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NEWS: U.N. Says 20 Million Lives At Risk From War and Conflict

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posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 08:58 AM
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Jan Egeland, the chief of United Nations humanitarian operations, reported yesterday to the U.N. that over 20 million people did not have the "basic means of survival", and the U.N. was powerless to help them. Politics and violence have kept workers from intervening in many cases. One aid worker is quoted as saying, "For every politician, aid is something to be twisted to their advantage."
 


news.independent.co.uk - Silent witnesses: 20 million civilians lost to the world

The innocent are the first casualties of war. Yesterday the UN admitted that it is powerless to help.

Scruple-free governments, rag-tag rebel groups and other predators of conflict put the lives of more than 20 million people at risk, the chief of United Nations humanitarian operations, Jan Egeland, said in New York yesterday. UN and aid agencies were unable to deliver "the basic means of survival" to those that needed it most as a result of obstacles ranging from petty bureaucracy to callous obstructionism, to the outright menace of violence.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


The unimaginable list of victims shows the enormous problem that violence has caused to our world. Many victims live on bread and tea, can't afford shoes, and wander from refugee camp to refugee camp looking for food and sustenance. In some countries children freeze to death in the winter when their parents can't afford blankets or houses. Simple things that most of the world takes for granted, such as clean drinking water, are rare commodities in these areas of the world.

Read the source article for a description of each regions problems.

    Sudan - 2 million people at risk.
    AFGHANISTAN - 1 million people at risk.
    CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 2.2 million people at risk.
    NEPAL - 3 million people at risk.
    NORTHERN CAUCASUS - 1.2 million people at risk.
    NORTHERN UGANDA - 1.6 million people at risk.
    PALESTINE - 3.5 million people at risk.
    SOMALIA - .5 million people at risk.




It is not famine, drought, or lack of food in the world that is threatening the lives of these people. It is the plague of war and political conflict. Sadly, many of these atrocities are completely avoidable, and could be prevented if politicians were more concerned with their citizens than they were with their power and wealth.


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posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 12:21 PM
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Sadly, many of these atrocities are completely avoidable, and could be prevented if politicians were more concerned with their citizens than they were with their power and wealth.


A major problem in pretty much every country, especially the US under the Bush admin., it's just the US is a hell of a lot wealthier then some of these other 3rd world nations, so neglected Americans may not be as bad as citizens from some of these other countries, but are neglected nonetheless.

this game does a good job of explaining the repercussions of GWB's policies toward middle and lower class americans:
www.emogame.com...

if only there was a way to eradicate war and funnel defense $$ to the 3rd world....NWO? hehe.

-raven

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posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 01:01 PM
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It appears that the Sudan is practicing genocide, an yet we don't see a massive attack there for human rights, perhaps they have no oil or are not stratigic enough for this administration.



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 01:03 PM
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Originally posted by dbatesSimple things that most of the world takes for granted, such as clean drinking water, are rare commodities in these areas of the world.

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Makes you think eh ?

How many of "us" [in 'developed nations'] can really understand what this means, or could possibly imagine what the loss of reliable food, water, fuel and shelter would mean to "our" way of life ?



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