No escape from the country’s hardships
Hunger in Zimbabwe is seen overwhelmingly as a rural problem. Consecutive droughts have scorched harvests, and as a result 4.1 million people – half the rural population – are expected to be in need of food aid next year.
The house where Bertrand Dodoffo was born and raised is now a pile of rubble and brick. But, if you look closely, you can still see a white plastic rosary and a metal crucifix hanging off a nail on what was the wall of Bertrand's bedroom.
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Under the scorching midday sun and the rattle of heavy artillery and Kalashnikov fire, three men on the Libyan coast are deactivating mines with electricians’ pliers, clad in flak jackets and helmets that will do them little good if a device detonates.
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The failure of UNMISS in South Sudan is a blow for international peace
By Sam Oakford
The bitter criticism heaped on UN peacekeepers in South Sudan this month over their failure to act to protect civilians and humanitarian workers is sadly nothing new. But it is now raising an urgent question: is the UN’s peacekeeping system fit for purpose?
Why care is needed over the demobilisation of vigilante groups
By Eromo Egbegjule
MAIDUGURI, 22 August 2016
Boko Haram is on the run, and much of the credit must go to vigilantes in northeastern Nigeria who have risen up to protect their local communities from the jihadists. But there is a growing concern that they represent a whole new security threat.
By Ben Parker
Only 16 percent of aid agencies have proper policies dealing with sexual assaults on staff, and just one in 10 cases of sexual abuse are reported and then properly handled, according to a new report.
The campaign, Report the Abuse, surveyed 92 aid organisations, including UN agencies and NGOs, and collected accounts of 77 incidents of sexual abuse, most of which were perpetrated by fellow staff members on their colleagues.
By Miranda Grant
NAIROBI, 19 August 2016 The July rape of aid workers in South Sudan made headlines around the world.
The incident was brutal but not uncommon – one in three women are sexually or physically assaulted in their lifetimes. It’s a reminder that rape is still used as a weapon of war and many victims – wherever they are – face stigma, shame and silence.
By Kayleigh Long
YANGON, 18 August 2016
Floods have displaced more than 422,000 people in Myanmar this month. Drone enthusiasts say they want to help assess the damage from the air but are having a hard time convincing the government to accept their offer.
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By Jared Ferrie
Civilians cannot access medical care in Lashkar Gah and aid agencies are preparing for a possible Taliban takeover as militants lay siege to the city, which is the capital of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province.
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By Louise Hunt
PALERMO, 15 August 2016
Closed borders in the Balkans and the EU-Turkey deal have drastically reduced arrivals of migrants and refugees to Greece, but arrivals to Italy have continued at a similar rate to last year. The key difference is that fewer are able to move on to northern Europe, leaving Italy’s reception system buckling under the pressure and migrants paying the price.
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Les ONG locales commettront-elles les mêmes erreurs que leurs cousines du Nord ?
Par Marc DuBois
Nous savons que l’argent n’achète pas l’amour et qu’il ne fait pas non plus le bonheur. Mais il peut acheter l’allégeance d’une organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) et une aide humanitaire répondant aux intérêts stratégiques d’un bailleur de fonds plutôt qu’aux besoins des populations sur le terrain. Il peut aussi vous placer dans la ligne de mire de l’ennemi de votre donateur.
L’industrie de l’aide devrait peut-être repenser la lutte contre l’extrémisme violent
Par Obi Anyadike
La lutte contre l’extrémisme violent, une stratégie ayant ses racines dans le contre-terrorisme, est une branche de l’industrie de l’aide qui enregistre une forte croissance. Elle est en outre devenue une composante acceptée d’un éventail ahurissant de programmes. Mais quelles preuves avons-nous de son efficacité ?
Why the aid industry may need to rethink CVE
A strategy that has its roots in counter-terrorism called Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, is a massive growth area in the aid industry and has become an accepted component of a dizzying range of programmes. But what evidence is there that it works?
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“They say crime doesn’t pay, but it really does in this country,” says Humberto Aguirre, a frustrated former fighter from the Bloque Centauros, one of Colombia’s many militant groups.
By Tom Westcott
SIRTE, 8 August 2016
The sun sets to the sound of distant explosions. Three children sell homemade bread by the side of the road to Libyan soldiers driving between the frontlines. This is the outskirts of Sirte, where the battle against so-called Islamic State presses on, and where thousands of civilians are in urgent need of assistance.
Will local NGOs fall into the same traps as their northern cousins?
By Marc DuBois
We know that money can’t buy love. We know that money can’t buy happiness. But money can buy the allegiance of an NGO, and it can buy aid work that responds to the strategic interests of the donor rather than the human needs on the ground. It can buy a place in the crosshairs of your donor’s enemy.
Vaccinations in hard-to-access areas keep eradication on course
Huma Shazif had just vaccinated five children against polio in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar when the gunmen attacked. They sped off on a motorbike as her colleague lay dying on the ground after being shot in the abdomen, while she was hit three times in the leg.
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By Annie Slemrod
With additional reporting by Nasser al-Sakkaf
Peace talks to end Yemen’s war haven’t officially failed, but they’re not going terribly well either.
After months of stagnation in UN-sponsored indirect negotiations in Kuwait, the Houthi rebels and their chief backer, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, announced last week that they and their allies had formed a 10-member “supreme council” to run the country.
By Mbom Sixtus
FAR NORTH/CAMEROON, 3 August 2016
A deepening but often overlooked humanitarian crisis in West Africa’s Lake Chad region has been described “as the new terrible” by the UN’s top relief official, Stephen O’Brien.
Of the region’s 20 million people, 9.2 million are now in need of life-saving assistance, while severe acute malnutrition rates for children under five have surpassed the emergency threshold in the affected areas of four separate countries: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.
By Simone Orendain
In just over a month in power, the tough-talking new president of the Philippines has started one war and made moves to end two others.
Rodrigo Duterte rode to victory on campaign promises to crack down on drug crime nationwide and resolve conflicts in the southern island of Mindanao, where more than 150,000 people have died in decades of fighting as government forces tackled separate insurgencies by communists and Islamist rebels.