Former acting U.S. woman judge joins UN task force probe on Gaza deaths

Former acting U.S. woman judge joins UN task force probe on Gaza deaths

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations New York, U.S., AMERICAS: The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of the last of three members of its probe to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the […]

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

NIGER, AFRICA: Catholic Relief Services work to slow food shortages

IRIN – UN Humanitarian news & analysis – WNN – WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) Maradi/Diffa, NIGER, WESTERN AFRICA: Farmers in drought-ridden parts of Niger are facing a dangerous combination of stresses – chronic drought, land degradation, pests and poor seeds – which threaten to throw them even deeper into hunger and poverty. James Litzinger, an agricultural specialist […]

It’s 2014: Why are Haitians still living in makeshift tents?

It’s 2014: Why are Haitians still living in makeshift tents?

Anastasia Moloney for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) Bogotá, COLOMBIA, AMERICAS: Four years after a massive earthquake hit Haiti, around 170,000 people made homeless by the disaster are still living in makeshift tent settlements in dire conditions and are at threat of being forced out of the camps, rights group Amnesty International […]

Women broadcasters send ‘life saving information’ through emergency radio Philippines

Women broadcasters send ‘life saving information’ through emergency radio Philippines

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: As distraught families in central and eastern Philippines struggle to access supplies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, an emergency radio station broadcasting critical life-saving information has gone live in badly-affected Tacloban city. “[The station] aims to be the voice from the government and the relief community […]

United Nations Emergency Relief launches near $1billion appeal to help Philippines

United Nations Emergency Relief launches near $1billion appeal to help Philippines

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are laboring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and […]

PHILIPPINES: UN asks Digital Humanitarian Network to search social media after super typhoon hits

PHILIPPINES: UN asks Digital Humanitarian Network to search social media after super typhoon hits

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Manila, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA:  The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are supporting the Philippine Government to assess damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The super typhoon made landfall on the eastern coast of the Philippines at 4.30 a.m. local time (8 November) as it made its way across […]

Severe floods hit Western Africa causing fears of severe food shortage

Severe floods hit Western Africa causing fears of severe food shortage

IRIN – WNN Breaking (WNN/IRIN) Dakar, SENEGAL, WESTERN AFRICA: Weeks of heavy rains that began in mid-August have left much of Mauritania’s capital city, Nouakchott, and six of the surrounding regions under water, creating “unprecedented” damage according to the Department of Civil Protection. Some areas have seen as much as 35 percent more rainfall than […]

Reliability in sourcing online data can cautiously include crowd-sourcing

Reliability in sourcing online data can cautiously include crowd-sourcing

IRIN  Humanitarian News and Analysis  – WNN Science & Health (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As evolving technologies multiply the rate of “big data” in emergencies from crowd-sourcing, to crowd-seeding to social media – humanitarian organizations are now focusing on how to ensure it is accurate and thus usable. There are many plusses to crowd-sourced […]

Yemen children continue to be injured and killed from landmines, says UN agency

Yemen children continue to be injured and killed from landmines, says UN agency

UNOCHA reporting from Yemen – WNN Improve It (WNN/UNOCHA) Sana’a, YEMEN, WESTERN ASIA: Thirteen-year-old Nakhlah Ramadhan was tending sheep with her younger sister Fatima on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, when she stepped on a landmine. She was killed instantly; Fatima was seriously injured. In neighbouring Bani Al-Harith District, Safa’a Luqman and her […]