The war in Ukraine has been in the news for nearly a year. Meanwhile, other conflicts have continued on our planet. Forgotten conflicts that we have been highlighting all this week in
our 8 a.m. newspapers.
Burma, a country in slow motion
The country suffered a coup two years ago, on February 1, 2021. Months of protest followed and violent repression. Today, the mobilization continues but pro-democracy activists have been forced to adapt. Some trades have chosen to no longer practice, at least officially. Doctors, teachers refuse to work for the junta. The most striking mode of action being the silent strikes, silent strikes, during which the streets of the biggest cities like Rangoon are deserted.
Details of Jean-Sebastien Soldaïni :
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Situation still very tense between Armenia and Azerbaijan
In the South Caucasus, the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh remains a subject of tension, more than two years after the 44-day war won by Azerbaijan with the support of Turkey. This second conflict between the two countries over Nagorno-Karabakh ended on November 9, 2020 with a ceasefire, signed under the aegis of Russia. But, for the moment, there is still no peace agreement.
Negotiations are continuing between Baku and Yerevan but there are many frictions on the border between the two countries. Last September, fighting left more than 280 dead on both sides, raising fears of another war. Armenia then turned to its ally, Moscow, to send troops from the collective security treaty organization, by which the two countries are bound. Russia, monopolized by the war in Ukraine, now having difficulty playing its role of arbiter in the region. Lighting of Virginie Pironon :
Still no peace agreement between Baku and Yerevan
Democratic Republic of Congo plagued by M23 rebels
In this country as big as four times the size of France and with 110 million inhabitants, neither the Congolese army nor the United Nations mission deployed on the spot (MONUSCO and its 18,000 men) manage to contain the clashes stoked by states neighbors. Dozens of armed groups operate permanently in eastern DRC, in the province of Kivu, bordering Rwanda and Uganda. The situation seems out of control in this region rich in minerals used for certain components of mobile phones and whose subsoil is also coveted for gold, cobalt and rubies. The Rwandan-backed M23 rebels in particular are wreaking havoc, but what they seek to achieve is obscure. Since the end of 2021, they have seized large swaths of North Kivu territory, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, and they are advancing rapidly against the DRC army.
Explanations of Bertrand Gallicher :
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Truce of fighting in Yemen but very great precariousness
On Wednesday, the UN Security Council extended for nine months the assets freeze and travel bans targeting certain Yemenis, mainly Houthi rebel officials. The Council “reaffirms” on the other hand the arms embargo which has targeted all the Houthis for a year. This embargo is unlimited.
The poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen has been devastated since 2014 by a conflict between the Houthis, rebels backed by Iran, and pro-government forces backed by a military coalition led by neighboring Saudi Arabia. With at least 337,000 dead. A truce in the fighting that came into effect on April 2, 2022 expired on October 2, but it is holding. However, more than 4 million people have been displaced within the country and women and children are the most affected by the humanitarian crisis. Where the health system hardly works anymore Christian Chesnot :
The Yemeni population is still weakened, living in great precariousness
Update March 26, 2023 : Millions of children face an increased risk of malnutrition in Yemen if funds are not urgently allocated to this country at war, where a child already dies every ten minutes, alerted Friday, March 24 UNICEF. Among the 11 million children in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, “more than 540,000 children under the age of five suffer from severe, life-threatening acute malnutrition,” the UN agency said in a statement. The organization said it “urgently needs $484 million” in 2023 to continue its intervention in this country, the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula.
According to the United Nations, more than 21.7 million people, or two-thirds of the population, are in need of humanitarian aid this year. (With AFP)
Haiti ruled by gangs
The Caribbean country has been living for two years under unprecedented violence, since the assassination of its president Jovenel Moïse in the summer of 2021. A few days ago, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asked the international community to consider “urgently the deployment of a specialized support force” in Haiti, where gang violence has reached levels “not seen in decades”. But the United Nations is struggling to act.
Controlling more than half of Haiti’s national territory, the gangs kidnap citizens daily, demanding tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars from the relatives of their victims, most often sexually assaulted during their captivity. Even schools are targeted. Explanations of Nathanael Charbonnier :
In Haiti, faced with gangs, the police are overwhelmed and politicians are powerless.
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