What the news should be talking about instead of The Royal Wedding


With the upcoming Royal Wedding, a frenzy of articles surrounding Prince Harry and Suits actress, Meghan Markle have been plastered everywhere online.

In an age where the generation is more immersed with the Kardashian family rather than the British royalty, is the Queen and the monarchy still relevant? 

 Image credit: Harper's Bazaar

Image credit: Harper's Bazaar

 

While the whole business of royalty may seem like a fairytale come true, there are more pressing issues that people should be aware about.

Here are four stories happening around the world today.

1. #Justice for Noura

 Image Credit: NY Times

Image Credit: NY Times

 

In Sudan, 19-year-old teenage girl by the name of Noura Hussein is being sentenced to death for killing her husband during an alleged rape attempt. The court is sentencing her to death by hanging.

This story has sparked international outrage, with The United Nations and Amnesty International stepping in to call for pardon in the sentencing as Hussein was acting in defense.

According to UN Women, marital rape and child marriage are not considered a crime in Sudan. Children are able to marry at the age of 10.

In an age of #MeToo movements, we need to remember these examples of inequality in third-world countries and act in the same manner.

You can get involved by signing this petition by Amnesty International here.

 

2. The Gaza Border Protests

 Image credit: Times of Israel

Image credit: Times of Israel

 

Known as the Great Return March, The Gaza protest is part of the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict.

Initiated on the 30th of March 2018, the march was created to protest the blockade of the Gaza Strip and allow Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to Israel, the home that they were expelled from in 1948.

During what was a peaceful protest, some Palestinian demonstrators started edging closer to the frontier of the border, and some groups began throwing stones and petrol bombs.

The Israel Defence Force reacted by opening fire at demonstrators.

According to Reuters, Israeli forces have killed 106 Palestinians, including 15 children since the beginning of the protest until now.

Many Palestinians want to escape Gaza due to scarce living conditions. Unemployment stands at 45 per cent and 95 per cent of the water in Gaza is undrinkable.

 

3. Flint Water Crisis

 Image credit: TheConversation.com

Image credit: TheConversation.com

Since 2014 there has been a water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Due to cost-cutting measures, the water has been contaminated with lead and other toxins.

Lead toxicity can build up and affect the heart, kidneys and nerves when consumed. Exposure in children can also cause impaired cognition, behavioural disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty.

Since January 2016, Flint has been supplying bottled water to residents. However, bottles water will no longer be provided to Flint as of April this year. This is because scientific evidence shows the lead levels in the water have not exceeded federal toxicity levels in two years.

Flint is now working with contractors to replace the affected pipelines by 2020.

However, there are concerns of clean water still picking lead when travelling through thousands of affected pipelines that still remain in the city.

 Image credit: www.itv.com

Image credit: www.itv.com

 

All these stories aren’t exactly light-hearted, and sometimes, all we want to do is indulge in a little bit of escapism via the Royal Wedding.

While these may be some fun reads, let’s try to have more balance in what we consume, learn about more pressing world issues and ways in which we can help.

Words by Jenny Qian


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