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Rising Homelessness To Ageing Population: Five Challenges Facing cities In 2020

Rising Homelessness To Ageing Population: Five Challenges Facing cities In 2020

The world is seeing the biggest wave of urban growth in history with the United Nations expecting almost 70% of people globally to be living in urban areas by 2050, up from 56% today. The shift is creating significant challenges for cities around the world, from tackling worsening air pollution in New Delhi to keeping […]

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria, Warns Europe

Erdogan Says Turkey Cannot Handle New Migrant Wave From Syria, Warns Europe

Turkey cannot handle a fresh wave of migrants from Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, warning that European countries will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria’s northwest is not stopped. Turkey currently hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the world, and fears another wave […]

Dame Helen Mirren Decries ‘Disturbing’ Global Rise In Homelessness

Dame Helen Mirren Decries ‘Disturbing’ Global Rise In Homelessness

Oscar-winning British actor Helen Mirren has hit out against the “exponential rise in homelessness” as she prepared to sleep out in central London on Saturday as part of a global charity appeal to fight the scourge. Mirren joined Hollywood stars Will Smith and Brian Cox and an estimated 50,000 people in the “World’s Big Sleep […]

President Jovenel Moise Warns Of Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti, Calls For Support

President Jovenel Moise Warns Of Humanitarian Crisis In Haiti, Calls For Support

Haiti needs international support to tackle an unfolding humanitarian crisis, President Jovenel Moise said in an interview, two months into anti-government protests that have exacerbated food insecurity in the Americas’ poorest nation. Moise also told Reuters he was holding closed-door talks with civil society groups and the private sector, as well as radical and moderate […]

World Food Day : Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving ‘Alarming’ Hunger Levels

World Food Day : Global Index Finds Climate Change Driving ‘Alarming’ Hunger Levels

Central African Republic topped an annual world hunger index on Tuesday as aid agencies warned that climate change was making it increasingly hard to feed the world. Aid agency Concern Worldwide, which co-compiles the Global Hunger Index, said progress towards a 2030 zero hunger target agreed by world leaders was “under threat or is being […]

Secret Abortions Spike In Northern Nigeria With Boko Haram Chaos

Secret Abortions Spike In Northern Nigeria With Boko Haram Chaos

Kellu became pregnant after a Nigerian soldier offered her food and shelter in exchange for sex. But the destitute teenager – who lost her family when Boko Haram militants attacked her village two years earlier – did not want to have the baby. After moving to a camp for displaced people in northeastern Borno state, […]

Scores Feared Drowned in ‘Worst Mediterranean Tragedy of the Year’

Scores Feared Drowned in ‘Worst Mediterranean Tragedy of the Year’

More than 100 migrants and refugees are feared drowned after the boats they were travelling in capsized off Libya’s coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Al Jazeera reports. Ayoub Qasim, a spokesman for Libya’s coast guard, is quoted as telling The Associated Press that two boats carrying around 300 migrants sank around 120km east of the capital, […]

House Approves $4.5 Billion Emergency Border Aid Bill To Address Humanitarian Crisis

House Approves $4.5 Billion Emergency Border Aid Bill To Address Humanitarian Crisis

The bill’s future is uncertain, however, with the White House and GOP lawmakers opposing its restrictions calling for more humane treatment of migrant children. Following a flurry of last-minute changes and the quashing of what’s been described as a “mini-revolt” spearheaded by some liberal critics, the Democratic-led House rallied on Tuesday to approve a $4.5 […]

Eritreans Wrestle With Staying or Going : Amid Border Wrangles

Eritreans Wrestle With Staying or Going : Amid Border Wrangles

Names marked with an * have been changed at the request of those interviewed to protect identities, due to concerns about government reprisals against individuals or family members who remain in Eritrea. An unexpected rapprochement last year between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the subsequent opening of the border, seemed to offer hope of a more […]

Trapped On The Island – These Places Are No Place For People

Trapped On The Island – These Places Are No Place For People

Spring warms our hearts and our bodies. Moria, the refugee camp on Lesvos where I lived when I arrived in Europe, however, is cold and prison-like. The tents did not provide cover from the harsh winter wind or the freezing rain.  Lesvos is a beautiful Greek island, but the camp is hell. I invite all […]

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