Women Clearing Bombs in Cambodia

Apr 24 2017 Erik Larson (IPS): Mao Neav takes a few quick steps out into the field, followed by her faithful dog Onada, tail wagging, tongue out and panting, ready for what is out there. The field is peppered with cluster bombs. Mao Neav is the leader of a small group of bomb and mine clearers working in the Ratanakiri province of north-east Cambodia. Continue reading

How successful were the millennium development goals?

John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen,  Brookings Institute, 30 March 2017: Did the United Nation’s millennium development goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. We highlight three key findings: At least 21 million extra lives were saved due to accelerated progress; some successes were more important than others; low income countries accelerated more than middle-income countries.

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The Rohingya – – Burma’s fault-line?

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Sierra Leone marks a year free of ebola with a minute’s silence

sierra-leone-ebola-freeIngrid Gercaman, IRIN,  8 Nov 2016 It was an unusual day in Freetown, a West African city that loves to be loud. For three long minutes yesterday, it was eerily quiet.  The reason was that a year ago, on 7 November, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free. The virus had killed 3,580 people and terrorised the nation for 18 months. The three-minute silence was organised by the government to remember those who lost their lives. Continue reading

Guinée: Après le long épisode Ebola, l’heure est à la prévention

Guinea ebola8 juin, RFI: La Guinée se frotte les mains une nouvelle fois et célèbre la fin de la résurgence de l’épidémie à virus Ebola sur son sol. Deux ans durant, cette terrible épidémie avait fait des ravages avec plus de 25 000 morts rien qu’en Guinée et plus de 11 000 dans la sous-région, essentiellement en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra-Léone. Continue reading

Nepal’s Earthquakes: One Year Later

Nepalese earthquakeTom Murphy, Humanosphere, 8 June 2016: Recovery is still under way in Nepal one year after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 8,700 people and destroyed 750,000 homes. Yet, problems persist as rubble remains and people continue to live in temporary shelters. It is an all-too common situation after a major disaster, and aid groups working in Nepal are concerned by the lack of international support and slow action by the Nepalese government that leaves people vulnerable. Continue reading

Gambia: Opposition activist Solo Sandeng dies in detention, after protests

Gambia protests20 April 2016: Solo Sandeng, an opposition activist in The Gambia has died in detention, following his arrest during street protests, and there are calls for an enquiry into his death. Another activist Fatoumata Jawara, who was detained with Mr Sandeng during protests on Thursday, is believed to have serious injuries. Several senior opposition leaders were arrested on Saturday after demanding answers from the authorities.There has been no comment yet from the Gambian government. Continue reading

Indian-Nepal blockade: South Asia civil society groups deplore India’s ‘Big Brother approach’ and demand it ceases its ‘arm-twisting tactics’

Nepal NGOsCivil society groups in South Asia have strongly condemned the Indian government’s intervention in Nepal and its unofficial blockage of the border, now in its second week. The groups says: “We deplore the Indian government’s arm-twisting tactics and demand that it stop punishing the common people of Nepal and immediately withdraw the blockage”. Continue reading

Yemen: New report says that Houthi rebels murdered 1000s between 2014 and 2015

YemenABU DHABI, Sep 28 2015 (IPS) – (WAM) – A report from the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations (YCMHRV) operating in Yemen says that human rights violations have reached unprecedented levels, with more than 3,000 people murdered by the insurgent Houthi militia and its allies in Yemen. The report Yemen, outlines the atrocities committed over the past year in Sana’a, the capital, Aden, Taiz, Lahej, Hodiedah, Addali’e, Abyan, Dhamar and Shabwa governorates. Continue reading