This Week in Civil and Human Rights News
Featured Photo: Men look at a destroyed building in the town of Portoviejo. AFP: Juan Cevallos
1. Sa’a tells her story of escaping from Boko Haram
"When we are driving in the forest I just had this feeling I should try and escape because I don't know where I'm going and my parents don't know where I'm going. And I say to one of my friends that I'm going to jump out of the truck. I would rather die and my parents will see my body and bury it than to go with the Boko Haram." - Sa'a Sa’a escaped the Boko Haram kidnapping of 2014 jumping out of a moving train with her friend. Her story is one of resilience and courage. Click here to read the full NPR article.
2. Explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan
“This attack shows the devastation caused by the use of explosive devices in urban areas and once more demonstrates complete disregard for the lives of Afghan civilians,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the secretary general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan. A car bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan killed dozens of people, the Taliban later took credit for the bombing. Click here to read more.
3. Ecuador earthquake hits most impoverished parts of the country
The death toll quickly rose above 500 as rescuers fought against time to save survivors from the rubble. The earthquake has impacted some of the most impoverished areas of the country. Children and other vulnerable populations are most at-risk as the landslides and aftermath makes it difficult for first responders to access them. Click here to read more.
4. South Korea covered up mass killings of “vagrants” leading up to the 1988 Olympics.
On April 20, 2016 the Associated Press revealed that South Korea has covered up the mass abuse and killings of “vagrants” – the people most vulnerable including homeless children and people who were disabled. The government rounded up thousands of people to be taken to the Brothers Compound in preparation of the 1988 Olympics that would be held in Busan. To this day, nobody has been accountable for this human rights violation. Click here to read more.
5. Harriet Tubman to replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill
The US Treasury has officially announced that Harriet Tubman, civil rights leader and abolitionist icon will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Click here to read more.