DUBAÏ, 3 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Un nouveau rapport analysant l’intervention humanitaire qui a suivi le passage du cyclone Pam accuse une fois de plus les agences d’aide humanitaire internationales de n’avoir pas su coordonner efficacement leur action avec les acteurs locaux et nationaux.
Douala , 3 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Plus d'une semaine après les inondations causées par les pluies torrentielles qui se sont abattues sur la capitale économique du Cameroun, Douala, la ville reste sinistrée. Au moins quatre personnes ont trouvé la mort et environ 2 000 autres ont été déplacées ; des milliers de logements et de commerces ont été détruits. Plus de 30 000 d'habitants ont été directement affectés.
By Annie Slemrod and Joe Dyke
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its “most serious financial crisis ever,” this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees announced it would let go around 100 foreign employees on short-term contracts, roughly half of all its international employees.
MANILIA, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - This week’s sinking of a ferry in the Philippines, at a cost of at least 40 lives, has given added urgency to calls for a probe of the maritime sector in an archipelago beset by similar disasters.
The Kim Nirvana had just left the port of Ormoc in the central Visayas region on Thursday when it turned on one side. Within hours, only the boat’s red hull was visible, with passengers trapped inside, the Coast Guard said.
Of the 173 passengers, 40 were confirmed dead and another 21 were unaccounted for.
FREETOWN, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - As Sierra Leone continues to fight the Ebola outbreak, things are looking up on some fronts, including improved employment rates and school attendance. But many families say they still don't have enough to eat and malnutrition rates among children under the age of five remain high.
Click here to see IRIN's photo feature on how some families are struggling to survive.
DELHI/YANGON, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - A law preventing civilian courts from prosecuting security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has led to a quarter century of human rights abuses, Amnesty International said in a report urging the government to repeal the legislation.
DUBAÏ , 2 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Les motifs de mécontentement sont nombreux s’agissant du système humanitaire, mais la plupart ont trait à l’argent.
D’après le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA), moins d’un cinquième des 19,44 milliards de dollars US requis cette année pour la réponse humanitaire ont été financé à ce jour, ce qui se traduit par d’importants déficits de trésorerie et des coupes budgétaires à tous les niveaux.
By Joe Dyke and Annie Slemrod
BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - Few have heard of it. Even fewer know how it will work. But a newly launched body could revolutionise how Saudi Arabia gives hundreds of millions of dollars of emergency aid every year.
DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - More than a week after floods caused by heavy rain in Cameroon’s economic capital, Douala, killed at least four people and destroyed the homes and businesses of thousands of others, displacing at least 2,000 people and directly affecting more than 30,000, the city remains devastated. Fallen electric poles are a grim reminder that much of the city is still without power, upturned wrecked cars and motorcycles lie abandoned in gutters, trash and other debris litter the muddy streets.
By Louise Redvers
DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - Charities and NGOs like to promote transparency and good governance in the countries they work, but how much do we really know about where and how aid money is really spent?
Very little, according to the Local to Global Protection Initiative (L2GP), which in conjunction with IRIN has produced a series of graphics analysing the money flows from big donors.
By Louise Redvers
DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN) - There are plenty of gripes about the humanitarian system, but most of them boil down to money.
According to the UN’s aid coordination body, OCHA, less than one fifth of the US$19.44 billion required for humanitarian response this year has been funded, creating frontline cash shortages and spending cutbacks across the board.
MYTILENE, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) - In the shadow of Greece’s bitter row with creditors, the refugee crisis unfolding in its islands has been pushed from the headlines, but boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers continue to arrive and systems for receiving them have virtually collapsed.
Outside the Mersinidi identification centre on the island of Chios, migrants are hanging their clothes out to dry on trees and bushes following an early morning storm. They are mostly families with small children that arrived the evening before.
BUJUMBURA, 30 juin 2015 (IRIN) - Pour les familles de journalistes - comme moi - au Burundi, la vie est un enfer ces derniers temps, surtout depuis que les manifestations ont commencé en avril pour protester contre la volonté du président de se représenter pour un troisième mandat.
Niamey/Dakar , 30 juin 2015 (IRIN) - En novembre dernier, des membres de Boko Haram sont arrivés chez Fanna Liman Mustafa, 25 ans, et ont incendié sa maison de Baga, dans le nord-est du Nigeria. Elle a décidé de fuir au Niger avec ses quatre enfants. Le destin a voulu qu'elle ait de la chance : les militants islamistes sont revenus au mois de janvier et ont massacré des centaines, voire des milliers de civils.
AMUDA, SYRIA, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern city of Hassakeh, with residents describing widespread panic following a sustained assault by so-called Islamic State (IS) militants. Since last Thursday, IS fighters have been launching attacks on government-held parts of the ethnically mixed city, which is divided into areas run by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and those under the control of Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) fighters.
By Mubashar Hasan
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) -
Karim Khan* is out of work, but that’s not a bad thing.
He spent two years transporting would-be migrants on his fishing trawler from the coast of Bangladesh to large boats anchored far offshore. The passengers had paid to be smuggled into Malaysia in the hope of finding work there. But Khan was actually delivering them into the hands of human traffickers who would hold them for ransom.
By Boureima Balima and Jennifer Lazuta
By Désiré Nimubona
BUJUMBURA, 29 June 2015 (IRIN) - For the families of journalists like me in Burundi, life has been hell these past few weeks, especially since street protests began in April against the president’s plans to run for a third term.
BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - For the past few months, Kobani and the surrounding area have been something of a sanctuary in Syria. Since the withdrawal of self-declared Islamic State from the northern town in January, it had been peaceful. The threat of violence seemed low enough for reconstruction efforts to begin. Foreign aid workers started shuffling in and out. It was seen as a place of relative calm, where the future, at least, looked positive. Not any more.
By Jessica Hatcher and Desire Nimubona
BUJUMBURA, 25 June 2015 (IRIN) - In the weeks ahead of Monday’s highly contentious parliamentary elections in Burundi, a profusion of hate speech has been used as a key tool to whip up support in a campaign marred by harassment, intimidation and violence.
Political tension has gripped this small central African state for months, triggered mainly by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office, a move seen by many as unconstitutional.