Global Recap: Haiti, Turkey disrupted amid natural disaster, Taliban changes Afghanistan


Michael Crimmins, News Reporter

Last week’s global news included Haitian citizens’ lack of aid, the Taliban already making changes under their new rule, a flood sweeps through Turkey, the ex-president goes to the ICC, Egypt talks to Israel and Hamas and the pope pleads for vaccinations.

Here is a quick look at some global events that made the news this week.

Haitians upset from lack of aid in wake of earthquake that killed thousands

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook regions of Haiti last week, killing nearly 2,000 people and leaving many more injured according to Reuters.

Despite Prime Minister Ariel Henry’s promise of “rapid escalation of aid,” many Haitians are growing restless as the rainy days continue with no food or water, according to an article done by Reuters. 

The Reuters article also said dozens of Haitians marched to a local airport demanding food and other assistance preventing trucks carrying aid to leave before police intervention allowed trucks to leave.

Although the Haiti government is receiving millions in aid, violence has become widespread throughout the country in the wake of President Jovenal Moise’s assasination just a month earlier, according to the article, making aid harder to distribute. 

Flash floods and landslides are also making distribution slower, according to Reuters, in harder to reach communities, but aid is slowly reaching those areas. 

Taliban implement changes in Kabul

According to an article from CNN, Kabul is already seeing drastic changes as the Taliban regain control. 

The article reported that already images of women in the streets have been painted over despite the Taliban’s promise to treat women better this time around.

Twenty years ago, when the Taliban last had control over Kabul, women could not go out in public unless escorted by a male and while in full burqas.

While CNN reports that the fighters did try and shoo the female correspondent away during the interview they said that no immediate or drastic changes will be applied to its citizens with regards to beards and a ban on smoking.

Taliban fighters in the same CNN article said their main job for the present is to be security and prevent any rioting or looting during this transition of power. 

Floods sweep through Turkey 

According to CNN, Turkey’s Black Sea coast saw extensive flooding Thursday, killing 58 people and injuring countless others .

The flood affected multiple regions within the country, killing 48 people in the province of Kastamonu, nine people in Sinop and one person in Bartin, according to a CNN article.

The floods occurred at the same time that the wildfires swept throughout parts of the country.

Sudan hands Ex-President Omar to International Criminal Court

The Sudanese government will hand over Ex-President Omar al-Bashir along with other officials to the ICC for their crimes in the Darfur conflict according to an article done by CNN. Al-Bashir had been Sudan’s president for three decades until 2019. He is now facing charges of genocide and war crimes for his governments actions in the Darfur conflict.

The conflict in Darfur began around 2003 when several groups rebelled against the current government in Khartoum. In response the government-backed counterinsurgence is alleged to have raped women and used chemical weapons, according to the same article by CNN.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor first issued an arrest warrant for Bashir in 2009 then again in 2010 before suspending the case in 2014 for lack of UN support. Last Wednesday, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan began an independent investigation into the incident. 

Egyptian officer visits Israel to discuss Israeli-Hamas ceasefire

Egypt sent an intel officer to Israel to discuss a cease fire following 11 days of fighting in May between the Hamas militant group and Israel. No agreement seems to be close except an agreement to halt fighting, according to AP News.

According to the same AP article, part of Israel’s demands include returning the remains of two soldiers’ that were killed in 2014 along with two other Israeli citizens believed to be in Hamas custody.

Hamas’ demands include scaling back the blockade that has slowed their economy and left it in financial disarray.

Pope Francis urges all to get the COVID-19 vaccine

The Pope issued an appeal to the world last Wednesday, Catholics and Non-Catholics alike, urging them to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“They grant us the hope of ending the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we work together,” Pope Fancis said in his video message.

The Pope was vaccinated in March earlier this year and called it an ethical obligation, according to an article done by Reuters.

His message comes as medical experts warn a more dangerous variant might emerge if herd immunity is not reached quickly and if the virus has means to circulate.

“Vaccination is a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable,” Pope Francis said in his video message.Staff Reporter Michael Crimmins can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @michael_crimm