Yemen
"The streets of Sana'a city have become battlegounds", Jamie McGoldrick, United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said today in a statement. He is calling for a "humanitarian pause" on Tuesday to "allow civilians to leave their homes and seek assistance and protection".  While we are writing, the news of the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh reached us....
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Yemen
After two years and a half of conflict, Yemen is on the brink of famine and it is facing an “unprecedented” cholera crisis. Millions of people are in need of assistance, in what is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Some 22.2 million people, 2 million of which internally displaced, require humanitarian aid and protection, according...
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Health
The fight to eradicate malaria is stalling, according to the World Malaria Report 2017, released today by the World Health Organization. In 2016 there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 91 countries, 5 million more than in 2015; while deaths reached 445 000 compared to 446 000. “In recent years, we...
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Food and Agriculture
Farmland concentration is not just a Global South phenomenon. In the 27-member European Union, only 3.1 percent of farms controlled the 52.2 percent of farmland in 2013, while 76.2 percent of farms had the use of 11.2 percent of the agricultural land. High prices are making access to land increasingly difficult for small farmers. ‘The...
Written by: Elena L. Pasquini
Human Rights
Nazia Riaz’s husband died in 2012, when the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Pakistan exploded into flames claiming the lives of 252 workers trapped into the building. A compensation agreement was reached after four years of negotiations. ‘I don’t think monetary compensation is the solution to the deaths of workers and my husband. Government should...
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Food and Agriculture
Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development Large movements of people is one of the most complex challenges the world faces today. In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of people migrating around the world. Why is this happening and do they have a choice...
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