Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

Common Dreams

With nearly 600,000 internally displaced persons still in camps, the scale of Haiti’s homeless problem remains daunting.

by Bill Quigley

Mathias O is 34 years old.  He is one of about 600,000 people still homeless from the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  He lives with his wife and her 2 year old under a homemade shelter made out of several tarps.  They sleep on the rocky ground inside.  The side tarp walls are reinforced by pieces of cardboard boxes taped together.  Candles provide the only inside light at night.  There is no running water.  No electricity.  They live near a canal and suffer from lots of mosquitoes.  There are hundreds of families living in tents beside him.  This is the third tent community he has lived in since the earthquake. Continue reading Wave of Illegal, Senseless and Violent Evictions Swells in Port au Prince

Human trafficking ring used girls as young as 12, Cook County prosecutors say


Chicago Tribune

 9 people charged in sex-ring case

By Antonio Olivo and Dahleen Glanton, Tribune reporters

Dozens of girls, some as young as 12, were forced into prostitution by a human trafficking ring that kept its victims in line with brutal means that included beatings, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Wednesday. Continue reading Human trafficking ring used girls as young as 12, Cook County prosecutors say

Bomb at UN building in Nigerian capital Abuja

BBC

There has been a bomb attack at the UN building in the Nigerian capital Abuja, the United Nations says.   The BBC’s Bashir Sa’ad Abdullahi, who is at the site of the explosion, says the ground floor of the building has been badly damaged.  The emergency services are removing dead bodies from the building while a number of wounded are being rushed to hospital, our correspondent says.  Islamist militants have carried out recent attacks on the city. Continue reading Bomb at UN building in Nigerian capital Abuja

Congolese religious leaders expressed worries that November’s general elections could be marred by violence

KINSHASA, Congo (CNS) — Congolese religious leaders expressed worries that November’s general elections could be marred by violence, and they called on the international community to ensure optimal security for people and ballots after the polls. Continue reading Congolese religious leaders expressed worries that November’s general elections could be marred by violence

Nuclear refugees struggle to cope with uncertain future

Japan Times

Left in limbo by lack of official info, many don’t know where to turn

By MIZUHO AOKI

Staff writer

Like thousands of other people, Miwa Kamoshita’s life was turned upside down when the March 11 tsunami struck the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, leading her and her family to voluntarily evacuate their home in Iwaki, some 40 km south of the crippled power station. Continue reading Nuclear refugees struggle to cope with uncertain future