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he English poet, John Donne, wrote a famous poem which starts ‘No man is an island’…What did he mean? We all live an the same world,so as some people say, we live in a ‘global village’.We cannot pretend that our actions will not have consequences for other people, for other countries. 

We can agree with this idea, but still do nothing. Meanwhile, overpopulation in the Third World results in malnutrition and poverty, and this ofen, in wars. This can often cause political problems in some countries,leading to conflicts which affect us all.

      To avoid explosive situations or epidemics, people leave the developing world in search of better life. But the ‘developed’ world also has its problems, and often cannot cope with mass immigration. Xenophobic tendencies are increasing, bur conflicts are not only caused by economic factors. There can also be religious, ethnic or territorial reasons for disputes and wars.

 Taken from SSLIC “One World?”Eleanitz English

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Who are refugees?

They are immigrants who have been forced to leave their country of origin because of racism, religious hazards, natural causes or civil wars.

“Those that we want a more compassionate treatment of people fleeing desperate situations have failed to impose on us public opinion, and the cost of that is death.”

News in Gipuzkoa

Rescue professionals were established as an NGO under the umbrella of Humanitarian Maritime Rescue to assist refugees trying to cross the Aegean Sea. Their  work has been recognized with the number zero of the spring race next Sunday in Donostia.

How long have you been in Greece? How did the initiative to go there emerge?

Mr Javier Herrero: We made groups of four or five people who remain in shifts of 15 to 20 days. In addition, there is a person who is permanently  there and has the support of two or three places that have integrated into the group.

IG: There is  a bag of 70 volunteers who are organizing shifts. The idea is to be there until we are needed there. We have no return date.

What is your source of funding?

IG: At this time, we have  private donations and some public subsidy, but small. We are also looking for  the help of groups that organize events  as the case of this spring race.

A colleague told me some time ago that when they reach land, refugees have enough support and a reasonably good care, and the Maritime Rescue Humanitarian work is limited to those last meters of the journey at sea does. How they detected that need?

-JH: It is common sense. On TV shows , are shown patrol boats built especially  by the police. Those who work in rescue  know that people who come to the coast have suffered a lot, a lot of them  cannot swim,  can be complicated.That’s where we realize that where you have to act effectively is at sea.We must try to catch them so as to bring them to a safe area.

IG: The intention of the NGO was precisely cover the slot in which they are disadvantaged. Who reaches land meets NGO medical and logistical support, with places where they can change clothes … This area is quite covered but the strip of water is presenting shortcomings. Lesbos is where the bulk of refugee traffic is, and there are already five or six organizations dedicated to water safety. Unlike other organizations that get straight to work in the area; we put ourselves at the disposal of the Greek Coast Guard Service, which was assigned to us Chíos because there was no one doing that role until our arrival.

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If you want to read full interview you can check it here.

Information from Noticias de Gipuzkoa.

Video-interview

We have made a kind of experiment. We  have prepared 3 questions about refugees and we went down the street asking people of different ages. The questions are:
– Who are the refugees? What do think about them?
– What do you think about the behaviour that politicians are having?
– Do you collaborate with any  NGO?
Here you have the video with the result of our experiment. You can draw your own conclusion, we have done it  at the end of the video. Enjoy it!

 

Children and girls in armed conflicts

PALESTINIAN OCCUPIED  TERRITORIES: Two Israeli children play with sacks full of sand  that have been used as barricades in front of their house, in Hebrón’s city. They think they aren’t in the first line of the conflict as many Palestinian children. The Israeli children who live in the zones of conflict also have risks and suffer the effects of the violence in their daily life. Children and girls never initiate the wars .Nevertheless, they are the ones that are more exposed to its consequences. They are forced  too often to flee from their homes  to be witnesses of atrocities . As the civilians turn out to be  the principal victims of the armed conflicts, millions of children and girls grow in families and communities involved in wars. More than 45 % of the deaths caused by the conflicts were children and girls. Hundreds of thousands of children are caught into  armed conflicts  and are bound to turn into refugees or into internally displaced persons,they  suffer sexual violence,  ill-treatment and the exploitation, or if not, they are victims of the remains of explosives of war and of the anti-personnel mines. The children and the girls are always the first victims of the armed conflicts. Even when they don’t die or suffer mutilations, they can remain orphans,or are  kidnapped or suffer  from psychological complications and emotional stress due to the violence they are surrounded by. Displacement, the poverty or the loss of relatives also cause this situation. Those who survive  violence have to fight to be still alive: against disease,  inadequate housings, the absence of basic services and the lack of food. There are times in which the violence affects  schools, often with tragic consequences.

     TEXT TAKEN FROM THE OFFICE OF UNICEF IN PAMPLONA

Crisis in Syria and the region: The work of UNICEF and its members

From the beginning of the conflict, five years ago, UNICEF, with a total of 536 workers, has its workers in Syria and in the neighbouring countries to minimize the impact of the humanitarian crisis in the children, with special support in the areas to save lives dealing with health, nutrition, vaccination, and water and reparation. In the future they will focus more on education and the protection. In addition, the NGO wants to equip 2,6 million children in Syria and the region with better clothes to be prepared to confront the hard winter.

  • WATER, REPARATION AND HYGIENE: more than 13,5 million persons with access to drinkable water, of whom approximately 11 millions are inside Syria.
  • HEALTH: near 20 million children vaccinated against the polio, 3 millions of them inside Syria.
  • NUTRITION: more than 1,3 million five-year-old minor children, as well as pregnant and nursing women, have received supplements of nutrients and micronutrients to try or to anticipate the malnutrition in Syria and The Lebanon.
  • EDUCATION: about 1,3 million children and teenagers have had access to opportunities of formal and informal education in Syria and the region.?
  • PROTECTION: more than 1,2 million children have received psychological support to confront the trauma and the stress caused by the conflict, the majority inside Syria.

 

 TEXT TAKEN  FROM THE OFFICE OF UNICEF IN PAMPLONA