Will future humanitarian disasters be able to get the best assistance?

Will future humanitarian disasters be able to get the best assistance?

Katy Migiro for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: As global emergencies multiply, humanitarian workers are in effect running long-term welfare projects and are being co-opted into politics, while the world is spending “peanuts” on solving the crises, leading humanitarian scholar Peter Walker said. Walker worked for […]

Long process outsourcing may be hurting aid efforts on-the-ground

Long process outsourcing may be hurting aid efforts on-the-ground

Yves Daccord – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/ICRC) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: For more than a year now, the spiraling armed conflict in Syria and its devastating impact on people in and beyond the country has dominated the international spotlight, with still no end to the suffering in sight. While there are many other internecine conflicts causing immeasurable suffering, […]

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

Red Cross volunteers offer mental health recovery to Congo child soldiers

WNN Breaking (WNN/ICRC) Ango Territory, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF  CONGO, AFRICA: On the occasion of World Mental Health Day (10 October), the ICRC – International Committee of the Red Cross looks at the plight of children and youth forcibly recruited by armed groups the psychosocial support provided by local actors to lighten their heavy load after […]

SYRIA: Violence intensifies as United Nations operates with tightened restrictions

SYRIA: Violence intensifies as United Nations operates with tightened restrictions

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) Damascus, SYRIA: Violence continues to rage in Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo, with local organizations registering each day about 300 displaced families in need of urgent assistance, a UNHCR spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva. With armed violence continuing unabated in parts of Syria, thousands of people are fleeing their homes […]

Ebola outbreak brings emergency medical teams to Uganda

Ebola outbreak brings emergency medical teams to Uganda

WNN Breaking (WNN/IFRC) NAIROBI, AFRICA/GENEVA: A deadly outbreak of hemorrhagic fever Ebola has been confirmed in Kibaale district, Western Uganda by the Ministry of Health of Uganda. So far, 13 people have died and 7 more cases have been diagnosed. Kibaale district has a total population of about 646,700 people and is located at around […]

Who have the ‘biggies’ been in global aid 2011?

Who have the ‘biggies’ been in global aid 2011?

WNN MDG Stories (WNN) Global: As the global economy begins to be reshaped by the new emerging powers, so too is the aid industry. IRIN news looks at the rise of the Bric countries, with South Korea joining counterparts Brazil, Russia, India and China as the new donors. Brazil Brazil gave $35.6m in humanitarian aid […]

Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

Crisis grips North Korean rice bowl

Tim Large –  Alertnet – Tuesday, 11 October 2011 (originally published 07 Oct) HAEJU, North Korea, Oct 6 (AlertNet) – In a pediatric hospital in North Korea’s most productive farming province, children lay two to a bed. All showed signs of severe malnutrition: skin infections, patchy hair, listless apathy. “Their mothers have to bring them […]