Archive for 'Africa'
Save the Children has a pretty nifty project going on (a beneficiary is pictured above) in northeastern Kenya that not only gets locally produced milk to malnourished children and pregnant/breastfeeding women, but also seeks to strengthen the region’s entire milk-production chain. I wrote about it while profiling Karl Frey, a Save technical advisor to the [...]
Posted: February 19th, 2013 under Africa, Global health, NGOs, Natural disaster, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: child nutrition, children's health, Kenya, malnutrition, Mennonites, milk, Save the Children
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 story from IRIN is especially interesting because it quotes Muslim Malians who are glad that forces from Mali and France have pushed Islamist extremist militias out of Gao and Timbuktu in northern Mali. Too many people plaster the label “extremist” on any devout Muslim. As this story shows, that’s unfair and untrue. Story below.
Relief as Mali towns [...]
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
This sad story from the Associated Press, as printed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
Posted: Thu, Aug. 2, 2012, 7:04 AM
Somali comedian who dared mock militants is killed
By Abdi Guled
The Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A popular Somali comedian and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.
The 43-year-old TV [...]
Al Jazeera offers this fascinating story on how Liberian Alfred Sirleaf reaches thousands of readers with his newspaper, the Daily Talk, which he writes everyday on a, wait for it, chalkboard.
The chalkboard’s location, on the side of a wooden shack in the center of capital city, Monrovia, says the story, “turns out to be a good [...]
The New York Times’ Helene Cooper tells this powerful, powerful tale of how Charles Taylor, convicted this week of war crimes in Sierra Leone, also bloodied his own country. Lest we forget. Here are the first few paragraphs. Use the link above for the full story:
By Helene Copoer
When I heard the news Thursday that Charles G. [...]
As IRIN reports, the International Criminal Court has found former Liberian President Charles Taylor, also known for brutal meddling in neighboring countries, guilty on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sierra Leoneans must feel good about this show of justice delivered — especially via a system governed by laws and rules. It’s no surprise that the [...]
Let’s hope we aren’t seeing the unraveling of the fragile peace between the countries of South Sudan and Sudan (South Sudan became independent last July), but an alert from the International Crisis Group suggests bleak prospects for calm to prevail. There’s little long-lasting optimism derived from news, reported by the BBC reports today that “South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir [...]
The U.N. humanitarian news agency, IRIN, reports on the burgeoning crisis in Sudan, near the South Sudan border. Often, one humanitarian crisis grabs the world’s attention and other emergencies get barely any attention at all. I’d make that case now, except I’m having a hard time recalling any humanitarian crisis around the world that is [...]
Posted: April 3rd, 2012 under Africa, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, NGOs, United Nations, humanitarian, refugees.
Tags: CARE, IRIN, Oxfam, preventable disease, South Sudan, Sudan, water