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17 Jan 2011 description

Bill Gunyon*, OneWorld UK

LONDON, Jan 17 (OneWorld.net) - A seminal moment of the 2008 banking collapse enjoys the improbable association with the British monarch. Attending a function at the London School of Economics, the Queen was overheard to demand "why did no one see the crisis coming?"

If we are to experience a global food crisis in 2011, lack of foresight is less likely to feature on the royal charge sheet.

07 Nov 2009 description

Anna Nath, OneWorld South Asia

Peace process should become a tool to achieve peace and not be seen as an instrument of delaying conflicts, says Suhas Chakma, Director, Asian Centre for Human Rights in an interview with OneWorld South Asia. It's a misconception that human rights organisations in India do not condemn violence by armed insurgent groups, he adds.

Suhas Chakma heads the New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights.

09 Oct 2009 description

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (OneWorld.net) - Aid organizations are appealing for global help as millions of families face hunger, water shortages, disease, and death across the eastern part of Africa.

What's the Story?

A multi-year drought has destroyed harvests, driving up the price of remaining food, and forcing people to drink and cook with whatever water they can find, even if it's unsafe. Animals are wasting away in some areas.

04 Sep 2009 description

By Jeffrey Allen, OneWorld US

WASHINGTON, Sep 4 (OneWorld.net) - For many at last month's regional soccer tournament in Kenya's Dago village, the side event was a lifesaver; hundreds of local people received free medical checkups, eye and dental exams, and HIV testing and counseling.

22 Aug 2009 description

Huned Contractor, OneWorld South Asia

In a first attempt of its kind, a village in western India will be developed as a role model for use of water resources, according to the guidelines set by Waterman Rajender Singh.

28 May 2009 description

WASHINGTON, May 28 (OneWorld.net) - Early warning systems and emergency preparedness techniques seem to have saved thousands of lives in Bangladesh, reports an international humanitarian news organization as relief efforts continue in the aftermath of Cyclone Aila.

What's the Story?

"Some 600,000 people were evacuated to cyclone shelters prior to the cyclone -- a significant factor in minimizing the loss of life," writes IRIN.

06 May 2009 description

WASHINGTON, May 6 (OneWorld.net) - Sadiqa Basiri Saleem's efforts to educate girls in her native Afghanistan -- originally informal classes for 36 girls in an abandoned mosque -- have grown to a network of six schools with 2,870 pupils.

"After the fall of the Taliban in 2002, Sadiqa Basiri Saleem returned home from a refugee camp in Pakistan to find 150,000 girls in her eastern Afghanistan province lacking the resources, security, and support to go to school," writes Vital Voices, a women's organization that awarded Basiri Saleem for her work earlier this …

06 May 2009 description

WASHINGTON, May 6 (OneWorld.net) - The days are busy but the work is rewarding for Dr. Hnin Phyu, who oversees two clinics in refugee camps housing 25,000 people along the Burma-Thailand border.

"I've wanted to be a doctor ever since I was a little girl," says the 32-year-old physician. "My father was a doctor. I saw him helping people. That is what I feel like I'm doing now. And that's what I want to continue to do." Dr.

12 Feb 2009 description

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (OneWorld.net) - The blurring of lines between civilians and combatants in war-torn Sri Lanka is claiming hundreds of lives, warns an international humanitarian group after a suicide bomber killed 28 people at a checkpoint for civilians fleeing the conflict.

Thousands of civilians have been trying to cross into a government-declared safety zone each day over the past month.

27 Jan 2009 description

Showkat A. Motta, OneWorld South Asia

Last year was the most peaceful in Jammu and Kashmir in the past two decades with 147 civilian deaths.

28 Oct 2008 description

The country's two largest referral hospitals in Harare are as good as closed.

They are turning away patients because they have run out of drugs, equipment while health personnel, including some supporting staff, have reportedly just stopped going to work.

For the past week, Parirenyatwa and Harare Hospitals, Zimbabwe's largest health institutions, have only been attending to a handful of critically ill patients and road accident victims.

Patients coming for regular check-ups were being turned away as there was no staff.

When The Standard visited the two public hospitals …

08 Aug 2008 description

Nicholas Benequista

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 8 (OneWorld) - Ethiopian officials have said that the country will increase its appeal to the international community for a third time this year, criticizing donors for failing to commit resources to a hunger crisis precipitated by drought and rising food prices.

"It is the humanitarian community's obligation to see that the humanitarian needs are fulfilled," said Simon Mechale, who heads the country's disaster relief agency.

05 Aug 2008 description

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 5 (OneWorld) - Aid groups are demanding increased protections for civilians in Afghanistan as fighting continues to escalate in the Central Asian country that is regaining its status as a focal point of the U.S.-led "war on terror."

In raising its concerns about the growing number of deaths of civilians, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) says both the U.S.-led allied forces and militant groups are violating international laws of conflict.

"Searches conducted by Afghan and international forces have on some occasions involved …

31 Jul 2008 description

Alison Raphael, OneWorld US

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30 (OneWorld) - The peace agreements signed in January are unraveling fast in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving 200 dead and some 150,000 Congolese with no alternative but flight so far this year, according to newly formed Congo Advocacy Coalition (CAC).

"The peace agreement has failed to silence the guns, and the people of eastern Congo continue to suffer and to run for their lives," said Juliette Prodhan, head of Oxfam Great Britain, a member of CAC.

"The parties to the agreement must urgently …

11 Jul 2008 description

Alison Raphael

WASHINGTON, Jul 11 (OneWorld) - Marches, petitions, vigils, and press conferences across Africa are planned for Saturday at the launch of a Pan-African Campaign of Solidarity with Zimbabwe.

Disappointed that their political leaders failed to step up to the plate and condemn Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's brutal tactics during last weekend's African Union (AU) summit in Egypt, civil society groups are mobilizing to express their discontent.

"The widespread killings, torture, and assault of perceived opposition supporters must come to an end in …

20 Jun 2008 description

Haider Rizvi

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20 (OneWorld) - Calls for tough international action in Darfur are growing as the United States prepares to leave the UN Security Council's rotating presidency at the end of this month.

"Without a sustained escalation of U.S.

28 Apr 2008 description

Alison Raphael

WASHINGTON, Apr 28 (OneWorld) - Far away and close to home the growing world food crisis is taking a toll.

25 Apr 2008 description

Kelvin Chibomba

In countries where malaria is highly endemic, priority should be given to accelerating implementation of cost-effective interventions and strengthening surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems to enable us to measure progress.

Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) and constant supply of medicines for Artemisinin-based combination therapy in health facilities.

16 Apr 2008 description

By Shahjahan Siraj*

DHAKA, Apr 16 (OneWorld) - Although illiterate Bangladeshi villagers don't know the climate change lingo, many have shown an awareness of the situation, using local knowledge to innovate and adapt to the natural changes.

Constant fighting with poverty and floods are a common reality of grassroots Bangladesh.

11 Apr 2008 description

Ida Wahlstrom

WASHINGTON, Apr 11 (OneWorld) - African development experts here are cautiously optimistic that Zimbabwe's election process, while still disputed, will bring about historic change for the country's 12 million people.

"Regardless (of what happens), we have a new era in Zimbabwe," said Roxanne Lawson, who was among a team of human rights and social justice advocates that traveled to Zimbabwe to observe the recent elections.

Lawson and Imani Countess of the TransAfrica Forum and Briggs Bomba from Africa Action spoke at a public forum Thursday about …