By, Susan Sacirbey via Diplomat Artist Buzz
The year of his birth was 1884, and at less than one year of age, John James Mates, my grandfather of Irish-Catholic heritage, sailed to America and into the Pennsylvania coal region.– What does this mean for 2015? — More —
“UN Peacekeeping: A Force for Peace. A Force for Change. A Force for the Future” theme as UN honors 106 Blue Helmets who died in 2013. Bosnian, Serbian, & Croatian troops from flood ravaged Balkans can contribute expertise in land mining operations & are among troop contributors from non-traditional countries which are on the rise.
Multiple Emergencies Pose Great Test for Global Humanitarian System
Excellent summary from Valerie Amos, Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator covering Syria, Philippines, CAR, South Sudan, Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Sahel, Afghanistan, Haiti, & Myanmar.
Joint UN Government Mission Finds Schools in Mali Barely Functioning
UNESCO is recommending launch of a national literacy campaign, with a specific focus on women, to help them understand importance of sending their children, notably girls, to school. The future of the region is depending on the state of education.
According to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the attack targeted the military personnel of the Malian armed forces at the entrance of their base in Timbuktu. Initial reports said two civilians were killed and several others were injured.