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Health Agencies To Help Cyclone Idai Victims In Mozambique

Health Agencies To Help Cyclone Idai Victims In Mozambique

International aid agencies and government forces are racing against time to help the hundreds of thousands affected by Cyclone Idai. The storm, which hit on March 14, has killed nearly 1,000 people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and many others are still missing. One of the worst affected areas is the port city of Beira, […]

Aid And Few Others Killed By Boko Haram

Aid And Few Others Killed By Boko Haram

Few aid agencies operate in Nigeria’s volatile Borno State, where a faction of extremist group Boko Haram executed Hauwa Liman, 24, this week. A midwife with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), her killing underscores the dangers faced by humanitarian groups serving civilians in the region. Liman was one of three local aid […]

Nigeria, Three Others Get Trump’s $639m Aid

Nigeria, Three Others Get Trump’s $639m Aid

United States President, Mr. Donald Trump at the weekend promised $639 million in aid to feed people facing starvation because of drought and conflict in North-eastern part of Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Of the funding, $121 million would go to Nigeria, according to Rob Jenkins, Acting Head, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian […]

African Countries Say They Support Women’s Rights. But Where’s the Money?

African Countries Say They Support Women’s Rights. But Where’s the Money?

The Maputo Protocol, adopted by the African Union in 2003, was expected to transform the landscape for women’s rights on the continent. Its aim was to set standards and create positive change across a range of areas including violence against women, child marriage, land rights and harmful practices. But 14 years and 37 ratifications later […]

3 Million Kenyans Need Relief Aid

3 Million Kenyans Need Relief Aid

Close to 3 million Kenyans are in need of relief assistance, official said. The Secretary of Communication and State House Spokesperson, Mr Manoah Esipisu, in his weekly address to the media in Nairobi on Sunday, said the number had doubled from 1.3 million in August 2016. Mr Esipisu attributed the situation to the drought that […]

Zimbabwe Urged To Put Compassion Before Politics In Distribution Of Food Aid

Zimbabwe Urged To Put Compassion Before Politics In Distribution Of Food Aid

Aid agencies have called on President Robert Mugabe’s government to look beyond political differences and prioritise humanitarian principles after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of partisan food aid distribution. The commission’s chairman, Elasto Mugwadi, revealed this week that an official investigation into alleged discrimination in the distribution of food had […]

Aid Groups Suspend Cooperation With UN In Syria Because Of Assad ‘Influence’

Aid Groups Suspend Cooperation With UN In Syria Because Of Assad ‘Influence’

  More than 70 aid groups have suspended cooperation with the UN in Syria and have demanded an immediate and transparent investigation into its operations in the country because of concerns the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has gained “significant and substantial” influence over the relief effort. The coalition, which includes some of Syria’s most widely […]

Check Your Privilege: Self-Interest, Celebrity And Saving The World

Check Your Privilege: Self-Interest, Celebrity And Saving The World

What is it that stops us from thinking that a fairer world is possible? The American writer and intellectual Susan Sontag once wrote of the need to recognise how “our privileges fall on the same map as their suffering”. Yet the map of the world does not gather itself up as straightforwardly as Sontag suggests. […]

Looking Good And Making A Fast Buck? Why Rich Countries Help The Poor

Looking Good And Making A Fast Buck? Why Rich Countries Help The Poor

Why do rich nations help the poor in faraway places? There are a mix of very different reasons, ranging from the high-minded – “It’s our moral duty” – to the venal – “We can look good and make a fast buck out of this”. Commonly, the governments of rich countries use combinations of altruism and […]

‘Humanitarian Airstrikes’: A Reassuring Gloss For The Actions Of Politicians

‘Humanitarian Airstrikes’: A Reassuring Gloss For The Actions Of Politicians

When the United States bombed the Syrian town of Kobani in 2014 to stop it falling to Islamic State, the retired American general charged with building the military coalition against the jihadists, General John R Allen, said he would not use terms like “strategic target” or “strategic outcome” to describe the action, then added, “We […]

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