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Hello, I’m Jessica from The New Humanitarian, and welcome to the weekly peace and humanitarian newsletter in collaboration with Geneva Solutions.

Today we’re diving into how the International Committee of the Red Cross is working to help humanitarians better protect data privacy. We’re also looking at Geneva’s take on the Sudan peace deal and taking stock of what migration to Europe looks like today.

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Jessica Alexander


Today’s reason for hope

How Angela Merkel’s great migrant gamble paid off. Between 2015 and 2019, 1.7 million people – most of them from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan – applied for asylum in Germany, making it the country with the fifth highest population of refugees in the world. More than 10,000 can now speak the language well enough to enrol at a German university, and more than 80 percent of refugee children and teenagers say they feel a strong sense of belonging to their German schools and feel liked by their peers.

The Guardian (EN)

Peace and Humanitarian News

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In a project run in 2014 by the Somali government and supported by USAID and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), biometric identification cards are issued to Somali citizens in Mogadishu. (AU UN IST PHOTO/Tobin Jones)

Tips on navigating the digital humanitarian space. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hopes to help humanitarians better use and manage new technologies with the second edition of its Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Covid-19 fallout drives Tunisians to Italy despite deportations. The decades-long history of migration between the two nations suggests little may deter Tunisians intent on escaping their country’s long economic malaise – one worsened by the pandemic.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

A cautious welcome for Sudan’s new peace deal. Sudan’s power-sharing government signed a peace deal with an alliance of rebel groups last week, winning notice in Geneva and sparking measured hope of an end to decades of conflict.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Kenyan women lead fight against police violence. Killings and disappearances linked to the Kenyan police have risen over the decade, with 2019 the most deadly year so far. Women – more than a third of the victims – are fighting back.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

Op-ed: Covid-19 has become the last injustice made to Palestine. According to Alaa Tartir, a researcher and academic coordinator at the Graduate Institute Geneva, a deeper corona-induced crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will only exacerbate the ramifications of the existing politically-induced catastrophe.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

What else is happening

Image of the day

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Keystone / AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti

These migrants were rescued in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after attempting to reach Gran Canaria island, Spain. It has been five years since the photo of the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, a Syrian boy who drowned as his family tried to reach Greece from Turkey, became a symbol of the growing number of people migrating to European shores. Since 2015, more than 13,000 people are known to have died trying to reach Europe by sea – the actual number is thought to be far higher – and arrivals to the continent have dropped dramatically.

Next on the agenda

08 September | Online: Future of Global Humanitarianism. This panel discussion commemorates 15 years since the endorsement of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) — a global commitment to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (EN)

09 September | Online: Communicating human rights: How to win the global ‘battle of ideas’. The “Right On” digital initiative presents a discussion on the role professional communication strategies can play in reporting on human rights.

Right On Digital Initiative (EN)

15 September | Exhibition: “Imagine. Reflections on Peace”. Drawing on the work of photojournalists in countries experiencing drawn-out conflicts, the ICRC Museum and VII Foundation explore peacebuilding processes and their outcomes. Registration is mandatory.

ICRC Museum (EN)

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