Is violence driving doctors in Middle East to emigrate?
26 January 2023 | 5:22 am
Most doctors working in the region say they have experienced violence in the workplace. Since the pandemic began in 2020, reports of aggression have increased — and so have the numbers of physicians leaving their homes.
There has been a shocking increase in sexual violence committed against Dalit women who languish at the bottom of India's caste system. But the issue is likely worse than it appears because so many crimes go unreported.
An award-winning charity, the Home of Hope for Girls, provides services to survivors of sexual abuse and child sex trafficking in Johannesburg. Sexual violence rates in South Africa are among the highest recorded in the world.
In Turkey, incidents of gun violence have increased by almost 75 percent since 2015, claiming the lives of more than 2,000 people last year alone. Campaigners are calling for a review of gun ownership laws, as the vast majority of weapons are sold illegally.
Hundreds of mothers and their children are destitute as a severe drought continues to threaten death on a scale not seen in half a century, a spokesperson for UNICEF said on Tuesday.
A UN Security Council resolution called for a one-year embargo on all economic resources owned or controlled by Haiti's Jimmy Cherizier, who is the leader of the "G9 Family and Allies" gang.
Witnesses say that young demonstrators against the government of interim President Mahamat Deby are being tortured and killed. Deby has extended his stay in power for two years beyond the promised transitional period.
Last year in Turkey, some 30,000 healthcare professionals were assaulted at work. Part of the problem is overburdened public hospitals. But many of Erdogan's supporters are also hostile to highly educated doctors, which also fuels the violence.
Following the truce deal between Ethiopia's government and Tigray forces, the country looks ahead to peace and reconciliation. But as Amnesty International researcher Donatella Rovera warns, many women were subject to horrific attacks and not enough is being done to make sure they get justice.
"Sexual violence does not go away when war is over (...) Ukraine is sadly another example of a failure to follow through on commitments to preventing sexual violence in war," Murad continued. "Women's rights were never a priority for the international community to prevent the use of sexual violence," Murad said.
Fears of violence are surging ahead of Nigeria's 2023 general elections. Widespread insecurity as well as economic and environmental challenges represent a threat to the upcoming polls.
Violence against women has increased significantly worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic. The victims' association Weisser Ring estimates there was an increase of around ten percent in 2020. The number of unreported cases is also very high.
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