News in the Humanosphere: Boko Haram preventing aid from reaching 1 million people, warns U.N.

People in Gambaru, Nigeria, stand outside burnt houses following an attack by Boko Haram in May 2014. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola, File)

Up to a million people around West Africa’s Lake Chad are cut off from humanitarian aid by Boko Haram despite a regional military offensive against the Islamist militants, a United Nations official said on Tuesday. Boko Haram violence has uprooted more than 100,000 people across the swamplands of Lake Chad, where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, and disrupted the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of others, according to aid agencies. Security sources say a regional task force is wrestling back control of the lake – where Boko Haram controls part of the fishing industry in a labyrinth of waterways – with hundreds of militants having surrendered in the past month. Yet many areas are impossible to reach amid the insecurity, said Toby Lanzer, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2fnW5MA)

A child marriage defeat…Turkey’s government on Tuesday scrapped a proposal that critics said would have allowed men accused of sexually abusing underage girls to go free if they were married to their victims. (AP https://yhoo.it/2gd2xU8)

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Containers of a chemical suspected to be chlorine were dropped by helicopters on rebel-held east Aleppo on Tuesday, causing breathing difficulties in some people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the local health authority said. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2gh14O5)

At least four people have died in Panama in severe weather caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Otto, officials say. (BBC http://bbc.in/2gcUINZ)

Britain is working to resolve the case of detained Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2gd3gVq)

At least eight people died and an unknown number were missing as a new series of Mediterranean boat dramas left Italy on the verge of a record number of migrant arrivals. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2gh61GO)

The UN peacekeeping force in Central African Republic said Tuesday one of its bases had come under fire during clashes between rival groups, prompting its troops to respond. (AFP https://yhoo.it/2gh5YKT)

A U.N. peace plan for Yemen seeks to deprive the country’s armed Houthi movement of its missile arsenal which Yemeni security sources say includes scores and maybe even hundreds of Soviet-era ballistic missiles pointed at their foes in Saudi Arabia. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2gyvMVK)

Human Rights Watch wants the Afghan government to do more to protect minority Shiites after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in Kabul Monday, killing dozens of people gathered for a religious ceremony. (VOA http://bit.ly/2fnUSEF)

The U.N. migration agency says a new survey shows that most migrants who cross the Mediterranean from Libya, and increasingly die trying, actually don’t want to reach Europe. (AP https://yhoo.it/2gyzQFr)

India has seen a 70 percent drop in cases filed under an anti-trafficking law between 2001 and 2015, which experts attribute to a lack of reporting of the crime and more sex workers moving out of brothels to escape police detection among other factors. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2gcREl4)

Thailand’s military government on Tuesday approved a one-time payout for low-income people in an effort to stimulate the country’s weak economy. (AP https://yhoo.it/2gyuSbF)

Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels on Tuesday rejected an invitation by opposition leader and former President Alvaro Uribe to discuss the latest peace accord and see if more modifications to the complex deal are possible. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2gyqKbP)

Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies. (AP https://yhoo.it/2gypSDQ)

Opinion/Blogs

A Win for LGBT Rights at the Last Big UN Showdown of the Obama Era (UN Dispatch http://buff.ly/2ghbaPh)

Where has the Doing Development Differently movement got to, two years on? (From Poverty to Power http://buff.ly/2fo4u2z)

Vote For The Best And Worst Charity Ads Of 2016 (NPR Goats and Soda http://buff.ly/2giCSdJ)

How UK trade policies could help heal global healthcare inequalities (Guardian http://bit.ly/2fnXNgR)

Banking fraud is costing the Nigerian economy dearly (The Conversation http://buff.ly/2fnZmLC)

Trade doesn’t kill people; change does (Waylaid Dialectic http://buff.ly/2fo4DD9)

The reluctant nonprofit founder (Devex http://buff.ly/2gh8zo8)

Crappy water and the science of sanitation (Guardian http://bit.ly/2gd1tj5)

Scaling Fair Trade: 5 Lessons On How GlobeIn Grew to Over $1M in Sales (WhyDev http://buff.ly/2giE6Ww)

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