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Category: conflict

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Wildlife declines in conflict hotspots

30/06/2018.conflict.#Africa

The escalation of armed conflicts has caused dramatic population declines of endangered local species, ultimately putting humans at risk. The escalation of armed conflicts in the Sahara and Sahel – up 565% since 2011 – is accelerating population declines of endangered local species, such as African Savannah elephants and Saharan cheetahs, in areas that once [...]

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Iraqi Kurdistan’s archaeological hotspots revived, but vulnerable

23/11/2017.conflict.#Iraq

Political uncertainty, a protracted economic crisis and rapid development pose challenges to heritage conservation in the archaeologically rich Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In late October, University of Tübingen archaeologists working in the Kurdish region of Iraq discovered a cuneiform archive of 93 clay tablets belonging to the Middle Assyrian Empire and dating from 1250 BCE. [...]

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Environmental infrastructure a potent weapon in warfare

30/09/2017.conflict.#Libya

The targeting of environmental infrastructure in war has become an end in itself, with long-term implications for human welfare and ecosystems. Warring parties in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have increasingly targeted water and energy infrastructure as tactical weapons, and as forms of collateral damage, with long-term implications for human welfare, ecosystems, and [...]

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Islamic State plunges research in Iraq into darkness

25/09/2014.conflict.#Iraq

As the Islamic State takes over large areas of northern Iraq, science research and education grinds to a near halt. Five days before Iraq’s second largest city fell to the Islamic State (IS), the militant group formerly known as ISIS, Mohammad Al-Attraqchi, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Mosul, went to work for [...]

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Once proud, Iraq’s schools reel from decades of setbacks

07/09/2014.conflict.#Iraq

Schools in Iraq continue to struggle, limiting learning opportunities for the country’s youth. Educational indicators show a marked decline as wars, sanctions and sectarian strife have stripped Iraq’s education system of resources. Eleven-year-old Maryam Bednam from Qaraqosh, Iraq, should have started secondary school this month. Her dream is to become a doctor so she can [...]

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Iraqi children endure a crippled healthcare system

07/09/2014.conflict.#Iraq

Thirty years of conflict, sanctions and a mass exodus of medical professional has severely compromised the health of Iraqi children. And there's no respite on the horizon. Iraq’s children are bearing the brunt of a faltering healthcare system, which suffered due to war and mismanagement, and every now and then begins a short-lived stuttering recovery. An [...]

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Iraqi schools closed to students

02/09/2014.conflict.#Iraq

Children are unable to begin classes as thousands of displaced Iraqis seek shelter in schools across the Kurdish region. Erbil, Iraq - Over 2000 schools in Iraq are sheltering displaced families who have fled areas overrun by the Islamic State group. At least half of the schools in Kurdish Iraq - over 700 - are home [...]

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Poverty and Lax Laws Threaten Iraqi Wildife

17/07/2014.conflict.#Iraq

A combination of poverty and loosely applied laws is threatening the survival of rare wildlife in Iraq and Kurdistan, according to animal protection organizations. For years, hunters and smugglers have taken advantage of chaos, unrest, and lack of regulation to illegally hunt and trade rare species. Birds and foxes from the remote mountains of Kurdistan [...]

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