State projects leave tens of thousands of lives in the balance in Ethiopia study

Giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations mean people in lower Omo valley face starvation and conflict, says US thinktank A giant dam and irrigated sugar plantations are wreaking havoc in southern Ethiopia and threaten to wipe out tens of thousands of indigenous peoples , a US-based thinktank has claimed. The Gibe III, Africas tallest dam. Since late 2015, the dam has stopped the rivers annual flood, a natural event that the valleys inhabitants have relied upon for centuries for farming. As a result, entire communities have been tipped into destitution. Responding to the report, Seleshi Bekele, Ethiopias minister of water, irrigation and electricity , said that while the government accepts there are problems, the points raised in the paper are …

China ‘failing trans people’ as young attempt surgery on themselves study

Stigma and ignorance drive young people to undertake high-risk treatment without telling families, Amnesty researchers say Young transgender people in China are risking their lives and health by taking unsafe hormones and attempting surgery on themselves, according to researchers at Amnesty International. An alarming lack of knowledge and expertise within the countrys public health system, as well as restrictive eligibility requirements, has made it almost impossible for trans people to access safe hormone therapy or other gender-affirming treatment, said the human rights group in a report published on Friday. In China, trans people are classified as having a mental illness and require the consent of their families for sex reassignment surgery, the researchers found. The prevalence of discrimination and stigma …

Foreign nationals suspected of Isis links ‘not wanted’ in Syrian camps

Aid agencies struggle to cope with rise in new arrivals, with scores dying on the way to the settlements An estimated 7,000 women and children from more than 40 nations, including the US, UK, Australia and Europe, are living in tense and chaotic conditions in camps in north-eastern Syria, where they are not wanted due to their supposed affiliation with Islamic State. Among them are hundreds of unaccompanied or separated children, some just babies as young as five months, according to aid groups and other sources. To ease potential tension among the many groups, the foreign nationals hailing from countries as varied as Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia and Trinidad and Tobago have been segregated into separate annexes in two of the …