s fall in 2011, the nation became a… Read More The EU created Libya’s migrant abuses, now it must address them
Burns, lashes, electric shocks and skinning – torture scenes that are usually seen in horror movies, are actually the reality for refugees trying to reach Europe through Libya. While some of them face harsh realities of detention centers, others get auctioned off as slaves. As the situation shows no signs of improvement, humanitarian organizations have… Read More Migrants continue to suffer in Libya’s ‘concentration camps’
Communities in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held area outside Damascus, are at breaking point and in urgent need of aid, warn sources on the ground. Eastern Ghouta is one of the last regions in Syria controlled by anti-government militias. An increasingly tightened siege by the Syrian government, in place for four years, has been preventing aid groups… Read More Civilians in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta at ‘breaking point’
Tunisia is the birthplace of the Arab Spring, and is hailed as the only Arab nation to achieve democracy. While some Middle Eastern and North African nations were torn apart by revolutions, and others’ democratic efforts were suppressed, Tunisia remained stable. Democratic institutions were quickly established after the Jasmine Revolution of 2010-2011, and elections were… Read More Has democracy succeeded in Tunisia?
Clashes between Yemen’s warring factions have recently intensified, leaving civilians at risk from the country’s ongoing conflict, which has already destroyed millions of lives. Yemeni children are traumatised while vital aid cannot reach the injured, and people cannot flee contested areas. Humanitarian NGOs have been urging both sides to immediately agree a ceasefire. The rceent… Read More Civilians desperate for ceasefire in Yemen
Like much of the world, Tunisia is plagued with violence against women. What sets it apart, however, is that while it suffers one of the world’s highest gender violence rates, the Tunisian government is now taking substantial measures to eliminate it. It seeks to build greater awareness while increasing protection and support for victims.… Read More Can Tunisia eliminate violence against women?