5 nuevos casos de poliomielitis en Paquistán gracias a la prohibición talibán sobre su vacuna

La doctora Nima Saeed, representante actual de la Organización Mundial de la Salud en Paquistán, uno de los tres países en los que la enfermedad es aún endémica, ha añadido que “nada se podrá hacer mientras que los talibán levanten la prohibición o permitan la vacunación de los niños en Waziristán Norte”. UCANEWS:

A Taliban ban on a polio vaccination drive is preventing Pakistan from finally eradicating the crippling disease, the country’s World Health Organization (WHO) representative said on Wednesday.

“Nothing can really be done unless the Taliban lifts the ban or allows the vaccination of children in North Waziristan,” Dr

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, the acting WHO representative in Pakistan, told ucanews.com.

He was speaking in Islamabad after five new cases of polio were confirmed this week in the country’s restive tribal areas, where the Taliban banned the vaccination drive in June last year, accusing health workers of being spies.

The ban was imposed a year after Dr Shakil Afridi, a physician, conducted a polio vaccine campaign in Abbottabad as a ruse to help pinpoint the location of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The terror chief was later killed in a US military raid in May 2011.

At least 20 immunization workers have been killed by suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan since the imposition of the vaccine ban. Many areas are now considered too dangerous to continue the program.

Pakistan is one of only three countries left in the world where polio is endemic, according to the WHO. In 2011 it had 198 confirmed cases, the highest number of cases in any nation in the world.

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Epidemia de violaciones en Siria

World Affairs escribe sobre las violaciones en tiempos de guerra y sobre los reportajes que señalan un crecimiento exponencial de este tipo de arma de guerra en Siria:

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 535,000 women were victims of war rape during the Rwanda Genocide in 1994, and 67 percent of them contracted HIV as a result. That finding set off advocates who tried to bring biological-weapon bans into the debate since HIV is a virus—given that no other laws or treaties directly addressed the problem. That tactic did not accomplish much.

Estimates of war-rape victims during the Bosnia war of the 1990s range from 20,000 to 50,000. After that became known, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia declared that “systematic rape” in time of war is a “crime against humanity.”

Nonetheless, Margot Wallström, the UN’s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, said only 12 individuals from that war have ever been brought to trial—even though judges from the criminal tribunal ruled that Bosnian Serb armed forces used rape as an “instrument of terror.” They declared that a “hellish orgy of persecution” occurred in various Bosnian camps.

Now, reporting from Syria indicates that war rape is rampant there, too. For example, an Atlantic magazine reporter wrote earlier this year that Syrian government soldiers hauled a jailed rebel soldier’s fiancée, sisters, mother, and female neighbors to the prison and raped them, one by one—right in front of him. That, the report said, was not an uncommon occurrence.