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· April, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from April, 2015

30 April 2015

Yemen's Catastrophic Infographics Highlight Tragedy in Numbers

Under the hashtag #YemenInNumbers, Yemeni student Ruba Aleryani has creatively presented Yemen's catastrophe in eye catching and simple infographics. Noon Arabia shares this selection of tweets which highlight the tragedy.

In Eastern Turkey, Walking in the Shadow of Genocide

The Bridge

Widely commemorated globally, the centenary of the Armenian genocide was largely ignored inside Turkey—which makes missions like historian Ara Sarafian's tour of Turkey's Kurdish region all the more important.

29 April 2015

War Has Left Yemenis Stranded Abroad and Displaced at Home

Thousands of Yemenis are stranded abroad, unable to return home, since Saudi-led coalition forces started bombing the country on March 26. Another 300,000 are internally displaced in Yemen.

Parenting 101: How to Raise Children the Arab Way

27 April 2015

Understanding Copyright in the Arab World

Arab countries should not extend the length of their copyright term without thinking of the consequences that this will have on the ability of society to access knowledge and culture.

26 April 2015

Eritrean Man Recalls Near-Death Journey Across Mediterranean, Says He Wouldn't Do It Again

"We are not trying to make our lives better, just sleep in a better bed...it’s a basic question about basic human rights," says Daniel Habtey.

25 April 2015

Question Time: How Many Jihadists Have Military Backgrounds?

Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorated in Egypt

Although Egypt does not recognise the Armenian Genocide, Egyptian Armenians marked the genocide's centennial in Cairo. Bloggers weigh in on the history and contribution of the community to modern-day Egypt.

Millions of People Around the World Commemorate the Armenian Genocide

Millions of Armenians and supporters around the world commemorated the Armenian Genocide Centennial.

Tunisia Looks to Tap Into Its History and Push Its Olive Oil Front and Center

The so-called Arab Spring gave Tunisia international name recognition. Now Tunisia wants to be known for something else — its olive oil.

At Least 115 Children Killed as a Result of War in Yemen

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed as a result of conflict in Yemen since 26 March, according to UNICEF. The number is likely to rise.

23 April 2015

How 8 Prominent Iranians Think a Nuclear Deal Will Impact Human Rights

Some were optimistic, while others saw little reason to hope for change.

Iran Hardline Media React to End of Saudi Airstrikes on Yemen

Newspaper Vatan Emrooz published on its front page a caption that read, "Operation 'Hurricane Certainty' ends after 27 days of crime and infanticide without achieving any of its goals."

22 April 2015

Photos Show Homes, Schools, Bridges, Airports, and Stadiums Destroyed in Yemen War

Besides private homes, five hospitals, 15 schools, the three main national airports, and some power stations have been destroyed.

21 April 2015

Saudi Arabia Announces End of Airstrikes on Yemen

Saudi Arabia announced today that it is ending its airstrikes on Yemen after “achieving its military goals.” Netizens have started a countdown and bombs continue to fall

Egypt Sentences Former President Morsi to 20 Years in Prison for “Intimidation and Violence” towards Protestors

Egypt sentenced its first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison today, found “guilty of intimidation and violence” towards protestors in 2012.

Lebanon Celebrates its Armenian Heritage in Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

Lebanon was among the nations that welcomed Armenian refugees fleeing the genocide of 1915 and is now celebrating their rich contributions to Lebanese culture.

Electricity, Food and Fuel Shortages Increase Suffering of Yemenis as Saudi-Coalition Bombs Continue to Fall

Even before this war, Yemen was facing a large-scale humanitarian crisis: 15.9 million people – or 61 per cent of its people required humanitarian aid at the end of 2014.

Syrian Blogger Stabbed in His Istanbul Home After Receiving Threats Online

Threatened online by different Syrian factions, Global Voices author Asaad Hanna was last night stabbed four times in his home in Istanbul, Turkey. He is now recovering.

19 April 2015

‘We Walk Around Death,’ Tweets a Yemeni Blogger About the Horrors of War

The UN estimates around 150,000 people have been displaced, and the World Health Organisation reports 767 people had been killed and more than 2,900 wounded in less than a month.

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