South Sudan refugee protection: ‘Failing to punish sexual offenders adequately undermines confidence in the system’

South Sudan refugee protection: ‘Failing to punish sexual offenders adequately undermines confidence in the system’

One of the overriding complaints from camp residents in Malakal Protection of Civilians (POC) site in South Sudan has been inaction over sexual abuse cases and the absence of justice. A woman who said an MSF worker tried to rape her daughter said community leaders took the side of the...

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Sexual abuse in South Sudan’s refugee camps: ‘Perpetrators are mostly humanitarians, UN peacekeepers’

Sexual abuse in South Sudan’s refugee camps: ‘Perpetrators are mostly humanitarians, UN peacekeepers’

Some cases of sexual abuse in Malakal refugee camp in South Sudan are sometimes covered up by men paying money, proposing marriage, or giving the family a dowry, said Josephina James, assistant head for the women’s group in the camp that holds regular meetings to discuss such abuse and other...

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UN’s predators: Harrowing tales of sexual abuse by aid workers and UN peacekeepers in South Sudan

UN’s predators: Harrowing tales of sexual abuse by aid workers and UN peacekeepers in South Sudan

Adeyinka Badejo, World Food Programme’s (WFP) South Sudan acting country director and the co-chair of the UN-led task force that aims to prevent such abuses, said in a written response to reporters that some prevention efforts had also been disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An external mid-term review of...

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UN peacekeepers, aid workers on the spot over alleged sexual abuse in South Sudan’s refugee camps

UN peacekeepers, aid workers on the spot over alleged sexual abuse in South Sudan’s refugee camps

Accounts of sexual abuse by aid workers at a UN-run camp in South Sudan first surfaced in 2015, two years after the civil war erupted. Seven years on, such reports not only continue but have recently increased, an investigation by The New Humanitarian and Al Jazeera found. The revelations come...

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Engineers get closer to building surgical robots that can independently operate on patients

Engineers get closer to building surgical robots that can independently operate on patients

In 2004, the United States’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) dangled a $1 million prize for any group that could design an autonomous car that could drive itself through 142 miles of rough terrain from Barstow, California, to Primm, Nevada. Thirteen years later, the Department of Defence announced another...

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Rise in mass atrocities in Sahel region linked to Islamic extremists gaining foothold in West Africa

Rise in mass atrocities in Sahel region linked to Islamic extremists gaining foothold in West Africa

Mass atrocities, forced displacement, public executions: terror. It has been a fact of life in parts of Africa’s Sahel region since extremists gained a foothold in Mali in 2012 and then spread their reach beyond its borders. Despite efforts by regional security forces and global partners, the violence shows no...

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Language smooths over rough edges for honest feedback, creates culture businesses thrive on

Language smooths over rough edges for honest feedback, creates culture businesses thrive on

Words matter, especially in a feedback conversation. Consider the impact of calling sushi “raw, dead fish”, or a colonoscopy…well, never mind. Keep language focused on effectiveness and avoid judgmental words such as good/bad and right/wrong. Even less-charged words such as like/don’t like and agree/disagree should be avoided. You might be...

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Why turning feedback into the driver and fuel that power companies to better outcomes

Why turning feedback into the driver and fuel that power companies to better outcomes

This summer I was invited to Vienna to do a workshop on effectively giving and receiving feedback. The participants came from all over Europe, as well as Japan. But all of these human beings had one thing in common: They didn’t relish the thought of giving or receiving feedback. Why?...

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Security report reveals how Russian mercenary Wagner Group is used to kill civilians in Africa

Security report reveals how Russian mercenary Wagner Group is used to kill civilians in Africa

The governments of the Central African Republic (CAR) and Mali are using Wagner, the shadowy Russian private military company believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as an agent for attacks against civilians, new research suggests. And the CAR’s President Faustin-Archange Touadéra is going further by deploying Wagner...

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Why millions are mourning Queen Elizabeth: They feel the loss as a part of themselves, even those who never met her

Why millions are mourning Queen Elizabeth: They feel the loss as a part of themselves, even those who never met her

The death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 has prompted an outpouring of emotion – in the United Kingdom and around the globe. Her close family and confidants are grieving for the loss of someone they knew and loved, but what is everyone else feeling? Can feelings...

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