Archive for 'Media'
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
I highly recommend watching Wide Angle’s program, on PBS, about what has happened to the children of Myanmar since Cylcone Nargis hit. The people there, especially youngsters, are struggling mightily with little help from the government. This issue, and others involving Myanmar’s treatment of its people, need to stay on the U.S. radar. Granted, sanctions to pressure [...]
Posted: August 25th, 2009 under Asia, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Media, Myanmar, Uncategorized, human rights, international children's issues.
Tags: Burma, children's rights, China, humanitarian crises, international journalism, Myanmar
The story below about child soldiers just came in this morning from IRIN. The media and activists who care about this issue need to figure out a way to get the plight of child soldiers into the international consciousness to a degree that promotes real action. This story will probably get picked up in numerous publications [...]
Posted: June 18th, 2009 under Media, NGOs, Outraged, international children's issues.
Tags: child soldiers, children's rights, Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Confli
These notes are the outline of a presentation I made at the University of Pennsylvania’s 2008 Summer Institute for Middle & High School Teachers:
“Demystifying Stereotypes and Understanding Contemporary Cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East”
June 26, 2008
I’ve seen humanitarian issues from both sides of the fence: as a journalist and as a humanitarian worker. [...]