Archive for 'United Nations'
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 [...]
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
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
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 from IRIN:
humanitarian news and analysis
a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
In-Brief: First-aid guide for mental health in a disaster
GENEVA, 17 August 2011 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the publication of a first-aid guide to help field workers deal with psychological issues during disasters, [...]
Posted: August 17th, 2011 under Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, Natural disaster, United Nations, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: emergency aid, relief workers, World Health Organization, World Vision
IRIN, the UN humanitarian news and analysis service, has a report this morning that gives some context to the emergency playing out in Somalia. Here are the first paragraphs of the story, but it’s well worth reading the entire report to get a deeper understanding of what Somalis are facing. Really, has there ever been a [...]
Posted: July 26th, 2011 under Africa, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, International Criminal Court, Natural disaster, United Nations, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: child malnutrition, children's health, Drought, famine, Refugee camps, refugees, Somalia
This hugely important story from IRIN looks at how children are faring in the drought-propelled humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Too often, children get overlooked in these under-publicized emergencies. Cheers for humanitarian organizations, such as Unicef and Save the Children, and media outlets such as IRIN ( the Integrated Regional Information Networks from the U.N. Office [...]
Posted: July 18th, 2011 under Africa, Disaster aid, NGOs, Natural disaster, United Nations, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: African Union, Dadaab refugee camp, Drought, Ethiopia, Kenya, malnutrition, refugees, Save the Children, Somalia, UNICEF
The American Journal of Public Health is publishing a study today (it wasn’t posted as of this writing, but here’s the web site for it) that shows the appalling prevalence of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Here’s a link to the GlobalPost story on it. The study finds that nearly 2 million women have been [...]
Posted: May 12th, 2011 under Africa, Foreign policy, Outraged, United Nations, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Genocide, rape, sexual violence, Women's rights
Excuse the hint of exasperation in the title of this post. Oh, hell, no apologies for being fed up with humanitarian-relief organizations acting like Bernie Madoff. There’s just no excuse for practices such as the slipshod, unprofessional accounting and spending that the Associated Press reports on at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Crap like [...]
Posted: January 24th, 2011 under Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Global health, NGOs, United Nations, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: AIDS, Corruption, Global Fund, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, tuberculosis, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Here’s the review I wrote for The Inquirer on two of the three documentaries being shown tonight from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that struck southern Haiti.
Posted on Jan. 11, 2010
PBS remembers Haiti, with shows on earthquakes, criminals, children
By Carolyn Davis
Inquirer Staff Writer
Commemorating the [...]
Posted: January 11th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Natural disaster, United Nations, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: children's rights, earthquake, Frontline, Haiti, Haiti earthquake, Independent Lens, nongovernmental organizations, NOVA, street children