Clár Ní Chonghaile
When a boy in Central African Republic fell under the spell of a militia leader supposedly endowed with magical powers, he felt invincible. With his mentor’s death, he realised he had wasted four years – but a rehabilitation programme is helping him, and other former child soldiers like him, to resume his studies
By Aidan McQuade
Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests
Disaster response that involves groups on the ground is often more effective and more timely, but concrete commitments are needed to get funds to local NGOs
Michael Mosselmans is head of humanitarian programme policy practice and advocacy for Christian Aid
Friday 5 February 2016 05.31 EST Last modified on Friday 5 February 2016 07.22 EST
As international donors meet in London, humanitarian leaders warn that aid pledges for Syrians are only a part of solution
Aid donations are only one part of a successful response to Europe’s refugee crisis, two humanitarian leaders warned, as international donors, meeting in London on Thursday, pledged billions of pounds to support Syrian refugees stranded in the Middle East.
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We must match the audacity of the post-second world war European reconstruction programme
As world leaders meet in London to confront the biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war, perhaps the answer we need – and the bold plan we want – can be found 70 years in the past. For only an initiative as ambitious as the postwar Marshall plan can address the chaos of 12 million Syrians displaced from their homes.