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lauren: women and children slaughtered displaced persons camp in the latest brutal attack in the eastern democratic republic of congo. ♪ i am lauren taylor. this is al jazeera live from london. also coming up, sri lanka's defense ministry orders troops to shoot anyone involved in violence, a day after 8 people died in clashes. 9.6 million children are going hungry every day in afghanistan. and ukraine says its forces have recaptured villages north of
kharkiv, pushing russian troops out of range of the heavily battered city. hello. 14 civilians have been killed in a brutal attack in the eastern democratic republic of congo, taking the number killed in the last two days to around 70. most of the victims of the latest attack were women and children at a displaced persons camp in the djugu area. the kivu security tracker says the armed group codeco, or cooperative for the development of congo, was behind the attack. since may last year, a neighboring north kivu province had been governed by security forces. but amnesty international says the strategy has led to abuses rather than greater security.
civilian massacres have continued. the security tracker access to hundred thousand civilians were killed last year. our correspondent reports. a warning, you may find some of the images distressing. many the bodies of mostly women, children, even babies killed in the eastern democratic republic of congo. the victims were hiding in the forested area of djugu for several months after fleeing attacks from their villages. local government officials blamed the armed group codeco for monday's raid. 24 hours earlier, this happened, bodies strewn among the burning embers of a village, mostly women and children, again, the majority, of dozens of victims. they were killed in an attack by another rebel group during a raid on a gold mine. fighting has ravaged the region in north kivu for decades, and displaced more than 1.5 million people.
many living in this camp in the tourist capital bear the scars from rebel attacks on their villages. one woman says her family was killed in front of her last year. >> i don't feel comfortable talking about what happened. the militias ripped me, killed my relatives, and cut off my legs. reporter: these girls also bear scars. >> we were attacked by machetes when relations entered our village. as our parents could not run away, they were both killed. . i was left almost dead, then saved after some hours. [gunfire] reporter: analysts say the violence is getting worse, with rebel groups codeco, and the allied democratic forces, accused of massacres. >> that is despite a joint
operation by congolese and ugandan soldiers. [shouting] >> every time there is attacks on the codeco, there is also reprisal on the civilians. the big issue is that there is not enough measures taken to make sure that civilians are protected. reporter: kenya has hosted talks to end the long-running conflict . armed groups are calling for the release of political prisoners, and amnesty for their prisoners. but following the latest attacks, many are concerned that the military operation is not working, and will lead to more reprisals in villages like this one. lauren: we have the director of policy research for the global center for the responsibility to protect. she works to mobilize the international community to act in situations where populations are at risk of mass atrocity
crimes. she says the military crackdown on troops may be making it more difficult for civilians. guest: the government deployed approximately 20,000 troops to the two provinces with the reported aim of combating armed groups and protecting civilians under what they believe is a state of siege. they have effectively replaced the civilian government in the area with these officials. but there has been no indication that increased military operations have improved the production of civilians most at risk. they have used repressive military strategies to attack armed groups and that has particular to an escalation of the conflict. these armed groups are known for retaliating against government offenses by specifically targeting civilians. ♪ lauren: there are fears of
unrest over sri lanka's economic crisis as it is spiraling under control. the military has been ordered to shoot anyone causing injury to people or property. at least eight people died the day before. but protesters are refusing to back down, demanding that prime minister rajapaksa also resign, after his brother stepped down on monday. our correspondent from colombo. reporter: a trail of destruction following the rioting in sri lanka. failure to solve the unprecedented economic crisis is angering people here. prime minister rajapaksa resigned after weeks of pressure. protesters say that is not enough, and they want his brother, who is resident, to go, too. >> we are standing here and tell rajapaksa go home. not only that, we are demanding for the new interim government
to establish new laws under the 21st amendment. and beyond that, we need to abolish the executive presidency. reporter: thousands like him had protested peacefully for more than a month outside the president loads office. but they say that his supporters attacked them on monday. dozens of buses were destroyed in the fighting that followed. the ap cars were dumped in the lake. police investigators and the local magistrate inspected the damage. trade union condemned what they described as an attack on peaceful antigovernment protesters. [protestors chanting] >> provincial politicians to the prime minister's residence and had guns to attack the protest. we ask that legal action be taken against mahinda rajapaksa for setting fire to this country. reporter: trade union have started a strike, and they say it will not end until both the
president and government resign and, there is a proper investigation into the attack. the unrest goes on. the homes of politicians were set on fire, and an assault on the highest ranked police officer in the western province has increased concern that the crisis is spiraling out of control. the defense ministry has authorized armed forces to shoot anyone stealing or assaulting anyone. sri lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, and destruction of this scale, it just cannot afford. observers say, what adds insult to injury is that it could have been avoided. lauren: international donors at a conference in brussels promised $6.7 billion for syria, saying that the conflict has not been forgotten. it is slightly more than the conference rate last year.
the money will go to countries was to refugees. the u.n. has warned that the war in ukraine could cause more food insecurity in syria. and a charity has released a stark overview of the food situation in afghanistan, where aid is failing to meet the growing need. it says 9.6 million shouldn't our going hungry every day because of economic collapse in afghanistan, the ongoing drought, in ukraine. over 20 million people, almost half the population, face levels of food insecurity from march to may. despite a major aid initiative, the projected number facing the same level of food insecurity not expected to fall. 19 million people, half of them children, are expected to remain in hunger from june to november. our guest is a humanitarian policy and advocacy advisor at save the children. he just returned to london after visiting kabul.
>> it is getting more difficult by the day, it seems. we spoke to a number of companies in kabul and nakahari and the eastern provinces. every situation is a little bit different, but lots of consistencies in the stories we are hearing. one is that the economy is driving most of the need. most of the people have lost their jobs, food prices are rising. largely, it is down to some of the economic interventions which are international governments and policy decisions. the economy is a massive factor. lauren: the u.n. security council will meet thursday to discuss the afghan taliban's order for women to cover their faces in public. women have been protesting in kabul in defiance of the decree which was announced last week. it says women should leave the home only when necessary and, male relatives will be responsible for enforcing the dress code, or face punishment.
it has drawn a backlash from the international community, as well as many afghans. >> we want to be known as living creatures. we want to be known as human beings, not like slaves imprisoned in the corner of the house. [shouting] >> we organized this protest because the taliban is imposing their culture on afghan women under the name of the hijab. ever since the taliban seized power in afghanistan, all their projects have been against women. they want to limit and a limited women from the field of society and politics. lauren: 35 people, most of them children have been left homeless after israeli authorities demolished a residential building in east jerusalem. the three-story structure was torn down because it didn't have the required permits. israel demolishes palestinian properties that don't have approvals, which can be difficult to obtain. the u.n. 40 buildings have been destroyed in east jerusalem this year.
ukraine's military says it has recaptured several villages in the northeast from russian troops. it says russian forces are being pushed out of range in kharkiv, the second largest city, which has been under constant bombardment. that counter-attack could signal a new phase in the conflict, as ukrainians move into striking distance of the supply lines, sustaining russia's main attack force in the south. ukraine says russia's missile attacks on odessa are aimed at distracting supply-lines. taking odessa could help russia establish in ankara door along the south of ukraine. at least one person was killed and five injured by russian attacks on monday. the ukrainian military says a shopping center and the warehouse were hit. the mayor of mariupol says 100 civilian men are still trapped in the azovstal steelworks, which is besieged by russian
forces. ukrainian forces says during the weekend, all women, children, and the elderly were rescued. the steel plant is the last pocket of ukrainian resistance in the devastated port city of mariupol. fighters are pulling up in underground bunkers. ukraine's forces in the eastern donbass region destroyed a dozen russian tanks on tuesday, as well as several armored vehicles and aircraft. the regional governor of donetsk says three people were killed. our correspondent traveled to nikolai of, a town in the path of the russian offensive -- to mamykolaiv. >> this is the city. it is like this in many towns and villages in the east of ukraine. russia says it wants to take the donbass region. most people have fled, fearing the russian advance. those will remain at wait for whatever supplies they can get. >> they are giving humanitarian
aid. i don't know what it is exactly, but everyone else is here, so i am here. reporter: inside, volunteers pack food for all in need. he is helping distribute packs of chicken and canned food. >> have you seen what is going on outside? they are firing. have you filmed anything out there? have you seen the strikes? it is everyday. very hard. the elderly are struggling while the children are playing. reporter: the local council would usually cut the grass here. now it is left for the goods. a rare sight of the child playing. the occasional sound of rocket fire in the distance. they don't even flinch here anymore. mykolaivka is 12 miles away from where the russian troops are. there used to be 15,000 people living here. many have left. a lot of those who still remain, opinions are divided. >> i think ukraine should be an independent country, but without
foreign influence, to be without uncle sam. we don't need them. ukraine was a very rich country. look what they have done. the u.s. are not good. i don't think they have ever done anything good for us, or that they ever will. reporter: russian-backed forces took this town back in 2014, only to be pushed out by the ukrainian military. >> i don't hope for anything here. i don't care anymore at my age. i am worrying about young people, the small children. they haven't even had a chance to live. we have our families, people we love why are they bombing. ? killing children. reporter: the military told us we were not allowed to film places that had been struck in this town, it is in the path of the russian advance and many here believe it is only a matter of time before russian forces try and take it. assed beig, al jazeera. lauren: ukraine's first
president, who led the country to independence amid the collapse of the soviet union, has, died at the age of 88. he signed a deal with the leaders of russia and belarus in 1991, declaring the ussr seized to exist. he held the presidency until 1994, and agreed to transfer the remaining soviet nuclear weapons on ukrainian territory to russia. he returned to politics in 2020, trying to negotiate a settlement to the eastern ukraine conflict that began in 2014. he had suffered poor health recently, and had a heart operation last year. still to come this half hour, the u.s. says there is a 50-50 chance global temperatures will rise at 1.5 degrees celsius in the next five years. and a somewhat -- the son of a disgraced philippine leader ferdinand marcos, tells the world to judge him and not by his family but by his --. ♪
>> hello. let's start in australia. we are seeing the wetter weather affecting both the west and the east of the country. severe weather warnings out for queensland. torrential rain. we are likely to see some dangerous flash flooding. that will move its way towards the northeast. if we look at the three-day picture, it is improving. by saturday, it will be starting to dry up. that wet weather is also going to trickle down to new south wales, as well as victoria and tasmania. we are going to see some wet weather as well into the western areas of australia, thanks to a tropical cyclone that will chalk some of that rain out, temperatures dipping down by the end of the week. but a -- across the central and northern areas, both the islands are seeing bright
skies. a few showers particularly for that northeast corner. but temperatures are sitting in the high teens thursday. as we head across southeast asia, we have seen very heavy rain for southern areas of thailand, and flash flooding. we are likely to see more of that heavy rain in the hibi days ahead in the malay peninsula. ♪ >> african stories from african perspectives. short documentaries from african filmmakers, from zimbabwe -- >> we were -- how e-commerce could change the way we distribute goods without necessarily having to go to a physical store. >> sudan, ivory coast, and ghana. africa direct. on al jazeera. ♪
[protestors chanting] ♪ >> at least 70 people have been killed in attacks in the eastern democratic republic of congo in the last two days. the latest software teens civilians, most of them women and children, killed in a camp for displaced people on monday. sri lanka's military has been ordered to shoot anyone causing injury to people or operate. at least eight people died in and rest the day before, as protesters demanded the president stepped down over the country's economic collapse. and ukraine's military says it
has recaptured several villages in the northeast from russian troops, this as russian forces are being pushed out of range in kharkiv, the second largest city in ukraine, which has been under constant bombardment since the war began. russian president vladimir putin urged officials to take stronger action to prevent wildfires spreading across the country. putin told them to combat the fires in a more efficient, systemic, and consistent way. russia has reported high temperatures in recent years, scientists say is a clear result of climate change. last year, wildfires ripped through her than 7 million hectares of land. >> the forest is an ecological shield. everyone understands this very well. it is an ecological shield for our country and the entire planet. it plays a key role in absorbing global greenhouse gas emissionsm which means the large-scale wildfires undermine our climate protection efforts. this issue is of principal
importance in our country and the entire world. reporter: temperatures around the world are still rising and could soon exceed a key global warming indicator. a new report from the world meteorological organization says there is a 50% chance temperatures will exceed the key threshold of 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels by 2026. world leaders have pledged to try to keep temperatures below that level as part of the paris climate accord. experts say more extreme weather is likely in the next few years, including heat waves and sandstorms. >> the climate that we have now is a product of the atmosphere that we had 20 or 30 years ago, and if we wait another 20 to 30 years, when we have a full on climate crisis going on and then decide that it is time to do something serious about reducing emissions, it will be too late. laura: to the philippines. the son of a disgraced former
dictator has promised to bridge the divide between all filipinos. ferdinand marcos jr. has won the election by a wide margin, and has urged the world to judge him by the elections, not his family. it has already raised fears that democratic rights will be eroded even more. our correspondent from manila. reporter: protesters gather outside the election commission building to protest against what they say are voting irregularities. some people were unable to vote after at least 1800 vote-counting machines malfunctioned during national elections on monday. less than 2% of the total number of machines. >> we are here because we have seen how sloppy the election commission's work is. they had three years to prepare for the election. they are incompetent. they took away the right for filipinos to vote for what they want. reporter: protesters were pushed
