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I CAN'T BREATHE

- Ría Pipalwa

You think the world has changed and people have changed as well but they never did.

The raised clenched fist spread in the United Nations of America in the 1960s. The raised fist represents resistance, solidarity, unity and strength and was one of the best artworks of Frank Cieciorka. I remember reading about the following incident. It was a different kind of courageous moment and one that changed history. While the US national anthem was playing, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black gloved fists in the 1968 Olympics. John Carlos later said 'If I win I'm American, not a black American. But if I did something wrong then I'm a Negro'.

If you look into the pages of history, the black have always been oppressed, looked down upon only and only because of the colour of their skin. I don't know when or why the black community was shown/described as the criminalized section of the society. The very people who are in charge of our safety[police] have murdered innocent unarmed black people.

George Floyd was a 46 year old black man , a father who died as a result of police brutality. No, Floyd was murdered by Derek chauvin on May 25. Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes. Georges last words were - I can't breathe. Eric Garner was murdered by a NYPD officer in 2014. Garners last words were - ' I can't breathe' as well.

I'm heartbroken, frustrated, hurt and angry to see such inhumanity. While I will never be able to fully understand the pain of the black community, I hope such savagery doesn't exist in the near future. I'm scared and I cannot comprehend how can someone's skin colour be the reason of their death. Why is it that we are so accepting of the black culture and not the black people.

I came across a book called THUG- The Hate U give by Angie Thomas in 2018. It was the first time ever that I had read about an innocent black unarmed teen being killed by a police officer. Its a beautiful novel which talks about racism, police brutality and much more.

In 2012 Trayvon Martin an unarmed 17 year old teen was shot dead by George Zimmerman in Sanford. It is around this time that the "Black Lives Matter" slogan began to be used widely. Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson. Brown had his hands above his head and kept mouthing 'don't shoot' untill his very last breath. 'Hands up, Don't shoot' became one of the core symbols of Black Lives Matter.

BLM is more than just a protest.

Trayvon, Micheal, Eric, Tamir, George, How many more will there be ?

Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis

By - Ría Pipalwa

Will Yemen remain in the near future or will it fade away ?

The Republic of Yemen is a member of Arab League, NAM, UN and organisation of Islamic cooperation. Things took a wrong turn when former President Ali Abdullah Saleh passed down his presidency to deputy Abrubbuh Mansur Hadi in 2011.

Under Hadis presidency it was suggested to split Yemen in 6 parts. This suggestion was not taken very well. Now Mansur Hadi simply can't keep up. Yemen struggled with and is still struggling with food insecurity, unemployment, separatist movements. Many people still had their loyalties with former president Saleh, this complicated things.

Houthi movement is officially known as Ansar Allah. AA means partisans of God. AA originally came in 1990. It was made to protect, defend the traditions of Zaidism. The Houthis claimed to want a more involved government but also at the same time showed hard power dominance. They slowly took full control of Sanaa, Yemen's capital.

At some point , the houthis joined forces with Saleh to gain more military power. Saleh got to have a voice in politics from this alliance. Although Saleh was found dead in 2017. The Houthi forces are now in Sanaa, Amran, Hajjah and Sanaa. They were considered to be a threat to Riyadh. So , Saudi Arabia and President Hadi formed a coalition.

Mai Noman, an international journalist said, 'In simple terms the South is under government control backed by saudi-led coalition and North controlled by Houthi rebels but the reality is more complicated'.

The government still struggles to provide basic needs. UNICEF has stated that- yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. 24 million people need immediate protection. The Republic of Yemen suffers from problems like child labour, famine, food insecurity, bombings and air strikes, cholera crisis.

Millions of people are displaced and have no access to clean drinking water, no medical aid or vaccines. The children who once beamed with joy are now starving, dying from hunger. Yemen is no place for a child.

I cannot even fathom what the people of Yemen must be going through. It is hard to understand as an onlooker why did a passing down of power turn into such a violent situation. I'm still learning and I hope you learn with me.

I have links down below. Please donate and help in any way you can.

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AA - Ansar Allah
NAM - Non Aligned Movement

https://www.monareliefye.org/

SIBERIAN HEAT WAVE

What affects the Artic, affects the world

> Siberia is known for its cold climate. However, recently the temperature in Siberia has risen upto about 88° F (31°C)

> Verkhoyask's temperature rose upto more than 100°F. This may be the hottest temperature ever recorded in the Artic.

> It is abnormal to experience such high temperature in the Artic regions. Consequently, the people are suffering from skin problems and headaches. Something they are not used to at all.

> Tundra is on fire. Wildfires are spreading rapidly everywhere. A villager said that ' only the rain can put these fires out'.

> Fisherman are suffering as fish go deeper and deeper in the ocean to avoid the warm water/hot water near the surface.

> Migratory birds have arrived earlier than before.

> Unfamiliar plants are growing in the Tundra region.

>Artic Wildfires have at least released 56 mega-tonnes of carbon dioxide in June.

>Permafrost's are melting faster than ever before. It is believed that the planet will heat more because of melting permafrost's.

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Permafrost : a thick subsurface layer of soil that remains below freezing point throughout the year, mostly occuring in polar regions.

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