Conflict

Confronting Collusion

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.

World Humanitarian Day! Remembering the Brave

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?

The Price of Human Life After the MH17 Tragedy in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I do not want to sound cynical in suggesting that human life has a price. It is priceless as far as I am concerned. But this is a world that is not of my making. It operates according to rules that are sometimes quite absurd, and whether we agree or not, there is a societal consensus that human life, too, has a price.

Tolerate Thy Neighbour

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK
Lloyd Mallison

The first amendment in the United States is a wonderful thing. It means you can say whatever you like about anything... But with the increasing popularity of Facebook comment section fights, and chatroom brawls, I'm seeing more and more often that people seem to forget that freedom of speech goes both ways.

Guidance for the Naive Undergraduate - Part Eight: the Best Days of My Life?

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

Studying constantly with fear of failure, late nights working the same shifts as the signer on television, living in squalid dwellings with landlords who may well be the offspring of Hitler and his one testicle, and constantly finding yourself scraping ancient coco-pops from a mouldy bowl whilst washing the five thousands dishes, is a tough life.

Idealists, Convicts, Misfits and Russians: A Civilian's Tale in Eastern Ukraine

Tom Johnson | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In times of war, except in cases of extreme tragedy, the plight of the civilian is often ignored. The devastating shooting down of flight MH17 served only to cruelly to remind us that the civilian costs in war are often just as great as the military ones...

Gaza: The Place Where Nothing Was As It Seemed

Cat Carter | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

Earlier this year, when I was in Gaza, people everywhere asked me the same thing: "Ah, how do you find it here? What do you think of this place?" It's a challenging question. How do I find Gaza? Unexpectedly beautiful. Impossibly sad.

Will Children of Syria Ever Heal From the Scars of War?

Kumar Tiku | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

During the course of my humanitarian work in Syria, I have listened to many children share their perspectives. The death of family members, whether siblings or a parent or other loved one is common. Being displaced from their homes, often more than once, and finding their friends and communities snatched away. Memories of repeated attacks from warring parties that flattened whole neighborhoods, fires that raged through the night stay with them.

The Path to Better Education in Pakistan

Aaron Benavot | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Improving quality in Pakistan would also be a huge breakthrough. In rural areas many primary schools lack sufficient classrooms to provide a proper five year cycle: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for example, more than half of the schools do not contain the requisite 5 classrooms (one per grade). If you were a parent, would you send your children to school, and keep them there, if school conditions meant that your children were unlikely to learn the basics?

The Joy of Being Misunderstood: How To Handle Pain

Sacha Wise | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sacha Wise

Really?! The joy of being misunderstood? Yes, bare with me for a second and just keep reading. Misunderstandings can be like sharing your home with a stranger: awkward, uncomfortable and frustrating. Even worse, when the stranger is supposed to be your best friend, parent or partner, and the intimate space is your relationship. No joy yet.

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Rose Caldwell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations.

If We Can't Cope With Asylum Seekers, How Will Mali?

Daniel Brett | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Left: Refugees And Displaced People in Mali, '000; Right: UN 2014-2016 Humanitarian Funding Plans for Mali, USDmn Source: UNOCHA, Business Monitor Int...

A Sidelined Conflict in the Heart of Africa

Omayma El Ella | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Omayma El Ella

We cannot afford to allow another tragedy to take place in Africa and we cannot afford to be complacent in our response. The regional ramifications and the human cost are too great for this to be another forgotten crisis.

Breaking the Silence in Somalia

Isabelle Younane | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Isabelle Younane

As I learned from this event - and from the Global Summit in general - the effects of globalisation and immigration mean that the West can no longer sit back and allow the suffering of ethnic groups, particularly as some of their members now walk the streets of our egalitarian nation. Hopefully, this modest event was a first step in creating a dialogue between Somali victims and the international community about the reality of life as a minority in Somalia, and what we can do to help.

Why We Should Be Grateful to Football: Sport and the Decline of Conflict

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Sport
Steve Taylor PhD

I'm not a big football fan either, but, as a psychologist, I'm aware that the game carries a lot more weight than may be at first apparent. In fact, I believe that the world as a whole has a great deal to thank football for, because of the social and psychological benefits it has brought over the last 100 years or so.

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.

Admirable Aims, But Let's Deal With the Realities of Rape in War

John Lotspeich | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
John Lotspeich

Collateral damage. Two words that change a woman who has been raped into a statistic. Two words that excuse sexual violence as an unfortunate but inevitable side-effect war...

Sexual Violence in Conflict: Roha's Story

Cat Carter | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

23 years old, Roha is softly spoken, but firm in her opinions. I'd sat with her to talk about the impact of a recent conflict on her and her family, but the conversation quickly became much darker...

Field Diary: Severe Destruction and Starvation Overwhelm Formerly Besieged Syrian City

Kumar Tiku | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance to millions of conflict-affected children and families in Syria, including through support for safe drinking water and to the on-going polio campaign. It is essential that life-saving assistance reaches all those affected by the conflict, particularly children and women, no matter where they are in the country.

Signing of Declaration Doesn't Mean End of Sexual Violence in Burma

Zoya Phan | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
Zoya Phan

Foreign Secretary William Hague deserves a lot of credit for helping to persuade the Burmese government to sign this declaration, but he should remember Thein Sein's broken promise on releasing all political prisoners by the end of last year, and keep up the pressure to make sure he keeps his word this time.

Money, Peace and Children - Inseparable to Stop a Catastrophe in South Sudan

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Who said children don't vote? Well, they don't cast their votes by standing in long lines and on ballet papers, but they cast their votes from under-funded relief camps and feeding centres and ill equipped schools and hospitals. Every hungry child is a vote of non-confidence on humanity. I hope the donors don't ignore them.

Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Consider for a moment some of the countries currently making the news and the challenges that lie ahead in rebuilding infrastructures and services disrupted by internal conflict, chronic violence and protracted crisis: the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan...

'We Are All Displaced Now' - South Sudanese Health Workers Tell of Treating Patients in the Bush

Nicole Johnston | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK
Nicole Johnston

As the international community holds its breath, hoping that the latest peace deal signed between warring parties in South Sudan holds, civilians caught up in the conflict are praying for an end to the killings, for the chance to return home and to plant their crops.

How Can Conflict Affected Communities Improve Their Own Futures?

Madeleine McGivern | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Madeleine McGivern

The world is steadily becoming a less peaceful place, according to those who monitor levels of violence worldwide. The Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace shows things have worsened steadily since 2008, while risk analysis firm Maplecroft said last week that levels of violence have risen significantly in 48 countries over the past six months...

Remembering Those Who Refuse To Kill

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

May 15th will be marked this year by a simple ceremony in Tavistock Square. People will gather to remember those who for reasons of Conscientious Objection refused conscription into the armed services in the First World War.