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Iraq humanitarian crisis ‘one of the world’s worst’

Recently, the United Nations described Iraq’s humanitarian crisis as “one of the world’s worst”, saying that more than 10 million Iraqis, making up almost a third of the population, are in need of immediate humanitarian aid. T...
by International Aid on May 12, 2016

Don’t just condemn humanitarian law violations. Stop them.

The recent airstrike on a camp for Syrians displaced from their homes is the latest in a long line of tragedies resulting from the disregard that certain parties to conflict hold for international humanitarian law. The UN under-secretary general for...
by International Aid on May 11, 2016

Turkey to host landmark World Humanitarian Summit on May 23-24

Turkey will play host to the ground-breaking World Humanitarian Summit, the first such summit of its kind, on May 23-24, in Istanbul. The summit, spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is aimed at discussing humanitarian issues in detail. T...
by International Aid on May 6, 2016

Turkey’s humanitarian role worldwide

Turkey is presently hosting almost 3 million refugees fleeing war zone regions and conflict, including 2.7 million Syrian refugees, according to official statistics. Turkey’s official development aid supplies to more than 140 countries across the g...
by International Aid on May 6, 2016

Doctors Without Borders pulls out of World Humanitarian Summit

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF) announced that it will not be participating in the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, calling it a mere “fig-leaf of good intentions” that will not actually hold states accountable for...
by International Aid on May 5, 2016

Nepal’s recovery only just beginning a year after earthquake

Many people here in Nepal pin their hopes on promises of foreign aid: After the disaster, images of collapsed temples and stoic villagers in a sea of rubble were beamed around the world, and donors came forward with pledges of … Continue readin...
by International Aid on May 4, 2016

Australia’s foreign aid budget hits rock bottom

Cuts to Australia’s foreign aid budget as introduced last year are being maintained in the 2016 Budget. The latest reduction follows the biggest cut on record, with $1 billion slashed from the aid program 12 months ago. Indonesia once again …...
by International Aid on May 4, 2016

Hi-tech humanitarian assistance

An affordable prosthetic foot for war amputees is the Lausanne-based Humanitarian Tech Hub’s first project. The research and development programme aims to harness technology to solve humanitarian problems. It is the fruit of collaboration between t...
by International Aid on May 2, 2016

Granted a new life by the Pope

On a warm evening in Rome, as waiters flapped tablecloths for outdoor diners at a trattoria down the cobbled alley, Ramy Al Shakarji leaned back on a bench and laughed as he described how the head of the Roman Catholic … Continue reading →...
by International Aid on May 2, 2016

China legislates strict control of foreign NGOs

The Chinese government announced that it has passed a strict law aimed at controlling and limiting the work of foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in China and their local partners, mainly through police supervision. More than 7,000 foreign...
by International Aid on May 2, 2016

Turkey’s promise to stop the flow of refugees creates a new crisis

Turkey is struggling to cope with the 2.7 million Syrians it hosts, and honor its agreement to stop refugees from crossing into Europe. Meanwhile, renewed fighting in Syria pushes tens of thousands of Syrians closer to the border with Turkey, …...
by International Aid on Apr 29, 2016

Behind the global crackdown on NGOs, recognition of their power

Around the globe, from Malaysia to Morocco and from India to Ethiopia, governments have been cracking down on activists who are trying to hold them to account. The worldwide trend constitutes “the broadest backlash against civil society in a genera...
by International Aid on Apr 28, 2016

Red Cross says Afghanistan facing its worst humanitarian crisis since war began

The crisis in Afghanistan has escalated to a new level of urgency, the outgoing head of the International Red Cross said Sunday, citing a record number of civilian casualties and evacuations of war wounded. In an interview with The Telegraph, …...
by International Aid on Apr 25, 2016

Three million lack permanent shelter a year after Nepal earthquake

A year after Nepal was devastated in an earthquake, 3 million people are still without permanent shelter and some marginalized groups have missed out on vital relief. Aid agency Save the Children says about 600,000 families in Nepal continue to ̷...
by International Aid on Apr 22, 2016

Ecuador earthquake aid

A 7.8-magnitude quake, which struck Ecuador Saturday night, has killed at least 413 people, officials said Monday. More than 2,500 more were injured. The hardest-hit area of the South American nation was the coastal Manabi Province, where about 200 p...
by International Aid on Apr 20, 2016

Iraq’s humanitarian workers brace for Mosul influx

A military operation to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group could produce the largest civilian displacement anywhere in the world this year, according to the United Nations — and critics say the UN …...
by International Aid on Apr 18, 2016

Pope Francis shows solidarity with refugees in Lesbos

At a ceremony in the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis said he understood Europe’s concern about the recent migrant influx. But he said migrants are first of all human beings “who have faces, names and individual stories” and deserve …...
by International Aid on Apr 16, 2016

Iraq may soon reach a ‘point beyond repair’

The vulnerability of internally-displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq has reached boiling point, with the situation aggravated by ongoing armed conflict. If diverse ethnic communities fail to co-exist, Iraq may soon be “beyond repair,” a new report...
by International Aid on Apr 15, 2016

Call for a humanitarian revolution

A confluence of factors has pushed humanitarian needs to a level surpassing what was seen at the end of World War II, but aid experts assert in a just-released report that the tools and know-how exist to meet the challenge. … Continue reading &...
by International Aid on Apr 13, 2016

If history is a guide, Europe’s refugees are in trouble

There are obvious parallels between the current flow of refugees into Europe and the massive displacements produced 70 years ago by World War II. And that, according to a new study by the Kiel Institute of Economic Research (IfW), is … Continue...
by International Aid on Apr 13, 2016


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