Syria: U.N.’s fear of angering Assad leaves gap in Syria aid effort
Six months ago, the United Nations assured the world it could deliver humanitarian aid to as many as 2 million imperiled civilians living in rebel-controlled communities along Syria’s borders with Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq. Today, the U.N.’s chief relief agencies are reaching only a fraction of those numbers — meaning that hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians are still at risk of starvation, dehydration, and disease...
Boxing Day Tsunami: How you helped victims
It began just before 1am. The earthquake erupted just off the coast of Sumatra – unleashing a force 1500 times greater than the Hiroshima atomic bomb and tearing open an 800-mile wound in the sea bed. On and on the quake shuddered and slammed and shifted, the shocking movement triggering a series of mountainous waves towards the low lying coastline of Indonesia...
Philippines: Aquino faces Philippine typhoon test a year after Haiyan
Typhoon Hagupit is set to lash the central Philippines from early tomorrow, heading toward Manila in a new test of President Benigno Aquino’s leadership a year after he earned low marks over his handling of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan. Aquino two days ago began ordering evacuation of thousands to safer ground and stockpiling of food in preparation for the latest storm. Last year he was criticized for not doing enough to prepare for Haiyan and taking two days to visit victims...
West Bank and Gaza: Wireless in Gaza: The young entrepreneurs beating the blockades
Gaza and Uber aren’t the likeliest of combinations. The latter is a ride-sharing app, valued this week at $40bn (£25.6bn), that relies on its users owning smartphones. The former is a recovering war zone with no 3G network. Safe to say, Uber won’t be expanding in to Gaza any time soon.
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Pakistan: Health managers 'lack' knowledge of neonatal mortality issues
The study “Situation Analysis on the Use of Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Care 2014” was developed as a part of the “Improving Chlorhexidine Advocacy for Newborns Project”. It was funded by the Maternal and Newborn Health Programme and Research and Advocacy Fund and implemented by Mercy Corps, Pakistan. Said to be first of its kind, the study is an attempt at judging level of information of senior health officials of the country about the fatal diseases, claiming lives of a large number of children. A copy of the report is available with Dawn...
Afghanistan: Aid workers in Afghanistan fear for their lives as troops pull out: survey
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half the aid workers in Afghanistan received death treats or intimidation during the past year as foreign troops phased out their operations and funding began to dwindle, a survey released ahead of the London conference on Afghanistan said. Aid workers and rights campaigners surveyed by BAAG, an umbrella group of British and Irish charities working in Afghanistan, said their security was rapidly deteriorating and 60 percent felt unprotected...
Nigeria: Amy Spindler: innovative partnerships to empower girls
Across the developing world, adolescent girls face the triple disadvantage of living in rural areas where education isn’t a priority; having limited power and access to resources; and being undervalued by their communities simply because they’re girls.
Afghanistan: Afghanistan: what will happen when the troops – and their dollars – depart?
It would be a challenge for any leader: balance the books after years of systemic corruption, battle a resurgent rebellion and form a government despite entrenched ethnic divisions. But Afghan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, must do all this as thousands of foreign troops pull out, taking their services, experience, hardware and dollars with them. Ghani’s most pressing task at a summit with international donors in London on 3-4 December may be to make sure the world does not forget Afghanistan once foreign soldiers are no longer fighting on its soil...
Afghanistan: Attacks on army bases add to Afghan worries
Audacious attacks by Taliban militants in Helmand province and Kabul have raised new concerns over Afghanistan’s lasting security, days before an international conference in London to consider the future of the country. Afghan troops took three days to defeat insurgents who broke into Camp Bastion, which was vacated last month by the last British troops to leave Helmand. Insurgents also overran an Afghan National Army (ANA) base on the edge of the disputed town of Sangin in north Helmand, killing at least 14 Afghan soldiers...