Archive for 'Foreign policy'
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
I wrote an essasy today on the whole Invisible Children/Kony 2012 video phenomenon. Because of a lack of space in the newspaper, I couldn’t put in all the voices that should be heard. While I do think the best way to stop mass human rights atrocities is with worldwide support and action, the heroes of [...]
Posted: March 14th, 2012 under Africa, Central African Republic, Foreign policy, Uganda, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: Central African Republic, child soldiers, children's rights, Democratic Republic of Congo, Invisible Children, Joseph Kony, northern Uganda, Resolve, South Sudan, the Lord's Resistance Army
The good folks at IRIN have published this chronology of Somalia’s political history leading up to the famine. It’s a terrific explainer of what has kept the Horn of African nation in such turmoil all these years. It covers some of the who, though mainly those within Somalia who have tormeted their fellow citizens. Left out [...]
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 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
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
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
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