#ProPalestinianDemonstrations, #GazaViolence; #Israel, #CIJA; #HolocaustSurvivors; #Ottawa
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: A virtual event was hosted on Sunday by a prominent Canadian Jewish advocacy group amid continued violence between Israeli forces and Palestinians in Gaza,
Image: Gaza violence. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) said that the event was attended by almost 1,000 people with prayers from students and Holocaust survivors as well as remarks from Ohad Kaynar, the deputy head of mission at Israel's embassy in Canada.
Large crowds were seen on Saturday particularly in Canada's cities including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver amid a weekend of pro-Palestinian demonstrations.
According to the Palestinian medics, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City on Sunday flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people.
#Myanmar; #EconomicCollapse; #Covid19Pandemic; #FoodInsecurity
The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday.
That level of impoverishment has not been seen in the country since 2005, and the economy is facing significant risks of a collapse, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in its report, COVID-19, Coup d’état and Poverty: Compounding Negative Shocks and their Impact on Human Development in Myanmar.
“In the space of 12 years, from 2005 to 2017, Myanmar managed to nearly halve the number of people living in poverty. However, the challenges of the past 12 months have put all of these hard-won development gains at risk,” Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said.
The study also noted that as economic, health and political crises affect people and communities differently, vulnerable groups are more likely to suffer, a fact particularly relevant for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ethnic minorities, in particular, the Rohingya community.
According to the report, by the end of 2020, 83 per cent of Myanmar’s households reported that their incomes had been, on average, slashed almost in half due to the pandemic. As a result, the number of people living below the poverty line was estimated to have increased by 11 per cent points.
The situation worsened further with the 1 February military takeover and the ensuing security and human rights crisis, with projections indicating a further 12 per cent point increase in poverty as a result.
In the nearly three months since, over 750 people – including children – are reported to have been killed by security forces in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests, countless more have been wounded and thousands arrested.
Furthermore, clashes between Myanmar serity forces and regional armed groups have resulted in fresh displacements in several parts of the country, as well as forcing many to seek refuge outside its borders.
Prior to the latest crises, nearly a million people in Myanmar (identified at the start of 2021) are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection