Archive for 'Asia'
When it comes to emergencies, the media tend to focus most on deaths as a result of the catastrophe. While the deaths are tragic, the full picture comes in looking at the entire impact of the typhoon on its victims. Here, from the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is an infographic that gives [...]
It’s interesting to watch developments in Myanmar as the country continues to emerge, seemingly, from its harsh past. Though its leaders have more to do, there are encouraging signs, including Myanmar on Monday releasing 24 child soldiers from its military. It is in line with officials’ pledge to halt child-rights violations. Pledges are important, and [...]
What an underreported topic this is. IRIN has a great report on it, pointing out that when girls are kidnapped by rebels and military groups, they often are described only as sex slaves. And no one ever talks about their participation in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs. I know I [...]
Posted: February 12th, 2013 under Africa, Americas, Asia, Women's rights, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues, slavery.
Tags: child soldiers, DDR programs, Joseph Kony, Lord's Resistance Army, rights of girls, Uganda, Yoweri Museveni
This report from IRIN shows changing trends in where refugees end up living.
NOUAKCHOTT/DAKAR, 9 January 2013 (IRIN) - Sequestering refugees in rural camps is no longer the norm: The most recent estimates indicate that almost half of refugees flock to urban areas and just one third to rural camps, according to the [...]
Posted: January 9th, 2013 under Africa, Asia, Foreign policy, United Nations, humanitarian, refugees.
Tags: Humanitarian Policy Group, IDPs, International Rescue Committee, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Refugee Consortium of Kenya, UNHCR, urban refugee policy
Here I sit in my hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the last day of a three-day weekend celebrating the King’s birthday. There have been fireworks every night that children, sitting in a line on a busy street curb, gape at with wonder on their faces. The faces of Cambodians were far different yesterday, as [...]
IRIN has an excellent analysis on whether child soldiers should be prosectued for their actions. The most compelling reason why they shouldn’t be? Because their actions flow from having been victimized and forced into their roles. Here’s the beginning of the IRIN report and read it in full here.
Analysis: Should child soldiers be prosecuted for their [...]
Posted: October 6th, 2011 under Africa, Asia, International Criminal Court, United Nations, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: child soldiers, children's rights, Geneva Conventions, International Criminal Court
This report from Refugees International advocates for such an important point — that a U.S. transition strategy for its involvement in Afghanistan must include a plan for people who have been displaced in all the fighting. The mainstream media has done a fairly lousy job of examing the humanitarian issues that have bubbled and blown up in both Iraq and [...]
Posted: July 15th, 2011 under Asia, Foreign policy, NGOs, U.S. politics, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: Afghanistan, displaced people, refugees, Refugees International
I repost here a great story from those fine folks at IRIN on why Save the Children had such a hard time getting contributions for those affected by political violence in Cote d’Ivoire, while tens of millions of dollars was raised for Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims. Here it is. Visit the IRIN website for [...]
Posted: May 19th, 2011 under Africa, Asia, Disaster aid, NGOs, Natural disaster, civil wars, humanitarian.
Tags: charitable giving, Cote d'Ivoire, earthquake, IRIN, Japan, Save the Children, tsunami
In my continuing effort to return the spotlight periodically to forgotten crises, this just in from Handicap International:
February 1, 2011
PAKISTAN FLOODS, SIX MONTHS LATER
WASHINGTON – For the last six months, Handicap International’s 500-strong team has supported people stricken by the flooding that has devastated Pakistan, affecting 20 million people and damaging 1.7 million homes. The [...]
Posted: February 1st, 2011 under Asia, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, development aid, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: flood, forgotten crises, Handicap International, Pakistan
In my ongoing campaign to remind people about crises that are off the media’s radar screen, I kick off 2011 with this excerpt from a United Nations news service story on post-flooding Pakistan. Here’s the full story.
Millions of Pakistanis still in need of post-flood assistance, say UN officials
Flood victims gather around their meal at a tent [...]