For Australians, it might be difficult to imagine a scenario where there are no hospitals to walk into or no medical personnel to consult about the most basic of health issues. But this is the reality for thousands of people affected by the ongoing armed conflict in northeastern Nigeria.
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Reflecting on 20 years of Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations: Progress, Problems and Prospects
Today marks 20 years since the first time UN peacekeepers were directed to protect civilians from physical violence in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, the Protection of Civilians (PoC) mandate has become a centre of gravity for peacekeeping operations but also for the UN system as a whole.
In the most polarising and toxic elections in India’s history, the voter turnout of 67.1 percent — 604 million — was the highest ever. Fierce social media wars contributed to the nastiness. It is hard to say whether political discourse was coarsened more by PM Narendra Modi or his opponents.