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Jordan has opened another refugee camp for Syrians to cope with the increasing numbers of refugees from the country.
The camp has been worked on for a year and is equipped to host 25,000 refugees, with the potential to carry at least 50,000.
With a price tag of $45 million dollars, the camp is designed to resemble a city, with paved roads and street signs.
Political commentator, Fahad Khaitan, said: "The new camp is only an indication that the international community has failed at solving the Syrian crisis, or at least in providing a humanitarian solution.”
A number of attacks have been made on Iraqi citizens ahead of polling day, and have cast a shadow over the first general election since the withdrawal of US troops.
Twenty people have been killed in a number of explosions throughout the country, the day after sixty-four people were killed in similar attacks.
The latest in a string of bombings, the increased violence is causing authorities to consider whether or not they can viably protect the over twenty million people that are eligible to vote in the upcoming election.
Following the death of three Medecins Sans Frontieres staff and thirteen other local civilians, the MSF has criticised the international community for their neglect of the crisis in the Central African Republic.
The deaths occurred during an attack by gunmen on a hospital in Boguila by what is suspected to be the Seleka, a mostly Muslim rebel group who initiated a coup last year and sparked nationwide violence.
The MSF has called on the international community to recognise the happenings within the CAR and act, with Australian MSF executive director Paul McPhun saying these latest attacks are a reflection of the lawless nature of the troubled state, and require urgent attention.
The United Nations-imposed Ivory Coast diamond trade embargo has been lifted after almost a decade of international concern and controversy.
The UN called for a trade embargo on the area after it was revealed the diamond trade was helping to fund the Forces Nouvelle rebels and perpetuate a violent conflict which began after a failed coup in 2002.
The area is now regulated by the Kimberley Process, and the UNs presence is now considered redundant.
In Nigeria, it has been over two weeks since 234 girls aged between 12 and 17 were taken in the middle of the night from a boarding school by suspected Boko Haramm (Bo-ko Har-arm) Islamists.
Angry parents have lashed out at Nigerian authorities condemning the lack of of action and failure to rescue the abducted schoolgirls, some of whom have escaped, but still about 180 are being held captive by the group whose name translates as “Western education is sin”.
Security guards at the family camp on Nauru have been accused of verbally and physically abusing child asylum seekers in a letter of concern from staff at the centre.
The letter by a Save the Children Australia worker to the charity’s Nauru contractors expresses allegations of “ extremely alarming mistreatment and inappropriate behaviour” directed at asylum seekers by guards employed by Wilson Security, also now contracted at the Manus Island facility.
The allegations raise doubts about immigration minister Scott Morrison’s remark that the detention centres on Nauru are running well and that transferees have access to a robust service provider complaints mechanism at the offshore processing centres
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stated that he can not assure the safety of asylum seekers inside the Manus Island detention centre.
On February 18, following disturbance at the detention centre which resulted in 62 injured and 1 dead, Mr. Morrison said that he could guarantee the safety of asylum seekers who remained in the centre.
The United Nations refugee agency has warned resettlement countries are obliged to deliver education and labour rights and “not just safety” to asylum seekers.
Mr. Morrison also stated that it is his commitment to ensure that these places are safe, but it is difficult to do that in every instance.
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