Nepal earthquake: rights group urges cancellation of country’s debt to support devastated country

images (7)Apr 27 Kanya D’Almeida  (IPS) – a US-based rights group have urged the international community to cancel Nepal’s debt of $3.8 billion, arguing that otherwise it will be impossible for this impoverished nation to recover from this disaster. Nepal is ranked 145 out of 187 on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) – making it one of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Continue reading

Earthquake in Nepal: Rural Reconstruction Nepal (local NGO) describes the situation

untitled (7)This is a mourning moment and terrible situation in Nepal created by the deadly earthquake since Mid-day of 25th April 2015 and still continued hundreds of aftershocks. This has taken the lives of more than thousands in Kathmandu alone; more than 200 in Bhaktapur and Patan resulting death toll crosses 4252 within severely affected 32 districts so far.

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Un “plan Marshall” pour l’après-Ebola ?

20-04-2015 (BBC) Les présidents guinéen, sierra-léonais et libérien sont à Washington pour participer aux réunions de printemps de la banque mondiale et du FMI et trouver des fonds pour redresser leurs économies durement touchées par l’épidémie d’Ebola. Mercredi, le chef d’État guinéen Alpha Condé, la présidente libérienne Ellen Johnson Sirleaf et le président Sierra-Léonais Ernest Bai Koroma ont rencontré le président américain Barack Obama. Continue reading

Yemen: fighting continues in Taiz

SANA’A, April 16, reprinted from Yemeni Times: —At least two soldiers have been killed in Taiz city and three others injured in clashes with special forces allied to the Houthis that have continued since Tuesday. Saultan al-Alemi, the Director of Moral Guidance in the Taiz security office, said Pro-Hadi soldiers belonging to the 35th Infantry Brigade have been fighting with units loyal to the Houthis for two days in the Wadi Al-Gathi area of Taiz city, the capital of the governorate. Continue reading

Africa: Local political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land

images (6)17 April Jeffrey Moyo  (IPS) – There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people being displaced by the affluent and  powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists say. “Our forefathers cried foul during colonialism when their land was grabbed by colonialists more than a century ago, but today history repeats itself, with our own political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land,” Claris Madhuku, director of the Platform for Youth Development (PYD), a democracy lobby group in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

South Sudan: another 654 child soldiers released – total freed 1314

untitled (4)Lisa Vives Mar 25 2015 (IPS) – South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May. Over the weekend, 654 children registered with the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) were released – bringing the total freed by the militia group since January to 1,314.

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IS USAID helping Haiti to recover or US contractors to make millions?

 

th (6)Jake Johnson, The Nation, 18 March 2015: The corrugated metal fences surrounding construction sites in downtown Port-au-Prince are covered with a simple message: “Haiti ap vanse,” or “Haiti is moving forward.” Where once many thousands of people made tattered tents and makeshift shelters their home, now massive concrete shells and cranes stand tall amidst the rubble. Returning to Haiti, along with much of the world’s major media, for the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 and displaced 1.5 million, it’s impossible not to see some signs that Haiti is in fact “moving forward.” The large camps of internally displaced persons, the most visible sign of the quake’s lasting impact, have for the most part been cleared, though certainly some remain. But beneath the veneer of progress, a more disturbing reality is apparent.

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Vanutu cyclone: country will have to rebuild everything

download (3)Obinna Anyadike (IRIN),  17 March 2015:  – The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands. Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale was reported by the BBC as saying the 13 March storm had “wiped out” all recent development and the country would have to rebuild “everything” Continue reading

Ebola: as the virus retreats planning starts on how to help countries recover

untitled (3)As the death toll from Ebola now tops 10,000 in West Africa, donors and aid implementers are figuring out how to best transition from the emergency to the recovery phase of the crisis. Top EU and U.N. officials, leaders of Ebola-affected nations and representatives from the African Union, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector and the scientific community met in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this month to make progress on this goal. Continue reading

Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu- a grim reminder of the importance of the Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction that opened in Sendai, Japan on 14 March

CAPVCsdWcAEVHtMJamshed Baruah, (IPS) 16 March 2015: Cyclone Pam that has caused unprecedented damages to the Pacific island of Vanuatu lent urgency to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plea that disaster risk reduction is in “everybody’s interest”. “Sustainability starts in Sendai,” Ban declared at the opening of the Third World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), the largest-ever high-level meeting on the theme Continue reading