Archive for 'humanitarian'
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 [...]
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
Some groups are looking at how online technology can assist refugees during and after emergencies. This story comes from Global Voices. Global Voices is “an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world,” according to its website.
Says Global Voices about the groups: “The first, Refugees United, uses online [...]
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
Here’s a link to her appearance on CNN. She’s a wonderful young lady who hasn’t let the injuries she suffered at the hands of Joseph Kony’s LRA stop her.
Posted: March 14th, 2012 under Africa, NGOs, Uganda, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: Central African Republic, children and conflicts, children's rights, CNN, Democratic Republic of Congo, Invisible Children, Joseph Kony, Lord's Resistance Army, northern Uganda, South Sudan