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Google Fortunetelling website creates awareness on refugee crisis

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It was since March 2011 that Syria has been slowly sinking into the turmoil of civil war. Millions have been rendered homeless in the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. The estimated number of the displaced is 11 million. A part of this population has fled to Europe and to other parts of the world, primarily to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

But they are not home.

Families have been separated and left to make perilous journeys without adequate resources. An entire generation of children has been irrevocably scarred with the ravages of war. They have no access to proper basic necessities, protection and education.

As the entire planet stands on shaky grounds with the epicenter of the Syrian crisis, we are staring at a big blank space regarding the collective future of humanity.

The Google fortunetelling website seems a fun thing to try out till you realise the true motive behind it.

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The link takes you to a Google lookalike page where you are asked to “Type here a question about your future” and hit the “Predict my future button”.

However, when you attempt to write anything, the page automatically writes “Where can I find a safe place?” in the search box. Among similar searches comes up questions such as “Will I be reunited with my family?” and “Is there a place where I can give my children a safe future?”

The website betagoogle.com, which is actually not connected to Google, was created to generate awareness on the condition of the Syrian refugees and makes us open our eyes to the fact that in a time when millions aren’t sure of their future, we click on a site thinking it will give some fun fortunetelling experience.

The site then takes us to a separate page and pleads us to “take a moment to think of their future” and do whatever little was possible for them.

google fortuneteller screenshot“With this project we want to create awareness. We need structural solutions on political level for this growing European problem. Please feel free to donate your time, money or love and spread the word,” the webpage reads.

The page gives us the options to share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter and also provides links to images and videos of refugees. You can even donate to charity or check out local initiatives on the issue.

A ‘crystal ball’ on the right shows the number of refugees increasing the more time you spend on the site to emphasize how horrifying the present situation is.

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Civil War, Cholera and Severe Food Shortage Make Yemen World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis ; UN calls it ‘Man-made Catastrophe’

Un Human Rights' Agency report asserts that the catastrophe is entirely man-made and a direct result of the behavior of the parties to the conflict.

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People inspect the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeted Yemen's capital early on Friday, hitting at least three houses in Sanaa and killing at least 14 civilians, including women and children, residents and eyewitnesses said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (VOA)
  • UN report asserts that the sufferings of people after years of civil war in Yemen are man-made
  • The report asserts that Yemen is in the grip of conflict, cholera and severe food shortages
  • According to the U.N. Human Rights Agency, more than 10 million people are in acute need of health care

Geneva, September 6, 2017 : The United Nations calls suffering endured by millions of people after more than two years of civil war in Yemen an entirely man-made catastrophe.

The world body reports there have been more than 11,700 civilians killed or injured in the civil war in Yemen, since the Saudi Arabian coalition began airstrikes against Houthi rebels in support of the government in March 2015. It blames more than 8,000 of the casualties on the coalition and more than 3,700 on the Houthis.

The report says conflict, cholera and severe food shortages have made Yemen the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

The U.N. Human Rights Agency’s Chief of Middle East and North Africa, Mohammad Ali Ainsour, says Yemen’s 18.8. million people need humanitarian aid and more than 10 million are in acute need of health care.

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A woman helps her son as he lies on a bed at a cholera treatment center in Sanaa, Yemen. VOA

“The catastrophe is entirely man-made and a direct result of the behavior of the parties to the conflict, including indiscriminate attacks,” said Ainsour. “We have seen attacks on markets, residential areas, hospitals, schools, funeral gatherings and even fishermen and small civilian boats at sea.”

The report says civilians may have been directly targeted in some cases. The report documents a wide range of continuing human rights violations and abuses. It expresses concern at the increasing number of arbitrary or illegal detentions and forced disappearances of human rights defenders, religious leaders, journalists, and political opponents.

Ainsour says there are at least 1,700 cases of child recruitment, most by Houthi forces and 20 percent by pro-government forces.

“OHCHR [the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights] monitors frequently observed children as young as 10, who were armed and uniformed and manning Houthi … checkpoints,” said Ainsour.

U.N. Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein is repeating his call for an end to the fighting and for an independent, international investigation to be established. He says it is crucial to hold to account perpetrators of violations and abuse. (VOA)