back by police with water cannon swat teams on standby. the heavy pushback has long been a hallmark of the outgoing administration. incumbent president rodrigo duterte had little tolerance for dissent or criticism. ferdinand marcos jr., whose late father ruled the country for two decades, and was often described as a dictator, is on course to win a landslide victory. and with his daughter sara, set to become the vice president, many are concerned that their civil liberties may shrink further. analysts say that the return to part of the marcos family is the result of decades of rebranding, boosted in recent years through social media campaigns, often with misleading information. >> studies have shown that the marcos campaign and the marcos family has usually invested in this machinery, and i think if they are going to be the next administration, that this is
going to be a lean and mean propaganda beating machine. reporter: he says the strategy may not only help them with power, but keep it. for marcus' supporters gathered outside his campaign headquarters of day after the polls, those concerns were far from their minds as their candidate heads for victory with an unassailable margin. laura: the last president of honduras has pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges. he was extradited last month. he had been arrested at his home in honduras in february, weeks after his second term ended. he is accused of receiving millions of dollars from traffickers in exchange for protection from arrest. his lawyer says ease being treated like a prisoner of war, and visits to his client have been restricted. a paraguaya prosecutorn known for fighting organized crime has been shot dead in columbia.
he was on honeymoon with his wife on. an island staff at their hotel say a gunman approached them on a jet ski and shot the cop while they were on the beach. he was known for his work for his high-profile cases of murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking. mothers of the thousands of missing people in mexico have gathered in the capital. they marched from tapachula to demand the government do more to find their children, or at least find out what happened to them. the protest is being held on mother's day. more than 98,000 people have disappeared since the 1960's, many of them victims of the war on drugs, or criminal gangs. u.s. president joe biden says fighting inflation is a top priority for his administration. he has been setting out his plans to tackle raising prices, telling americans that he understands what they're going through. our white house correspondent
reports. reporter: gas prices hitting historic new highs on tuesday, in the united states, up $.17 in just the last week, to hit a record $4.37 a gallon. u.s. consumers are unhappy. >> i don't even look at how many gallons or what the dollar amount is anymore, because it is expensive everywhere. reporter: it's another blow to the u.s. economy and president joe biden's white house. >> i heard the first turn. i said, not us. working for. not us. we are working full-time and still having a hard time maintaining, managing, being able to buy groceries. reporter: under pressure to help consumers, invited on tuesday insisted his policies are fighting inflation. >> i know you have got to be frustrated. frustrated by high prices, by gridlock in congress. by the time it takes to get anything done. believe me. i understand the frustration. reporter: he blamed rising
prices on the global pandemic, and on the war in ukraine. but he also attacked republicans for pushing an ultra mega agenda, referring to former president donald trump's make america great again policies, believes do not align with mainstream american values. >> the republican plan is to increase taxes on middle-class families, take billionaires and large companies off the hook as they raise prices and reap profits in record amounts. it is that simple. reporter: bite and insists, if republicans are elected to control congress in november's midterm elections they will, end social spending that millions rely on, like medical care for the poor and the early. biden once insisted high prices, supply-chain shortages, and record high inflation on basics like food and rent, was temporary. but that is no longer the case.
>> inflation has more than wiped out the average worker's wage gains. president biden has handed the average american a big pay cut. a pay cut. reporter: full show, on the issue of the economy, more americans trust republicans' policies than president biden's. with approval ratings below 40%, and with congressional be term elections just months away, record high inflation has become a political liability for the president. kimberly halkett, al jazeera, the white house. reporter: the head of the world health organization says china's zero covid policy is not sustainable. he says the country's biggest city tightened restrictions with southern. mass testing resumed. frustrated residents in parts of shanghai have been told to stay home until wednesday, the entire subway system shutdown for the first time. millions of people were just beginning to emerge from
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