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Amid Typhoon Haiyan recovery, some feel they are left behind

Amid Typhoon Haiyan recovery, some feel they are left behind | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
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Two years after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines a lot of the physical damage has been repaired but some of the poorest people told me during a recent trip that life is still hard.

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U.N. says cash to repair Gaza homes will run out by end-month

U.N. says cash to repair Gaza homes will run out by end-month | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Tight Israeli controls have slowed rebuilding of Gaza homes after 2014 war, donor cash is drying up
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EXCLUSIVE-POLL: Latin American cities have most dangerous transport for women, NYC best

EXCLUSIVE-POLL: Latin American cities have most dangerous transport for women, NYC best | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Colombia's capital Bogota ranks as having the most dangerous transport for women
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Our annual poll from the Thomson Reuters Foundation - find out if your city is among the best or worst for women's safety on public transport.

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UNHCR bracing for possible exodus of 400,000 from Syrian town into Turkey

UNHCR bracing for possible exodus of 400,000 from Syrian town into Turkey | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Some 138,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have entered Turkey in an exodus that began last week
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Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria's east

Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria's east | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
The insurgents control roughly a third of Syria, mostly rural areas in the north and east
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Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in C.African Republic town

Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in C.African Republic town | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Over half the population of 4.5 million people needs humanitarian aid but donors have provided less than 30 percent of the $550 million needed for emergency relief - UN
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U.N. urges end to Syria's 'convoluted' aid restrictions

U.N. urges end to Syria's 'convoluted' aid restrictions | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Some 9.3 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance, while another 2.6 million have fled the three-year civil war
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Sudan, S.Sudan on verge of humanitarian catastrophe - www.worldbulletin.net

Sudan, S.Sudan on verge of humanitarian catastrophe - www.worldbulletin.net | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Sudan, S.Sudan on verge of humanitarian catastrophe www.worldbulletin.net Avoiding the word "famine" for now, the head of humanitarian operations for the United Nations did not flinch in describing the situation in Sudan and South Sudan as alarming...
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Australia: Plight of child refugees - Aljazeera.com

Australia: Plight of child refugees - Aljazeera.com | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it

Ten years after Australia's human rights commission found the country breached its international obligations towards children in immigration detention, a recently-announced new inquiry will find no change in the treatment of the most vulnerable of refugees.

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Australia has an international legal obligation as signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to act with the best interests of the child, including ensuring access to education and health services, and to only detain children when no other option is available, have denied child refugees humanitarian protection.

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Do airdrops of aid ensure survival of the fittest, not the neediest?

Do airdrops of aid ensure survival of the fittest, not the neediest? | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Some communities in the central Philippines, hit by Typhoon Haiyan, still lack food, water and functioning markets, so are airdrops of food and water the solution?
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A good question by my colleague @alisatang. Read what aid agencies have to say about whether air drops of aid ensure survival of the fittest, not the neediest... #haiyan #YolandaPH

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Syria polio cases spread to Damascus and Aleppo - WHO

Syria polio cases spread to Damascus and Aleppo - WHO | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
A child wears a mask as he stands along a street in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria, October 3, 2013. Picture taken October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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U.N. halts work on Gaza projects due to Israeli building materials ban

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The economic situation in the territory, where unemployment, according to U.N. figures, is at 30 percent, has worsened following Egypt's closure of smuggling tunnels under its border with Gaza.

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5 facts about poverty

5 facts about poverty | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
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Boosting growth isn't everything when it comes to eradicating poverty. Find out more in our "5 facts: Eradicating poverty". http://www.trust.org/slideshow/?id=09be9e1c-7be9-4b12-952e-4279cc0fdd7d

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Women underpaid, or unpaid, in $500 billion fishing industry - U.N.

Women underpaid, or unpaid, in $500 billion fishing industry - U.N. | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Women are often relegated to cleaning boats, processing and other support roles, according to the FAO
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Displaced in South Sudan, Raymond, 18, shares his hopes for peace | UNICEF - YouTube

Subscribe to UNICEF here: http://bit.ly/1ltTE3m The world’s youngest nation has been at war for one year. It was never meant to be this way in South Sudan. T...
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This video is the personal story of Raymond Ran Johnson, 18 as he shares his story of displacement and hopes for peacebuilding in South Sudan, one year after violence erupted there. The conflict in South Sudan has forced over 1.9 million people from their homes, more than half of whom are children. 1.43 million people remain displaced inside the country. 

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REPORTER'S DIARY: The women de-mining Sri Lanka - YouTube

In 2011, Thomson Reuters Foundation correspondent Nita Bhalla went to Mannar in northern Sri Lanka and met a group of women who had taken on the job of removing landmines after nearly three decades of war.

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Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war

Israelis, Palestinians begin new talks to end Gaza war | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
New ceasefire holds hours after coming into effect
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Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their seat belts.
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Syria refugee crisis poses major threat to Lebanese stability -UN

Syria refugee crisis poses major threat to Lebanese stability -UN | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
The largest concentration of Syrian refugees, close to 1 million people, can now be found in Lebanon, increasing the population of the tiny country by about a quarter, the United Nations said
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A stark warning from the UN . Lebanon is one of Syria's neighbours bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis, with little international support

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Myanmar orders aid group to stop work, patients at risk: MSF - Reuters

Myanmar orders aid group to stop work, patients at risk: MSF - Reuters | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
Press TV Myanmar orders aid group to stop work, patients at risk: MSF Reuters The Nobel Prize-winning aid group has been giving care there to both ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a mostly stateless minority who live in apartheid-like...
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Mini-film series shows challenges for millions still waiting for AIDS revolution

Mini-film series shows challenges for millions still waiting for AIDS revolution | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
"See What We See" is a mini-film series launched by Medecins Sans Frontiers to counterbalance what it says is rhetoric presenting the fight against HIV/AIDS as almost won
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The fight against HIV/AIDS has been hailed as one of the most successful public health projects in human history - but for millions of people excluded from treatment that promise is still unfulfilled, according to medical charity Medecins Sans Frontières.

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"AIDS in Africa" - time for a new language?

"AIDS in Africa" - time for a new language? | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it

Progress in the battle against AIDS is widely divergent in different African countries, so much so that to talk about "AIDS in Africa" as one epidemic needing a single approach has become an anachronism

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16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reached what experts describe as the "beginning of the end of AIDS" - that's a point when the total number of new HIV infections is lower than the number of patients newly receiving AIDS treatment in the same year

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Insurance could cut climate risks, ease 'loss and damage' - experts

Insurance could cut climate risks, ease 'loss and damage' - experts | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it
As extreme weather become more severe, insurance could drive action to cut risks and reduce emissions, as well as help address growing losses and damage
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Interesting views from climate change experts at the #COP19 UN climate talks. They agree insurance can not be a silver bullet to minimise climate change but could help to manage the damage and losses

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Hunger MDG "within reach", but extra push needed - U.N.

Hunger MDG "within reach", but extra push needed - U.N. | Humanitarian emergencies | Scoop.it

U.N. agencies say a "final push" is needed to meet the 2015 target of halving the proportion of hungry people in the world

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Progress in fighting hunger is uneven across regions. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, with one in four people estimated to be hungry, a new UN report says. There has been no recent progress in Western Asia, while South Asia and North Africa made slow progress. There have been bigger reductions in both the number of hungry and prevalence of undernourishment in most countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

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